Evergreen Academy has taken an unfortunate turn in the past year. I once rated the school 5 stars in 2008, however the changes in administration and the teacher turnover has taken a considerable toll on this small private school. The level of support for older grades (4th-6th) is simply lacking in terms of communication, accountability, teacher experience, and mutual respect. Academically, I do not believe the math curriculum was strong enough to prepare children for middle school - we had to supplement with tutoring to meet standards on middle school entrance exams. It is my personal experience that the school is not structured to support older grade levels, but may be sufficient for pre-school and younger grades. The overall mixed reviews are a reflection of the polarized impact of the administration change over the past year and each family should weigh and decide what is best for their situation.
The teachers are wonderful. They are severely underpaid though. My daughter had gone to the school for 3 years and I was very pleased with her progress thus far. I really do enjoy the atmosphere and the teachers.
Words cannot express how pleased I am with Evergreen Academy Preschool. To say that the staff are nurturing, loving and attentive to my child is an understatement. After having my daughter in a daycare that was substandard and disorganized, I see how her self-esteem has blossomed over the last year. She is excited to be at school and rarely wants to leave. This Montessori approach is beautiful. Children learn best when they feel loved, supported and can interact and manipulate their environment. They learn naturally and effortlessly. I love that she is greeted warmly each morning and has learned so many interesting things! We have not had the experience expressed below by any means. We love Evergreen Academy and are excited to start our second year here
Evergreen Academy is not the school it was in years past. Unfortunately, the leadership changed the previous culture of partnership with parents and students. However my biggest complaint remains the weak math and science program. Their focus is more on an liberal arts education. My experience along with complaints from other parents is the children don't test well in math when transitioned to public schools in fifth and sixth grade. Do lots research before choosing this school to make sure it meets your child's goals.
We love Evergreen! We have 3 kids there currently. After going to the Evergreen preschool on the same campus, we used public schools for our eldest for K and 1st. It was a disaster. We pulled that child out and went back to Evergreen for 2nd - 6th. Never looked back. Individual learning plans, small class size, excellent administration and teachers and the teachers have support. Ironic that the tuition is roughly the same that public schools spend per kid yet the educational product Evergreen provides is light years ahead of public schools. We highly recommend Evergreen. We just wish it went through 8th grade.
My child has been attending this school for around 4 years and as of this year we are no longer going back. In the past year the administration has gone down completely since the arrival of the new principal. There is no communication between the school and the parents regarding assignments, field trips, uniforms etc. Everyday was a struggle coming to school knowing that my child was not getting the right help they need from the uneducated teachers. My child came home crying because of the overwhelming amount of homework and not knowing what to do. The feeling of seeing your child sad about school is heartbreaking when all you want for them is to have a great education. To spend the large amount of money for what was the same (or worse) as a public school education is upsetting. It seems as though profits is what their main priority is and not the children.
Evergreen Academy is a wonderful school. The staff is experienced, well-rounded, and pleasant. My child just finished a week of a speciality camp that was circus themed and she couldn't stop talking about it. I've noticed that the classrooms are going through some renovations and it looks like they are done by teachers. To me, that shows dedication by the teachers. I'm reading some of these reviews and I don't see where some of these parents are coming from. Never once have I ever had to pay for something other than school costs. Don't let the negative comments sway you. They're just not true and I don't see where people come off writing comments like that. My child always has a smile on her face when we pull into the parking lot and to me, that's all that matters.
Nobel Learning Communities is a big corporate business that buys schools all over the country. Evergreen is now a chain school similar to Kindercare or Bright Horizons. Everything about the school is "canned" if you will. The website, logo and curriculum. My son attended this school for many years but we are now leaving. Nobel hires the most unqualified principals and teachers, but that isn't surprising at min. wage. The new administration is a great example of how bad the quality has become. Whats is even more frustrating is that Evergreen although being for profit expects alot of donations for everything from landscaping to their school activities. This is a large corporation asking for donations which i think is ridiculous. I have found public schools in the area offer the same program for a fraction of the cost. PACE. I feel completely ripped off. I have seen students leave evergreen and they all universally struggle in math, grammar and language arts. Bottom line is big corporations that take over small schools are all about the money. They don't care about the kids or the teachers. I have seen fights, and police on campus. We wont be back.
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 Academy is the premier private elementary school on the eastside. We have a rigorous, engaging, hands-on curriculum that requires students to reach their highest potential. Students are fortunate to be in smaller classes which allows for individualized instruction and our specialty classes are second to none. As many public schools are forced to cut their specialists due to funding we proudly offer Art, Drama/Speech, Technology, Library, PE, Music, and Foreign Language (French/Spanish). These classes are provided twice weekly for a well-rounded educational experience. Our after school programs and summer camps are not only convenient for working families, but highly sought after. Our families and children are wonderful and so supportive of our programs. Our Preschool and Elementary Principals are fabulous. Their knowledge of curriculum, best practices and leadership are appreciated by faculty and parents alike. When looking for an alternative to public education, I highly encourage you to visit Evergreen Academy.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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