About Our School
Licton Springs K-8, formerly known as AS#1 and Pinehurst K-8, is Seattle's first public alternative school. Our students learn the same rigorous academic curriculum in reading, writing, and math, used throughout the Seattle school district. In 2013, Pinehurst came together with Native community organizations to build a partnership that combines a Native-centered curriculum with Pinehurst's experience-based, multicultural, social justice education and became Licton Springs.
Indian Heritage/AS#1 Proposal
Wilson Pacific Plans
We welcome parent and community input to help guide the program.
We use an alternative method of teaching that emphasizes hands-on learning, culturally responsive curriculum, and community engagement. We emphasize Native experience, culture, and history while serving a diverse, multicultural student community, and connect learning in the classroom to real-world context.
- SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION AWARD WINNER: 2009, 2010
- WASHINGTON ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER 2011 & 2012
- SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY MIDDLE SCHOOL READING CHALLENGE WINNER 2013
Licton Springs K-8 is a creative, holistic, experiential learning environment which nurtures respect, self discovery, and integrity, preparing the whole child to engage our global community.
Teamwork – Respect – Equity – Courage – Innovation
· Focus on Native Heritage, honoring Northwest tribes and the diversity of tribes throughout the America’s
· Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum: Since Time Immemorial
· Social Justice education
· Individualized approach for different types of learners
· Frequent field trips and community speakers
· Model of shared decision making
· Nurturing and respectful classroom environment
· Teaching through story
· Hands-on Science and Environmental Education
· Enrichment activities include cultural studies, chess, performing and visual arts
Intermediate and Middle School (5 – 8)
· Project-based learning: Family History projects
emphasizing students’ history and heritage
· Native history, art and literature
· Story and Art based curriculum
· Hands-on real life math and science
· Theater, Film, and Discover Dance (with PNB)
· Holocaust studies, Labor history, and globalization
· Rites of Passage – an eighth grade transformative outdoor education program
About our New Name:
Licton Springs is the name of the neighborhood we will be relocating to in 2017/2018. This name also has Native American roots.
Licton Springs takes its name from Liq'tid (LEEK-teed) or Licton for the Lushootseed word meaning "reddish mud of the springs".
The Coast Salish native people had used the springs area as a spiritual health spa. The magnesium and iron springs were significant to healing.
More information can be found here
Contact Us4400 Interlake Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
Main: (206) 252-6000
Fax: (206) 252-6001
Principal: Roy Merca
Please schedule a visit.
Programs at Lincoln Building