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5615 Kopachuck Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 530-4800
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November 18, 2015
My son is part of the PACE program here and we just love this school. Excellent staff, super responsive, kindness from everyone. The support staff are as excellent as the teachers, which is often not the case. The curriculum is standard, but the extras the school offers are fantastic. Chess, art, theater etc! I really feel we have lots of opportunities for my child to expand his horizons and grow during his time here.

- submitted by a community member

October 26, 2014
Voyager is very sweet but don't expect much academically. Few teachers give spelling tests, cursive is minimally taught in third grade, AR reading is pulled from 5th grade, and students self correct their writing essays. Most classes are peanut/ nut free so if your child brings anything with a trace of peanuts, they eat in the hallway by themselves. Oh, and did I mention that all of the chairs have tennis balls on each leg? It's to prevent loud sounds. Talk about cradling these children! Get me out of here!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
My son and daughter have attened or are attending Voyager elementary and I have been pleased with the education they have received and the teachers that have helped shape my children today. I'm not going to say everything is perfect but I have had my children in other districts and they were so unfriendly and not family oriented that Voyager is a school that I would want my kids to go to. I do believe that all the extra help has also helped my children in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2013
My two boys have enjoyed wonderful childhoods at Voyager. Yes, some of the class sizes are in the 20's, but that's deceiving because the teachers get lots of help from para-educators and parents, and they have many specialists that pull students from classrooms for more in depth learning. The kids at Voyager get a great academic experience, and the school's test scores are evidence of that. To me, though, Voyager's biggest strength is the amazing environment of kindness that the administration and teachers have created and fostered there. My younger son has a facial deformity, a speech impediment, and TONS of friends. Bullying is pretty much non-existent at Voyager, and all of the kids really seem to encourage each other to excel in every way.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2013
The situation at Artondale with the new principal is increasingly concerning. She has come in and made changes that seem based solely on teaching to the standardized testing. She has several of the teacher's unique teaching styles under threat. Her approach seems upper-handed and abrupt. The morale is low among the staff. Even if changes were needed in some areas to benefit the students and their education, the new principal's approach is not helpful towards this outcome. One should not come into an existing community with the attitude and approach that this principal has come with. Relationship building, and understanding the culture of the community you are going to be working with are essential to making the necessary changes happen and still maintain morale of the people who work and learn there. People need to be heard and not dictated to. We are starting to lose some of the best teachers because of it and others are talking about leaving. The once family like feeling is fading. Parents are noticing what is happening to the school they once loved volunteering at and missing the warm, welcoming atmosphere that existed before.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2012
I really trusted this site when we moved to Gig Harbor and I am so disappointed!!! We moved here because of this site! This site says that there are on average 17 kids in each class and that is a joke!!! We have had 25 kids in our classroom for the past 2 years. Pathetic! My son is only in second grade and should not have this many kids in his class. The teacher does not hide the fact that she is overwhelmed and has not even listened to her students read to her yet and we are two and a half months into the school year! Way to go Voyager... NOT HAPPY!!!

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2011
I've been very pleased with the teachers at Voyager over the years. Unfortunately, due to cutbacks, they have too many students in a classroom and no teachers aides (excluding special ed aides) to help out. Parents are very involved at the school and are constantly helping out in the classrooms. On the downside, the principal who came in a few years ago is less than wonderful. She tends to sweep things under the rug and act like there isn't a problem, even when student safety is at stake. Children's safety shouldn't be ignored just to save face at the school. Her lack of leadership puts even more stress on teachers who are already overburdened.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2007
My kids have the best teachers! Thanks Mr. Robuck and Mrs. Walters & Mrs.Hansen!

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2006
Voyager is, overall, a good school. However, it is overcrowded and has a lax policy of accepting students from other schools - thus necessitating the need for portable classrooms. The teachers and staff are very good. The supervision of the students when they are not being watched (example: recess, lunchtime, etc) is not good. There is not enough staff to monitor the students during recess (a ratio of approximately 300 students to 3 adults). There is a lot of parent involvement at this school - both with classroom help and organizing events during the school year. The school and grounds are clean, cheerful and organized. Many of the staff have been at Voyager since it was first opened.

- submitted by a parent
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June 01, 2006
have been very happy with all levels in this school. Curriculum as well as staff involvement.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2006
I have two grandchildren enrolled in fifth grade here at Voyager and I'm extremely impressed with the cirriculum, individual time spent with each child and the writing that comes from these children through this school. The instructors provoke thought in these children and give them and overall feeling of the importance of their individual thought and word put to paper. My grandchildren have enjoyed and looked forward to each school day at Voyager and have missed very few days since enrolling. I must say Mr. Robuck has been a particular joy this year. His energy, wit and compassion for 'his kids' knows no bounds. I Lastly I must say that the open arms attitude of this school to all family members including grandparents is a breath of fresh air. I enjoy participating in all the school activities with my grandkids and it makes them feel good to know we're there too!

- submitted by a parent

December 22, 2005
Voyager has an incredible reputation and it is well deserved. There is a wonderful wealth of programs and the teachers are some of the most experienced in the area. Above all, the parent volunteer rate is so high that a lot of extra activities are always open to the students. The only downside is the lack of diversity to the area in general and thus lack of exposure to other cultures and ethnicities.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2005
I have to say that my experience with this school was outstanding. Our child has graduated, we have moved out of state and are now experiencing other schools of a similar level. In almost all catagories the school was a wounderful experience. The teachers ( 4 of 5 ) were caring, skilled, warm and kind to our child. At all times we felt that our child was in the best of hands. The administration should also be given high marks for the structure, discipline and leadership demonstrated. At times the parent organization could be a bit exclusive, but again, it must be given high marks for its contributions and time spent. All in all a wounderful experience, still looked fondly upon four years after leaving Gig Harbor.

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2005
This school works really hard to maintain their educational platform. The teachers work hard with the students to maintain test score levels and there is plenty of opportunity for parents to get involved. Their sports program is okay.

- submitted by a student

January 27, 2005
The education level at Voyager is fantastic. My son had music art and IT on a weekly basis. The school had a pull out program for the smarter children, and had a lot of TA's for children with Mild learning difficulties. There is a high level of parental involvement. The children are well prepared for the transition to Middle school.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2003
Voyager is great! The teachers do a good job of communicating a student's progress to the parents. The office staff is responsive to concerns and questions. The building and grounds are kept clean and safe. However, the lunch line is way too long and is held in a small, crowded hallway. By the time the students get their lunch, they only have ten minutes to eat it. Also, I wish the Peninsula School District would adopt a uniform policy for all students.

- submitted by a parent
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Voyager Elementary School
5615 Kopachuck Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA  98335
(253) 530-4800
Last modified Voyager Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Voyager Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top