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 have the opportunity to learn with other children who learn and think like they do. 
  • Class sizes are small – 15 or fewer students.
  • Our faculty members are gifted themselves, with extensive training and experience in education for highly capable learners.
  • Seabury is one of three Tacoma-area schools accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) (formerly PNAIS) and a member of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC).             


Seabury student works on laptop
  • Integrated curriculum allows in-depth study of complex topics. 
  • We emphasize the development of strong reading, math and writing skills.
  • In addition to our core curriculum, all students participate in specialist programs, which include Spanish, performing arts, physical education, library/literacy and art.
  • Our technology curriculum incorporates computer labs, coding, SmartBoards, 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 Overdrive/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 teacher and student walk on the beach.
  • 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.
  • In typical school years, 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 do PE at the Downtown Y, use the Tacoma Public Library, lunch at the Broadway Farmer's Market, meet with local officials and much more.
  • Seabury owns and operates a bus that 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, and shuttle between our middle school and lower school campuses. We also use both 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.

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