The Bertschi Difference

We’re not going to take credit for what’s already there—just for helping bring it to the surface. Our students are individuals whose “job” is to get to know themselves, explore their unique character and share it openly with their world.   

Get Us at a Glance

  • Bertschi kids are curious, enthusiastic, cooperative, open to new ideas, and comfortable making transitions.
  • Our strong curriculum integrates core academics with art, technology, science, dance, music and drama.
  • Our urban campus exhibits our commitment to sustainability and nature with living buildings designed to teach and demonstrate social responsibility.
  • Located in Seattle’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Grades PreK-5  / 240 students
  • Average class size: 19
  • Student/teacher ratio:   7-to-1 
  • Faculty: 38
  • Tuition and Fees: $26,830  (Financial Aid available)


Her legacy of dynamic, multi-cultural, community-centered early

childhood education began back in 1975. 


Meet Our Founder, Brigitte Bertschi   

The Bertschi Story, 1975–2016

  • 1975

    Brigitte has a Vision

    In one leased classroom in the basement of Lowell Elementary School, Brigitte Bertschi brings dynamic, multi-cultural, community-centered early childhood education to 15 students on Capitol Hill.

  • 1976

    Permanent Digs

    Bertschi School moves 10 blocks north to its current Capitol Hill location—beginning with just one building.

  • 1980

    Growing Up...

    Grades 1 and 2 are added. Two classrooms for each grade, plus our Pre-K and Kindergarten students bring total enrollment to 112 students with 6 teachers.

  • 1983

    The Computer Age

    We enter the Information Age when we purchase seven Apple IIe PCs—one for each classroom.

  • 1985

    Science Lab

    The same year “Weird Science” hits the movie theaters, Bertschi School opens its first small Science Lab to the delight of all our 124 students!

  • 1986

    Getting Cultural

    The Kindergarten class kicks off our on-campus celebration of the Chinese New Year with our first-ever Dragon Parade—a tradition that continues today.

  • 1987

    Time to Expand

    After acquiring additional buildings on the same city block, we expand our educational program to serve PreK- 5th graders.

  • 1997

    Getting Techie

    40 Macintosh computers are purchased and our Technology Lab is expanded to include space for students to use PCs daily in their studies.

  • 1999

    New and Improved

    “Mission 2000” raises $1.4M to enable renovation of the Church Building classrooms to create the 5th grade suite and preserve Bertschi’s landmark Church building.

  • 2000

    Help for Everyone

    Our celebrated Learning Services Program is established, offering assistance to all students through small-group reading and math study and individual tutoring.

  • 2006

    Going Green

    Our new Bertschi Center—the first LEED Gold- certified building on an independent school campus in the NW—offers students spaces for music, art, PE and outdoor play.

  • 2008

    Curtain Call!

    The newly-renovated Library and Drama Lab open to the delight of our 230+ students and 48 faculty and staff. Students celebrate by performing 10 plays this school year.

  • 2011

    35th Anniversary

    Our new Living Building Science Wing offers interactive teaching tools for educating students about issues surrounding the scarcity of resources and alternative energy sources.  Learn more

  • 2012

    New Website

    Bertschi launches a newly branded website featuring up-close views of life inside our school—with photos and quotes from our students, families, alumni, faculty and staff.

  • 2014

    Green Honors

    Bertschi School is honored as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for demonstrating ongoing commitment to sustainable practices by students, faculty and parents.

  • 2015

    Celebrating a Legacy

    Bertschi School celebrates 40 years with large community events; bringing together Bertschi Kids and families from all four decades of the school's history and bidding adieu to our founding Head of School, Brigitte Bertschi, celebrating her incredible legacy. This momentous year culminates in a beautiful Japanese Monadelpha Tree planted in Brigitte's honor on Bertschi School's campus.

  • 2016

    Welcoming a new Head of School

    In the spring of 2015, the Bertschi School Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Rafael del Castillo as our second Head of School, beginning July 1, 2016, to lead the school forward in the vision of our founder.