Nurturing in children a sense of self and a passion for learning, community, and childhood.
At The Attic, the child is the most important agent of learning, and trust in the child is at the center of the community’s culture and academic program. The goal is for each child to see him/her/themself as a capable, confident, self-directed learner. Each student feels safe to take risks, to meet challenges, and to be themselves, because they are loved and accepted as they are.
About the School
Nearly 25 years ago, a group of educators and parents just outside Seattle envisioned a new model of teaching and learning. Influenced by the research into and practice of developmentally-appropriate education, as well as by their own children’s educative experiences, these pioneers founded The Attic Learning Community. Grounded in a constructivist approach, The Attic develops a child’s intrinsic motivation to learn through multi-age classrooms, a child-centered curriculum, and celebrating childhood. Designed for the homeschooling community, education at The Attic fosters adaptability, communication, collaboration, and play.
Bordered by a creek and an idyllic stretch of wooded land, The Attic campus is situated on five acres that feels remote while still allowing commuting families easy access to major freeways and to the town of Woodinville. Classes are small (8:1 student to teacher ratio) and all Attic learners are registered homeschoolers in Washington State. The learning community features a flexible weekly schedule with a progressive, project-based learning approach that is attentive to each child’s developmental needs. Social-emotional development is a core focus of the program, and the community is committed to nurturing the unconditional acceptance of and respect for all people. This creates an intimate learning environment that is supportive and inclusive, which is essential for encouraging deep learning, social emotional growth, and critical thinking skills.
About the Position
The Attic seeks an Executive Director to begin July 1, 2024. Prospective candidates should reflect:
- Experience working and leading in an educational setting and passion for the unique constructivist approach rooted in The Attic Learning Community.
- A strong, charismatic leadership presence that fosters a culture of respect, professionalism, and kindness.
- The ability to listen deeply, facilitate inclusive dialogue, make difficult decisions, have courageous conversations, and build trust.
- Willingness to work in partnership with a growing board, including developing committees, engaging in strategic planning, and integrating best practices in governance.
- A proficient understanding of strategic financial sustainability, budget development, student and faculty recruitment and retention, and enrollment management.
- A high degree of emotional intelligence with a penchant for innovative, open-minded, out-of-the box thinking.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials by September 30th.
- EC Summary Sheet and Disclosure Statement (contact Tracy Bennett for the documents)
- Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
- Current Resume
- Statement of Educational Leadership Philosophy
- A list of five or more references with contact information (name, relationship to candidate, phone and email address)
Application materials are to be sent electronically via email to: