While she's in another position in the Highline School District now, Sharon Cuaresma set our daughter in the right path from Day One of first grade. We credit Sharon with creating a love for STEM in Kyan, and know that she'll go far because of that early encouragement.
We have a sixth grader who is finishing up her time at Des Moines and a kindergartner who is just getting started.
The best things about the school:
1) It's a tiny and close knit community. The staff know everyone by name. The parents feel
Very comfortable at the school. The kids treat it like an extension of home.
2) Our sixth grader has had five great teachers over seven years. Why only five? Because she got to loop twice. Looping was a huge blessing for our family - having a multi-year bond with a teacher is incredible.
3) The staff are tied to the community. Looking for DME staff? Check the school auction, the charity softball game, the community concert... they're everywhere.
Once the kindergartener finishes at
Des Moines, we will have been a DME family for
13 years. This is a special thing.
One note: if you're curious about how to vote on the next school bond measure, one quick tour of DME will provide a lot of insight. The building is absolutely ridiculous by today's standards. The boiler is so loud it interrupts teaching time, the water runs brownish, the cafeteria has to be sand-bagged during rainstorms... I could go on forever. That said, the staff do the best they can with what they've got, and the kids benefit from their efforts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!