Seabury: The nuts & bolts
Seabury is the only independent school in the South Puget Sound area with programs specifically designed for intellectually advanced children in pre-k - 8th grade. Families from Tacoma, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Gig Harbor and throughout the South Sound bring their children to Seabury for our differentiated instruction and emphasis on the development of creative and analytical thinking skills.
'I've found my people'
Although the instruction at Seabury is individualized and each student is encouraged to grow their individual strengths and talents, students are able to learn together with other intellectually advanced peers. We have found that being able to socialize in an environment where gifted children don't feel different often allows students to grow into confident individuals and leaders in their communities. In fact, one of our middle schoolers exclaimed on his first visit to the school: "I've found my people."
- Students get to learn with other children who learn and think like they do.
- Class sizes are small – usually 15 or fewer students.
- Our faculty members are receive ongoing training in educating gifted learners.
- Seabury is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and a member of WFIS (Washington Federation of Independent Schools). It is an OSPI private school and the pre-k is licensed by the DCYF (The Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families). Seabury is also a founding member of the Child-Centered Gifted Education Consortium, a collaboration between schools that subscribe to a child-centered approach to gifted education, affiliated with the Gifted Development Center and Dr. Linda Silverman.
- Integrated curriculum allows in-depth study of complex topics.
- We emphasize the development of strong reading, math and writing skills.
- All students participate in specialist programs, which include Spanish, performing arts, physical education, library and art.
- Our technology curriculum incorporates computer labs, coding, iPads, cameras, and a middle school laptop program.
- The library media center features more than 11,000 volumes, Follett's web-based Destiny software and Sora e-books and audiobooks
- Founded in 1989, Seabury was the brainchild of two retired educators, Barbara Field and Lee Woodworth Fisher.
- We offer full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten programs.
- The lower school day begins at 8:15 and ends at 3 p.m. Middle school starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m.
- We offer an extended day program at the lower school. Before school care begins at 7:30 a.m. and after school care ends at 5 p.m.
- We offer enrichment programs throughout the year through SeaburySquared, including the popular Summer@Seabury.
- Seabury is located on two campuses in Tacoma, Washington. Our lower school – pre-k through fifth grade – is in beautiful Brown's Point in Northeast Tacoma. Our middle school is in a historic downtown building in the heart of the Theater District.
- All our classes take frequent curriculum-related field trips. Field studies take advantage of the abundant natural and urban resources in Tacoma, the Puget Sound area, the state – and beyond.
- With the middle school's downtown location, our students and faculty consider the city their classroom. Students use the Tacoma Public Library, lunch at the Broadway Farmer's Market, meet with local officials and much more. Our fifth grade Bridges program brings next year's middle schoolers downtown once a week to learn how our community works.
- Seabury owns and operates a bus to provides transportation between our two campuses and to and from other stops. The route is dictated by demand. Currently, we make stops in Gig Harbor, West Tacoma. We also use the bus for field experiences. The school also encourages and facilitates carpools among our families.
- We believe in child-centered education. We focus on the whole child – intellectual, social, emotional and developmental.
- Learning at Seabury emphasizes the development of creative, critical and analytical reasoning.
- Hands-on, experiential learning happens in every classroom, every day – and outside the classroom, too.
- We offer a personalized, developmentally appropriate approach to learning at all grade levels.
- STEAM has been a key part of learning at Seabury from day 1.
Seabury School is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disabilities.