If you are a super rich family who has never stepped out of Medina and neither have the desire to know that there is another city beyond that, then this is the school for you. As other reviewers have said, this school is run by PTA. Bullying is common and the front staff is rude. Principal has no interest in the well being of kids unless they belong to the PTA. Life is a race and in this school it starts way too early. This school did a lot of damage to my son emotionally but still I have to say that one of his teachers was fantastic and he still respect her a lot.
I have two children attending Medina Elementary. One in the gifted program and one with ADHD requiring an IEP. In our years there, the teachers have continuously worked to address each of my kids' needs, always working to meet them on their level, firming their foundation. Not enough can be said about the dedication of Beth Hamilton, the tireless principal that seems to know the status of every student under roof at Medina Elementary. There is a group of elitist PTA mothers, past-, current- and almost Presidents that sadly seem to have too much time on their hands. We all wish they'd commit their considerable resources to being more of a solution than generating fictional problems, stop the complaining and the endless back-biting. Bullying? While we all agree on zero tolerance for such activity, parents with an over-developed sense of entitlement tend to raise entitled kids. There is a truly exceptional group of educators and administrators that put a tremendous amount of energy into making Medina Elementary live up to its stellar reputation. One significant improvement would be if someone would sod the playing field. Roll out some sod, save a knee! Go Tigers!
I 100% agree with the parents who wrote about their child being bullied. The playground is a Lord of the Flies situation. Don't let the high test scores for you: large percentage of the children have tutors or attend Kumon. The school does not offer anything to stimulate and challenge higher achieving children. Likewise, not enough is done to help those kids who are struggling. If your child is middle-of-the-pack academically and is ready to fight on the playground, he or she may be ok here. The school does not instill the virtues that it often gives lip-service to. The strongest part of the school is the parent community.
I currently have a son in this school and is being bullied. The principal of this school doesn't care less as to whether a child is being bullied as she only runs the school on a business basis. If your pockets are deep enough and it ticks her boxes for the board, then she has no concern for you as a parent with real life issues. I can see this matter only escalating when it should of been nipped in the bud and costing us thousands of dollars to relocate to another school. I really regret putting my son in this school and yes it's full of bullies. Lucky you if your child has not been subject to it. There are so many better schools out there than this business run and political school.
I was a student here (graduated from fifth grade) and have been here since third grade, when I entered the Enrichment program. This school is excellent! The cafeteria is always clean, the staff are kind, and there are plenty of extra curricular activities! I only have two problems; the children there aren't bullies, but snobs. Which, in a way, is quite annoying. We all know they're rich- no need to rub it in our faces, right? But this is only for some students. Many are fun and kind! Also, the front office staff are rude and snobby. I am an Indian, and they act as if I don't know a word of English. I am perfectly capable of speaking and understanding. Other than those two problems, this school is wonderful! I highly recommend this school to children!
Do not be fooled by this schools funding with looks and technology. The school lacks tremendously in encouraging kids to have good character, compassion and respect for others. My child experienced a bully for 2 years in a row. Even though it was addressed to the teachers-there was never any change to the bully's behavior or consequences. It ultimately resulted in us moving our child to another school. Upon doing so, we learned of 3 other children leaving the same classroom for similar reasons. Upon comparing notes with the other parents that transferred out, I learned that the other children were also demonstrating signs of frustration, depression and overall lack of interest in returning to the classroom. After switching to another school (at another district) our child has enthusiasm, energy and love of school again. Very are very disappointed we wasted so much time at Medina.
If you're a PTA mom, this is the place for you to shine and be special, not to mention get your kid out of any possible trouble. The school is run by the PTA, as another reviewer 4+ years ago said. It hasn't changed since. Ridiculously overcrowded and students are herded around like cattle. PE, recess and music are extremely poor. School is extremely cliquey, and from having kids all through the BSD, I can tell you these kids at the top of the social ranks at Medina (and presumably other feeder schools) are the same kids who will run the middle school and the same kids who run BHS later. If you're looking for an opportunity to give your kid a permanent "get out of jail free" card and you have deep pockets and spare time to be queen bee at the PTA, start up through the ranks at Medina.
This is a terrible school. I found the school to be at least a year to a year and a half behind our previous elementary school in Northern California. It is BIG and full of bullies. The children are out of control. Really... an elementary school with almost 600 kids. It's a disaster. Recess is frightening. There are many other private school choices that are terrific. This school is void of any moral structure. The learning environment leaves something to be desired.
We have been in Medina Elementary for 3 years. Even though the test scores are high, the school is lacking many social aspects. I agree with the parent that wrote about competitive spirit and attitude. My child was always great socially and academically, but some things in here destroyed his self esteem and confidence. If you moved from another country or have language barrier you might feel disconnected and lonely. The office staff is not helpful. If you have a question or have to talk you might wait very long to get someone out of the computer or phone to answer to your question or concern. It s got stricter though with the new principle and hope it will help.
I am a parent of a child at this school and our experience here has been wonderful. I feel that the teachers are the real difference at this school, as they care very much about student learning and are well equipped to reach all types of students. We have been happy with our child's education and growth while at Medina Elementary.
This school is very much lacking regardless of purported test scores. Three principals in two years is ridiculous turnover. The front office acts as if you are bothering them even though you are volunteering your time at the school. There is too much of a competitive spirit there. My kid was at the top of his class both years he attended but he came home emotionally exhausted because everything seemed like a race. We've experienced two years of bullies and the administration doing nothing about it. Now there is a superintendent who is blocking the PTA from doing the very thing that used to make this school great: financing more qualified adults/teachers/specialists to give the kids the best education possible. The stats here on Great Schools are incorrect. We have 24-26 students in each class per one teacher with less than $6000 spent annually on each student. We are now losing all our specialists this year after having to give up our classroom aids. I would not recommend breaking the bank to live in this school's attendance area, especially with the new superintendent who is doing all she can to lower the bar at Medina.
This is a great school if you have an academically average to above average student. If there issues with kids that need extra help or who I would characterize as a "different" learner, this school can destroy a child's confidence. I know most of my neighborhood kids attend and are very satisfied, however, it's not for everyone. Too much stress and pressure waaaaay too young and it only gets worse as you move along up to the HS level.
Fantastic school. Public education made great through the efforts of staff, leadership, and parents. 5 Stars!
This is an outstanding school. The teachers are first rate, the principal is highly accessible, the facility is new and state of the art...no wonder it is the highest rated school in the state and one of the top public schools in the country. The parent community is highly involved--those with both single-and dual-working parents. Parents can volunteer at various events, the PTA, the PDC (Curriculum Council) and attend regular events including open houses, coffee chats, curriculum nights, music concerts, etc, to stay involved in their children's development. In short, it is like being at a private school at public education prices! The community is very safe--like being in a small town back in the 70s--and the friendly police force watches over kids at the school (and know most by name) very attentively. Families come from all walks of life and care about their kids' edcucation.
For every bad post on for this store there are a hundred people that would say something positive. I have three children at this school and love it. Yes the PTA is highly involved....thank goodness. Teachers are responsive and care. We are very focused on our children's education and know there is aways room to improve....but this is a great school.
I challenge the parent who posted a negative comment about Medina Elem to come to Medina Matters Online to openly discuss his views . I am Roger N. and I moved to this neighborhood for the school and it's truely excellent. I've given whatever I can to the PTA and last year I gave $2500 through the auction simply because it does help the school. The principal is always available and I was even surprised one night that she - Jennifer Rose - was helping clean after one evening BBQ. Call her, email her and you get a response. I also help in the neighborhood as much as I can and I find it a bit 'unfair' for a parent to post this sort of comment online. My wife and I work full time and we continuously evaluate our kids progress and it's irresponsible to blame the teachers in this maner.
Do not be fooled by the reviews about this school. This school is run by the PTA. This is just another public school where your child will get lost in the crowd. If you are a stay-home-mom and have the time to be on site at the school you might be OK. This school is not about education but about fundraising. I have to admit their facility is state-of-the-art, however the teachers and staff lack good judgement, and they do not care very much. Very dissapointing.
Not only do we have the best teachers, but the parent involvement is great. Also, it has great extracurricular activities for the kids. And the brand facility is fabulous!
Medina Elementary School has some of the best teachers, staff, and students in the state of Washington. I wish we had leadership that would defend and support all the efforts that promote education including the traditions and culture of the parents.
Medina Elementary is wonderful school. I went there when I was a child and now my daughter goes there. She is in 5th grade and has been there since kindergarden and will hate to leave. Medina has a wonderful music program and the most wonderful teachers. I hope you will pick this school for your child or chilren to go to.
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