Testimonials

Read what people are saying about Spruce Street School.

What parents are saying:

Current parent, Pam Keenan Fritz had this to say about Spruce Street School faculty:

The teachers treat every child as capable, full of potential and able to grow. They meet our children where they are and don’t hesitate to stretch them to the starts!”

What students are saying:

On learning from mistakes, Hugo (‘17) had this to say:

In math, I once just sat and tried as hard as I could and that was what I could do. Over the years math got harder, but I wasn’t noticing my mistakes. I got more stressed out about why this was happening. I started practicing and practicing and I got better. I made so many mistakes but, I mean, that’s fine because that’s how you learn. If you made no mistakes then you wouldn’t learn. I mean, I’m human: everyone makes mistakes…I would like to thank the teachers and staff for preparing me for my future years of schooling. I will always carry the memories of this school with me.”

On tackling challenges, Julia (‘16) had this to say:

Even though I have extremely enjoyed Spruce Street School, I have found some things harder than others. One of my “razzle-frazzles,” as they call it in the mid-level, is public speaking.  I came to Spruce Street School without a very strong voice. I didn’t want to share class news, report to everybody that I finished my booklist, and I definitely did not want to go up and give my moving on speech (yes, I did think way in advance). But now, I am indeed standing up here giving my moving on speech, and yes, even though it’s still not my favorite thing, I go up at All School Meeting to give the schtick of what’s been happening in the oldest level.”

On leading and collaborating with others, Roan (‘18) had this to say:

I have learned to be a good listener. I have also learned how to accept others’ ideas and not put them down. Compromising and accepting that my idea is not always best is hard. Friendship is a big part of learning to lead. As a leader you have to learn how to make friends with new people and to solve problems between friends. Now, leading is one of my biggest strengths and I have worked hard to get to this place…I learned to propose my theory and listen to others’ ideas to make my theory better.”

On overcoming fear, Oliver (‘19) had this to say:

My big success is overcoming my stage fright. Believe it or not, I’m not a fan of being up here right now. But guess what? After being at Spruce Street School, I’ve finally gotten used to it. In the past six weeks I did my lines in the play without rushing through them, I played marimba at Elders’ Tea and at Denny Park. AND, here I am now, talking to all of you, dealing with my performance anxiety.”

What other community members are saying:

Newsweek’s Robert Fulgum on the youngest level’s annual play production:

The members of the cast are students in kindergarten and first grade. They did indeed perform ‘Die Walkure’ – words, music, dance, costumes, scenery, the works. Next year they will do ‘Siegfried’ – already in production – as part of a run through the entire ‘Ring’ cycle. And no, this in not a special school of the performing arts for gifted children. It’s the Spruce Street School in Seattle, Washington.”