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In 1955, a group of visionary parents joined forces to create a new educational option in Spokane. The founders sought a place that would prepare students for life and to succeed at the best colleges and universities around the world. Sixty-five years later, Saint George’s School continues to fulfill their initial vision. We fill a unique niche in the region as the only K-12 independent school, making a positive difference in the lives of young people.
The founders secured a bucolic setting for the school on the site of Louis Davenport’s former summer home, appropriately named Flowerfield, after the flowing acres of terraced gardens that adorned the property. Our school is still nestled on that beautiful 120-acre property overlooking the Little Spokane River. The campus is a treasure, allowing us to incorporate outdoor experiences as a key part of the education model at SGS.
Our community is built around the students, faculty, staff and families currently at the school, but alumni, former staff and parents also continue to contribute in shaping Saint George’s. The intimate size of the school allows us to know every student very well, so we can build on their strengths and address areas they are still developing. We focus on the whole child, supporting them as they follow their passions and add to our diverse community. Our alumni and current students talk about the positive influence their teachers have had on them. Likewise our teachers often share stories of great relationships they have forged with their current and former students.
As a parent of SGS since 2003, I’ve experienced firsthand how our dedicated faculty and staff prepare students in each grade to find success in the classroom, on the stage, and on the fields of play.
This bond inspires our students to strive for excellence in everything they attempt. Their efforts are evidenced by their academic achievements, athletic championships, and artistic endeavors. It is our mission to do more than just educate young minds; we are all about… Inspiring scholars, athletes and artists to serve and lead others. Like the mission, our core values provide guidance and direction for our community. We strive to live by these values at all times: Honesty, Respect, Generosity of Spirit and Best Efforts.
There is, however, so much more that a Saint George’s education offers its students and their families. For example, we are the first International Baccalaureate World School in the Spokane-area, an excellent preparation for college, the world, and life. Please browse the website to see a snapshot of all that we do. Learn a little bit about the academics, arts, athletics, and the grand traditions that make up Saint George’s.
I encourage you to visit our beautiful campus on the banks of the Little Spokane River and become a part of the dream that the founders envisioned. Come and see how our school makes a positive difference in the lives of young men and women.
Jamie Tender, Head of School
Saint George’s School is dedicated to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that supports the success of all community members, while celebrating the richness that diverse perspectives bring to the human experience. As members of the SGS community, we realize that creating and maintaining such an environment will not happen by chance but must be the result of institutional and individual resolve as well as intentional decision-making at all levels. Consistent with our school philosophy, SGS must value diversity and personal well-being while protecting and promoting freedom of thought, freedom of inquiry, and freedom of expression. Members of the SGS community further recognize that this is an ongoing process and requires our sustained Best Efforts.
Our teachers are excited about what they teach and share that enthusiasm with your child. They bring their life experiences into the classroom, like the Arts teachers who are all practicing professionals in their fields. They set high expectations for your student, and then inspire them to meet those goals. And as our graduates will attest, Saint George’s teachers make a lasting difference in their lives.
Each year a special professional development award, funded by the family of a well loved, former teacher, gives one or more Saint George’s teachers a chance to travel anywhere in the world so they can bring that experience back to enrich their classroom.
Teachers have retraced Lewis and Clark’s journey from St. Louis to the Pacific, tramped across Civil War battlefields, explored Amazon rainforests, and taken in Broadway and Carnegie Hall performances.
It’s their experience and dedication to teaching – and the support of the entire Saint George’s community – that helps them bring out the best in every student they teach.