We had a terrible experience with Clyde Hill School when we moved in the area last year. You can forget about teachers helping your student in any way. They are there to help themselves to make sure that if any student that might be below 80% achievement be single out so they will not be blamed at the end. It seams that some teachers did not have any pedagogy classes during schooling; there is no effort to understand and connect with a student. Assistant principal is a total bully so make sure that all correspondence is done in writing. One fifth grade teacher is total psycho she even makes the classroom to look like some kind of her own republic with her own money and rules. If you are moving to Bellevue rather try Woodridge or Enatai middle school.
We've been at this school for 6 years with all of our kids attending here for all of their elementary years. The teachers are great, the principals have been great and the academics are rigorous and for some of my kids, it's been overwhelming and at times I've been frustrated with the amount of homework expected. All in all, it been a mostly positive experience for my kids. I will say, that the one big negative is, if you do not live in "Clyde Hill" city itself there is a social divide amongst the parents. There is an us and them feel to the school based on where you live and it does affect your child's friendships. It has a social hierarchy and that is a huge frustration and can leave you feeling on the outside and eventually affect who your kid gets to hang out with. I've seen it happen with each of my kids and it is a huge bummer.
Positives: - Great staff - We had great teachers in our 3 years at the school. Negatives: - Very crowded classes - Every year, in addition to the crowd, we had at least one problem kid distracting the whole class. If your kid is at least an average, be ready that he/she won't learn much due to class sizes and distractions at the class. All academically good kids in our class that I know was supplemented by outside tutors. - Snotty parents - Be prepared to be bullied as a parent, if you are not white & American & PTSA mom. - PTSA moms' kids get treated better in every way. One example, if your mom is volunteering at the library, you can get one more book than other kids (whose parents are working, hence couldn't volunteer).
The review posted on November 26, 2013 is spot on! We've had all the negative experiences that the aforementioned poster encountered. While we are happy with the fabulous teacher our DC has this school year, we are HORRIFIED at the class sizes. The expectation that we can shell out lots of money for fundraisers can be taxing as we have to deal with atrocious class size (28-30 kids per class on the average) and snooty, condescending front office staff such as Shannon Leahy and her former office partner (Leala?). Hope the new Principal and her new Assistant Principal will bring positive changes to CHES soon as we don't want to have to move our child to another school!
Those parents "who wish they could put their litte darlings at CHES" (as another reviewer suggested), DO NOT know anything about what is happening there. Student to per teacher ratio was almost 30 in a 1st grade class last year. Their WASL test scores are incredible low. I gave it a try with my older child for a couple of years and my experience was HORRIBLE!!! Evenetually, I gave up and decided to send my child to a private school instead. Anyone who still thinks that CHES is a good enough school can check out the 2012 WASL results and see that CHES didn't even make it to WA's top 50 Elementary schools. Simply put, almost all the schools in the Eastside had better WASL results than CHES. And also, besides the lack of quality education, the school has a horrible front desk secretary named as Shannon Leahey (I guess). IF your child goes there try to limit your conversation with her at all cost. :)
Many parents only wish they could put their litte darlings at CHES! Our oldest son (17) attended the school (K-5) and our second child is there and currently in 2nd grade. This is a very good school with strong leadership and many caring teachers. These past 2 years our son has benefited from a husband & wife team of teachers who are rigorous, yet kind, patient, understanding, and possess a good sense of humor. Honestly, being quite demanding myself, I feel that CHES is just fine. The student population is increasingly ethnically diverse each year, and it's obvious that CHES is attracting a high percentage of Asian families through its strong teaching credentials. We weren't so impressed with Chinook Middle School (next door) and hopefully that school will be better once the reconstruction is completed in the next two years. CHES is the right size, the support is there, the kids are well behaved (no bullying at all), and it's nice to see your tax dollars aren't being wasted for a change. Thanks CHES.
After school childcare program is unprofessional. My child was injured on the playground and left to take care of herself. Too many kids crammed into a small space.
I'm in awe reading the recent negative comments about Clyde Hill. I just don't understand it! We were lucky to be at CHES for two years, before moving to CA. Now, we miss Clyde Hill every day. The caring staff, amazing "specials" including PE, music, art...an on-site nurse, librarian...these assets are a thing of the past in most public schools, including our current school. Class sizes at 27 are a negative? Ours are 31--33. Clyde Hill is a wonderful school, great curriculum and supportive learning environment. We would be back tomorrow if we could. Please keep perspective, folks, CHES is a wonderful school. Come visit a public school in CA if you need a dose of reality :)
Every school has negatives & positives. But this schools negatives are far more than the positives.
This is a great school with hardworking teachers and staff, as well as a strong parent community. Every school will have its struggles in these tough economic times, but its people not money that will pull Clyde Hill through.
We moved from california last year and i feel made a mistake sending my 3rd grader then, to this school.The schools ratings have also dropped considerably.The neighbouring Enatai is better.
My 1st grader is doing grate though we have some issues with everyday homework. he likes to be a leader and face academic challenges. my kindergardener is struggling to go to school, perform well and actually enjoy it. he hates it. i don't think rigorous academics are appropriate for every kid. it is even harder for yanger ones. i guess it depends on what kind of child you have.
The partnership between teachers/staff and parents is excellent. The partnership works hard to address the needs of all children, academically and socially.
I have had two daughters at Clyde Hill 2008-2009 and both love their school and their teachers. The PTSA is very active and there is several after school activities to choose from (Art, Science, Jum rope, Chess...) I would love to have even more activities, especially on the short Wednesdays, but as it is, Clyde Hill already has a lot to provide. Academically, the teachers our girls have had have been doing a great job, and they are very interested in the children as individuals. I would warmly recommend this school.
Hopefully the new principal have a positive impact. The second grade teachers are wonderful and work as a wonderful team. The first grade teachers do not. If your child is bright or not 'in the box,' be ready to advocate for your child. Do not be patient with the 'system' as we were. We wasted an entire year. I would not recommend first grade at this school. Teachers who are not nuturing should not be teaching first grade.
I have had two children attend Clyde Hill and found the sense of community and help to be fantastic. There is a Tech Team and Service Team along with Choir, Chess, School Play & Jump Rope Club for kids to get involved in. The older kids are matched with the younger ones to do one on one reading. All classrooms are equipped w/smart boards and the teachers are vested in creating a fun and challenging learning environment. Although it is in a more affluent area of town it is a very diverse group of students and needs which the school does a great job managing.
Horrible horrible system the families associated with this school must contend with if you are not in the 'Rich' click group. Its too bad for such a beautiful area.
When comparing Clyde Hill with Medina the teacher/student ratio is too high. I agree with the other posters, improving the math and foreign language program should be priorities. Additionally, the school needs to provide more after school activities - like music, art, dance, soccer. Today only jump rope is offered.
Relatively small classroom size. Good parent participation. Math program is weak. Would love to see Spanish taught. Music and art teachers are great. Band or orchestra is mandatory for 5th graders. Teacher quality varies quite a bit, some fantastic and high expectations, a minor few should not be in teaching- especially those that don't like kids.
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