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PSCS Open House!
Puget Sound Community School will be holding our annual Open House for prospective students on Sunday, October 30, 2016 (12:30-2:30pm). This event is being held for those families seeking enrollment in middle or high school in the 2017-18 school year! We say "Open" House, because it's an easy identifier, but we hope you'll plan to join us for the whole event (see below). TENTATIVE SCHEDULE • 12:30-12:45: Refreshements & Hi there, Hello's • 12:45-1: Welcome and Overview with PSCS co-founder and director Andy Smallman • 1-1:30: Q & A with community panel members (alum, current students, staff, board members, etc) • 1:30-2:30: Curriculum experience with PSCS Teaching Staff Please feel free to forward this event to friends and families with students entering 6-8th, 9th or 10th grades in the 2017-18 school year. RSVP if you can to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info and directions can be found at pscs.org. See you soon! ABOUT PSCS Puget Sound Community School is an Independent, middle and high school located in the International District of downtown Seattle. PSCS was founded in 1994 by Andy Smallman and Melinda Shaw upon the belief that people are intrinsically compelled by their own curiosity and desires to learn, and when provided a positive and supportive environment, will enthusiastically pursue meaningful and challenging tasks. Where mainstream educational models promote one-size-fits-all memorization and conformity, the approach used at PSCS fosters creativity, flexibility, and a genuine diversity that stems from the uniqueness of all human beings. At PSCS, we ask students to dedicate themselves to three simple “core commitments”: Practice Integrity. Engage the Community. Act with Courage. ANTI BIAS POLICY We believe that functioning in a truly diverse community is a vital 21st-century skill. At PSCS, we define diversity to include race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, different physical and cognitive abilities, and religion. We recognize that there may be other areas in need of attention that we have not identified here, or that will emerge with time. PSCS has an open admissions policy that reflects our aim to respect individual differences and learn from diversity. We admit students of any racial, national, religious, or ethnic origin, from all backgrounds, belief systems, family dynamics, and orientations. In short, we recognize and invite the participation of all people, not discriminating on any basis in the administration of our programs. PSCS relies on an active Anti-Bias Committee that currently includes members of the student body, staff, and board of trustees to help focus our efforts. The goal of the Anti-Bias Committee is to help ensure that PSCS is a place where no group of people feels categorically excluded. Committee members support the ongoing work of students, staff, and trustees, and hold a space for potentially difficult conversations; they have identified and articulated race, ethnicity, and gender as areas of focus for PSCS.