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Olympia Community School

Olympia Community School is a coeducational private alternative traditional school for students in grades Pre-K through 5.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Small City


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CORE VALUES We offer a balanced educational experience incorporating academics, arts, nature appreciation, and social and emotional growth. We approach education holistically, where learning is natural in a process of exploration and discovery. Our multi-age classes create academic and social opportunities – older and younger students share their knowledge and skills, and solidify their understanding through teaching, exploring, and playing. We strive to reflect our values in the structure and nature of our learning community.

RELATIONSHIP Children learn best when they are known, trusted and valued, and when their social environment is safe, respectful and inclusive.

For example: Students are explicitly taught techniques for peaceful conflict resolution, beginning with understanding and expressing their needs and hearing the needs of others. Younger children have older ‘buddies’ for reading and other activities, strengthening relationships among age groups and creating opportunity for social learning.

RELEVANCE Children are motivated to learn more and go deeper when topics are relevant and connected to what they care about—when learning is a tool for exploring and making sense of their world. Children’s belief in themselves as learners grows as they have an opportunity to set goals they care about and solve problems that may seem hard at first.

For example: Students work with teacher to identify personal learning goals. Through managing and presenting their portfolio they come to recognize their growth and increasing skills and abilities. Several afternoons a week are devoted to study of a theme based on children’s interests. This is done through integrated curriculum created by the teachers specifically for a particular group of students.

DISCOVERY Children learn best through discovery and direct experience – when they are active partners in solving problems, rather than passive recipients of teaching.

For example: Teachers use hands-on, manipulative activities in math which allow children to discover the concepts that underlie a pencil-and-paper procedure.

CREATIVITY Children develop confidence in their own voice and perspective if they have the opportunity for creative self-expression – in a setting where originality and innovative thinking are honored.

For example: Arts are woven into curriculum in all subject areas. Children have rich and varied experiences with visual arts, drama, movement, and daily community singing. Teachers value children for who they are. They listen to and honor children’s unique ideas and perspectives.

LEADERSHIP Children learn best when they are known, trusted and valued, and when their social environment is safe, respectful and inclusive.

For example: Every Friday children teach workshops to small groups of other children of all ages—how to make a pinch pot, how to make tortillas, all about turtles—learning from and teaching their peers. Children are encouraged to seek and give support in conflict resolution.


Curriculum We strive to identify and meet the unique educational needs of each child. Students are given the opportunity to learn at their own level. Our low teacher to student ratio (1:14) fosters deeper connections and allows teachers to meet the learning needs of each student. Teachers assist students in identifying individualized learning goals and routinely revisit these goals. Teachers integrate instructional strategies and techniques from multiple educational philosophies, rather than adhering strictly to one specified learning approach.

Our teachers provide regular newsletters to parents that describe what has been happening at school and what to look forward to. These samples from our last school year provide the best view of the spirit of our educational community.

Mission Statement

Olympia Community School's mission is to provide quality elementary education that inspires, motivates, and challenges students. We empower children to reach their potential by nurturing their natural curiosity and desire to learn, their belief in themselves, and their ability to participate fully in their community with respect for self, others, and the earth.

For 2015-16 we are enrolling for kindergarten through 4th grade. Our two year kindergarten option serves children aged 4-6. We envision OCS as a regional center of child-centered, progressive elementary education, and an enduring resource for our community.

Olympia Community School was established in 1973 as a non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors elected by parents. Each of us contributes to the function of our school based on our abilities and resources. We work with our professionally certified teachers to provide an exemplary child-centered education for our children.




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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 25
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 10
1 6
3 4
4 4
5 1

Olympia Community School's enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Olympia Community School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1
Gender 36% Male / 64% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 84%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4%
Multi-racial 8%
Asian 4%


Our Enrichment Program is offered every week on Wednesdays with a variety of experience from Tai Kwon Do , Spanish, and Theater. Also included weekly for the students are athletics and gym class. After Care Club currently offers themed experience weeks that all students are eligible to enroll. To find out more on the Theme Week Program please contact the Enrollment Coordinator at
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