Beyond the Sidewalk
Welcome to the Bertschi campus, where students are encouraged to play, create, examine, question and share their selves and ideas with their friends and community in a safe and inspiring urban setting.
A Nurturing Place to Explore and Grow
Take a close look at our living building, outdoor play areas, interactive gardens, library, and dedicated spaces for science, drama, art, culture, PE, and music. Our campus celebrates art and architecture while providing both quiet and active spaces. Come inside with us.
Bertschi School Front Entry
Main Playground Play Structure
Bertschi Center Turf Field
Bertschi Center Lobby and Art Gallery
Gym and Meeting Space
Science Room and Outdoor Teaching Area
A River Runs Through It
Living Wall in EcoHouse
Solar Array for Science Lab
Rainwater Cisterns and Green Roof
Ethnobotanical Teaching Garden
Picking Berries in the Garden
A Quiet Place in the Vegetable Garden
Building Belief in Sustainability
OUR LIVING BUILDING
Explore our World-class Science Wing *
As the first LEED gold-certified building on an independent school campus in the Pacific NW, the Bertschi Center provides an active learning environment for students to learn about the scarcity of resources and to witness first-hand the use of rapidly renewable and recycled materials like our gym’s bamboo floor, and the building’s cotton batt insulation and wheat-board walls and cabinetry. The Bertschi Center is a campus resource classroom building for the art, music, and physical education programs and is the main meeting space for all school events.
As the first certified "Living Building" in Washington State and the first in the world built to the Living Building Challenge 2.0 standard, the Bertschi Science Wing includes solar panels, a living wall of tropical plants to treat grey water, radiant floor heating, and composting toilet. Science comes alive for students as we learn about solar energy generation and rainwater reclamation as well as plant and animal studies in the EcoHouse and exterior gardens.
Tour Our Gardens
Learning in Our Neighborhood
Our rainwater collection systems store roof run-off in large above ground and underground cisterns. One of these provides water for the children to hand-water their on-campus gardens where they grow food and harvest native vegetation to gain an understanding of urban agriculture. Come take a closer look at the plants that make up the Bertschi gardens.
Our teachers make the most of Bertschi’s own back yard by incorporating local landmarks, parks, destinations and people into our curriculum, including Volunteer Park, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle Fire Station 22, and the urban garden of Daniel and Anne Streissguth, which is filled with native plants, butterflies and enticing natural treasures.
* We offer Science Wing tours twice a month. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.