The teachers are excellent and caring. The kids receive extra challenge packets based on their academic level in math.
The PTSA is strong and well funded. There are a lot of parent volunteers to support the teaching staff and the extra curricular educational/social activities.
The playgrounds have new astro turf and our kids enjoy playing there.
Parental involvement seems to be a major part of the school's success. The administration and staff are very supportive of parent engagement in and out of the classroom. The PTSA supports the school with aides in addition to programs and social events. The curriculum is 'one size' per the district's instruction but teachers we've had were all flexible to provide a challenging level appropriate for each child.
This school is inconsistent, to say at least. There are both great and terrible teachers. The math program in Bellevue is horrible, and both school and district is deaf to parent's concerns. The school resists to any parent's objections and concerns because it goes against their 'feel good' policy. 'Substance' is sacrificed, so everybody can 'feel good' about the school and curriculum. The PTSA seems to subscribe to this 'feel good' policy as well. I went to meetings where the principal asked parents not to tell their opinion directly, just through notes, etc... Indirect participation is much easier to control.
School has a great environment for learning but lacking in substance. The school is definitely divided when it comes to the community. The school is very diverse and yet there is a division among Asians and Whites.
Unsafe playground: the ptsa, the administration and the teachers are begging to get more parents to volunteer on the playground, but there has been little response. The principal needs to fix this problem, but hasn't. The school district needs to insure the safety and well being of our children on the playground.
Our son, now 19, went to Somerset. Now we have a 5th grader there. The school has consistently provided an outstanding learning environment with the highest caliber of teachers, and huge parent involvement. Only two comments. This may be a district issue as well: 5th grade students should not be forced to play an instrument. They should be given the choice to play one or not play one. Band & Orchestra should be separate classes made up of only those students, as they are in middle and high school. DARE: Canceling this program was a huge loss for Somerset. This program should have been salvaged at all costs.