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1000 South 289th St
Federal Way, WA 98003

(253) 945-3400
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October 15, 2014
My son went to Nautilus for his 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade year. Coming from another school in Federal way his first years in school was not the greatest. He was labeled as a problem child. So we quickly move him from that school to see if it was my child or the school. Believe it or not but Nautilus was the best move for my son. He excelled at Nautilus, was no longer the problem child. Teachers became close partners in our family. They were easy to talk to and gave us tips on learning styles and abilities. We did take him out for his 7th and 8th grade year. We wanted him to experience middle school and be prepared for high school.

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August 07, 2014
I attended nautilus and would not recommend this school. It is mostly rich snobby people who think they are better then you. I was picked on for not having nice clothes. Also, all most all of my teachers were extremely rude and would put me down in front of the whole class. I would come home crying almost everyday. If you want your child to have a good education get out of Federal Way!

- submitted by a community member

June 13, 2014
I cannot say enough good things about the principal, Stacy Lucas. She is an amazing leader and willing to listen to parents' concerns. She is very personable and easy to talk to. We have a unique situation where we homeschool our kids half day, and they attend Nautilus half day. Mrs. Lucas and the staff have been very willing to work with us to make our kids' experience at Nautilus so wonderful. Our kids LOVE going to school every day so they can play with their friends and see their teachers. The front office staff are always so friendly and helpful. The teachers and staff truly care about the children and want what is best for them. The campus environment is very open and inviting, and I always feel informed on what is going on. I feel the school is lacking in parent involvement (although the group of parents who are involved are great), but I still give Nautilus 5 stars because of the great experience we have had there.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2014
Nautilus K - 8 is a fabulous school. The teachers (both elementary and middle school) are invested in their students and go above and beyond the call of duty in making sure that the students learn and understand key concepts. The administration is amazing, led by the very competent and inspiring principal, Stacy Lucas. The parent involvement at Nautilus is extraordinary, and the school has one of the more robust PTSAs in the district. The facilities and grounds are well maintained and you have a beautiful view of Puget Sound from the playground. The P.E. instructor is outstanding, as is the librarian, nurse, speech specialist, resource specialist, dean of students, office manager, music teacher, and the art docent. All grades have at least one field trip a year. There are multiple after school activities from chess, to drawing, to engineering/robotics. The school takes bullying very seriously (and having been at another elementary school in the district that did not), I can state unequivocally that moving my children to Nautilus K - 8 was the best decision my family has made for the education and wellfare of our children.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013
My school is great...because all the staff members are always concerned and willing to help in any way they can. They keep parents informed as to what's happening with your child and the teachers work together with parents to ensure that each and every child gets the best possible learning experience, as well as, the best education in all subjects. I feel as though the staff really cares and wants the best possible for each and every student no matter what! I am very impressed with the school and what it delivers. There are so many things that I did not mention that make Nautilus an awesome school choice!

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September 18, 2013
I can't say enough about the staff and administration at Nautilus K-8. This is our second year at Nautilus after choicing in from another area school. The team that is providing for my children is second to none and am so pleased that a poor situation and environment has turned into such a positive experience and leaning environment for my children. Can't say enough about the Principal at this school. Mrs. Lucas goes above and beyond on all levels and you can that throughout the school. Nautilus K-8 Rocks!

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September 17, 2013
Nautilus K - 8 has excellent staff and teachers. The principal is forward thinking and makes solid decisions based on what is good for the students in the long term. The campus is open and well maintained. There is clear pride in the facilities. But what speaks to me the most are the students. They are happy and outgoing and will smile and wave when you walk onto the campus. It's apparent that they like being at Nautilus. They exude the confidence that comes from a safe learning environment. I highly recommend Nautilus.

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August 12, 2013
Nautilus Elementary is a top notch school. They have prepared my son over these last several years to move on into the Cambridge program over at SAC. Never say never...my son was struggling throughout the 4th grade do to medical issues and the teacher stayed after twice a week until he understood things. Fifth grade went smoother from there. We felt blessed that Alex was able to move on and to such a wonderful program that a middle school had to offer. I now have two others following in his footsteps and I am confident and comfortable with them growing with Nautilus elementary school. The staff is awesome from the principle, front office, and then onto our teachers. Thank you for all the support you have given my children. I could never ask for anything more!

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August 11, 2013
I really don't know about this school but my cousins are going this school they just loved teachers, students everybody in this school. That is why I'm taking my son this school, he will start going kindergartner this year.

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May 07, 2013
I moved my kids from a private school in the area. I was impressed with the positive attitude of the teachers and administrationI but was less than impressed with the academics. My older one spent the whole year reviewing and they never brought home homework. They were challenged everyday at their old school. How do you master anything if you don't practice. It seems to me like it's less work for the teachers and LESS learning for the kids. Luckily my oldest is challenged at the middle school one year later. STILL NO HOMEWORK! What's up?

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2012
This school is amazing! After having experienced 5 hellish years at Star Lake Elementary, we feel like we have walked out of a nightmare and into a dream. If every principal was like Stacy, the educational system would not be failing our children. We left a school that treated children like they were little beasts and had to be beaten down to get them to behave. At this school, it is obvious that the staff all like children and are passionate about what they do. My children are finally excited about going to school and after years of not being able to play at recess, my children are now actually encouraged to run and play tag! This is an amazing school for children who have experienced trauma in their lives as my foster/adoptive children have. I expect that a school will partner with you and this school has exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this school to all parents. You will not be disappointed!

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June 26, 2012
Nautilus has a new principal and she is wonderful! She listens to parent's concerns and suggestions. The school environment creates a true partnership between parents, staff and students. As with any school, there are areas that can be improved. But what makes Nautilus special is that suggestions for improvement are heard and implemented. When your students are at Nautilus you feel like you are part of a community where people care about each other.

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June 15, 2009
All of my 3 daughters have attended Nautilus and it is unbelievable that anyone could rate this school and it's staff anything less than a 5! Within a couple of weeks of each new year, you can walk onto the school grounds and will notice that EVERY member of the staff, from custodians to principal will call every student by their first name! I only WISH that the junior and senior high schools demonstrated a fraction of the devotion to the students that Nautilus does!

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June 19, 2008
It's interesting to read some of the other reviews. The school is good, with the exception of the principal who is extremely rigid.

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January 29, 2008
My son attends school here, and I'm looking forward to having my daughter attend here next year. So far, our experience here at Nautilus has been outstanding. The staff and students exibit a great deal of school spirit. The staff is caring and protective, and my truely enjoys his educational experience. M. Truss

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October 06, 2005
By the WASL scores, one would think this school rates poorly. I was shocked to see the scores so low because my experience with the school is nothing but positive. My son is in the fourth grade and has two teachers in his classroom and I think the ratio for student:teacher is 24:2. The school (on appearances) seems to have a good music/program. My son brings home many projects and seems to enjoy the activities. Their is a computer lab and a library that seems more than adequate. Whatever reasons there might be for the low WASL scores, my son scored in the 98% so the school has done right by us.

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April 22, 2005
Nautilus is a great school with caring and involved teachers.

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September 05, 2004
I moved away from that school because of the principal and the counselor, they do not care enough about the kids and giving them a quality education. Not a lot of cooperation. The teachers are great people.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2003
This school is great my child loves it but we had some issues with the principal.

- submitted by a community member
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Nautilus Elementary School
1000 South 289th St, Federal Way, WA  98003
(253) 945-3400
Last modified Nautilus Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nautilus Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top