I was very hesitant in placing my son in a public school, but after moving to Camano from a different state, the private school options were very limited in this area. I figured it was at least worth a try being that Utsalady Elementary was rated fairly well. My son has struggled in school, and has recently been diagnosed with ADHD. The principal and his teacher last year and this year have been great. They worked WITH me to help my child, not just tell me that my child is a pain and I need to fix it. My youngest son will be attending Utsalady in the Fall with his big brother, and I am very happy at the thought to have both of my children there. I very much feel that the staff love and care for all of their students. I am not sure I could be any happier, especially considering how hesitant I was to place my child in a public school.
This used to be a great school but it has really gone downhill in recent years. Certain staff members are extremely uncaring and apathetic, and the principal in particular shows blatant favoritism to preferred families and students, while neglecting and shaming those deemed unworthy. There are some really great teachers who go above and beyond for the students if you are lucky enough to be with them, but they can't make up alone for the shortcomings of the school in general. Budget cuts and playing favorites have caused a steady decline in quality of education for the students.
While there are many wonderful teachers at Utsalady there are a few teachers that unfortunately taint the school and potentially your child's education. If your child is fortunate to get placed with the right teacher you will have no problem. Unfortunately not all teachers in this school remember that they are public school teachers and that all children regardless of their family/economic/social status are entitiled to an education.
Utsalady is a wonderful, safe school, full of loving, kind teachers. It has a no bulling policy that is strictly adhered to. I feel very comfortable leaving my children there. I love the staff and the pricipal is always available to listen to comments or complaints. The parents work together to support our school. the music program is amazing with Rich Crouch doing an awesome job teaching all kinds of songs and even teaching the kids some instruments.
I have had 4 children attend Utsalady Elementary School and presently have 1 that will attend for 3 more years. I feel they receive not only the best education possible here, but that the principal and teachers really care about the children and helping them learn in a loving caring safe and secure enviroment. This school also has an added spanish program which is optional and is presently a before school enrichment program and enhances the already fabulous ciriculum. I rate this school and staff as 5.