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Winner: Russian School of Mathematics
Instructors at Bellevue’s Russian School of Mathematics know a mathematical mind can be trained. Our voters agree, telling us that RSM is a great learning program that builds their kids’ confidence in math and improves their logical thinking skills, too. Founded in 2012, RSM’s after-school enrichment program offers classes for K–12 students.
Illumination Learning Studios, a cultural, performing and fine arts academy, has four North Seattle locations. Its goal is to educate school-age children through a compelling curriculum that includes instruction in music, drama, voice, art, yoga and language. “They allow kids to find their interests and passions, and then help support them,” reads one parent testimonial.
Located near Green Lake, Kids Science Lab offers hands-on science classes, summer camps, day camps and field trips that are based on questions kids ask daily. Classes for kids ages 2–14 focus on a new topic each week. Inquiries explored so far: Why are our shoes soft? Why does bread get moldy? How do you build your own chair? Can I build my own iPad?
Pinnacle Explorations Outdoor School’s hands-on STEAM curriculum focuses on environmental education and outdoor skills. School-year classes take place at several Seattle-area schools, while summer camps take place at the MLK FAME Community Center and the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Phinney Center. “Not only is the program engaging and sticks with your child, the staff is warm and works hard to accommodate every child,” writes one parent.
The instructors at Bellevue’s STEP Computer Academy have real-world experience in the information technology industry. Its Junior Computer Academy serves students ages 6–14, and there are also learning options for teens (15 and older) and adults. At after-school and weekend classes and summer camps, kids learn how to develop websites, design and build robots, create games, animate characters, securely work with search systems, and master photo and video shooting and editing.