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MADRONA VILLAGE SCHOOL

A one-room schoolhouse for an ever-changing world

 

OUR STORY

Madrona Village School is a unique, non-profit, independent schoolhouse in the Madrona neighborhood. We foster a nurturing, individualized learning environment that focuses on core academics, Spanish language and culture, and community service. 

MVS has one multi-grade cohort currently in 3rd and 4th grade. Admissions is open for the 22/23 school year. 

Our curriculum balances rigorous academics, hands-on projects, exploration, and play. Cooperative, multi-age learning encourages critical thinking, builds life skills and confidence, and  fosters a lifelong love of education.

Through community engagement and commitment to service, our students are working to become independent thinkers who understand the power of participation.

 
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CURRICULUM

Daily Schedule

9:00-1:00: Core academics including reading, writing, spelling, math, science, debate, and history. Students have morning recess with a snack break.

1:00-3:00: Spanish immersion for lunch, P.E., health, and other enrichment activities including art, music, library, and volunteering. 

MVS students integrate the Madrona community into their education, and perform ongoing public service within the neighborhood. 

 

LINDSAY EICHER

Lead Teacher

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Lindsay Eicher has 15+ years classroom experience. She is passionate about early childhood development and learning, as well as curriculum development. As a Kindergarten and grade school teacher, Lindsay has a wide range of experience in public and private school classrooms. 

Lindsay is a native of Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Seattle Prep and the University of Washington and earned her Masters in Education from City University. She has a teaching certificate in elementary education.

Lindsay spearheaded MVS's pilot year and is now happily forging new ground with year three of MVS' innovative model.

 

MARILUZ GARZON

Spanish and Cultural Language Studies Teacher

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Mariluz was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the U.S right after earning her degree in Business and worked in the business world for a few years, until she realized her calling was teaching and decided to switch careers to become an elementary educator. 


Mariluz has 16 years of experience teaching in elementary grades K-5th, including teaching Spanish in Bilingual and Dual Immersion programs and regular classrooms in Seattle schools. She has also taught English in Spain and Spanish as a World language in Middle School.


Besides teaching Mariluz loves animals, nature, hiking, being active, and traveling. She is also a yoga teacher and gives Spanish tutoring lessons to children and teach English or Spanish to adults. 


Mariluz loves being part of the Madrona Village School community and looks forward to another wonderful year together

 

TOM KUSHNER

Forest Steward / Public Service Coordinator

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Hello parents.

I am the forest steward for Madrona Woods and went through training with the Green Seattle Partnership/Seattle Parks to be given this position. I have a life long love of nature and especially the plant world. My interest in native plants goes back many years and I have worked with native gardens in California, Central Washington and as a Volunteer in Madrona Woods. As the Forest Steward I manage work parties that are sanctioned by Seattle City Parks with community volunteers. I am looking forward to sharing the forest with younger generations. I am passionate about taking personal steps to restore the earth and combat global warming. 


I am a retired physician and relish getting my hands dirty after so many years of keeping them clean! I know Lindsay since she was my son's teacher at the Valley School about 15 years ago. I look forward to working with your kids where her teaching intersects with the forest and the natural world. I look forward to being with your children to experience Madrona Woods. If you have not been there, it is a wonderful refuge in all seasons. Please visit sometime. 

 

NEWS AND REVIEWS

"We wanted an alternative to public school, without the rigors of homeschooling, the obligations of a co-op, or the price of a private school. Does such a thing even exist? Apparently so! We found Madrona Village School miraculously, just as the 2021 fall term was beginning." Caitlyn V. 7/16/2022


"My daughter has attended this adorable one-room schoolhouse since it's pilot year, and is now going into her third year. MVS is a wonderful, independent, community-minded school that is not only affordable but has an amazing community of parents and teachers" 

Kris D. 7/15/2022


MVS has been featured in the Madrona News and in Crosscut.
More parent reviews of MVS can be found on Yelp

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MVS BOARD

KATHI PETROTTA

Kathi Petrotta has been an educator for 30 years working with students from preschool through twelfth grade.  With public, private, and parochial teaching experience, Kathi has focused on the middle school age group and has specialized in neurodiversity and learning differences.  Prior to entering the field of education, Kathi was an environmental planner involved in a variety of projects for both the public and private sectors.  Living in Madrona for over 30 years, Kathi and her husband raised a son who is now residing out of state.  Recently retired, Kathi is enjoying catching up on projects, as well as reading, gardening, cooking, and adventures with her husband and pup.  She is excited to be part of a community school like MVS.

MEGAN HAAS

Megan Haas, executive director of MVS, is a long-time strategist and founder, focused on the social and emotional importance of connecting community with business. As co-founder of the Utilikilts Co., she helped develop the company from a visionary phase while spearheading its award-winning volunteer program. As founder of Kinnected.org, Megan is developing a free community model for global health that nurtures and supports all people and health professionals. MVS is the second micro-school that Megan has helped to envision and direct. With MVS, Megan is fully committed to building creative, rational, educational solutions to fill the gaps in our societal systems.

JULIA KASSISSIEH, M.A.

Julia Kassissieh has 25 years of education experience spanning the areas of independent school leadership, middle school teaching, and instructional leadership consulting in public and private schools. Julia has published numerous articles describing successful secondary school improvement efforts aimed at increasing graduation rates and post-secondary opportunities for traditionally underserved students. From 2006-to 2013, she served as a trustee and executive committee member for the Portland Children’s Museum in Portland, Oregon. Julia has a master’s degree in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University and is a credentialed administrator and teacher. She is a recent fellow of the Pathways to Leadership program at the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, a program for women aspiring to head of school roles in the region. Currently, she is the Head of Middle School at Seattle Academy. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

 

Covid-19 and Safety information

Madrona Village School follows CDC and Washington State COVID-19 safety requirements for private schools.

 

TUITION AND ADMISSIONS


Admissions for 22/23 is open!
Do you have a rising 3rd or 4th grader? Join us for a day in the classroom!
Contact: admissions: madronavillageschool@gmail.com 
Phone: 206-637-2043

Madrona Village School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or disability. This policy applies to employees, students, volunteers, and parents.

Cover image by Judith Starbuck

 
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KEY ACADEMIC DATES FOR THE 22/23 SCHOOL YEAR

September 7 -- First Day of Fall Session 

November 11 -- Veteran’s Day: No School 

November 21-23 -- Teacher Professional Development
Days/Parent-Teacher Conferences: No School 

November 24-25 --Thanksgiving Break: No School 

December 19-30 --Winter Holiday Break: No School 

January 3 --First Day of Winter Session 

January 16-- MLK Day: No School 


February 20-24 --Mid-winter Break: No School 

February 28 --First Day of Spring Session 

April 7 --Parent-Teacher Conferences: No School 

April 10-14 --Spring Break: No School 

May 29 -- Memorial Day: No School 

June 23 -- Last Day of School