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22001 9th Ave South
Des Moines, WA 98198

(206) 631-3700
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April 17, 2014
me gusta la Escuela porque los profesores por lo general estan atentos al aprendizaje de nuestros hijos. el personal de la officina como las secretarias, la enfermeria, el principal, la traductora son personas muy amables y atentas en su trabajo. me encantan los programas gratuitos que ofrece la escuela despues de clases ya que muchas veces son los unicos programas que un nino de bajos recursos prodria asistir. estos programas les ayuda mucho a los ninos a crear seguridad en si mismos y a socializarse con otros companeros de distintos salones. Los maestros son muy amables, alegres y me gusta que tambien ensenan disiplina muy positivamente; motivado a los ninos a buscar soluciones ante las dificultades que se les presente en su educacion.

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September 12, 2013
This school has a very helpful, friendly, organized staff ( Ms. Candy and Mrs. Williams) and the most amiable, together, 6th gr. teacher, Ms. Malmgren. Every aspect of their operation is the old fashioned, back to the basics approach; with teachers who love what they are doing and parents who are involved. Just walking through the halls, you feel so welcomed & comfortable. Family friends have recommended this fine school, from experience. I would highly recommend Des Moines Elementary School.

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July 30, 2012
I've been at this school for 3 years now, and have 2 children currently attending grades between K and 4. Great improvement have recently happened at this school and parent involvement is at an all time high. Many after school clubs are being offered for the upcoming school year and the PTSA at this school works hard to improve the quality of education offered here. Some cons are the consistent lack of opportunity for gifted children. With that said, my child was in the gifted education program offered in the Highline School District at Parkside and after a year of participating in it, I chose to bring him back to Des Moines because of the quality community and teaching staff here.

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March 16, 2010
I agree with the previous post, 'When it comes to addressing students individual needs many parents are faced with some barriers. Also, communication with parents is often unclear and disingenuous.' From my experience there are several programs for struggling or 'at risk' students at Des Moines but if you have a child who is outperforming and needs to be challenged, there are very few options available and you are very likely left to feel that there is nothing to be done. The principal comes off as a bully and, while I am lucky enough to have not experienced it, she regularly chases parents down who cross the street with their kids illegally and screams at them. I am sure her motives revolve around general safety but her actions come off as embarassing more than anything else and it certainly makes me less inclined to approach her as a concerned parent.

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November 11, 2009
Des Moines has an amazing teaching staff who show strong interest in creating a learning environment that is welcoming to both students and parents. Volunteers range from parents, high school seniors and local senior citizens. There is also a strong effort by the staff to assist students with special needs. My child was struggling academically in one subject and the teachers were quick to recommend interventions and testing that have helped improve my child's skills in this area. The administration has it's strengths and weakness's. A great effort is being made by the principal to provide strong academic programs to support all learners as a whole. When it comes to addressing students individual needs many parents are faced with some barriers. Also, communication with parents is often unclear and disingenuous. Overall the staff is amazing, dedicated, and focused.

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July 03, 2009
I had significant difficulties with the leadership of this school regarding my son's disabilities. Some staff were highly resistant to understanding the individual needs of students, while others worked very hard to do the right things. I couldn't wait to leave this school.

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May 27, 2009
We have been so pleased with this school. Although my son struggles with some slight disabilities, the attention and support they have provided him with has been exceptional! The principal is outstanding and the teaching staff is hard-working, smart and caring.

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September 14, 2007
Warm, friendly, organized staff. Arts and Technology are obvious priorities here. High parent involvement, great teacher/student ratio in my daughter's class. The principal is a visible and friendly presence on the school grounds. We're thrilled!

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February 14, 2007
Very friendly staff;welcoming teachers. Most parents are involved in school activities. Some classes are a little overcrowded.

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September 19, 2006
This is s great place to learn! The teachers are intelligent, supportive, and go the extra mile for children. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and are made to feel welcome.

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August 03, 2004
The principal is the best! She is always available to any student or parent. Most of the teachers are very good as well.

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February 19, 2004
I've had really good luck and feedback from the teaching staff here. Leslie Perry is an excellent principal; very pro-active with each classrooms' goals, etc.

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Des Moines Elementary School
22001 9th Ave South, Des Moines, WA  98198
(206) 631-3700
Last modified Des Moines Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Des Moines Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top