October 29, 2012
Every day when I drop off or pick up my daughter from school, I feel two things: lucky and proud. When we moved to this neighborhood, GVE was still being built, so although the district has a stellar reputation, we didn't know what GVE would be like. It has surpassed my highest expectations for public education. The teachers and staff are committed, kind, patient, and incredibly skilled in classroom management. The principle knows every student by name, and every parent, too! When our daughter has had challenges, the teachers have been ON IT - talking to us as parents and getting a whole team of staff members to consult and figure out the best strategy to help her. The principle is both liked and respected, and most importantly, approachable. Last but not least, the building - the environment in which learning takes place - is absolutely beautiful. It's bright, airy, modern without being offputting, colorful without being overwhelming, and is one of the "greenest" schools in Washington State. The playground is well-maintained, and there's a huge volunteer-maintained kids' garden where the kids plant flowers and watch things grow. Like I said: Lucky and proud.
- submitted by a parent