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    Proven Results

    Morningside provides struggling learners the opportunity to catch up, build up,
    and get ahead to enable them to achieve their greatest potential.


Morningside programs are competency-based, with proven results for both learners and teachers. We take an applied science approach and look for effective, research-based instructional materials, methods and tools. We user-test what we find, seeking quantitative evidence of their effectiveness in increasing student achievement.


Our admissions process is carefully structured to ensure that Morningside Academy is the best fit for your student. Prior to Morningside, many students have experienced some sort of failure in school. From both public and private school backgrounds, the students who come to Morningside thrive on Robert Mager’s, “Nothing teaches like success.”


Morningside Academy’s nationally acclaimed and highly successful Foundations Program and Middle school Program provide instruction tailored to meet each student’s needs, enabling them to catch up, build up, and get ahead. We continuously assess progress in academic skills, learning skills, and organizational skills.

We support our community’s children through research-based teaching methods and personalized curriculum placement.



Dr. Kent Johnson founded Morningside in Seattle in 1980. Morningside has two programs: Morningside Academy, a nonprofit school for children and youth; and Morningside Teachers’ Academy, for disseminating the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction.

Morningside Academy’s school helps both elementary and middle school students to catch up and get ahead. Our students have not previously reached their potential; many have learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, or ADD/ADHD; all have average to well above average intelligence. Morningside is not a school for children with significant emotional problems, behavioral problems, or developmental delays.



When I found Morningside I couldn’t believe how it seemed like the puzzle piece that was missing. My son has been at Morningside for 5 months and I have seen him blossom into a confident reader and thinker. He has confidence that I have never seen before.
Jennifer B, Aurora, WA
Our child had a tremendous year academically at Morningside. He had amazing progress and he felt very proud of what he accomplished.
Morningside Parent, Seattle, WA

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It is the policy of Morningside Academy that no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical handicap.

We at Morningside Academy acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.