I love the staff and Administration of this school. It s unfortunate that a select few people will post negative remarks harming the integrity of the school, its principal, teachers and other families. This certainly does NOT represent our experience with the school and other families that I have spoken with. My child had a wonderful September school year and is disappointed when she cannot attend on weekends. Summer program is amazing and! It has also been educationally based. I am happy that I will be enrolling for the up-coming school year. I will continue to recommend this school to friends and family!
evergreen has been a nightmare from 2012 after Ms . Bonnie left is a nightmare ,the higher management and the principals after Bonnie are totally incapable to run the school . The teachers were the pride of the school but the management made sure to take away jobs for all the old good certified teachers and replace them with cheap inexperienced teachers . Will never recommend the school to anyone ,its a mess. Hated working there , but loved my classroom and the kids .
In the last two years alone the school has had 4 principals. The school seems to operate in its own little bubble absent from any "support" from the larger corporation. There is a complete disconnect between the administration (3 people) and all other staff members with regards to staff support and just a solid lack of transferring any and all useful information necessary in order for the staff to provide the best service to their families and students. The current principal has created a culture of fear, where the staff is fearful of termination on a daily basis. Eight employees have left this 2013-2014 school year alone and the majority left by choice. In addition to the lack of support and information provided to employees, we employees have also been overrun with lies told by the administration including the defaming of countless employees as they left throughout the school year which would clearly contribute to the level (or lack of) professionalism that continues to exist in this facility.
Sadly, Evergreen Academy has suffered since the new administration came a year ago. What used to be a place where my child enjoyed attending, has become one where my child and classmates were emotionally mistreated, and he/she dreaded going. My child cried to me recently, "They have made me hate going to school!" Security at the school is inconsistent. For our family, it was a waste of tuition this year, to say the least.
While most of the teachers are caring and wonderful, providing a great atmosphere for our children, the Administration is a hot mess. Misdirection, obfuscation and outright lying to concerned parents; pushing out valued teachers and stealing their classroom materials acquired over decades; kicking out students as punishments for enquiring parents.
My children attended the Pre-school side of this campus for the past couple years and the quality of teachers has diminished. They now hire young people with no experience. Lots of gossip, hiring of friends etc. In the past 2 1/2 years the Pre-School has had 5 principals and the current Principal has no regard for the families in her school. The Handbook states: "Parents are encouraged to review their child s development and maintain an open dialogue with the teachers and principals", but in all actuality if you make any dialogue; even down to why they cancelled the Preschool graduation without notifying parents, be prepared to take your children out immediately. Not because you choose to do so, but because they kick the children out if the parents make any waves at all. This has occurred to many children over the past year, because parents do not agree with the Curriculum and speak up. Children are caught in the middle and most certainly their best interest isn't taken into consideration. I wouldn't recommend this school to parents who are involved in their children's studies. You will not be happy with the outcome. I had to give them 1 star, which is to many in my oppinion.
The new administration that has been put in place in both the preschool and elementary is exceedingly terrible. This is evidenced by multiple families being asked to leave mid year traumatizing the kids and leaving families in really difficult situations. Not only that but the teacher turnover is very high. My child had 3 teachers this year. Additional families left the school prematurely. They have even had police on campus this month. All of the issues surrounding these departures have been around lack of communication, inability to sit down and problem solve to reach amicable agreements, and a general sense of not caring about their customers. All of the issues brought forth are reasonable discussion points such as ski school, amount of homework, and preschool graduation. Aside from the above issues the school has been good and there are some very good teachers mixed in here. The classes are small but students tend to struggle in math and grammar after transferring to other schools. The school could vastly improve with the right people in place. unfortunately alot of damage has been done that will take time to fix.
It is disappointing to watch this previously very good school disintegrate the past year. Both the preschool and elementary school have suffered from teacher, staff, and student attrition due to poor leadership and a hostile environment. With so many good educational options, I would not advise anyone to attend this school at the present time. The students are the ultimate victims when for profit goals not only interfere with high educational standards but demonstrate poor ethical behavior.
Our daughter has attended Evergreen Academy in Bothell for the last three years. She is very happy there and we are very happy with the academics and the small class sizes. The school could use a bigger space but they do a great job working with what they have. The extended care and extra curricular programs as very good too.
I thoroughly enjoy this school. My son went to preschool there first and attends kindergarten. The transition was seamless. The small class sizes really help give kids the extra attention they need at the younger age levels. I haven't had much interaction yet with the elementary principal, but the preschool principal was amazing. She is well organized and highly communicative. The teachers are mature, organized and know how to communicate with parents. Parking is lame, but who really cares?
This school was good few years ago but it's gone downhill since it's become bigger. It talks about being in a "community", but the school only meant it when there wasn't any conflict or issues directly related to school. The location of the school is fine, but it has an on-going parking issues for the size of the school. The curriculum was not advanced at all. It used to able to tailor the need of the children, but now they are into the whole "well child". If you have any problems with the classroom or school, they will only deal with it behind closed doors when they had no choice. The school staffs and teachers are friendly and just okay. The OPT runs by a group of parents and often sponsored few school events. Most of the parents are fine and eager to do anything for their children at school.
My daughter attended Kindergarden here. Can't say enough of the teachers and principle. They take care of things and communicate thoroughly and concisely. It is a wonderful community where you are able to have a relationship with the school. It is no wonder they have a high rate of parent involvement. You'll want to be part of the school pride. The curriculum is balanced and challenging. The enrichment courses are varied and on site. Only sad I couldn't bring them with me to Vancouver, BC.
I have 2 children attending Evergreen Academy in Bothell and they are doing extremely well. I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth of enrichment offerings for a small school, which includes drama, art, technology, music, and foreign language starting in Kindergarten. This is all complemented with an individualized cirriculum and a tremendous staff that truly cares and communicates frequently with parents.
My daughter recently started at evergreen and I am very pleased about the school. They have a very well dedicated staff, very friendly and focus on the individual child. The afterschool is a little under my expectations but over all the school is near perfect.
I cannot say enough good things about Evergreen Academy. Our daughter attended Kindergarten there and had the best experience. They focus on the individual child and really take the time to challenge them on an individual basis. Our daughter was able to take French, Drama, Music, Computer classes, and Art..along with all the other basics. This school is worth every penny! Great communication between the staff and parents. So many fun, enriching after school activities.
A very solid program from preschool through fourth grade. Montessori preschool is excellent and offers specialists in music, art and Spanish. Elementary has good curriculum with specialists in p.e., art, music, spanish or french, technology and library. The facility is good -- lots of space, good playfields and a gym. The school could be more 'polished' and can look a bit sloppy, which is not reflective of what is happening inside. Parent involvement is not what I expected at a private school.
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