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PK-6
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Lacey, WA
Students enrolled: 687
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3845 Sleater Kinney Rd NE
Lacey, WA 98506

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(360) 412-4640
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January 23, 2014
South Bay Elementary is an extraordinary school in every way. I went to South Bay as a kid and now my son and daughter go there. Every teacher my children have had has been amazing by not only educating my kids but teaching them invaluable life lessons while really investing in who they are. Along with the prodigious teachers, the principal at South Bay does an unbelievable job; South Bay Elementary is the way it is because of Mrs. Cook. Her dedication to her staff, faculty, and the students is implausible! My wife and I could not be happier with the effectiveness of the education and the devotion of the faculty and staff towards our children...great job South Bay Elementary!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2012
We have been a part of the South Bay community for about 12 years. It has always been a good school and with current administration is a great school. Most of the teachers ae exceptional K - 6. They care. Parents and family members are welcome and appreciated. Teachers go out of their way to meet the needs of EACH student, high, medium or low. I am proud to say my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
My two children have been attending Southbay for 3 years. Out of a total of six teachers, only one has been extraordinary. Going above and beyond to make sure my child had work to do in class that would challenge him above what she was currently teaching. I am completely unimpressed with the new principal. She rules by the book and not always in the best interests of the children or parents. I disagree with a previous post about not enough activities involving families. There are opportunities almost every month for families to attend an event at the school, I.e. Jump rope for heart, science fair, back to school night, fun fair and many more. My biggest complaint is would be the inconsistencies of grading. Teachers refusing to give 4s at all and using the standard 3 for the majority. Many students go above and beyond socially and academically and should be recognized by more than an average 3. I have been very happy with the physical education teacher. He has a great attitude and kids are always excited and ready to work hard,

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
Good school, good kids, BUT total lack of consistency with grading. Too much objectivity allowed. The teachers are not on the same sheet of music with the 1,2,3,4 grading system. Some NEVER give 4's others only at year end. It is very much an atmosphere of, "let's shove everyone into a "3" grade so no one feels bad". The broad range of what makes up a 3 makes the grading system useless and leaves my children wondering what they are striving for. We moved here from Texas and let me say, although South Bay is great by Washington standards, it pales in comparison with the NEISD in Texas.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
My son finished Kindergarten this year and we were extremely satisfied with the quality of the teacher (Ms. White). My son had social anxiety and did not want to go to kindergarten. After a month, he loved going to school. My other son went to couple private school and now I wish we would have sent him to South Bay Elementary. The school principal, the counselor, and other staff seem to be very professional and they truly care about the students. We have been extremely impressed about the academic and overall quality.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
This staff and the Teacher are very caring and helpful. They treated are students as they were they own kids, and if you have any concerns regarding any assigments they are always there to give your child the helping hands. I have two children there for almost four years, and I hate to move then out this school. I know my kids will miss the school as well as I am. Thank you Southbay for educating my kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
I am interested in your programs for special needs children and also if you have art and music programs.

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November 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2008
As a child I went to this school and we just moved back to this area and I was excited about my son going to this school, but so farr not to excited. His teacher just doesnt appear to be happy with teaching any longer and there is not really much parent school activities for the families! Hopefully my experience will get better with time but not to impressed so farr..

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2008
Two years ago my daughter graduated from South Bay Elementary School. She had been attending this school since her second grade year, and abosolutly loved it. She was a brihgt student, and the enrichment classes her become a better student and move on to an equally amazing program in Chinook Middle School. The whole school is a family. The student learn to enjoy learing at all ages, and the teachers are amazing. We all as a family enjoyed the school.

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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
This school misses the mark and fails to step it up when the kids are ahead and in need of more academic stimulation. They spend most of their time teaching to the 50% and below to get those kids up to the WASL standard. The bright kids are left in a holding pattern.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
South Bay is a wonderful. There is also of parent support and the teachers are great at what they do. This school is very friendly and it is easy for the kids and their parents to become part of the school community. It is like a second family.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
The one problem I have with this school is the student/teacher ratio. My child has been in classrooms with 27+ students for the last 3 years. Otherwise we love the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
We have been a part of the South Bay family for the past 8 years and with a few more years to go I can t think of a better school to have our children attend. It just keeps getting better! Our children have different learning styles and have each become outstanding students. Mrs. Weight and her staff is extremely professional. Yes, the school is old, but the environment within those old walls is not! They are a top notch staff and have provided our children with the newest knowledge available by continuing their own education. (Showing children that learning is fun at all ages!) The outstanding parent & community involvement is an added bonus for the children at South Bay. Thanks Mrs. Weight for providing our children the opportunity to become even better citizens. Your leadership in continuing to encourage all the wonderful things South Bay has to offer is much

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
South Bay has been a very positive experience for our family. Excellent teachers, quality leadership and lots of parent involvement. The specialist teachers (music, PE and art) are great, as is the band program. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
An effective school is one that successfully involves parents, teachers and students in everything from curriculum development to fundraising. This is abundantly evident at South Bay. Take one step through the front doors and you will instantly recognize a friendly, well organized facility where all students are supported and encouraged to give their best. Whether it be academics, good behavior or community involvement, South Bay gives new meaning to the word 'Quality'. Parents can feel confident about sending their children to this safe and highly productive elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
South Bay is a school where all children are valued. Teachers at the building are very professional and approachable. The principal and the front office staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome - especially our children who were a bit apprehensive at the change of schools. The feeling we got when we first walked into the building still stays with us today. We felt that this is a place where the teachers really wanted to be and they really care about each and every child. We knew right away this was the school for us. We highly recommend South Bay Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
My two children attended South Bay from Kindergarten to the sixth grade. I could write pages about this school but have been limited to 150 words on this page. You will love this school, staff and community. You will be amazed by the countless hours the parent volunteers put in to their school and how committed they are to supporting their children and teachers. You will be reassured on how much the entire staff looks out for the safety of your children. You will be happy with your choice. My children have since grown up and on to high school but I feel it speaks volumes when they visit their elementary teachers and staff on a regular basis.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
I have had children at South Bay for the past six years, but my oldest had attended five other elementary schools due to moves and over-crowding in other areas. I can say without a doubt that South Bay has the highest level of parent particpation I have ever seen or heard of. Part of the reeason for this is the truly special staff who value every child and family. Music, sports and more are greatly valued. A great school with great staff who take pride in their school and the education they provide.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
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May 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
An aging facility with well-meaning administration, but teathered by financial restraints. Many parents are involved, but the simple fact is there are a number of children whose parents are absent or on the public dole. That effect resonates throughout the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
Great programs but poor facilities

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March 14, 2006
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August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
This school is surprisingly mediocre in academic quality, particularly in grades 4 - 6. (based on my experience in k-6).

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February 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2004
Southbay is a great learning experience for our children as well as the parents. I would not change a thing! Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2004
South Bay is a school where children feel valued, the teachers are incredibly talented and nurturing and the principal is outstanding. I wish that I could have gone to South Bay when I was a child. In four years of our son attending South Bay I can truly say that there is NOT a weak point to be found there. Art, music, band, orchestra, Phys Ed and special programs are all outstanding. We will be sad when our son moves on to middle school and has to leave South Bay.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2003
This is my son's second year after moving from Tacoma. he is a fifth grader and we both love the school it is more like a family than a school there is so much parent teacher involvement. Excellant teachers and my sons grades have went up since moving. Great Job South Bay!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2003
My sons have really improved their reading and math skills at South Bay. They both have had teachers that are willing to take them to the next level. Their special education staff is truly remarkable. This school is unique in the quality of their specialist programs for music and p.e. and art. I'm amazed at how much happier and how much more productive my kids are since they changed schools. Thank you South Bay!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2003
South Bay is an amazing learning environment with huge community involvement. 'It takes a village to raise a child' this motto has been taken literally and this school is widely recognized for its parent involvement. The staff at South Bay care and want to help children achieve their best and they go out of their way to do that !

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2003
We have a great school with hundreds of involved parents. We appreciate the great teachers and staff at South Bay.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2003
This is my families second year at South Bay and it has been a great experience for me and for my children. I find the teachers approachable and interested in my children's development academically and their overall well being. I work with Ms. Weight as a PTA member and find her open, very approachable but more importantly very focused on all the children and what is best for them. I don't have much experience with other schools but I can't imagine anything better than South Bay.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2003
I actually teach at this school and think it is the absolute best school. It is the best place to work, the staff works well together, and we have the most awesome PTA.

- submitted by a teacher
October 05, 2003
Wonderful staff who work hard to provide safe, nurturing, and family oriented learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
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South Bay Elementary is well known for its exceptional staff. Their dedication to student learning is recognized as the fundamental strength of our school. In addition to the effective implementation of district reading, writing, math, and science curriculum, our staff incorporates many other creative learning opportunities for our students.

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South Bay Elementary School
3845 Sleater Kinney Rd NE, Lacey, WA  98506
(360) 412-4640
Last modified South Bay Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Bay Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top