My Little is currently in Kindergarten and I volunteer in her class once a week. I love the teachers, administrators and other parents. Everyone seems to care about the environment our kids are in. There are a bunch of after school clubs and activities that are available and the volunteers and teachers who run them are wonderful. There is also a very active PTA that puts on some wonderful events and activities for the children. I had my reservations about the uniform policy, but it turns out they are completely unwarranted. Getting ready in the mornings is a snap. One of the arguments from parents not at Whittier about the uniform is that it stifles creativity... I really don't think this is the case. All the kids bring their own uniqueness and this lets their personalities shine.
Whittier Elementary has experienced and committed teachers, many of whom have been at this school for decades and live in the area. The administration has been understanding and supportive with us in effectively handling a serious allergy. The PTA is very active, and there are often parent volunteers in the classrooms as well. Whittier is the only school in the Everett School District with a uniform policy, which is very unusual for a public school, and it works well to help avoid cliques, reinforce school pride & camaraderie, and eliminate stress when school shopping and getting ready each morning. The school has been recently remodeled, while retaining its original character, and has a large playground, separate kindergarten playground, and an outdoor covered area. Overall, this is a great neighborhood school. If I had to select one area to nitpick, I wish the playfield was improved with better backstops, goals, infield, drainage(!), a perimeter track, and overall maintenance, to allow better utilization by the kids and community, but I respect that there are budget issues and don't feel this is enough to remove a star.