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K-6
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Edmonds, WA
Students enrolled: 346

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1215 Olympic Ave
Edmonds, WA 98020

(425) 431-7374
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November 18, 2013
Edmonds Elementary is a great school with a wonderful community feel. In the year and a half we've been there, we've had nothing but positive experiences. My daughter has had two excellent teachers who were invested in her success and growth as a learner. The principal is committed to the excellence of the school and communicates high expectations. Each staff member I've interacted with has been enthusiastic and positive, and I know my daughter has experienced the same. There are two great parent organizations that really are striving to work together to make the school an even better place. Edmonds Elementary is just the type of school experience we were hoping for and we are looking forward to having both children learn and grow there.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
Edmonds Elementary has a new principal this year and the changes are amazing. The entire community seems more cohesive, stronger, more positive. The students definitely feel the difference in the overall tenor of Edmonds Elementary. The new principal strongly believes in a holistic approach to education and the community feels this in many ways. She teaches empathy and caring and really looks at the child as a whole person - not just someone who needs to learn reading, writing and 'rithmetics. I have seen first-hand the positive changes in her dealings with volunteers, teachers and staff, too. She listens carefully and chooses a measured and positive response. It seems that she leans into "Yes we can do it!" so much more than "no way, you're crazy!" I am so glad that EE gets a chance to continue it's growth under this new leader.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
We moved here from abroad and the school have been magnificent with my child. He has had some transitional issues that they have really helped with and I firmly believe that they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help him settle in. The communication between the school and myself as a parent is wonderful and I really could not be happier. Plus my son loves school now! :) (I am surprised to hear the negative comments posted below as my family have had such a great experience.)

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
Our kids transferred to EE from another school dist when we moved to Edmonds. Many of the stories we've heard about the school have not proven true. We've found the teachers to be compassionate & genuinely invested in providing each child with an excellent education. We've found the Administrative staff to be helpful, professional, & warm. The principal is informed, attentive, & provides appropriate leadership, despite many rumors to the contrary. The parent community has a heavy volunteer base in the classrooms & is incredibly generous in raising funds for both the PTA & the STARS enrichment programs. Our kids have felt welcome & have been encouraged to perform to their best ability since they began at the school. We have appreciated the teachers' friendliness & openness to having parent volunteers in class. Moreover, there are many extracurricular activities available as a result of PTA & STARS programs. Please consider that, generally speaking, people only write the very best & very worst opinions when reviewing businesses/services. Can we improve at this school? YES. Cohesion between parents/administration is the first important step for creating a stronger school.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
Love, love, LOVE the school my kids are at now since leaving Edmonds. Very happy with the positive environment and overall communication between parent/admin. Such a night and day difference. Thank you EE for showing me what to look for in a school.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
We are delighted with the supportive,caring,dedicateed staff and principal at EE. They are all welcoming and friendly, always willing to go that extra mile to make the students feel safe and cared about. Most teachers and the principal can often be found still at the school long after the school day is over, in a sincere effort to give each student the education he deserves through their extra work. It is puzzling to read critical remarks toward the principal as to power and lack of leadership. I wonder if this is made on a more personal level rather than what is good for the students ? What do I think?? Principal leadership at this school has been strong, effective and fair. Perhaps a step back and a good look at the total picture is in order for some people.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
It's nice to hear some people have had recent, positive experiences with the administration of this school. Unfortunately, our experience was not so positive. We had high hopes for going to and supporting our neighborhood school. During our time at EE, we had some truly wonderful teachers that cared deeply for our children. It's too bad that a few of those excellent teachers are no longer there (what's the real reason behind the departures?). Many of the wonderful, extra school-wide activities were provided by the same small group of parents each time (hats off to you!). Other parents were either too busy (totally understand this) or did not want to join in because of all the politics that existed. One can read the stress and tension in the posts on this site. I can honestly say it felt 10 times worse at the school before we left. Truly sad. We are now at a new school where the strong, effective leadership of the principal has created a cohesive community for all involved. Everyone's focus is the children, not the fighting. Declining enrollment, teachers leaving & test scores are not issues. Principals make 6-figure salaries in the ESD. Effective leadership is worth every cent.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
What a positive atmosphere. Our four children attend Edmonds (the BEST school in the district) and we appreciate all the individual/small group instruction they receive. It s obvious that the principal and teachers really care about the kiddos. We appreciate how supportive everyone is and that staff members make a personal connection with each one of our kids. Every time we come to the Edmonds campus, the staff greets us with friendly wave/greeting. I am amazed at some of the unrealistic comments posted. People who are making bogus statements on this GreatSchools site should be MORE OPEN-MINDED and realize that in three years, Melissa has turned this school into the best learning environment possible. We appreciate Melissa s open-door policy and how willing she is to assist us. Also, these same people need to realize how much the staff goes out of their way to provide a superb learning environment for their children. It is obvious that the teachers and principal work many more hours than typical educators and it shows in the weekly activities that take place at the school. Our children feel 100% safe and know that the staff at Edmonds will do anything for them! Edmonds Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
Our three children attend Edmonds and we appreciate all the individual/small group instruction they receive. It is obvious to us that the principal and teachers really care about the kiddos. We appreciate how supportive everyone is and how each staff member makes a personal connection with each one of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2011
We LOVE Edmonds Elementary!!!!!! My two boys attend E.E. and they always talk about how all the teachers are nice and care about them. They also enjoy that the principal goes outside to do running club at lunch. I think they see that the principal is someone who they could go to if they had a problem. As a parent, I have the utmost confidence in the school/teachers/principal. It is obvious that the staff give 110% to unsure that the students receive a top-notch education.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
This school is a perfect example of the devastating effects poor leadership can have. Once a thriving, supportive, truly happy school with a phenomenal principal (who has since retired), this school has become a place more focused on power than the welfare of its students. More interested in their version and perception of problems within the school, they show a complete disregard for how their students feel or are perceiving things, and show absolutely no interest in considering outside opinions or facts. Whatever the principal said is taken as the 100% truth and end-all-be-all of everything. And those who speak up with ANY concerns are automatically black balled as 'out to get' the administration. Anyone who agrees that there is something wrong is seen as causing problems. Children are not protected from bullies, parents are afraid to voice any concerns, and teachers are railroaded into saying (or not saying) whatever it takes to ensure they are not out of a job. It's heart breaking to see the school system failing so tremendously for nothing more than personal gain. The students should be the priority here and sadly they are not. The teachers, though, still get 5 stars!

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2011
So funny the recruiting efforts to post positive comments for a high community rating. Hopefully it is all true. Our experience wasn't so. Makes me question the validity of the posts.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
My son has had a great start at Edmonds Elementary. He was a shy and nervous student but has thrived for the last two years since coming to Edmonds. He loves his teachers and has really come out of his shell. Thanks to everyone for making this such a wonderful school and giving my son the attention and support he has needed to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
Polarized community and environment in turmoil regardless of the efforts of wonderful teachers, talented students, an giving parents. I am truly sad to see so much time, focus, and effort placed in a struggle for power by the administration. Since when has educating our kids and giving them a healthy community become about "putting power where it belongs," as someone proudly declared below? Sad.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
I hope this school gets better next year. The admin just needs to be more involved and connected with the parents. It looks like they are trying, but still seem to scare away a lot of good families. Its unfortunate because we gave it the old college try at the expense of our children. Oh well live and learn and check the test scores to get an idea before trusting people with our children.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I love Edmonds Elementary school. My daughter loves all the fun activities that goes on at her school. The staff and teachers are nice and care about each child. I feel so lucky that she is getting a great education and it all starts from the top administrator (Melissa). My fifth grade daughter loves the Watch Dog Program. She says all her friends love their teachers and they know that the teachers are willing to help them be successful.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I love Edmonds Elementary school. My daughter loves all the fun activities that goes on at her school. The staff and teachers are nice and care about each child. I feel so lucky that she is getting a great education and it all starts from the top administrator (Melissa).

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
From "top to bottom" I give Edmonds Elementary an A+. Professional, involved administration; Caring, knowledgeable teachers; Helpful, willing staff. How could the children fare any better?

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
Edmonds has a caring staff. My son had an incident happen on the playground and it was handled with the upmost confidentiality and professionalism from the recess teachers to the principal. Thank you for caring!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
I appreciate the staff and teachers at Edmonds they have shown care and safety of my daughter's education. The office admistration is always helpful and accomadating to my schedule changes. Thanks Edmonds Elementary staff for your great service to the children of our community!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
Edmonds Elementary really has (and had) some wonderful teachers, staff, students and families. Unfortunately, the leadership needed to provide and sustain a cohesive, cooperative, spirit-building community is not present. As such, good families and teachers are leaving. Academics have suffered. The district really needs to start paying attention to the real reasons behind the declining enrollment.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
Bizarre school. Great parent involvement, but they level of education is severely lacking. You would think with such parent volunteers that the teachers could invest more of their time in educating and less on problem kids. The classes appear to be out of control and there is a huge difference in education from Edmonds Elementary and Maplewood. We are having to use tutors in virtually all classes to get them caught up to Maplewood. Nice parent, but obviosuly there are teacher and administrative issues going on here. The principal does not seem to be connected to the school. There was a huge school play that took months to prepare and covered seven performances. The principal did not attend any of the perfomances.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
This previously tight knit community supporting learners has disintegrated with the new administrative leadership. As in any school, there are a few truly incredible educators and some dedicated families. Unfortunately, both are leaving to find an administration which supports the partnership between families and teachers. My children no longer attend this school and I would urge anyone considering it to be sure and look at data from 2008 on.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
There are a handful of beyond amazing teachers at this school, but unfortunately, there are some teachers who are not very present in our children's academics and have very poor communication with parents. In my opinion, school leadership has declined in the past few years and discipline is not consistent & carries a "punish all based on the action of one." I also feel that there is a need for enrichment programs for students at the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2010
This school does not go by the non bulllying act. As a parent with an on going bully, they know this is happining. They want one more incedent before they will take action. Thinking about taking my daughter out for this reason. This bully has bullied many!!!! this student hasn't seen disipline yet! There are 2 well known before my daughter, and a few that hasn't been broughten to the attention in fear it will happen to there kid. either way it still continues and will till they grab a hold of it..... What do you think?

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
If our principal gets a 4 out of 5 rating, what does it take to get a 5? Not only is he a capable and energetic person, but one of those amazing life learners in child psychology who has led a willing parent and teacher community in building a school where goodness and excellence are both goals of great import. This is our 'home' school and I explored (and pursued!) every option before having my first child start here. It was my default! Now I see that sometimes we do not know what is good for us. I would be unlikely to take any of those previously explored options if they came through now.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
Edmonds Elementary has offered a high quality education for my child at all grade levels. I especially like the special programs in PE, music and library.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2007
Edmonds Elementary is a strong school, in spite of its recent lower WASL math scores. Strong staff; especially in the primary grades--lots of collaboration between staff. Great PTA and highly involved parents. Many teachers on staff hold National Board Certification and several have Gates Foundation technology grants.

- submitted by a teacher
September 02, 2005
Strong language and reading programs k-6. Minimal focus on mathematics. Many new teachers in primary grades. Principal is very child focused.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2004
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Edmonds Elementary School
1215 Olympic Ave, Edmonds, WA  98020
(425) 431-7374
Last modified Edmonds Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Edmonds Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top