Cedar School is a private early care and education (ECE) center that will serve up to 74 children per day (14 Waddlers and Toddlers, 20 Early Preschoolers, 20 Preschoolers, and 20 Pre-K students). We proudly adhere to the Washington State Administrative Code for licensed ECE to provide the highest standards of caregiving and early learning.
We are committed and experienced educators who provide superior early developmental support and service in a safe and stimulating environment.
Cedar School is designed, owned, and operated by the founders of The Exploration Academy, previously operating in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood from 2010-2022.
We provide high-quality ECE that supports a child's holistic growth; this includes the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical realms of development.
We utilize the research-based, data-driven Experience Curriculum, as well as incorporate a variety of early educational methodologies, practices, and tools that allow for flexible and individualized hands-on experiential learning.
Our curriculum is aligned with early learning standards for Washington State and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Click here to see our curriculum's developmental continuum and early learning benchmarks.
Cedar School is a hidden gem.
The school's beautiful and secure campus is located in the Licton Springs neighborhood of Seattle, less than two miles north of Green Lake and a short walk from the Northgate Light Rail station's John Lewis Memorial pedestrian bridge. The school is nestled within a residential area surrounded by cedar and other evergreen trees.
The Licton Springs neighborhood of Seattle holds great historical and cultural significance. Before European colonization, Coast Salish native people utilized the area for special ceremonies and regarded the mineral-rich springs as healing waters.
Cedar School acknowledges that we are on the traditional unceded land of the Coast Salish native people and honor with gratitude the first people of Seattle and this land.
Nearby Landmarks: Green Lake, Bishop Blanchet High School, Cascadia Elementary School, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Licton Springs Park & Play Area, North Seattle College, Northgate Light Rail Station, University of Washington Outpatient Medical Center, and University of Washington Medicine - Northwest Campus
Construction was completed in summer 2023.
Accepting applications for February 2024 enrollment.
We care about our children, community, and future.
We subscribe to the mounting evidence that high-quality ECE provides for increased school preparedness, ongoing academic achievement, improved developmental outcomes, and societal gain.
Harnessing Creativity & Community
Classrooms are skillfully designed to inspire imagination, reflection, connection, and joy.
The Seedling Room
Waddlers & Toddlers
Ages 15 months - 30 months
Children as young as 12 months may be enrolled if they are independently walking and self-feeding
Student to Teacher Ratio 14:3
The Canopy Room
Must be Potty Trained or Actively Potty Training
Children as young as 30 months may enroll if they meet the above criteria.
Student to Teacher Ratio 20:3