The school has been undergoing a lot of change lately. To be honest, our family feels that changing the head of school was the right move at the right time for the growth of the school. The former head of school was full of great ideas, but didn t have the skills to move out of the entrepreneurial, seat-of-the-pants approach to a more structured, well-thought-out approach. The interim head of school has the training necessary and the determination to help Soundview continue to grow as a school. He also appears to have a highly supportive staff helping him in this transition. In spite of the mid-year head change, the school has not changed its mission. It is still offering a well-rounded education with a fantastic teaching staff and administrators who care. From what I ve heard, reenrollment is reaching record levels, which shows that most families are putting faith in the school over the next year as it transitions. We are thrilled to have our children at the school and look forward to seeing them graduate from Soundview one day.
we are currently in the enrollment process with soundview. yesterday my Daughter attended a day at Clearwater. Never before have I heard her so excited and passonaite about school. she is egarly awaiting there decsion on weather or not she will be accecpted. we are keeping our fingers crossed. I would recomind this school to any parent who wants a better education for there child. she learned more in 1 day then she has in months at public school
Head and founder of school let go by school board for poor enrollment numbers over last one year (really???) and the chairman of the board who has no affiliation with the school plus has never been seen around the school suddenly appears out of nowhere and is making all the decisions. Parents like me and most others I have talked to are very displeased and are not re-enrolling. Teachers are very poorly qualified, one of the first grade aid is now the class teacher. Complete lack of direction in the new management. Beware of elementary school head. Interim head is LEARNING how to run the school. Do you really want to send your child to a school where the teachers and administration themselves are in the learning mode? Guess if I want to spend the money, I would like some experienced teachers and not some newbies. I am really surprised why their aren't more reviews depicting the real picture, I am just writing to help out, if I would have seen something like this posted, I would have not let my child attend this school.
Change in management in middle of year 2013 - head director, founder let go by board of directors. Brand new math teacher in 2012-13 year and only lectures in classroom - does not know how to do differentiated teaching even though the classroom is very small. Math is taught sometimes by this teacher and at other times by the science teacher. Math is a weak link in this school.
My daughter was enrolled in an independent school in Seattle when we decided to relocate to Lynnwood. Our school's admissions director turned me onto Soundview School, which I had never heard of. She recommended it as her premier choice for an independent school in Snohomish County. Five years later, not only my daughter, but her three younger siblings are all happy Soundview students. It is a young school compared to its Seattle-based counterparts, but that is precisely what makes it such an exciting community to be a part of. The IB curriculum is challenging and innovative and my kids (aged 3 to 9) are all highly engaged. It's so nice to pick my kids up from school and consistently hear that they had a great day and love being there. Kids are by far the best critics. Not only is Soundview a fit for my kids, but it is an equal fit for my husband and I. It was of primary importance for us to find a school that we felt comfortable in, and a staff and parent base that were friendly and shared our common goals. We have found all of this in Soundview.
I am in my 17th year of teaching, and my second year at Soundview, and I can say that this school is unlike any of the other schools in which I have had the good fortune to teach. Soundview's curricular focus of encouraging student inquiry and the practical application of knowledge makes for an exciting learning, and teaching, environment. After learning the IB framework, I wouldn't want to teach anywhere else. And I love my clever, inquisitive, risk-taking students.
I've had a great time teaching students at Soundview and am looking forward to sending my daughter to Soundview in the near future.
I am honored to work with such dedicated, passionate and talented teachers. The teachers at Soundview consistently come up with unique and creative ways to keep students involved and engaged in their education.
The teachers at Soundview are some of the hardest working I've ever worked with. We collaborate and share ideas every day to enrich the educational experience of our students. I am amazed at what I see and hear around me every day!
Beware: The head of this school is DISHONEST. With dishonest leadership, one can only imagine how easily important facets of a school can fall by the wayside. The head of school has never been an educator, nor does she have a degree in education. There is a reason this school has not been accredited as a WA state Independent school and is a World IB Candidate school, yet has not been approved as an official IB school. The school claims to employ only certificated teachers, but look closely and you'll find the head of school will overlook even that small detail when hiring on a small budget. The school is run like a business, one that is a sinking ship. A few loyal parents and some wonderful teachers are the only things keeping this school afloat. The school aims to be a 21st century school, buying up new technology that doesn't end up being used by students, because there is no plan for use of that technology. The leadership at the school concerns itself with constantly trying new things without ever mastering anything. Teachers are underpaid (compared to other local private & public schools) and under appreciated. Turnover is high at this school - both for teachers and students.
I am amazed and very pleased to witness my child blossoming in the IB environment at Soundview. The thing I notice the most is that my child just loves to go to school. Even on days he is sick, he still don't want to miss his classes. What ever that IB program is, it is certainly very good at maximizing efficiency in learning during regular class time. My child seems to find learning in the IB environment very engaging and rewarding. It certainly helps us parents to not have to spend much time at home to supplement the education.
Soundview School is an excellent school. The IB program helps students to develop life long skills as well as deeper meaning of the subject matters. The IB program is an inquiry driven curriculum. It is amazing to see their wonder wall with 8 questions such as form, function, causation, connection, perspectives, responsibility, refection etc. The student generated questions are so insightful. Soundsview's arts program is phenomenal. All the kids are taking visual art, music and Spanish. The arts are integrated with their IB unit themes. The class size is small so each student receives very good care from the teacher. The school emphasizes the innovation, creativity, hands on projects through critical thinking framework. Soundview Middle School is an ultimate middle school for intelligent and creative students. Soundview School uses Singapore math program with hands on projects. The science lab is a real lab and the students have 5-6 periods a week. They also are taught engineering and computer programming. SoThis is the only school implementing the IB program for K-8. My kids love the school! Excellent jazz and concert band! Every kid from 5-8th graders is in band.
The fact that my daughter's school has so many reviews posted shows that families, teachers, etc, truly care about this extraordinary school and its dynamic curriculum and faculty. By the way, Soundview charges standard fees that ALL private schools charge and are indeed listed on the tuition form.
Chalk it up to disgruntled employees, I like that, it's always easier to point the finger and blame than take a good comprehensive look at the practices and policies of a questionable administration. Nine employees gone last year, one on the radar for this year...and it's only February...just keep your eyes on the faculty page and see how the bios change. Either they are hiring poor teachers and have bad hiring practices or they are hiring good teachers and have issues with ... what? In either case, this page is suppose to help those looking at the school be informed. Disgruntled employees or not, facts speak for themselves.
We've been at this school since kindergarten through middle school. Soundview is about a next generation education model, not yesterday's three R's by rote, and not today's teach to the test model. We've stuck with this school because it is always moving forward and improving. Today it has a clear vision and mission to nurture and encourage tomorrow's thinkers and leaders. The community (kids, parents, teachers and staff) is a great group of people to be part of.
Soundview has so many good things and many hard working teachers. But the administration is wacky. There seems to be no solid long term vision. Everything is in flux most of the time. The worse part is the constant change in teaching staff. At times teachers seem to be chosen at the very last minute, sometimes with very little experience. The Head of School seems to make all decisions without any educational expertise or input. I would agree with the review stating that the school was run too much like a business. Also, BEWARE a number of hidden costs not listed on the tuition sheet: nonrefundable deposits that are over $1000, fees for not signing enrollments, high fees for any "clubs" or after school activities and hundreds of extra dollars for school supplies, art supplies, required instrument rentals for band, field trips, other trips - the list goes on.
Soundview is a excellent place for kids to learn to be productive citizens of tomorrow. The focus is on learning, to be thinkers and leaders in a complex, competitive global environment. The curriculum is well rounded, (great music program, too), the teachers are of high caliber and the board and principal are totally devoted to the advancement and growth of the students. I am exteremely pleased with the way the school is providing value, and strongly recommend the school to any parent looking to enroll their child.
This is a great school as we have been there many year and plan to finish through the 8th grade. Lots of individual attention for each and every child. Not sure what the previous post was speaking about as I can only believe by the way it was written that it was written by a disgruntled former employee. I do know that the administration is careful in its selection of teachers and staff and helps them grow and develop.
Soundview is a good school with an incompetent Head and a Board of Directors that just follow in her lead. She considers the school a "business" and treats it as such. With no knowledge of good educational practices, she frequently fires staff that disagrees with her - and often unprofessionally. The school will not grow simply because there is a high teacher turn over rate. Things that get started with one faculty never get finished because 1/2 that faculty leaves within a year or two. They are ALWAYS starting over. If you ask, you'll learn the longest the majority of the staff has been there is under 4 years...a few have gone the distance with 8! It is from them, the teachers dedicated to their jobs, that the school has remained afloat. They put in more time, more energy and more effort than anyone could. The Administration and Board owe the schools short span of success to them and them alone. If you interview...ask questions...lots of them and be direct. Here's an example: you get charged an additional tuition fee if you don't contribute to community service at the school. Bet they don't offer up that gem willingly
Soundview offers challenging and engaging curriculum. The teachers are highly qualified and unbelievably devoted. The IB program is full of creativity and academic rigor. The school resists test driven robotic learning and instead truly encourages inquisitive learning. Overall, you could not find a better school. The only problem is the lack of teacher retention and inconsistant admissions standards. If the school would apply the same rigor to admissions that it applies to academics it would be faultless.
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