School and Class Size
In the 2013–2014 school year, UCDS has enrolled 324 students: 109 in our Early Elementary Program for children age three through Kindergarten; and 215 in our Elementary Program, which includes grades one through five. UCDS is committed to small classes of 18 students and a student to teacher ratio of 8:1.
UCDS currently employs 21 classroom teachers, ten resident teachers, and Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Music, Science, Technology and Library specialists. The UCDS faculty has been nationally recognized for its excellence and innovation in educating children.
School Hours and Extended Day Program
- School hours: 8:20am-2:45pm
- Early Elementary Half-Day: 8:20-11:30am
- Morning EDP: 7:30-8:20am
- Afternoon EDP: 2:45-6:00pm
Fees for the 2013–2014 Extended Day Program are as follows: mornings are free of charge; the cost for afternoons will vary depending on the number of days selected; for five afternoons a week, the rate is $285 per month. The program is also available on a daily, drop-in basis for $27 per day (financial aid is available).
Tuition is determined annually by the Board of Trustees. The 2013–2014 school year full-day tuition is $22,560; half-day tuition is $14,660.
UCDS is committed to making our program accessible to all families. Our admission process is need-blind. All admission decisions are made independently of financial aid considerations. Financial aid is a grant used to offset the cost of a UCDS education. Financial aid does not need to be paid back by the family. In the 2012–2013 school year, 20% of students receive financial aid, totaling more than $788,615.
Accreditation and Affiliations
University Child Development School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Washington Federation of Independent School (WFIS). UCDS is also approved by the Washington State Board of Education as an elementary school and a Washington State in-service provider.