Most schools have academics as a part of a core curriculum and focus on developing character as a secondary motive. However, the Kindness School has a different approach to student learning. The Puget Sound Community School in Seattle, Washington is a 5-day-a-week school rooted in helping kids from grades 6-10 build character and learn to be kind. There are no required academic classes, but classes where students take subjects that interest them. When you concentrate on building character, academic learning takes place naturally. Students get to go into their community to help spread love and kindness to learn how to put their passions into action. 


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  • a person (Serena)

    I think this is a really good idea. Im speechless which is why I'm not gonna say anything elsegoodbyedontkillmeplease

  • sunita

    Yes, we need kindness and compassion more than anything else. Thank you so much for this enriching initiative.

  • Joanne Juhnke

    This sounds wonderful -- phenomenal, actually! My organization (Wisconsin Family Ties) supports families of kids for whom kindness could change their world, both in the receiving and in the giving: children and youth with behavioral and mental health challenges. It was a hard thing, therefore, to read on the PSCS website that “PSCS is not the right school for children with extreme behavior challenges who require constant adult supervision.” The very kids who are in most need of a kindness school are not the right fit for a kindness school. What a disappointing discovery, in the midst of such a magnificent concept.

  • Cindy

    Courageous founder and educator, Smallman deserves highest honors for taking this approach to education. Kudos.

  • Gary Loch

    It's organic simplicity. The enthusiasm of the students.

  • Krishan

    So moving! Thank you!

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Wonderful to incorporate kindness into the foundation of the school. Truly meaningful. Thank you.

  • Andrew

    Um, not sure dissecting animals is very kind?

  • Sara Jamil

    Truly touched, moved and inspired me to continue focusing on spreading the awareness of compassion and kindness all day and every day!! Thank you for sharing this video xxx

  • Maya Jones

    I am inspired by the courage to do something different in education and something that makes a big difference in the lives of the students and the community. Thank you for doing this.

  • Towanda Allen

    WoW! Way to go! Thank you so much for having the COURAGE to great a space for Children to be children, learn the importance of self love, kindness, respect that I was blessed to be tough at home and now. There is no one at home to teach our children the basic values of being a Human Being or the parents haven't been tough. They can't teach what they haven't been given. What a thought, once again, thank you so much and stay blessed!

  • Kathryn Thomsen

    This gives me hope for our future! This school is helping to cultivate the good that is in us all and makes it a central focus. A peaceful future starts with giving children the tools to realize the kind and loving humans they are meant to be.

  • Deepak

    Kindness is inspirational and the world opens up for you .

  • Maureen

    This is wonderful. It is awesome to see kids feeling so good about themselves because kindness begets kindness and that is what they are experiencing. I will send this video to my grandchildren to see. Making the world a better place for all, the students of Puget SoundCommunity School...lucky kids. Maureen

  • shelly Berk

    inspires me to research the school itself---i have grandchildren, 2 of whom r in middle school---i'm sure they would lovelovelove going to this KINDNESS school---getting away from competitive behaviors laced with the endemic bullying. maybe this school can open up some satellites in other states--like where we are in Oregon!

  • Bruno M Wesley-Leonce

    I’m inspired by the work that you do with the kids and teenagers for my wife is Australian 🇦🇺 and i’m a St Lucian .We’er have a charity for the kids in the area where we live (Gros-Islet) in St Lucia and we would like to Chang the Mind set to something more positive.

  • lisa

    i thought you might enjoy this school with unique curriculum

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  • arun

    so nice and wonderful.

  • James C Dellemonico

    Inspired to start a school.

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  • Learn more about the Puget Sound Community School. If you live in Seattle, consider volunteering with this "Kindness School."
  • Become a Random Act of Kindness activist (RAKtivist) to help make a difference in the world. 
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