This school is a joke. On several occasions my children have come home hungry because they ran out of food in the lunchroom. My daughter was given salad and a plum for lunch when they ran out of food early. Do they not know how many students they need to feed daily?? Make more!! The students shouldn't have to go without a balanced meal because lunchroom staff is lazy and incompetent. The food they do serve is processed junk. (For example, my children were served nachos for lunch yesterday). They have no lunch trays so the children have to try to carry their entire meal by hand without spilling or dropping it. They are rushed through lunch with almost no time to eat. My daughter told me she waited in line to get food for almost the entire lunch period and by the time she got her food, she only had a few minutes to eat. Kids are yanked from one classroom and moved into a different classroom because of overcrowding. The teachers are rude, apathetic, and impersonal as is most of the staff there. I cannot believe the things I have heard and even witnessed myself. My kids will not return next year. Wish I would have listened to my neighbors and enrolled my kids in a different school.
My daughter went to Emerald Park for 7 years, kindergarten through 6th grade. Every teacher, every staff member has been above and beyond what we expected. They are very encouraging to the students, fair, and have an excellent educational program with some fun off site field trip learning opportunties to keep the kids interested and excited to learn. My daughter was well prepared for middle school. Thank you Emerald Park!
I think this school and it's staff are all amazing. They do their best to help struggling students. My son had a horrible test score in his last math test and his teacher let him retake the test, with new questions of course. Now that is a dedicated teacher to give her struggling student a chance to prove that he can do the math. This school is #1 when it comes to academics.
I love the organization from the top on through out the entire school! I makes it a peaceful place to learn.
I have 3 children that are going to Emerald Park and they like the school a lot. 1 will be completing her 6th grade there with Honor Roll. I am very happy that we have moved from Highline School District and into Kent School District. They have a lot wonderful teachers and stuffs.
My daughter loves this school a lot. She has many friends and is happy with them. Emerald Park has lots of great activities and my daughter loves them. She is very happy with the school. Her education is nice, and her teachers are great. This is one of thee best schools she's been into out of all the other schools she's attended.
This elementary school shines. The school strives to involve parents and offers many wonderful extracuricular activities for students to get involved in. My daughter's teachers have been excellent overall.
I am very happy with the quality of education my child receives. Teachers seem to be happy with their work and accomodating to parents needs.
Emerald Park is an exemplary school with a great staff and above average facilities. My son attend the school from its inception and had a great experience.
My youngest child attended Emerald Park Elementary for 5 years; each year the school faculty got better and better. The programs are always loads of fun, very original and creative, and well worth any time invested. The faculty and staff are wonderfully caring, totally involved with our kids, and extremely communicative to us parents. Mr. Ficken and Ms. Balcom are the best principals I have ever known; they participate in school spirit days to the fullest measure, and are beloved by everyone. Thanks, Emerald Park!
Emerald Park is a great school! The staff tries incredibly hard to educate students the best they can! Mr. Ficken is very involved with students, teachers and parents always wanting to improve. Plus, the school is in perfect condition. It is one of very little schools [that] have super clean facilities.
Absolutely the best. Awesome! Dean Ficken is a gem. My son spent 3 years there and I never had a concern, a worry, a fear. The teachers and staff are bright, dedicated and fabulous. Buy a house in the school's boundaries. It is worth it.
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