Welcome back to school

We’re super excited about getting back to school and seeing everyone in person on Saturday, September 11th, when we’ll start the fall semester at the Finnish School of Seattle.

Our theme of the year is nature and environment. This theme will lead us to explore the uniqueness of the Finnish nature with its lakes, forestry, and all its’ rich biodiversity. In the classrooms we’ll learn and discuss about climate change, recycling, sustainable development, and learn the related Finnish vocabulary in an age-appropriate way. And of course, we play, have fun, tell stories, do arts & crafts, and have music – all in Finnish.

Our teachers and board members have been working hard to find a way for us to safely return to the classrooms, so you can rest assured that all the necessary precautions are taken into consideration. Your safety is our top priority. We’ll start the school year by everyone wearing masks, keeping children in their cohorts and respecting current physical distance guidelines. Naturally, all our teachers and volunteers are fully vaccinated.

You are warmly welcome back to school!

For more information, please contact principal teacher Airi Suomalainen, principal@finnishschoolofseattle.org.

Our Mission

The Finnish School of Seattle is a caring learning community with high-class programs for Finnish-speaking children and teens as well as their families.

The school’s values and objectives are as follows:

  1. We learn and use the Finnish language in a joyful and loving environment, respect one another and treat everyone with dignity and kindness.
  2. We share and learn about Finnish culture, society and its values in relation to other cultures in a warm, open and welcoming community.


Every year, the Finnish school teachers come up with a theme to base lesson plans on. Throughout the year we explore the chosen theme through stories, songs, games, and art projects.

An essential part of our teaching is learning the Finnish language not only through using the language itself, but also through culture. During the lessons we learn about the Finnish society, culture and its values in an age-appropriate way. We celebrate both Finnish and American holidays throughout the school year.

School Address: 10420 SE 11th st. Bellevue, WA 98004