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4630 167th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006

(425) 837-7300
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August 17, 2015
We have not been impressed with ISD's offerings overall. No foreign language programs, no instrument instruction, no art and no room for universal full day K. The new principal seems overwhelmed and lacks leadership skills. Still, the teachers and parents make up for what the district is lacking. For WA it is a great school, but for this area I expected more.

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Develops respect: Agree
August 17, 2015
Most of the respect comes from the families, but they are pretty good kids overall.

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Develops empathy: Neutral
August 17, 2015
I don't think they have enough staff to do that. Class sizes are too big, EAs are limited and there isn't enough support staff to do that. Communication is very lacking regarding social issues at school.

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June 05, 2014
We've been thrilled with the dedication shown by the staff and how welcoming and involved the community is. People here truly love this school and the standards are very high but not to an unhealthy extreme. My child is still too young for cliques so I can't speak to the comment about them existing or not. Yes, this is in a somewhat affluent community but I've never encounted any outright snobbishness like I see regularly in west Bellevue. As for fundraising, I've never felt pressured to give more than I can afford but if anyone is to blame it is WA state for so pitifully underfunding our schools. Our PTA pays for class aides and computers with money raised, and without the generous giving by many, our school simply wouldn't be able to offer so much. The principal has very large shoes to fill next year and we'll reserve our judgement until then.

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May 06, 2014
This is a great school with wonderful , caring teachers. There is a high percentage of parent involvement which benefits many students. Teachers and staff make much effort to reach all students , and help them grow to their fullest potential. The community is also invested in Cougar Ridge by supporting their fundraising events and being involved whenever possible. The community as a whole, understands the value of a good school and well rounded kids. My kids are not the smartest, most athletic, or well off financially, and you can find me in at school in sweats and beat up tennis shoes most days and we all LOVE Cougar Ridge and Cougar Ridge loves us.

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April 24, 2014
I have mixed feelings about this school. The principal and teachers are very good. The principal is retiring at the end of this school year, though, so there will be a change of leadership. The academics are rigorous and they hold the students to a high standard. The main reason that I give this school an "average" rating is because the families are elitist and snobby. The annual fundraiser is $100 a plate to attend. I have heard 4th graders ask "what kind of purse is that? Is it Coach?" Even the boys care what kind of shoes you wear and where you went on vacation. The students are cliqued up and are not welcoming of newcomers or others not in their clique, especially on the playground. There is an "edge" to them that borderlines on bully behavior. If you have an average student who isn't athetic, isn't super talented, isn't rich, or isn't gifted, your student will not flourish here. If you're a minivan flip-flop mom, you won't fit in either. There are other schools in Issaquah with equally strong academics that you should explore. Part of elementary school is learning how to treat others with empathy and develop character. Students here fall short in these areas.

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August 26, 2011
A wonderful school with an emphasis on excellence, community, and involvement. It has the feeling of a small school where everyone knows each other, including staff and teachers. The principal, Mrs. Tanner, is welcoming, engaging and simply amazing. There are so many activities for kids and families, including parent education, art classes, community dinners and other extracurriculars.

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January 24, 2011
A fabulous school. Great teachers and staff. Everyone is 100% committed to the kids and making sure they have a positive learning environment. Teachers spend a lot of extra time to make sure the kids are learning at their highest possible level. Children also attend weekly classes in PE, Music, Library, Computer Science & Art (Art & Library are every other week). PTSA is very involved and funds lots of extras at the school.

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May 05, 2010
Cougar Ridge benefits from outstanding teachers, involved families and a supportive district. Defines excellence.

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September 19, 2009
excellent school in excellent neighborhood where parents are highly educated and very supportive. Smart and motivated kids. 5 stars for PTSA. 5th grade team are very competitive.

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November 01, 2008
This school is the best school in all of washington. My daughter has made friends with both boys and girls. They teach kids how to really connect and not to leave anyone out. This school os so inviting and loving we really are one big bobcat family.

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September 27, 2007
Cougar Ridge knows how to challenge academically bright children, of which there are many. My son's first grade experience was wonderful. His teacher really pushed the class, and he came out an 'expert' in many topics. Some of his peers in other classes didn't fare as well as there's one teacher who seems to rather be anywhere else but at school.

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March 12, 2006
I have been pleased with the experience my child has had at Cougar Ridge. I feel the teachers communicate well and are geniunely interested in both the emotional and educational welfare of my child. The building itself is bright and cheerful. The PTSA is involved and sponsors a lot of great programs. We've been happy with the school.

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December 24, 2005
My daughter has attended this school for 3 and a half years. This is a wonderful school and has exceptional parent involvement

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December 17, 2005
A wonderful school with many great programs! Parent involvement is extremely high and allows for curriculum enrichment and programs. Recently, the PTSA raised enough money at their auction to buy document cameras (to replace overhead projectors) for all classroom teachers. Great students, great parents, great teachers, great school!

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September 26, 2005
We enrolled our child at Cougar Ridge after two years of private school. We were shocked by the level of non-chalantness concerning our child's education and well being in class. We were also involved in the volunteering at this school. We were amazed for a school of the enrollment size of Cougar Ridge, how few parents are actively involved despite the school touting the '100% PTA involvement'- this simply means everyone paid their PTA dues. Our experience at this school taught us that you either accept the 'cookie cutter' education without questions, or you go elsewhere. We chose to go elsewhere, and have not regretted it.

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Cougar Ridge Elementary School
4630 167th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 837-7300
Last modified Cougar Ridge Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cougar Ridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top