WEEKDAYS - Alki Cottage Explorers Preschool

Seattle, WA, 98116

Our early childhood education program is focused on personalized learning for each child, housed in a schoolhouse cottage next to Alki Elementary. Students will have plenty of outdoor learning in Schmitz Park, practicing “pre-skills,” which lay the groundwork for the future. Through structured and unstructured learning time, the goal is to gain skills that ultimately help them learn to read, write, build their math and science skills, and become successful, lifelong learners.

Program Details

Type of Program


Preferred Ages

3 year olds – Kindergarten


West Seattle

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Program Description

We love being outside and our program has plenty of outdoor exploration and learning in Schmitz Park and the Alki playfield.

At The Alki Cottage Preschool, we're focused on a safe environment (following all CDC guidelines) and personalized learning so each child is supported in the way they learn best. Our classes are all in small groups/pods to ensure safety and a lot of 1:1 learning time supported by the teacher. Children will be focused on social and emotional growth as well as exploring the "pre-skills" learning the basics of writing, math, science and art.


We are a personalized, hands-on learning environment. We believe that social emotional learning is the best preparation for elementary school (and life). As children learn the social emotional skills to thrive, they start to develop habits of positive self talk, higher self-esteem, the earliest developments of empathy, and can learn to become self sufficient.

We pull from several of our favorite approaches to learning and our learning tenants are inspired by: Montessori principles, Second Step Social Emotional learning, Creative Curriculum, and for the older students, we also integrate Handwriting Without Tears.


Teachers Megan, Jasmin, and Lauren, our lead educators, have experience working with children and leading children's programs at the Point Defiance Zoo, preschool program, Bright Horizons and more. Teacher Megan is the half day educator focused on indoor learning and Teachers Megan and Lauren are outdoor learning experts. The outdoor learning takes place in the Schmitz Park forest which is right next door, as well as exploring tide pools with the kids during low tide at Alki Beach.


Outdoor learning in Schmitz Park and Alki Playfield
Art Projects
Science Projects
Theme weeks based on the children choosing their interests: for example dinosaurs, bugs or airplanes
Special sessions with Khan Academy

Taught by WEEKDAYS Team

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Cost & Availability

Full Day$2,090 per month
Part Time$1,060 per month


Monday8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday8:00am – 5:00pm

Program Location Details

Alki Beach cottage schoolhouse sits next to the opening of Schmitz Park in a quiet side street, tucked up near Alki Elementary. The schoolhouse is accessible to Alki Elementary field and Schmitz Park without crossing any streets and just 1.5 blocks to Alki Beach.

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