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Lakewood, WA
Students enrolled: 314
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5190 North Division St.
Lakewood, WA 98433

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(253) 583-5260
(253) 583-5268
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June 13, 2014
14 hours days??????? Are you kidding me, I live close to the school and the earliest I have seen somebody is at 6:30, the school is empty by 3, the last person leaving is the custodian Dolores, nicest lady on building. Some teachers care and are nice, they can't do much with the support provide by distric and principal and her bad reputation. SCHOOL of DYSFUNCTION BEACHWOOD, shame of you for not providing EXTRA services, other than the ones for families with IEP, and this kids are the most abuse by system, left behind and neglected. Children often need extra help and is not provide, classroom size is large, ratio is usually 30:1. Some teachers are overwhelmed because of this and distric don't do anything to solve this matter with at least having one assistant teacher per classroom when is need it. This school is very bad, just stay away if you can, we are now homeschooling our 3 boys and is going wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
Glad that year is over and we are moving this summer, this is by far the worst school my daughter has attended. No real homework, just a few pages sometimes. Many incidents of bullies and no staff wanted to do something about it, is true, bullies are everywhere, the difference if how you manage to get the problem solved, how you get rid of it and in this school nobody seemed to care a bit about it. Classes are not challenging and below average standards nationwide. Principal too much blah blah blah and never bother at all to do new things, to engage with students, etc. One time my daughter went to say hello and she asked to sit down in a very rude manner. No enthusiasm, more like a military regime that doesn't work to attack the problems of bullies, etc. School of recognition only means that is currently meeting standars statewide of reading and math, but we all know this is very easy to alter, please don't fool yourselves!!!!Anyway is not a big deal because it should be of course meeting the standars!!!PTA is mediocre and doesn't innovate in nice educational activities, No good behavior system reward, no field trips! If your are movie to WA try another districtOr just homeschool

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
This school has been School of Distinction for three years in a row! This school provides many extra services for students and has curriculum night for family members. The teachers are dedicated and hardworking. Many of the teachers work 14 hour days and still take time to meet with family members and discuss student achievement. Bullying happens in every school and Beachwood staff take it very seriously and work with students and family members to resolve issues in a timely and caring fashion.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Bullies! Bullies, bullies! I'm a mom of a special needs child and she has been victim of abuse and principal doesn't help, no solutions! Bullying continues and to the point my daughter doesn't want to go no more to school. Teachers also never hear anything of what happening on classroom and let the kids resolve issues and incident that in my opinion and many others parents it shouldn't be like this,many intolerable situations at this mediocre school. Stay AWAY!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
Not impressed with this school. The teachers continue with the curriculum, despite having children who have different learning styles. Children who have difficulty learning the material are left behind and do not get extra help. Staff does not supervise children adequately and teachers are frequently absent. Children do not have stability in class. Not impressed with the school system in Washington State.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
This school is ok if your child doesn't have learning problems or bullying. My son was diagnosed with ADD and on meds. The teacher beg me to take him off of the meds because it wasn't helping. Next thing I knew they formed a meeting with the bored psychologist, teacher, principal, counselor, etc. All of them suggested that I talk to his doctor (aka med again) but I refused. They offered no other intervention. Only when we moved school did my son received nonpharmaceutical intervention. I also heard other parents complaining that they don't remedy bullying.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Not impressed with the school. My daughter goes to Kindergarten there and so far she hasn't learned anything new. It seems like she learned more in Pre-school/Strong Beginnings and is now going backwards.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
My daughter loves going to school here. She is in 2nd grade and loves her teacher. Great homework assignments everyday. Separation for reading levels, which is great. My daughter is good at reading so she doesn't get held behind, she goes to a reading class with kids that are tested to her same level. This school is doing a great job, due to the high demands and new housing going up. They are definitely doing all they can!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
This school just received the School of Distinction award- top 5% of schools in Washington for improvement over the last 5 years. This is the 2nd year that Beachwood has earned this award.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2012
Beachwood has been a wonderful school for our two children over the last three years. They work hard to teach at each child's level and help them reach their maximum potential. The teachers have been willing to work with us when we have concerns. The new principal coming in worked with the outgoing principal so there should be consistency. We would not hesitate to have children continue at Beachwood, but both are now in middle school.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2012
My son hass been attending Beachwood for 2 years. We have been to many schools and I can say that I have only meet to Principals that really want and have made a difference in their schools and in their childrens progress. Mr. Zarling is one of them I am not able to express how thankful I am for having the pleasure to have met him he has worked so hard to rise above all else. To give our children the best education and options out there. I am sad to see him leave he is truly one of the best. I also loved the way his staff has worked together as a community they help each other out and help each others students as well. In particuar Ms. Rust she has been such a blessing her and Mrs.Sorgenfri they are a great team all of the staff i wonderful and caring including Mrs. Lorie the Health Nurse she is a beautiful person always smiling and caring for all the kids. Last but not least Mrs. Rebecca are PTA president and Mrs. Sanchez they are great dedicated parents. Thank you beachwood.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
Beachwood is a great school. This is our family's 5th elementary school. Of the 5 schools we have been in this is the best. The teachers work hard to make sure my son and daughter get what they need and push my son to learn more. The teachers, counselor, principal, and I all met before school to help my daughter who was having a hard time in reading. She goes to the before school learning help and is in LAP for extra help. I disagree with the last post that the principal is not willing to help. I went to him a few times with problems and he took care of them right away. The school just keeps getting better and better and that is because of the teachers and Mr. Zarling. My daughter is doing things in 3rd grade that my son did in 4th grade in Tennessee. Unfortunately, we only have 1 more year at Beachwood. We will miss Beachwood and Mr. Zarling since he is leaving after this year.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
Not impressed with this school at all. There are several teachers who really try hard and are great, however a majority of the staff, including the principal are not helpful and rude. My child was not happy in this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I am really pleased with Beachwood, the teachers, and principal. My granddaughter is in K and has really come a long way since the day she started. Her teacher is a wonderful teacher and brought out the best in my granddaughter, she loves school. This has been a great experience for her and I just hope we are still here when her sister starts school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
I was so worried about my son only going to school for 2 hrs. I was not sure if he was going to learn in such a short time. But he has learned alot. he is reading and counting by 10's and much more. I'm very happy with my sons progress .

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
I have been very happy with how much my son is learning at Beachwood. We have been here for 3 years. When we started he had a hard time reading. He got extra help from the teachers in the classroom and in the LAP program to get him extra help. The teachers we have had all went out of their way to help. The PTA works very hard and does a great job. There are a lot of events after school for families to spend time together. My son sometimes can be difficult, but the teachers and principal have taken the time to meet with my husband and me before he left to come up with a plan to make sure I was supported. I can not thank everyone at Beachwood enough for everything they have done for my family. It will be sad when we have to leave.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
Both my daughters have been at Beachwood for 2 years now. The staff is great, and they really care. The PTA is very active. The school could use a new field, and a couple upgrades but that is more a budget issue then the schools fault.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
The principle and teachers are caring. They work really hard to make sure the children are successful. They have been very responsive to my child and my family needs. We are military....there have been challenges with deployments etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
I was really concerned about sending my children here when I read the reviews. I have to say that I am happy with Beachwood. They separate the readers into different rooms so each student is able to work at his or her own level. Also, my first grader is learning math concepts in a way that seems to make sense to her and she is able to apply them easily in everyday situations. I do feel that sometimes there is a high tolerance for disruptive behavior during class time, in the upper grades.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
My son is in 3rd grade and he has attended Beachwood since Kindergarten. The atmosphere at the school has greatly improved in the last 2 years with some changes in staff. My son loves his school and they have made very positive steps to become a great learning environment. The principal and staff that are there now are super.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Beachwood elementary made my daughter's transition to a new school a very happy experience. We moved to the area when she was in 3rd grade. She's in 5th now and so far we've never had any problems with the staff or schoolmates or the curriculum. I've found the teachers and principal approachable and sensitive to the students needs and no parent concern was too trivial. We are also very satisfied with the after school program that my daughter attends. If your child/ren will be attending this school, let me be the first to welcome you!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
I am deeply disappointed with the Beachwood Elem. school curriculum. My child has been attending this school for 2 years and I feel as though the education they are receiving is below standard with other schools they have attended. During my children's time at this school my children have received homework packets on Monday which they are to turn back in on Friday, however my children have them completed by Monday evening. The teachers do not correct spelling errors. My oldest child is in the 5th grade preparing for middle school next year and the school has not addressed what middle schools are available for our child to attend and I was informed the one my daughter wanted to attend already had their registration. Their is issues with religion and race in the school which are not being addressed as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
My child is learning alot for her 1st grade year. The staff is lovely and the principal is great. The atmosphere and the environment is wonderful. I have never had any problems or complaints.. As long as my child is happy , and learning that is what that matters. She will be going into 2ndgrade next school year, She has attended since kindergarted. Keep up good work

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
My son came to Beachwood entering 2nd grade in the middle of the year. He was having a lot of trouble at the school he was attending in Florida with reading. He has been at Beachwood for 4 months and already his reading level had improved. The one on one learning style at Beachwood is outstanding. I love this school so sad to have to leave during the summer because of a PCS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
My children love Beachwood! I love the teachers and the staff. They all seem to go above normal to help a student or their parents out. Wonderful school!!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
My son started here at Beachwood in 1st grade. He loves his teachers and I think the new principal is doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
I have been associated with this school since 2001. My son attended from K - 5 and my daughter is currently in 3rd grade. My wife and I could not be happier with the education our children have received. The teachers go out of their way to ensure all students are treated as individuals and receive the best education offered. The staff and administration are top-notch. While there have been issues in the past; more than 3 years ago, most of these were the attempts by angry, bitter parents who failed to follow the procedures to addressing issues with the school, the school district and the local military officials. As a matter of fact, one of the most vocal parents used her husband's military grade/rank (E-9/CSM) as a means of intimidation for the teachers/staff at the school. If your child will be attending Beachwood, congratulations!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
Worst school my child has attended. There seems to be little emphasis on education and curriculum, most of the work and newsletters sent home are about behavior, sharing, etc. If you have a gifted child they will not be challenged or encouraged to develop. My child is often paired with below average students and told she must 'help teach' them. This is unacceptable, but a big part of her teacher's 'teaching philosophy' which focuses more on behavior/sharing between the children than actual teacher-led learning and interaction. I think this is partially because of the large class size, no time to address children individually. My child is often teased, but her teacher does not address it. She is often told to 'solve it herself'. The number of days off and half days are unacceptable. My husband and I will not be sending her to this school next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
Beachwood had made it really easy for my son transferring in from another school from out of state. Compare to the other elementary, I feel Beachwood is alittle tougher on what is taught which I have no complaints because my son is learning more. I'm not too happy with teach and parent communication though, it can use some sort of streamline process. Once I sent a letter to my son's teacher and did not get a return sticky note or anything to let me know if she's received it, I followed up and still didn't get response so my son did not get his homework and had to catch up on a lot in sort period of time. The same for faculty members because I left message on VM once and never got response. I like the fact that the school does events after school for military families, that is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
All the teachers at the school are very friendly and seems concerned about my son's success in school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2010
Beachwood, same as other public schools in the area, suffers from a poor curriculum that is presented by the state of WA (Which has very low education ratings compared to the rest of the US). The school tries but tends to place too much emphasis on shaping childrens behavior rather than molding their minds with knowledge. Children who are obviously way ahead of their peers are not being challenged, whichmay contribute to the behavioral problems. The bored will find 'other' things to do... I would suggest setting aside an hour in the afternoon for those advanced kids to work on something more challenging or a good project, however we all know that with the pathetic school hours in WA state (excessive half days, days off, or the fact that the normal school hours for some ages are way too short) that this could potentially never happen.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
beachwood is a good school...my daughters 2nd grade teacher is above average....the school keeps me well informed about everything happening at the school

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
I love the school. It is moderate in size. Teachers are friendly. Principal is as well. Military families are supported as well. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
My kids and I are new to Beachwood and they both love this school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2010
I have been a parent with this school for 3 years now and i must say this is the best year so far in the past this school has been horrible but it is getting better

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2010
Beachwood is not the best school & does not work one-on-one with their students and does not feel it in their budget to help kids get Special Ed testing so they do not have to fork over the money...if given the choice go to another District all together.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
I think the overall communication of the school could be much better for example I was asked to come to a school assembly where my child was being honored 2 days prior to the event. I think my child is learning a lot and overall I am impressed with the level of learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
I think the school is okay. My kids only got a chance to go 3/4 of the school year there. The one thing I see missing is the teachers connecting with parents by giving out notices for award assemblies way to late. I did like my kids teachers though and the principal.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
No teacher /parent communication..Too many childern for the teachers to handle. They sound good in person but cannot back up what they say they offer..

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March 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
There is always room for improvement but overall I have been very happy with this school. My child is not considered in the norm when it comes to how he learns. We moved here when he was in the 3rd grade (he is now in 5th) and had some horrible experiences in OK. He is doing much better now and has had nothing but great teachers at this school. They all seem very caring and have his best interest at heart. Thank you for all your hard work and patience. And Mr. Prentice you are a wonderful educator, principal, and just an overall great human being. You have truly made a difference at this school and all the kids love you. Shannon Moore a parent

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
My daughter has attended Beachwood for grades 2,3,4 and now 5...I also have a son in kindergarten, my daughter has had the opportunity to be in one other school on post, and one off in Lacey. I can say that her experience varies with the teacher, we have had some awful ones and some great ones, the office staff can be unapproachable sometimes, but great others. I know that Mr. Prentice, the new principle has made some wonderful changes and he is definitely more concerned about the kids' education than the last. He is making it a point to learn the students' and parents' names. Academically, I think WA state is suffering from lack of teaching skills. They are adamant about the students' WASL scores, but the test has material that was not taught during the school year. Students then get disappointed thinking they've failed.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I am not sure where they got the WASL scores, but for this school they seem a bit high. How sad is that! The teachers are okay but seem a little preoccupied with the students that need extra help to actually teach what they need to.

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May 14, 2007
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May 07, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 14, 2007
Both of my sons attended Beachwood Elementary and I could not have asked for a better school. I appreciate all the extra help they received and the caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
There is no level of discipline in this school, never have I been to a school where students were so out of control and there are no real consequences.If you have a choice look eleswhere

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
I felt this school was not good for my children. I did not like how aggressive the children were here compared to many other schools. I felt that discipline could be handled better to solve this problem. I felt that the policy set up for that was hurting the students who are good. They don't check to see that children are walking with someone they know or even picked up. They just let them go. Overall just not happy with this school, I could go on, but just too much to say. The teachers were very nice to my kids and to me. They are the only positive thing there.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
I have two children in this school, a fifth grader and a second grader. Parent involvement seems low to moderate compared to other schools. I also do not feel there is enough communication between parents and teachers. There are no extra curricular activities or after school programs at the school. Art and music is taught at the same time and by the same teacher. There is also a PE instructor and classes alternate weekly between PE and Art/Music. This is not the best school for children who need extra help or who have an IEP. It seems the schools resoarces are limited. However, this seems to be a trend in Washington.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
I had two children at Beechwood while I was assigned to Ft. Lewis. While assigned there, I was deployed to Iraq and my wife took over as PTA president the last year we were there (2005-2006). I feel that the negative reviews on this site are incorrect. My children loved the school and the academics were on par with what I expected. The teachers that my boys had were wonderful and always kept in communication with the parents. The administration worked well and we had no problems with the office staff. The school paid special attention to the needs of the military community that it served and had extra assistance available for children of deployed parents. I wish the school could have made available music, art, and extracurricular activities; but that is the nature of just about all schools these days.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
My children attended Beachwood for 3years. I am very disappointed at the progress of the school. My child could hardly read when he left the second grade. The teachers dont get support from the principal. The PTA has almost totally went under because of no support from the teachers or principal. There are no programs set up to help children in need with reading or math. The office staff is rude and treat you with no respect at all. It is a very sad school, I cant even think of one positive thing to say about this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2005
My daughter (Annie) just started kindergarten this year and she could not have asked for a better teacher. I noticed how the teacher made sure the whole class was 'walking to the beat of her drum.' Great leadership and grace are this teacher's best characteristics. I don't know much about the administration or anything else, but this teacher is the best. Parent involvement is not a big thing in Kindergarten, so I can only speak for the teacher quality in this survey.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
Beachwood Elem. School was probably the worst thing I could have done to my children. The administration, from the principle to the superintendent, to the school board were incapable or unwilling to correct obvious problems within the school. When problems would arise, the administration would blame it on the current deployments. The PTA was awesome but always hampered by the administrator when planning events. Discipline was never equal or consistent. Upon removing my child from the school I learned he was about a year behind. Although we loved the teachers, who were very capable and skilled, the administration interferred in their efforts to teach the children. A group of parents joined in an effort to make a difference and positive changes for the school but tired of the surveys and the stalling by the administrator. It's too bad this is not a DOD school we could have made some changes.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2004
I feel Beachwood Elementary is one of the worst elementary schools in the district. The school does not try to help you. The academics at the school is behind. I ended up moving my child to a different school district, and that was the best thing I could do for my child, The school I transferred my child to was way more advanced than Beachwood. Being Military our kids have it tough enough, they deserve a better education. I feel Beachwood does not provide that.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Being a military family we have been to many schools in our career and I have to say that this is the one of the BEST elementary schools we have experienced in 16 years! The administration and staff have been great with my two children. I have one son that has a 504 Plan. Once I asked Beechwood Elementary to start the evaluation process for an IEP/504 they jumped on it and before I knew it they had completed all the paperwork. They knew what steps needed to be taken to make all the arrangements for my son to have a great school year and to do well. Many other schools have dragged their feet on the process and taken many months, or even half a school year, to even begin the process but Beachwood Elementary, within a month, had a 504 Plan implemented and working. I will greatly miss this school and the wonderful staff when we have to move to our next duty station.

- submitted by a parent
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Beachwood Elementary School
5190 North Division St., Lakewood, WA  98433
(253) 583-5260
Last modified Beachwood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Beachwood Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top