Fiddleheads Forest School is an entirely outdoor, nature-based program where the premise for our day-to-day activities is play and exploration. As children engage with the world around them and inquire about it we will supplement with curriculum to further engage their curiosity.
At Fiddleheads Forest School we will…
Promote social skills and positive self-image through group play and cooperative learning
Develop activities that encourage cognitive growth, problem-solving skills and development of physical motor skills
Encourage problem-solving and reflection by asking open-ended questions and provide information in response to children’s ideas, insights, and concerns
Provide a supportive, safe learning environment to encourage discovery, questioning and experimentation
Cultivate emotional literacy and empathy to develop self-esteem
Nurture self-expression, creativity and reflection
Encourage family involvement to help students appreciate the wisdom of their first teachers — their families
Celebrate diversity of all living things and the individuality of children and families
Instill respect and appreciation for the natural world
Interested in applying for the 2019-2020 school year? Sign up for our interest list to receive school year information and a link to the application when it becomes available in mid-January.
Daily Morning Preschool Classes
Fiddleheads offers a 10 month preschool for children ages 3-5. We have two outdoor classroom spaces located in the Washington Park Arboretum.
Class options: M/W/F or Tu/Th or M-F
Class size: maximum 14
Student to Teacher ratio: 1:7 (14 kids, 2 lead teachers + 1 or 2 UW student interns)
Classrooms: Trillium and Magnolia (both classrooms have 2, 3 and 5-day options)
Morning Class Options:
Tuesday/Thursday Class, 9am-1pm:
Tuition is $3,400 for the 10-month program. Parents are encouraged to pay tuition prior to the first day of preschool, but may choose to pay in monthly installments of $340/month due on the due on the 1st of each month.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday Class, 9am-1pm:
Tuition is $4,960 for the 10-month program. Parents are encouraged to pay tuition prior to the first day of preschool, but may choose to pay in monthly installments of $496 per month due on the 1st of each month.
5-Day Option, 9am-1pm:
Tuition is $8,060 for the 10-month program. Parents are encouraged to pay tuition prior to the first day of preschool, but may choose to pay in monthly installments of $806 per month due on the 1st of each month.
Afternoon Enrichment Program
Fiddleheads offers a 10-month enrichment program for children ages 4-6.
Class options: Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays
Class size: maximum 12
Student to Teacher ratio: 1:6 (12 kids, 2 lead teachers + 1 or 2 UW student interns)
Students ages 4-6
Our afternoon program is designed to support children’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development through the cultivation of emergent learning opportunities in a uniquely dynamic environment. We will spend much of our time out traveling through the arboretum and taking advantage of everything this park has to offer, as we learn about the life cycles, habitats, and interrelationships of the many plants and animals that make their home here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Afternoon Class Options:
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2pm-4pm
Mondays & Wednesdays: 2pm-4pm
Tuition is 2,250 for the 10-month program
Parents are encouraged to pay tuition prior to the first day of preschool, but may choose to pay in monthly installments of $225 per month due on the 1st of the month.
Enrollment & Application Process
Application and Enrollment, 2018-2019
Enrollment for 2018-19 morning program is now full!
Fill out the below application(s) to be added to the waitpool:
Please contact email@example.com with questions or to request a Financial Aid application.
Lottery Process — The selection process to fill open spots is a lottery. We filter for age and gender as we strive to create a balance in our classes. Beyond those two constraints, the selection is random. Those who do not receive a spot are added to our wait-pool and will be contacted if a spot opens up and their name is randomly selected from the pool.
Financial Aid: Here at Fiddleheads, we are committed to making outdoor preschool accessible to a diversity of families. We believe every child should be able to access the wonder, joy, and educational value of forest school. We continually strive to reflect that belief on every level of our practice—from our curriculum design and community development to our outreach, school policy, and beyond. Each year, we designate a limited number of spaces set aside for families qualifying for financial assistance as a part of our continued commitment to fostering equity in education.
Fiddleheads is uniquely designed to meet the needs of children ages 3-5. In order to enroll, we ask that your child be at least 3 and no older than 5 by September 1st. If your child turns 6 during the Sept.-June school year, they are not eligible to enroll.
Because of our unique environment, we require that children are potty-trained (no pull-up diapers) by the start of preschool. We also recognize that children of differing abilities may toilet at different times in their development. We are committed to working with families of children with special needs who are not yet toilet-trained in order to be as inclusive as possible.
Fiddleheads is an entirely outdoor program. You and your child must be prepared to (and want to!) be outside rain or shine.
Your family must be interested in a 10 month preschool program (with options for summer enrollment)
Fiddleheads does not keep multi-year wait lists. We ask that families submit a new application each year.
Too young for 2018-19? Sign up for our interest list to receive updates.
2018-2019 School Calendar
June 27 – Family Event: Forest Grove Work Party and Picnic
September 5 – Parent Event: Parent Orientation Night
September 10-12 – Home Visits
September 13 – Family Event: Classroom Orientation
September 14 – Family Event: Classroom Orientation
September 17 – First Full Day of School for 3 & 5-day Students
September 18 – First Full Day of School for 2-day Students
October 12 – Teacher In-Service (No School)
October 16 – Parent Event: Self-Regulation & Social and Emotional Learning 7-9 pm
November 12 – Veteran’s Day Observed (No School)
November 19-21 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 22-23 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)
December 20-21– Family Event: Evening Solstice Celebration
December 24-January 4 – Winter Break & New Year’s Day (No School)
January 21 –Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
February 18-22 – Mid-Winter Break (No School)
March 22 – Teacher In-Service (No School)
May 8 – Parent Event: Kindergarten Transition Meeting
April 8-10 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
April 11, 12 – Spring Break (No School)
May 16, 17—School Photo Day
May 27 –Memorial Day (No School)
May 30, 31—Art Show
June 13 – Last Day of School for 2-Day Students
June 14 – Last Day of School for 3 & 5-Day Students