The Perkins School

The Perkins School is an independent kindergarten through grade five school located in Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood.

When the weather is warm and the Head of School is on recess duty... #onlyatPerkins

Sometimes the memo on the reimbursement check just sums up the school. #PerkinsErrands

Big thanks to Gaby, Auction Chair Extraordinaire, for a fun night on Saturday!

Working Nine to Five

You might want the sound on for this one! The second and third grade is taking advantage of the sun to practice performing for an audience by seranading the kindergarteners during choice time. Enjoy a little taste of the upcoming choir concert!

It’s a perfect day for lunch on the new outdoor classroom!

Happy Earth Day! Here’s a picture of some mud-covered fourth and fifth graders pulling invasive plants from the banks of Thornton Creek last week. They go every other week as part of the science curriculum because environmental stewardship isn’t just for Earth Day.

Come to the Flower Power Happy Hour next Tuesday! Learn how to make these beautiful flowers to decorate the upcoming auction and social. Tuesday April 23rd from 4:30-6:00 in the Green Room. And don’t forget to save the date for the auction on May 4th. Check your email for the auction invitation tomorrow!

First graders found a really big worm. And befriended it. And made it a home. Like you do.

The Wizard of Oz debut performance today was a showstopper. Congratulations to 2nd/3rd grade cast A and we hope cast B breaks a leg tomorrow!

Last Friday’s First Grade talent show was amazing.

The art is up! The school is coated in art from Arts Week. Stop by and wander the halls. Don’t miss the gym!

It’s March Madness... of books! We are reading a newly published book each week and students vote to see which books move on to the next round and which are eliminated. Who will emerge victorious from the Elite Eight of books? Check the wall of the gym to find out!!

So many thanks to our amazing Artists in Residence for another phenomenal Arts Week!
Cariña Booyens

Fifth graders noticed a kindergartner was crying from a bumped knee and rushed over to comfort him. That’s the Perkins Family way!😊💗

A few days late, but happy Marti gras! The French classes celebrated with a photo booth. Current families can find more shots on the Smugmug site.

Today we are 100 days smarter! Peek through the curtain of 100 to the kindergarten counting 100 things. Imagine the 100 footsteps the first graders measured in the hall. Happy 100th day!

4th/5th grade camp update from Zoë!

Goodbye fourth and fifth graders! Have fun at camp!!!

Visible systems to make learning concrete: our newest gutters are designed so that students can see rainwater (or melting snow!) coming off the roof and filling the cistern.

Happy Valentines Day!!

Is our Head of School, Barry, holding a shovel because:
A.) He is clearing the snow from the path to encourage children to walk calmly during recess.
B.) He is putting away the shovel because shoveling is beneath him.
C.) He is dumping ADDITIONAL snow on the slide to make it more fun because Barry loves childhood.

If you didn’t pick C, you need to meet Barry.

It’s been a beautiful snowy week! Post your pictures of ⛄️ in the comments!

[02/05/19]   Perkins is closed Tuesday.

Physical education is key to longer, happier lives. Our kids and schools need more of it.

This is why we have PE every day at Perkins! Exercise clears your mind and gets you ready to learn. And it’s really fun too! Physical education should be on equal footing with academic classes. It teaches kids persistence, resilience, positive thinking and how to stay healthy.

The first graders can’t stop talking about the real squid they dissected. They even found squid ink to write with!

Last Friday was the 4th/5th grade talent show. Talents included singing, dancing, ventriloquism, amazing skits and some very funny moments. Here are a few photos from the ever-talented Perkins Parent, Wenmei Hill.

MLK Assembly

Better late than never! We had some technical difficulties, but we just had to share this clip of last week's assembly honoring the legacy of Dr. King. It's never too late to hear what Martin Luther King's words mean to second and third graders! (Current families can find a link to the entire assembly in last week's Perk.)

There’s always time in Barry and Ollie’s schedule to listen to a finished writing piece!

Reading while swinging: first grade skills.

The greenest classroom in the world might be in Seattle

Our SEED building and the new wing were featured in Crosscut! At Maple Leaf's Perkins School, students work and learn in a living classroom that surrounds them with sustainability and green concepts.

How To Make Sure Your Math Anxiety Doesn't Make Your Kids Hate Math

A short, important reminder about how parent’s attitudes towards math can have profound effects on their child’s feelings towards math, which in turn affects their performance. This is why we talk so much about how math is fun! The upcoming vacation is a great time to play math games and puzzles at home. Just ask your child about games they are learning in class! A new study shows that creating an environment in which math is part of everyday life, can help kids do better in the subject.

The new kitchen has been christened! First grade read the book Stone Soup and then made their own delicious version.

Kid Perspective. A few of the photographs from the 2nd and 3rd grade tech class.

A sneak peak at some of the details of the new part of our building. All will be revealed at 8:30 on Monday. We hope you can stay for our grand opening and explore the new space! Alumni families, don’t worry, we will find a time to invite you too!

We’ve got the sun room back! Are you as excited as we are??

[11/30/18]   We are thrilled to announce that we will be having the grand opening of the new construction on Monday!

Thank you to Cariña Booyens who came to the school today to tell the kindergarten and first grade about being a bus driver, one of the community heroes they are learning about.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate our 90th street neighbors? Much of the ripping up of the street isn’t even related to our construction! It’s just a coincidence that the city is replacing some pipes this month. The entire block has been dealing with street closures, noise and construction equipment for months from all different directions. They have been consistently patient and gracious, letting us know when there are issues we can resolve and recognizing what is out of our hands. As our students begin thinking about Thanksgiving and what they are grateful for, we want to tell our neighbors that we are so thankful for them!

Perkins Runners spent last week enjoying healthy foods and making signs to cheer one another on at the Seattle Kids Marathon. Students have worked hard to read, run, eat well, and do kind things for one-another in preparation for race day! #KidsRunSEA18 #PerkinsKidsRunSEA18

Congratulations to the second and third grade authors who published their historical fiction stories, set in ancient Egypt as part of their study. Today they celebrated by reading their stories to their K/1 and 4/5 buddies, as well as parent visitors and the occasional four-legged friend.

Some encouragement signs for the Seattle Marathon Kids Marathon! Students have been running weekly at recess to run the first 25 miles and they will do the last 1.2 on November 24th. Go Perkins!

Timeline Photos

Día de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. Fourth and Fifth graders learned about the beautiful tradition that celebrates our departed loved ones with the help of a Perkins parent who is from Mexico. Everyone agreed that our dear Jackie Kelly, who just left us last week, belongs on the top. We will miss her, but as the tradition says, she will always be part of our community.

Jackie was the Office Manager, a fixture at the front desk for many years until her retirement 2 years ago. She had already been fighting cancer for some time and didn’t want anyone to know that she was told she had only months left. Fighter that she was, she outlasted anyone’s expectation.

Jackie died peacefully with her son and good friend at her side. She will be missed.

Happy Halloween everyone!

While the country gets ready for an election for the government, there is some major campaigning happening in the 4th/5th grade: students are getting ready to vote to name the new wing of the school! Each group has a budget that they can use for wall space for posters, time during announcements, use of the megaphone for stump speeches, or buttons. One group even got official endorsement from Barry! We will let you know what name wins!

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Working Nine to Five
MLK Assembly




9005 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 18:00
Thursday 07:00 - 18:00
Friday 07:00 - 18:00
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