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.
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!
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.
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.
Great teaching staff, Principal leaves much to be desired, treats staff and parents unevenly, has created a toxic environment.
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.
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.
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.
The school is OK! But as other post indicated, the program is not that great!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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