Super grateful for Ms. Vegarra! She continually goes above and beyond to help our child who has some special needs. She is super attentive, communicates with us frequently, and has been the perfect classroom fit for our child this year. We consider ourselves very lucky!
Too much for such an early age. Our child really struggles at facing homework after a long day, and we resent having to spend a big chunk of our evening family time on homework. Wish this didn't start until later, like grades 4 or 5. I've read studies lately that early homework doesn't necessarily help kids.
The school has a values curriculum, and teaches things like the virtue of the month. There's also an emphasis on developing social and community skills, and learning how to problem solve and be polite.
Our daughter has been at CHES for 2 years. We've been very impressed by the attentiveness of her teachers across the board. The school is great at communicating what's going on in the classroom and it's nice to have a variety of activities like PE, music, art, etc. Field trips are great too. The school also has wonderful reading instructors- something that has been a great help to our child.
On the down side- the building is quite worn out and not super nice considering the neighborhood. We hear it's going to be torn down and rebuilt in 2-3 years. The other thing is constant fundraising. We donate, but at the same time, our property taxes are going up literally 15-20% every year, which we'd hope would fund the schools well (and then some). All around positive experience, great staff.
We are new to the Seattle area from CA and feel very welcomed by the office manager, Shannon Leahy, at Clyde Hill Elementary. She seems to understand our relocation issues well by initiating communication and working hard to expedite our school registration. We are excited to start school here!
The school administrators show lack of care to the welfare of the children. For example, 3 out of 5 first grade classes have long term sub teachers for an entire year. At least 2 classes (K and 1st grade) already have had to deal with transition from one teacher to another. In one of those cases, the transition was sudden. The children were told that a teacher was coming back after the maternity leave, only to hear from the principal later that she was not and another long term sub teacher was to take over. Understandably, many parents were upset and wrote to the Bellevue School District Superintendent for a better explanation of what had happened. Through the communications, it showed that the principal had no interest in the children's well-being and have no plans to provide stability to children's learning. I can say that my child learnt nothing in the year. I hope that the leadership will be motivated to improve communication between families, principal and staff, and help them become more engaged in their job. There is only thing I respect about Clyde Hill is a couple of teachers care what happens to the students.
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.