Thank you for your interest in Morningside Academy. We know that finding the right school for your child is critical. Our admissions process is carefully structured to ensure that Morningside Academy is the best fit for your student and family. We are also accepting applications for our Summer School.

The Process

Families who express interest in the rigorous full-year academic program at Morningside Academy will initially have a conversation with our Director of Admissions, Martha Staff. We will talk about your child’s current performance in school and answer your questions. We typically follow with a tour of the school and visit to a classroom. Parents and guardians are asked to share relevant reports and records.

A student visit for a half day is scheduled at a later date  that consists of a snapshot assessment, a morning of classes, recess and lunch. Like all students currently attending our school, your child would participate and receive a Daily Support Card. The Director of Admissions ends this visit with a brief meeting with you and your child. Once our administrators and teachers have had a chance to discuss your child’s participation, the Director of Admissions will schedule a second parent appointment to discuss enrollment. The second appointment usually takes place within one week of the student’s visit.

There is no formal application packet required prior to admissions. Should a suitable opening become available, students may be admitted during the current school year. An applicant must be well suited to the structure, frequent feedback, and positive support offered at our school in order to be offered enrollment. We have an open enrollment process throughout the year should openings occur.

Students entering the fall program will be asked to attend a minimum of two weeks of the summer program. In addition, deposits for the fall program will be collected at the time of enrollment in order to reserve a spot. If you would like to visit, please contact Martha Staff, Director of Admissions.


My daughter improved two grades in reading and math in less than one year. She LOVES school and is very happy.
Morningside Parent, Seattle, WA




What kinds of students attend Morningside Academy?
Our school serves a wide range of bright learners, grades 1 through 9, who have fallen behind in school. Some of our students come to us from other private schools. Some of our students have always attended public school and then try our Summer School program, and come join us in the Fall. Students who come to Morningside thrive on Robert Mager’s, “Nothing teaches like success,” as they find themselves finally successful in skills like comprehension, decoding or computation.

Prior to Morningside, many students have experienced some sort of failure in school. They may have gaps in a particular subject due to poor instruction. They may have experienced difficulty with homework and school became a struggle. Some students have mild special education needs and may be challenged with minor learning setbacks such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia.  We have students who are labeled gifted LD. We have students who are college bound and need to learn study and organizational skills in addition to studying content classes. We do not provide services for children with severe interpersonal, social or developmental deficits.


How many students attend Morningside?
Our Foundations program typically serves 40-50 students with 4-5 faculty members. Our Middle School typically serves 40-50 students with 4-5 faculty members.


What are the hours of the school day?
School hours are from 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.. On Wednesdays, students leave at 2:40 p.m. because our faculty participates in a two-hour seminar.


Do you provide transportation?
No. Our families come from all over Seattle and the surrounding area. We share a roster so you can arrange carpooling. Many students use public transportation; there are several bus routes near our school.


Do students have homework?
Initially there is no homework. Our Founding Director says, “Parents should be parents and teachers should be teachers.” We do not send homework home until we teach students how to do homework. We regard homework as another skill to learn.


How do families communicate with the school?
All students receive a Daily Support Card. This travels with the student throughout the day from teacher to teacher and then home. We all use email and are happy to receive handwritten notes through the front desk as frequently as need be. We hold three conferences with the student and family and teacher in November, February and June. More frequent meetings can be arranged.


How long do students usually stay at Morningside?
Many families stay with us for the entire elementary school or middle school years. The catch up and build up work often takes from two to three years depending upon the student.


What is the tuition?
You can read more information about the current tuition here.


Do you have an after-school activity program?
Yes. Activities are chosen based on student interest. Friends of Morningside Academy, the volunteer parent organization, arranges for these classes. In the past we have offered coding, art, theater, yoga, leadership skills, sports, music, and sailing. Parents pay directly for these activities.



Tuition information

2022-2023 School Year – September 2022 through June 2023



Tuition is $23,600 and includes all books and supplies. Families pay a deposit of $2,300 ($1,000 of which is non-refundable) upon return of the agreement. Remainder is paid in 10 equal payments of $2,130 from August 2022 through May 2023. Alternative payment plans can be arranged upon request.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for full-year enrollment only. Contact the Director of Admissions for more information.

The School and Student Service for Financial Aid in Princeton, New Jersey processes applications. Applications can be completed online.

Our code is 8387 or 800-344-8328


Sibling Discount

Siblings discount of 10% available for any additional child enrollment during the same academic school year for the full-year program at Morningside Academy.



Local school districts under contract with Morningside Academy should inquire about tuition information by contacting the Associate Director/Principal.


Contact Us

Please contact our Director of Admissions Martha Staff or Associate Director/Principal Joanne Robbins with any questions.


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.



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