About Parkside School

Parkside School is a pre-kindergarten school located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.  The school offers an enriching curriculum for 4 and 5 year old children.


Our mission is to offer a creative and non-competitive learning environment for young children.  We value the development of skills in friendship building, social interaction, and cooperative play as important components of the program.  The growth of problem solving and conflict resolution skills is emphasized through group and individual learning and play activities.  Parkside's aim is to enhance each children's self-esteem and individual learning style, while developing an appreciation of differences in others.  Throughout the curriculum we strive to create a balance among self-directed explorations, teacher-directed activities, and group projects involving peer cooperation.


Joy and Michael Menke founded Parkside School in 1992 in furtherance of Joy's dream of creating an enriching educational environment for 4 and 5 year old children. Joy's vision was to offer a stimulating atmosphere for young children as they make the transition from pre-school to kindergarten at a "big school".

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