Kalama Schools offer a great environment for students. Not only are sports programs well-supported, but so are the drama and music programs. FBLA competes at state level, and advanced classes are there for those who have the motivation to take the challenge. Teachers are attentive and always strive to help students succeed. As a student from elementary to high school I always felt supported by teachers, staff, coaches and my peers - these are people who I still hold relationships with many years after graduation. The student body is very much like family due to the small size. Kalama's leadership program is outstanding and gives students the opportunity to thrive as community leaders before they even leave campus. Bullying is a shame, but it occurs at any school and I don't believe for one minute that it's any worse here. I enjoyed my years at Kalama Schools and can't wait to raise my own children through this great school system!
i am not happy with this school at all. i would not recomend this school at all. if i could rate it zero stars or negative stars i would
The teachers and coaches and staff not only give our kids the best education, they teach them compassion.....Go Chinooks!!!!!!
Sports is the only game in town here. After years of no disipline we are sending our daughter to Kelso, at no small cost. Sports are important, but perspective is in need of focus here. The inmates are running this assylum.
I am new to Kalama this year, and so far it has been so awesome!! But there is quite a bit of drama and rumor spreading. The teachers here are awsome! They will take time out of planning periods to help a student and they take time out of class to help one particular student. All of the teachers theory is that student success is #1. As for paying to much for sports? We did get a new turf and baseball field. But what about a new softball field? Everyone in sports are getting new things. We have had the same softball field for many years now and I think it is time to upgrade, as does the coaches. But overall this is a great school except for minor details. :)
I have been going to this school for 11 years now, and I wouldn't move. The teachers are great. The main flaw is they spend too much money on sports, but now we have turf. So that's good for football players. Their are about 5 fights a year. Go to a big school, you'll see that in a day.
I have been attending this school system for thirteen years now. And honestly, the only grades that I did not experience any form of bullying were K-5. So only let your kids go here for their elementary years, the best. There is so much theft, vulgarity, and bullying here in the middle/high school that it blows my mind. The school administration favors sports, so that's where all the money goes, 'forget arts and new books! As long as there's sports equipment then everything is okay.' Also, the admin. has to have some kind of drama all the time... if there isn't any then they'll create it. Like picking on awesome teachers who have only been teaching here for three years, and who has the respect of the students that they(admin.) themselves lack! So if you are looking for an unfair administration to place your kid(s) under then this place is perfect!
This school is an excellent learning enviroment if the will to learn is there. You couldn't ask for better teachers. I have attended many schools and I have never felt I have learned as much from any other staff. I regret the lack of a wide range of electives. However we do well for a low budget school. As for not preparing us for real life, Im sorry but you must be sadly misinformed. This school is one of the only small schools to be apart of the Washington Association of Student Councils. Our leadership programs let us work on improving our school. We will soon install an RSVP program. Which will improve our school enviroment. Sports programs are important to childrens futures because they can learn many life lessons that way.
Not impressed with the constant bullying, attacking, and destroying of personal property that go's on in the middle school. My child constantly is getting something broken, stolen, taken, you name it and if my child stands up, my child gets detention or ISS. The principal seems to care however the asst. could not be farther away.
I moved here in 2001. My two children attended Kalama Elementary with great success. My oldest is now attending the junior/senior high school. She was an honor roll student, but her grades declined tremendously because of the constant harassment in the classroom and on the campus by the
This school has a tremendous amount of bullying. It's a shame to see such a nice town go to waste.
This school and administration have made a drastic decline in recent years. It is unfortunate that the children's education no longer seems to come first. I have two sons who have attended Kalama school since 1999. I recently pulled them out, along with numerous other parents who have done the same. They will not return unless the faculty makes some drastic changes. Five years ago I would have recommended this school to any parent. Now I won't even let my children attend. Kalama is a great place to live and it is unfortunate that the administration has chosen this path.
This school has definitely gone downhill in recent years. There is a tremendous lack of discipline in the classroom, and I don't feel that it's a very safe environment anymore. Sports are very important...unfortunately academics don't seem to be as important. The facilities are old, much of the curriculum is old...however, there is up-to-date sports equipment!
This school is in poor condition, needs better leadership and less money spent on sports and more on education. It is very backwoods in its way of thinking. Your children will not be ready for the real world if left here all of their lives. They can't keep a principal. The grounds are in poor shape as well as he buildings,but they have a new football stadium.
I am a student at this school and i think the school is to focused on sports but the teaching staff is mostly great. the discipline is fine but the safety is low. our school is going downhill but not as much as these other people are saying the teachers are good at teaching. the dropping of driver's ed. is because you can take it out of school now, you may have to pay but it is still available. parent involvement is good to average school percentage.
This school has provided me with the education I need to be a succesful person in the real world! The staff here is wonderful. The administration has guided me in the right direction and I am very greatful for not only Kalama Junior Senior High School, but the whole community in all! I love the people and the awesome enviorment. This is the Caddilac of schools...the prime example of great leadership and friendly outgoing people! I just really enjoy it here and believe that Kalama is the best school in the entire state of Washington for all!
My two boys have attended since kindergarten. The elementary years were great. When my oldest started 6th grade, the violence and harrassment within the middle school students was unbelievable. The kids were left on their own at lunch to wander around the school between buildings. They were told to stay out of the classrooms, out of the high school hallways and no room in the cafeteria. My son was left to eat on the outside stairways. His food was grabbed and thrown in the garbage. There was no sign of a teacher or staff supervising these kids. By the 7th grade I pulled him out and put him in a private school. He went from flunking (The principle said they can fail and go forward until the 9th grade, then they are kicked out) to a A-B student. The school only focuses on sports.
I believe the school has gotten worse over recent years. I believe the teachers and staff spend more time being the students buddies than being real teachers. The students have lost respect for the teachers and coaches. The school is a mess. It's dirty, lockers are falling apart. Some of the signs on the walls are disrespectful. I just don't understand how it has gone so down hill.
This school is a good school, but it dramatically gets worse. The harrassment and discipline got worse. Some of what I think are the most important classes were cut recently like; cooking class, drafting,etc.The school has a habit to focus on sports and extracurricular activities more such as football.
This used to be a good school to go to. But it gets worse every year. As usual it's whose parents has the most money and sports, sports, sports. Sports is not going to prepare our children in the world. Classes that we used to have that taught our children what they needed to prepare for the outside world have been taken out such as home economics, drivers ed etc. We need to get back to the basics and leave the sports out. If anything we should take out P.E. and extra curricular sports and put back in the classes that will help them!
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