Exhibits & Programs

An innovative, STEM-based preschool program.

Proton Preschool

Proton Preschool is a STEM-based school year program of Pacific Science Center, held right under the arches in downtown Seattle. The program is play-based and for children ages 3 to 5. At Proton Preschool, science is used as the ideal catalyst for discovery and stimulation. Weekly themes and daily activities are designed to meet the developmental needs of early learners, while inspiring curiosity, cultivating a love for learning, and teaching basic science concepts – all while utilizing the incredible resources that Pacific Science Center has to offer.

Visit Our Upcoming Proton Preschool Open Houses!

Explore our classroom held right under the arches, meet our early childhood educators and dive into our STEM-based curriculum. Our open houses are held on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • April 24, 2016
  • October 2, 2016
  • January 8, 2017
  • January 29, 2017
  • April 23, 2017

No RSVP required; all are welcome! Please enter through the gates located on Denny Way. For more information, call (206) 443-2925 or email kanderson@pacsci.org.

Tuition, Registration & Program Details

2016-2017 Sessions:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday session: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday a.m. session: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday p.m. session: 1 – 4 p.m.

Tuition

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday session: $400/month or $3,600/year
  • Tuesday, Thursday a.m. and p.m. sessions: $275/month or $2,475/year

Full tuition payment is encouraged prior to the first day of preschool. Families may also pay tuition in monthly installments via credit card. A non-refundable deposit equal to that of one month’s tuition will be due when enrolling your child; this deposit covers your May/June tuition.

Please note: To enroll, your child must be at least 3 years old and toilet-trained by the first day of school.

Class Size

Maximum class size for Proton Preschool is 14 students, with two educators in the class.

Learning Philosophy

Proton Preschool leverages science to facilitate powerful learning experiences through hands-on, play-based activities and investigations. We utilize scientific inquiry to develop children’s cognitive, social and emotional skills and provide them with engaging experiences designed to stimulate rich conversations with their surroundings and with each other. Our emphasis on cognitive and social experiences enhances each child’s lifelong learning skills while fostering respect for the world around them.

Meet the Proton Preschool Educators

Kate Anderson, Early Childhood Educator

Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in humanities from Seattle University and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington. She has worked in a variety of public and private schools ranging from preschool to middle school over the past seven years. Kate has worked for Pacific Science Center in other education roles including Camps for Curious Minds and Weekend Programs educator. Kate is a lifelong lover of the Pacific Northwest, and her favorite spots include the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the view of Lake Washington with Mount Rainier in the background. Kate is excited to focus on STEM education and early literacy as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at Pacific Science Center.

Megan Sherman, Early Childhood Educator

Megan Sherman is thrilled to be working with Proton Preschool. Her love for all things science stemmed from spending many summers at science camps while growing up in New Jersey. One thing she loves about the Pacific Northwest and Seattle is its proximity to all things nature: the mountains, the forest and the Puget Sound! She especially enjoys spending time in Discovery Park. Megan was an educator at both the Seattle Aquarium and IslandWood: A School in the Woods, and has also been fortunate to develop programming at the Kids Discovery Science Museum and to be an assistant preschool teacher at Epiphany School. A recent recipient of a master’s of education from UW — Megan is beyond excited to share her passion for science at Pacific Science Center!

Apply To Proton Preschool

Pacific Science Center accepts applications for Proton Preschool on an ongoing basis. To be added to our interest list, or to apply for enrollment in a future school year of Proton Preschool, complete the online application below and we will contact you for confirmation. For more information or questions about Proton Preschool and the enrollment process, call (206) 443-2925 or email kanderson@pacsci.org.

Application Procedure

Application Deadlines

Applications received after the specified due date will be added to the wait list.

  • Applications for the 2016-2017 school year must be submitted by February 16, 2016 and will be notified by March 1, 2016.
  • Applications for the 2017-2018 school year must be submitted by February 16, 2017 and will be notified by March 1, 2017.
  • Applications for the 2018-2019 school year must be submitted by February 16, 2018 and will be notified by March 1, 2018.

Your child must be 3-years-old and potty-trained before their first day of school. Children who are potty-trained:

  • Know when they need to go with little or no prompting.
  • Handle most aspects of toileting with no assistance, including wiping.

Proton Preschool strives to create a balanced and diverse classroom. Accordingly, the order in which we receive applications does not directly determine acceptance. Children and families are admitted regardless of any race, color, religion, sex, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin. Proton Preschool makes all rights, privileges, and activities available to all students of the school. Proton Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in hiring practices, or in administration of its educational policies, administrative policies, and other school programs. Proton Preschool reserves the right to create optimal learning communities with regard to a balance of sex, age, and learning needs of students.

Proton Preschool Application

  • Please indicate which session(s) you are interested in.
    Students must be 3 years old to enroll in our program; however we invite you to submit an application whenever your family feels prepared to do so. Your child may be eligible to apply for the next school year, a future school year or one of our wait pools. Please check all that you wish to be considered for: