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K-6
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Everett, WA
Students enrolled: 588

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12711 51st Ave SE
Everett, WA 98208

(360) 563-4675
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October 01, 2014
I was beyond hesitant to enroll my kids here after reviewing this website (In fact, did a year of private school to avoid enrolling). With guidance from several school district staff, I went into the office and met the principal, office staff and a few others. They put my mind at ease. Several years later, I am in love with this school and staff. The principal is next to none. The teachers work so hard to invest in workshops and higher education to be the best teachers possible. So thrilled my kids love it just as much as I do. I would love to see building upgrades and expansion, buy other than that, I'm happy with our choice. The class sizes every year have been 24 students and more often than not, a room parent (volunteer) or watch dog is in the class helping out. They do a ton of. School events and have awesome after school clubs like Legos, art.... Can't say enough good about this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
This school could improve with consistency between grade levels and even within the same grade level. Writers workshop with some classrooms, none at all with others. Spelling with some grades and vocabulary with others. Book reports each month or none at all. Math is very disjointed, I don't know how to help as a parent. I wish the school would send out expectations for homework. Many nights nothing at all.

- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2012
The success of any school must be measured in terms of student experience and the growth and development of students while they are at school. We have been very satisfied with our child s teachers as the energy of SHE is focused where it should be, on students. However, as citizens of the Snohomish school district, we believe schools ought to remain independent of politics. Like-minded individuals may not like the current atmosphere at SHE because parents (not staff) continue to push political agendas regarding state mandated testing and budget issues; views shared via mass media and informal dialogue. The principal is very level-headed and fair. With effective leadership, she will unify the school community back to the primary focus of school: student learning and achievement. Of course we respect individual rights and freedoms to express, but feel our school community ought to focus on COMMON goals and interests of children while remaining politically NEUTRAL. We are an involved and supportive family and care greatly for SHE staff and students. We do not feel parental politicizing is appropriate in a school setting.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
Seattle Hill is a great school, there is a sense of community among the families. There are a few parents that try to push their own agenda and do not take the students into consideration. This school, the teachers and the principal are only out for one thing, the education and well being of our children. Teachers go out of the way to look out for students. My childrenare better off at Seattle Hill than any other elementary school in the district. I would recommend Seattle Hill to anyone that asks. If people are so unhappy, they can always change schools, you are not required to stay if you are so unhappy. Mrs. Nelson should be proud of the job she and her staff are doing!!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
Maybe the parent who posted the playground equipment comment should attend pto meetings and become educated on where pto funds are being spent. Yes. they are working on purchasing some new playground equipment. These pieces of equipment cost ten of thousand of dollars and they are working towards that. They also forgot to mention that all of the fundraising money has been used to purchase new computers for EVERY CLASSROOM, pays for transportation so that children can go on field trips, buys new books for your library, purchase new curriculum for the school, provides student planners for every student, emergency kits for every student and even replace benches that our rotting!!! and much much more. The facts our that our school are not being funded properly by our state as they are required to do and fundraising money is being used just to keep the school running. We are lucky to have parents support the fundraising efforts that allow the school to do the above and much much more.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
I agree with the last comment. So many uninformed parents. Wish they would come out to a meeting or volunteer some time. I have zero complaints about my child's education with the exception of class room sizes. That is not the schools fault. I believe many other schools in the are are worse off. And opting out of standardized testing is a great idea. This test serves no purpose to the child and takes millions dollars away from teachers, classrooms, and special programs. If more parents followed suit we could get this money back into our schools where they belong. Do not hesitate to send your child to this school. If your child is willing to do the work they will learn at this school. The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
In response to the most recent comments:Snohomish School District parents as a whole (not just SHE parents) chose to opt their children out of MSP testing.This was a community grass roots effort to make our concerns loud and clear to our state representatives.IT WORKED!We now have legislation being worked on to fully fund our children's education as our state constitution requires.These efforts were made by parents who are educated, smart, and care deeply about current and future quality of education for their children.The SHE staff is OUTSTANDING.We have not had a poor experience with any staff at SHE.Parents at SHE are dedicated to supporting their school in many ways.Some dontate time by being in the classroom or helping out at events during the year.Others make monetary donations.Each family at SHE supports this school in the ways they can make the most positive impact! Playground equipment is a longterm project and will be funded over time just like technology in the classrooms was.Spending 100K takes time.The money must be raised before it can be spent. I suggest if you don't like something, GET INVOLVED and make a positive change at school instead of complaining anonymously.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
The playground needs upgrades and improvements. PTO said fundraising was to pay for recess play structures. We havent' seen any changes.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2012
If you are moving to the Snohomish area, use extreme caution if your children will attend Seattle Hill Elementary. Check your boundaries! There are some good teachers, but unfortunately it doesn't make up for the dysfunctional way in which the school is run. Look to move into the region covered by Little Cedars or Totem Falls. Test scores have dropped significantly at Seattle Hill, and parent financial support is sliding negatively. Without a strong academic vision with focused student goals in mind, it is difficult to provide financial support to school which is in free fall decline. We are tired of the continuous fundraising campaigns which unfortunately are hot helping build student success. Needs top down improvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
SHE ranks 975/1003 elementary schools in the state of WA.Ranking change of 599 points from 2011-2012. Why?Because a portion of the parent group refused to have their children take the MSP to protest state budget cuts.By doing so, the entire school FAILED TO MAKE PROGRESS.Testing is required by state and fed law.This protest lacked common sense, integrity, and responsible behavior.Parents flock to academically PROGRESIVE schools, strengthening community bonds and enhancing school culture. SHE must be an anomoly.It has great kids, effective teachers and decent specialized programs.What it lacks is a UNIFIED parent support base.Teachers are doing their best to TEACH, students are LEARNING, but MSP Opt-Out parent actions affected the entire school NEGATIVELY.This is NOT support, this is APATHY.Over time SHE has demonstrated PROGRESSION via mandated assessments despite budget cuts. Suggestion:Define and focus educational goals, further develop parent support activities to assist students/teachers perhaps w/afterschool activities/tutoring, and EDUCATE parents about the purpose and value of instruction and assessment . No one is arguing fully funded education, it is the LAW.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
Our child had a teacher for 3rd grade this past year, who, although he seemed to try and have a solid curriculum for the children, was overwhelmed with the number of students, and relied heavily upon the children using an answer sheet posted on the white board, and the children correcting each other's math papers -- not a good idea for 3rd graders. Many "corrections" were incorrect. Also, he used this same process for writing papers, which was a joke. The kids would "rewrite" sections of each other's work, and it would be worse than what the child originally wrote. Also had a problem with snotty language toward the children. -- We had high hopes in the beginning for this new teacher; dashed by December. Teache 's ego writing checks that his abilities couldn't cash. Very sad. Very troubling. Very dissappointing. What's going on here?

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2012
Athough teachers say they use 6-Trait program, our kids did not receive workshop model with skill focus. Non-fictional writing (reports) is the main emphasis- report after report. Spelling lessons are dropped in upper grades. Students are expected to spell vocabulary words soundly, but gone are prefix, suffix, root words and spelling rules. Unfortunately writing is not a comrehensive model in upper grades. Grading: With semester grade parents are left in the dark with student progress for months. Although parent conferences are helpful, reported student progress is very inconsistent Homework is very inconsistent too. Random no homework tonight , 30 minutes on occassion, 60+ minutes? Ridiculous swings. Parents are active and influential.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2012
I've had four kids at Seattle Hill and have yet to have a negative experience with a teacher. All of them love school, have grown in their peer relationships and have continued to excel after moving on to Middle School. The principal has consistently exhibited leadership at the school. Her teachers love her, the parents that I have talked to respect her and she has a great connection with the students as well. Our experience at Seattle Hill could not have been better. While we have never been involved with any of the parent groups, I would agree with other posts about the amount of fund raising that is sent home...however, I think that simply represents a group of parents that are working hard to bring about improvements and other opportunities for the staff and students.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
poor leadership, rude and exclusionary parent group, gossiping female cliques at the local coffee shop, ok teachers but academics are minimally challenging, notices home are routinely late, this school looks and feels disorganized and sloppy,

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2012
Is Mrs Sketcher (sp) still there? She was my 2nd grade teacher. To put it simply, she was verbally abusive to me. Even though it has been 20+ years, I still remember her screaming at me, the name calling, etc. I was also pushed from behind and had my front teeth knocked out. The nurse was irritated that I was crying and told me to be quiet. Those three years of school at Seattle Hill damaged me in school for the next 9. It took till college for me to like and do well in school again. Thought you all might want a childs perspective.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2012
Curriculum could be better, parents are a snobby bunch, teachers do the minimum, though that may not be their fault as they can only do so much with a limited budget.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
This is my child's second year at this school and I am still very unimpressed. While the office staff is very friendly, I find many of the teachers very rude, including my child's teacher. The teacher never smiles, gives very short answers when asked about my child's day, coming across as very rude overall. My other complaint of the teacher is that they have told the classroom that a specific series of book is not allowed to be read in the class even though the series is very popular and geared towards the age and reading level. My child has complained of being bullied, students on the playground consistently using profanity and a very rude bus driver on top of it. The teaching is sub-par with more focus on testing instead of the actual teaching and I understand that the teachers have a busy schedule with the class as a whole, but there does not seem to be any attempt to help a student or two who are struggling a lot with a topic.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
We have 3 kids at SHE and we are very happy there. Like any school, you get out what you put in. Parent involvement is very important and highly encouraged. We just started another year with 3 great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
Average school. Some teachers are outstanding; organized and dedicated to student learning. You can feel enthusiasm when you walk into their classrooms. Some teachers need to be managed; rapport with students and parents is ineffective and teaching skills at minimum. Reading and math rotation have moved into the upper grades with mixed feelings among parents. Lost in transition happens to some kids. Homeroom teacher connection is not as strong. Kids are frequently tested for reading skills and math facts, but parents only receive student progress at conference and report card time, not at the end of reading and math rotations, leaving parents lost in rotation. Strong emphasis is placed on reading skills for struggling students and basic math facts. Would like to see challenge activities for kids who are strong academically. Nice library, great PE program, no music chorus? Sad! Strong parent volunteer group. Lots of new technology for classrooms. Would like to see teacher websites for homework assignments and classroom news and activity. Active principal, good communication to families.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
Wow - I am shocked to read some of these reviews! My family has been involved with Seattle Hill for 10 years, and my kids have had at least 10 teachers, not including specialty. NEVER have we experienced a teacher bullying our children! Our teachers at SHE have consistently shown that they care for the well-bring of our children, their education, and their personal growth. At the head of this amazing staff is our Principal, who has made the school a safe & welcoming environment for both kids and families. We experienced one bullying problem, & once brought to the attention of the Principal, the bully was dealt with immediately, with no further problems. Regarding the May 2 poster - we had ONE teacher leave this year (other than maternity)...I feel that the school is better off without her negative demeanor. I feel that the team-teaching approach has been very successful - my kids enjoy changing rooms, & seeing different teaching styles, which can only benefit them once they get to higher education! Obviously, it works for us, as my son has been a straight A student at SHE, Valley View MS and Glacier Peak High . I would highly recommend Seattle Hill!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
We took our daughter out of Seattle Hill Elementary after 4 years of completely inadequate education, care, and consistent bullying. We had her first grade teacher tell us ' your daughter does the minimum to get by, no more'. Well, now that she has been in a private school for two years, in an environment that is nurturing, caring, and full of dedicated and loving teachers, she has received straight A's two years in a row...going well above and beyond 'just enough'. Switching her out of SHE was the BEST decision we've ever made, and as I read some of the posts on continued poor quality surrounding the school, I feel truly blessed that we can afford a 'real' school for our child.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2011
There have been a few staff members who have left Seattle Hill this year. The sigh of relief that rippled through our building when they left was amazing. No longer does time have to be waisted on side stepping the negative bullies who put their personal agendas before the needs of our students. Our lives are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students. We strive each day to equip our students with the tools needed to face their futures with confidence. Having a principal who understands this and supports changes that will better meet the needs of all students makes coming to work a pleasure. Thank you to all of my coworkers who go above and beyond!

- submitted by a teacher
April 15, 2011
I have been involved with Seattle Hill Elementary for many years and have never felt any "toxic" environment there. The whole staff is wonderful and the principal has students, staff, and education as her number one prioity. This is great school with strong leadership and great academic challenges there.

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2011
I have been associated with Seattle Hill for many years and have always been impressed by the staff and leadership at the school. The staff is very caring and work hard to give the students a quality education--no matter where they are on the spectrum. It has always had a very positive environment which you can feel the minute you walk in the door. You know it's a good place and you can't fake that. The principal has worked hard to build a strong, dedicated, cohesive team who truly want to put children first--where they should be.

- submitted by a teacher
April 13, 2011
Great teaching staff, Principal leaves much to be desired, treats staff and parents unevenly, has created a toxic environment.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2011
I have been involved at Seattle Hill for many years. The best advice for the school at this time would be to replace the principal. There is lots of stuff going on there and it has become a very divided staff. And it is seen by the parents which is never a good thing.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 18, 2009
Wonderful School ! Iam a proud parent of 2 students

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
I can't say enough about the way my child has been treated at this school. He came in with a very negative history and they have worked together with us to correct all of the prior issues to the point that the child described in his folder is not even recognizable in him now. To make it even better it has been a painless enough transition for him that he absolutely loves the school and the teachers and principle. I am very impressed and pleased.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2009
We transferred our son to this school from another that we were having problems with. We chose it because it had better reviews, test scores, and a much better rating. Seattle Hill is the second best rated school in the district and I can see why. My son since transferring to Seattle Hill has been happier, preformed better, and I have gotten much better response from school officials regarding any issues I have had. I would highly recommend Seattle Hill to anyone looking for a good school for their children.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
The school is OK! But as other post indicated, the program is not that great!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2009
I am a parent of two children who attended Seattle Hill for the last few years until we withdrew them for the same things the September 23rd and September 18th posts addressed. After constant bullying on the playground, followed by lack of intervention by the principal, teacher and recess people, my oldest child could barely tolerate going to school for fear of being hurt. My husband and I spoke to the principal many times last year and thought this year may be different since my child was in another class away from some of the bullies. But things got worse not better. In addition to the bullying, as we were looking for a new school, we learned that what our children were learning at Seattle Hill is about 2 years behind other public and private schools in the area. The Sept. 18th post to pass on Seattle Hill is right.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
I should have listened to neighbors who warned us about placing our child at this school. Bullying is ok, academics are not important and parent participation is not wanted. The school needs a complete make over from the top down, including a new principal. If you have an option to put your kid in private school, move right past Seattle Hill, you'll be glad you did.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
We have been very happy with SHE. The second grade program is Fabulous! My daughter was behind when she entered second grade and by the end of the first quarter she was excelling in all areas. luckily the overcrowded problem has been solved with the split to the new school. I was turned off by the office staff the first year we were here but, they have improved greatly. I have heard that they need to improve on the special education program; we haven't had to deal with that. We were going to move but, now are looking so we can stay at SHE.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 05, 2008
Unimpressed would be an understatement! I found the office staff to be nice, and the principal approachable. However when special needs for my child arose I got a lot of talk and promisies, but absolutely no follow through! The only person that showed any genuine concearn was the Vice Principal, she was very easy to work with and was genuine in her commitment to my sons sucess. I would have to agree wholeheartedly with the November 1st, 2007 post.... 'If you have a child with special needs or disabilities look elsewhere!' This is not the school for you... They did try to the best of their abilities, but it was not even close to being acceptable. Instead of my childs needs being met the school chose to pull him out of class and discipline (take away recess). This school is not qualified to handle special needs children in my opinion!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
This school is unimpressive. It is unfriendly and the office staff is incredibly rude. Although the principal is nice, it appears that she doesn't have much control and there is a void of leadership demonstrated in the manner in which parents are treated. If you have a student with any type of disability, look elsewhere. This district does not effectively support children with disabilities or special needs.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2006
After moving here in December of 2003 we were amazed at the lower level of learning that took place here. Our children weren't challenged like they were used to being. If students excel higher than classmates in certain subjects there isn't much that is done for that student. As for the teachers we feel that there needs to be more consistency with instruction and grading of work. The principal is very easy to work with in most situations. Overall the school is good, just talk to other parents concerning the type of teacher that you feel would best work with your child. As far as extracurricular activities more could be offered.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
My son attended a private school in Kindergarten and has attended this school for the last 3 years. I have found this school's environment to be very nurturing. I have volunteered both in the classroom and on fieldtrips and see very well behaved children. Teachers encourage self discipline at the same time accepting children's unique learning styles. Their teaching techniques are engaging for the students. I love this school and more importantly my child looks forward to each day.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2005
My family has been very pleased with the educational opportunities and the staff at Seattle Hill. We chose our current home based on the fact our three kids would attend SHE. The teachers have been nothing but kind yet academically demanding. The school is crowded; what would you expect with the current housing boom in the area? Seattle Hill can't control the number of new students it houses. They have to take everyone withing the enrollment area. The new elementary school (opening in 2007?) will help reduce the numbers at Seattle Hill. A previous poster mentioned children eating lunch in their classrooms. I'm not sure why this is an issue. As a kid I ate lunch in my classroom (which I believe has been the norm in WA schools) and I turn out just fine! A HUGE thank-you to the staff at Seattle Hill. Our family appreciates you!

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2005
It's true the school is overcrowded. The district is building a new one. The office staff are not very friendly but the principal is involved and really cares about being a good administrator. My daughter's teacher is extremely well trained. The PTA are very involved; the school tries to be a central presence in the community.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2004
I'm dissapointed with this school and am in the process of selling my home specifically to move out of this school district. The principal is very friendly but the office staff are rude and condecending to both the children and parents. The school is overcrowded, materials are out of date, recess supervision is minimal and there are no before school programs for the children. I've been pleased with the teachers at the school, but I'm sorry to say, the opportunities this school has for improvement far outweigh any of its' strengths.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
The school is over crowded, has little to offer in the way of technology, the principal is usually too busy to give you any time, and the front office staff rarely has to time to look up and welcome you into the building. There is not an air of friendliness when you enter the school. According to the superintendent of the school the books are so outdated that when he attended a school one day, he heard a child reading outloud, 'and some day man will land on the moon.' Land on the moon? The children are not supervised very well outside at recess with too few people out there to amply provide safety. There is also very little for the children to do while outside. New play equipment was provided last year however, this is WA and the weather is inclement! Indoor activities are needed.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
The teachers at Seattle Hill Elementry are great. They work with the students to the best of their ability with the means available. Some of the down sides to the school are the lack of activities available, children having to eat in their classrooms, the high teacher to student ratios, outdated classroom materials, and no school nurse.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2004
There are many extra curricular activities at this school such as conflict mediators, traffic butlers, choir, band, student council, summit team and Panther Pals. Students have several vegetarian choices at lunch including salad bar, individual salads and cheese pizza. Art is taught at every grade level by the classroom teacher. Students receive music instruction from the music specialist twice per week. Each grade level presents an evening musical concert once per year.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2004
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- submitted by a student
January 17, 2004
There are no extraciricular activities, the school is old and in disrepair, the books are dated and I am looking to move out of the district. The music program is dated. The food offereings in the cafeteria have no regard for vegetarians plus the students eat in their classrooms. There is no art, language, musical instruments (until 6th grade), computer programs. It is very sad and the children deserve more. There is also no nurse on duty.

- submitted by a parent
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Seattle Hill Elementary School
12711 51st Ave SE, Everett, WA  98208
(360) 563-4675
Last modified Seattle Hill Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Seattle Hill Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top