As a social worker, I have worked with schools across four counties and this school is by far the most appalling. They have an incompetent principal and their TK teacher should not even be allowed to be around children. They demonize children with special needs and do not work with parents on how best to serve them. They use punishment as a "motivator" instead of praise. Their teacher's have only the minimum units in Early Childhood Development. If you have any other options for your child's education, I would take them.
Fantastic, caring, supportive teachers. Added a winning track team as of 2008. Welcoming office staff. Frequent student teachers add new insight and fresh teaching activities. Parent-Teacher group sponsors sock hops, Salmon dinner, family dance night, and many other activites to unify families and raise money for numerous field trips. A safe and nurturing school
Warm, helpful office staff. Excellent art program. Parents invited to participate in all activities or visit classrooms unannounced. Open door policy. Hallways decorated with art and writing. Lots of extras: Science Fairs etc.
McKinleyville had a reputation as being 'redneck' and a 'hick' town, which made me nervous. But Dow's Prairie School has astounded me with the superb quality of the teachers and staff. We couldn't be happier.