Every classroom we have been a part of has given our child regular, constructive feedback on all work products. This helps to keep the students focused on doing the best they can, and striving to do better.
Mrs. Gillies (3rd Grade); Mrs. Buzan (4th Grade); Mrs. Meininger (5th Grade). These incredible teachers know how to motivate students (with positive messages and energy) and instill in them a love of learning.
I cannot say enough good about Bilquist Elementary. My son started out in private school (kindergarten), and we moved to Bilquist when he was in first grade. I now wish we had attended Bilquist from the start. He has received a first-class education, and his state test results show that he is among the top performers in the nation. His teachers have been unfailingly supportive, responsive and kind, and the PTA, together with the administration, keeps the energy at the school high with events both in and out of school. Unlike at other schools, there is a focus on subjects beyond the "three R's" - they bring in "scientists in residence" to work with the kids on ecology; they bring in artists to work with the students through the "right brain initiative"; they participate in BizTown through Junior Achievement, they have a great music teacher; and they enjoy regular PE. Lastly, I have a comment about how sites like Great Schools compile their ratings. The ratings are based in large part on test scores - and test scores, while convenient, are not the best metric for assessing the quality of a school. Bilquist is blessed with a diversity of students, including many students that are from homes where English is not the first language. These are smart, talented kids that do really well in the classroom, but not, perhaps, on high-stakes standardized testing. As a consequence, Bilquist may not have the highest test scores in the District. What it does have is a well-rounded, supportive, and high quality learning environment. My son will graduate from 5th grade this year very well prepared for middle school and beyond.
I went to this school K-6 grade. It used to be a great school back then. Recently one of my kids went there and we did not have the same good experience I did as a kid. There is poor communication with the parents and they seem to not really care about the kids at times. Several times different kids had situations with bullying where the teachers did not alert the parents of what was happening or help to stop the conflict between the kids.