Preschool and Pre-K

Half-Day Cultural Arts Immersion Program
  • Illumineers Preschool & Pre-K

  • Preschool

    Greenwood Studio at 7720 Greenwood Ave N #101
  • Pre-K

    From Fall 2021: Ballard Studio at 5501 8th Ave NW
  • About Our Program – Our specific mix of cultural arts with its educational focus is a winning combination for effective early learning. A half-day program keeps learning fun and relevant, allowing children their afternoons to explore, play and apply learning out in the real world. 

    Lesson plans are established in accordance with Washington State’s Early Learning Standards along with our own interactive learning techniques and technologies. Preschool students are evaluated for progress and each spring parents meet with our certified teacher to learn about their child’s individual needs and progress.

    30-Day Assessments help parents determine where their child is currently tracking in their early learning and development. Our assessment is a useful tool whether your child is turning 3 or about to enter kindergarten. Our Certified Teacher will help guide you so that you can be confident in your decision to invest in your child’s early education.

     

  • "Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I will remember, involve me and I will learn" -Benjamin Franklin
  • Benefits:
    • Introductory Spanish language learning
    • Beginning yoga and movement
    • Morning classes provide a strong foundation for learning that leaves the afternoons free
    • Our program exceeds the Federal and State standards set forth for early childhood learning programs
    • Our specialized team is lead by a Certified Early Childhood Teacher who oversees our curriculum development and deployment
    • Strong focus on learning letter recognition, reading sight words, and writing letters, number recognition and math basics
    • Exploration of various hands on learning activities including technology
    • Music component to build interest in piano, patterns and languages
    • Weekly Arts focus for visual arts projects, drama and performance
    • Projects promote critical thinking, self-confidence and emotional acuity
  • Why Choose ILS?

  • Development

    • It's important to harness your child's potential in these early years. She's hungry to learn and wired to gather new knowledge and positive experiences at this age. Why wait to feed her curiosity when you can start encouraging her learning?
    • We are your educational partners, here to support your child and guide her on the path to exploration and learning.
    • Your child has a minimum of twenty years of education ahead of them - think about that. It's up to you to give them the best start possible.
    • Watch as your child learns to read, write and recognize patterns in music and math in our program.
  • Positive Exposure

    • The adults in your child's life help shape their perception of the world around.
    • Our teachers have a passion for what they do, they are caring and inquisitive, fair and guiding; most importantly are invested in your child's growth and development.
    • Our program gives students positive ways to explore and experience learning.
    • Our classroom invokes curiosity and affords children a structured place for learning.
    • Our students get rich cultural arts experiences including piano instruction.
    • Kick-start their social and emotional strength building with our drama, performance and art programs. Give them the advantage of language development and music learning.
  • Community

    • We are a community within the community. Our founders are teachers and live in the community.
    • Students here learn about what a community is and the importance of being responsible member of their community events. We serve and sit on the small business advisory boards in our neighborhood. We like being involved!
    • We are local and we know you value local.
    • We are a family of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and cousins.
  • How to Enroll:

    • Call to schedule a tour 206-900-7453.
    • Pay the 1-time $35 Registration Fee, $100 Annual Registration Fee and a deposit equal to last month tuition which may be applied to a child's last month.
    • Enrollment is ongoing and new students are admitted with an evaluation and as space availability permits.
    • ILS Preschool (Ages 2-3)
    • Location:
    • 7720 Greenwood Ave N
    • 2020-21 Monthly Tuition:
    • 5 Days a Week
      9:00 to 12:00pm
      $1120
    • 3 Days a Week
      9:00 to 12:00pm
      $820
    • Optional: Early Start
      8:00 to 9:00am
      $100

    **10% discounts are available for siblings who also enroll**

    • ILS Pre-K (Ages 4-5)
    • Location:
    • 5501 8th Ave NW
    • 2020-21 Monthly Tuition:
    • 5 Days a Week
      9:00 to 12:00pm
      $920
    • Optional: Early Start
      8:00 to 9:00am
      $100
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: How is the Illumination Learning Studio Preschool and Pre-K different from other half-day programs?
    A: Our program lies miles apart from other preschool programs which function more like play-schools. Students here are engaged in a true-learning experience that is aimed at advancing the pace in which preschoolers learn to read, write and reason.

    Q: How is the Illumination Learning Studio qualified to teach and provide half-day Kindergarten?
    A: Our Kindergarten program is taught by owner Molli Piper, who is a certified Early Childhood Education Teacher. Ms. Molli has past experience as Illumination Learning Studio’s Preschool and Pre-K program teacher, and both programs have been successful in preparing students with advanced levels of learning before entering their local school system. All programming follows Washington State Core Curriculum Learning Standards and will integrate hands-on music and art activities into the academic learning of reading, writing and math. In Seattle, Kindergarten is an optional, but important grade that is necessary for students to participate in, in order to advance to 1st grade. 

    Q: Isn’t play-based better for my child’s development?
    A: Of course children need play-time. Our lessons are presented in a fun way meant to engage the young, developing mind in learning that builds curiosity and advances the imagination. Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) released a 2014 report that shows children who attend [high-quality preschool programs] have significantly higher math and reading scores in third, fourth and fifth grades compared to children who do not.

    “About 85 percent of the human brain develops in the first three years of life. During this crucial developmental time, young children form the “wiring” needed to think, communicate, move and form attachments with those around them. Children who have nurturing, healthy and supportive experiences in their early years are much better prepared to succeed in school and life” (Thrive Washington).

    “Despite our best efforts, too many of our city’s children are not thriving in school. Nearly a quarter of all schoolchildren in Seattle Public Schools can’t read at grade level in the third grade. If we invest in our kids early, well before kindergarten, we can change this gloomy reality. Several long-term evaluations show that children who attend high-quality preschools are better prepared to enter kindergarten and learn” (From the City of Seattle – Preschool for All Initiative).

    • ILS changed our son’s life. And, quite honestly, ours as parents. We had our 3 year old son in full time daycare starting when he was 3 months old at a well-known and respected organization. With the 10-1 ratio, it wasn’t meeting our son’s needs. That is when I discovered ILS! I knew the minute my son and I met Molli, that it was the right place for him. ILS has a group of brilliant and caring teachers all led by Molli and Mike who are very well respected by the children. They create a nuturing and structured environment that promotes learning every single day. Molli communicated with us clearly and often while providing suggested learning activities for us at home. Our son LOVED going to school, made lasting friendships and we often had after school playdates at parks close by. The parents of my son’s classmates became my friends. A very challenging situation turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for our family. I highly recommend ILS.

      Paige S.
    • This school was AMAZING for our 5 year old son in his PreK year. Having just moved from Australia and not knowing the education system in Seattle, we were looking for a program which wasn’t childcare and didn’t want 5 days per week. We hoped for some social/ fun hours per week in a program & some academics also. We found an AMAZING PROGRAM at Illumination and our son loved every day. From Tap dance to yoga, sight words, piano, math and SO MUCH MORE, his days had so much joy, fun and academics. We were thrilled with the staff, the program, the honesty of his progress and the community celebrations throughout the year. Our son did so well in this program, he since was accepted into the HCC program in Seattle.

      It was an AMAZING year with Illumination, the staff were superb & we hope to send our youngest as soon as she is old enough!

      Sandra L.
    • ILS has been a gift during this very difficult year. My son has been attending the kindergarten program since September, and it’s been awesome. He is happy to go to school each day (which has not always been the case for him), and is eager to share everything he learned when he comes home. His education has felt very well rounded (strong academics, art, music, science, etc). The teachers are caring and fun. I have felt confident with their covid safety precautions and communication has been easy. I am so glad to have ILS in the neighborhood!

      Elissa F.
    • ILS is a wonderful preschool with caring teachers that give the kids exposure to a nicely varied creative program, including piano/music, yoga, Spanish, drama and art. What a great grouping of activities for 3-5 year olds to explore, before starting Kindergarten. Molli and Mike, the owners are amazing with the kiddos, and genuinely enjoy working with, and inspiring the kids. Our five year old daughter has benefited from the three year education she has received at ILS, and come September, she will be more than ready for Kindergarten. I can’t ask for anything more!

      Lara B.
    • I really lucked out this year when I put my son into Illumination Learning Studio’s half-day kindergarten program. I am very satisfied with the management (Mr Mike and Ms Molli) and other teachers at ILS with how they have handled a difficult year. They truly care about their students’ well-being and education.

      This is the first year that ILS has had a kindergarten program and I am confident that my son is getting an excellent start to his formal educational experience. They offer a rich curriculum of arts, music, reading, writing, and math programs. My son has greatly improved on his reading fluency and writing skills. He comes home excited to show me his new art project, or share his experience playing the drums, or the new yoga moves he did in school. Ms. Molli has been very flexible in supporting my son in his individual curriculum in math. She goes above and beyond to touch-base with parents about the students’ progress through email, formal assessments, and brief chats during pick-up and drop-off. I have no doubt that when my son transitions to elementary school next year he will be more than ready academically and socially.

      Jie L.
    • My kids have attended ILS for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and summer camps, and every single day, they go to school excited to learn and engage and come home happy, energized, and eager to share everything they’ve absorbed during the day. With the upheaval of the last year, ILS has provided stability for my kids, first online, and then in person, with their creative, dynamic programming (like Harry Potter summer camp!), and it has given our whole family so much comfort. I am so grateful to have found ILS for my kids!

      Shayne A
    • We originally signed our daughter up for aftercare, and then when the pandemic hit and schools closed, we jumped on the opportunity to attend Ms. Molli’s in-person 10-kid morning kindergarten program. I had heard great things about the preschool and pre-K offerings, but it still exceeded my expectations. With a personalized approach, and a playful but rigorous hands-on curriculum, my daughter loves it and is thriving, already reading independently, counting by five’s and starting to tell time. Ms. Molli is so personable and is fully transparent and collaborative with the parents, so even with strict Covid policies, I feel more connected with the kindergarten experience than I would have ever hoped. I forgot to mention it’s very affordable too.

      Rebecca G.
    • This is an excellent pre-school for children. Our grandson has been attending this school for 2 years and is going into his 3rd year. The staff is very knowledgeable, very good with children….Our grandson learned a lot from them. The school is very safe, clean and equipped with everything for the children to learn. We would like to recommend this school for everyone who wants their kids to have success in the future.

      -Long & Kim H.
    • I have seen so many of the kids flourish with knowledge with their time at ILS; from learning music and playing the piano to beginning reading sight words for a pre-K student.

      Shawna
    • Our daughter spent her Pre-K year at the ILS Greenwood preschool, and we absolutely loved it. She always enjoyed going, and she learned so much! The teachers are engaged and so good with the kids. We would definitely recommend ILS!

  • Locations:

    • Greenwood

      7720 Greenwood Ave N. Suite 101
      Seattle, WA 98103

    • Ballard

      5501 8th Ave NW
      Seattle, WA 98107

  • Contact Us

    Contact us for enrollment information or to schedule a tour