We have two children attending Hanawalt and believe that the entire staff is committed to the success of all children at every level. While there are challenges with increased class size, particularly in Kindergarten, the school, district and involved parents are mutually finding solutions. Grade level test scores are always at or near the top and exceed the district and state average. And with a student in the Gifted and Talented program, we are pleased with the opportunities presented and available to her on a regular basis. Lastly, the community of parents and their involvement is second to none.
The teachers, staff, and parental involvement make this school great. Students are educated as individuals as opposed to some schools' one-size-fits-all approach. As noted below, Hanawalt's class size is growing and it lacks sufficient space to solve the issue in the short term. Long term, open enrollment will be limited.
Amazing teachers. My daughter is in First Grade and this school feels more like a private school. I am very happy to have her in this school. In comparing to other friends with children in surrounding communities, I feel like my child is learning more.
Strong emphasis on basics - reading, writing, math. Recently renovated school also places high importance on art, music and physical education. High value on discipline and courtesy. Serves as site for autism program where kids are mainstreamed into classes, but still have special rooms available as needed. High parent involvement. Wonderful neighborhood school consistently ranks among top three elementary schools in the district.