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Maple Valley, WA
Students enrolled: 844

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23700 SE 280th St
Maple Valley, WA 98038

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(425) 432-7294
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February 25, 2015
I am still waiting to see the 5 star rating at this school. It has been nothing but a disappointment since my daughter starting attending here in kindergarten last year. So far, we have had "dud" teachers each year. The K teacher was smug, dry, and rude to the kids right in front of the parents. The 1st grade teacher has been very passive aggressive in their responses to questions about my daughters progress, as well as concerns about the classroom. Very condescending. The office staff seem to have every excuse in the world when bringing concerns to them. No one ever takes any responsibility for mistakes or oversights, which are constant. My child was lost by the school staff one day and they just shrugged it off. Many parents, when picking children up, are rude as well. Many just cut you off in the line to pick up your kid and just look at you like "what?". The only positive so far has been the principal. He is a sincere man who takes responsibility for his staff, something they should learn to do for themselves.

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October 02, 2013
I have had three children in Glacier Park over the past four years and can confidently say that NONE of them has had a "dud" teacher. My son received a perfect score on the 5th-grade science MSP, and I give his teachers 100% credit. The Tahoma district is a funny dichotomy: District curricular leadership is exceptional, so teachers and administrators really collaborate and devote themselves to the notion that students should experience an outstanding curriculum across the board at every level. That means, happy, stimulated kids and high test scores. On the other hand, TSD struggles to get the community to approve construction bonds. That means the buildings are a mess, overcrowded and falling apart. Glacier Park is no exception, but they make it work anyway. Beyond awesome academics, the school offers before- and after-school enrichment clubs and sports, a visiting drama program, and one of the best music teachers around. The principal is fine, but the teachers are outrageously good, and kids just seem to love it there.

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August 01, 2011
School has wonderful supportive staff. Teachers vary. I love the emphasis on reading at every level K-5. Homework could increase a little to prepare students for middle school. New principal on board who seems to have a good handle on things. PTSA is wonderful. Hoping to see more parent involvement in PTSA in order to continue to provide excellent enrichment programs that kids thrive at at GPES. Definitely recommend this school!

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June 14, 2010
My son attends this school and my daughter did also, and just graduated from Tahoma High School. My daughter had a very difficult time from 2nd to 4th grade. She was is the reading assistance program and struggled with reading. She graduated with a gpa of 3.6 and was accepted into the UW. She took mostly honors classes and now enjoys pleasure reading. If her teachers didn't intervene on her behalf at Glacier Park, who know what would happen. The school cares about each individual child. The only downfall is the lack of diversity in the school, both teachers and students.

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June 03, 2010
Now that my child has been in the school almost two school years, we have realized how lucky we are. Where else can you find TOO MANY parents participating? Where we're almost fighting to help?!? With a dedicated staff, completely friendly atmosphere, and well rounded curriculum, it's the perfect school

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July 13, 2009
Love this school!! Fantastic administrative leadership and staff, high quality teachers and very involved parents. I have two children here and have always found that the teachers and staff are very approachable, always willing to listen and take appropriate action when necessary. Kids are involved and proud of their school...that says a lot!!!

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March 18, 2009
I have 2 students here - we love the school, teachers, principle, and all the extras. My kids enjoy going to school at Glacier Park - even when they are sick, they still want to go to school they love it so much.

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January 31, 2009
My 2 daughter are currently at Glacier Park. The principle and the Dean is wonderful. Very helpful. Staff and Paraeducators are great. We are so happy to have our children attend school here. Ms. Piece, 5th grade teacher, is one of my daughter's favorite. She's the best teacher who care about students and make learning fun.

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September 21, 2008
We have been very happy at Glacier Park - the principal is fabulous and we've been pleased with our teachers. We love the zero hour offerings too.

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September 18, 2008
We're still new to the school and settling in. I like the school, but am concerned about some of the 'regulations' that they impose which are not in the guidelines. Also, the school seems overly concerned about scores. I'll submit another review later in the year.

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January 06, 2008
We have four children who go to Glacier Park and we love the school and the teacher involvement.

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November 26, 2007
I can't say enough about this school. I had two kids who went here, and very sad that we had to move. My oldest son has ADHD and the special ed teachers were so amazing. He is in fifth grade now, and had accomplished so many things because of the dedication of the teachers. Everybody loves the principal, because she is fun, smart, yet know how to implement discipline. The big difference from other schools is the passion of the teachers here in teaching their students. There are a lot of activities, too (like the zero hours) where kids can learn a lot after or before regular school hours. Not to mention, the parents who are volunteering in this school. I always enjoyed to volunteer in this school because of the great relationship among parents, admin staff and teachers in this school. Students are very nice, too!

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December 31, 2006
GPES is a steller school. I have 6 years experience there with my 2 boys. The teachers are mostly amazing, some need personality checks. My oldest son has ADHD and came to the school in 3rd grade very far behind. The school worked with him and his needs with free tutoring and meetings with me and his grades improved tremendously. Now he's almost in high school with great grades thanks to the district's policy of keeping every child on track. Because of the school's excellent test scores, it has experienced a population explosion since we first arrived in 2001. They've had to set up portals in the school yard to accomodate the population growth. Somehow they've managed to maintain the same excellent quality of education people are flocking there for but I worry for how long. People are still moving out there faster than I can count. Still, a great school.

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October 27, 2005
Glacier Park is a highly rated school for both its academics and social/inpersonal lessons. The teachers are fabulous and it is top rated by most parents who have children attending. My daughter is in Kindergarten and I am more than pleased with GP.

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April 25, 2005
Good parent involvement, beautiful and safe facility. Lots of kids - sometimes kids do get lost with the number here. Great principle but teachers vary. Some are terrific. Some want no parent involvement and rarely send papers home.

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December 10, 2004
I have been happy with the learning improvements my Son has made. His teacher provides valuable feedback on his progress. My only complaint is with Bus scheduling.

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December 01, 2004
This is the best Elementary school in the district. They have the best WASL scores and the best teachers! The principal Emilie Hard is wonderful, supportive and understanding.

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Glacier Park Elementary School
23700 SE 280th St, Maple Valley, WA  98038
(425) 432-7294
Last modified Glacier Park Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Glacier Park Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top