This Office staff at this school has little concern for students with actual learning disabilities. They tend to put things on the back plate based on students age. With little concern that with out receiving the help they need they will just continue to fall furthered behind. It was brought to my attention that my daughter was far behind the rest of the class in Kindergarten even though she was receiving the max amount of one on one help from parent volunteers. I was told that they did not have summer school for kindergartners. She is now in first grade and has received intervention since the beginning of the year and has made improvements but non the less still behind. At the beginning of the year I told the teacher she has dyslexia and needs testing for SE. She said the process takes a long time. When they refused based on age. I went to the Head Director of SE. Signed the letter and she will be tested for SE. I also got a specialist to evaluate her and confirm that she has dyslexia. This school councilor refuses to ask teachers to read up on learning disabilities. If they did more students could get the help they need to succeed. My advice do not stop until you are herd.
Marvista Elementary School has high standards which they set for their students. I like the group support that I get there. If I have any trouble with bullies of school work, I am sure to get the help that I need in a timely fashion. I feel that every school can improve periodical. I think that we could use more peer group times or day for 3rd and 4th graders. I also think that the anti-bullying rules and education on it should be implemented more often, beginning with kindergartners on up.
This is a beautiful school, recently remodeled. So far the teachers have been great, the resource teachers especially good. We've had a couple different principals, we really enjoy the one we have now. The parents seem active in the PTA
The staff, teachers, PTSA, and parents combine to provide a great environment for our children to go learn and have fun. They have addressed the one issue we had when our daughter started there 4 years ago when they replaced the old building with a new one offering a state of the art facility to go with the rest of the good things. I wish every school could be like this one. We have 2 in school there now and another that will start in Fall of 2012. The PTSA just raised over $100k towards supporting the school during their every other year auction event.
Great teachers, highly involved parents, beautiful neighborhood and school.
My son truely enjoys Marvista, the teachers, environment, friends and community support. The PTSA does a great job of representing the parents, teachers and students and ensuring we stay connected. The Auction is a wonderful way to support extracurricular academic programs that the School district doesn't have the funds to support. Programs like Arts Block, Band, Marimba, Chess Club, Math Club, Circus Club, Accelerated Reader and Math Programs, Camp Waskowitz, Sports fields, laptops, library books, etc. As much as people feel the auction can be overwhelming, it only goes back to supporting our greatest assets, our children!
I first must say that upon enrolling my daughter in our neighborhood school Marvista I felt really apprehensive. I felt alot of concern that the school didn't have a very diverse student body, but also didn't boast a diverse teaching staff either. Surprise, surprise! Although, I would still argue that diversity is part of the learning experience, my daughter has had the best first grade experience with Mrs. Adlum (WONDERFUL TEACHER!!) She also loves the librarian and has made so many really cool friends! This school for my family has been awesome. Oh yeah! the academics far succeed the other elementary school that my eldest child attends. I really like this school!
Academics are above averag. Too bad PTSA doesn't promote more family activies such as dances, movie night, carvinals ect. Seems to me they are more into the auction which is for the adults then doing things for the children.
Great school! Great parent involvement! Great school administration! Auctions earn money for things needed that the school district cannot provide. This little elementary school's auctions earn more than local private schools!
Some people seem to say the school has 'changed' since the boundaries changed. If you look at the consistently high test scores and continue to see the excellent teachers, I am very comfortable to have my children at this school. They continue to give our family top notch service, especially the office staff.
The school has the best academics and professional staff I have heard of.
While academics and the parent involvement is high, the principal, receptionist, and the nurse fail to meet general standards, such as professionalism, communication skills, and respect for everyone. My child had verified hearing issues that were presented and yet neglected here from both teacher and nurse. Safety was a concern.
Marvista is one of the main reasons that we moved to Normandy Park. The staff is absolutely awesome and the parent involvement - in my opinion - is unparalleled in any public (or private) school in the country! My children echo one of the earlier comments that stated - each year my children tell me they have the absolute best teacher! What a wonderful comment to hear year after year from your children. I highly recommend Marvista to any and all children and their parents! - Forever Marvista Cheerleader!
This school could improve in many areas. So far we have found many of the people working at the school to be hard to communicate with. Also, the school seems to have a high turnover rate which is difficult to say the least.
Our daughter is attending private school after being at Marvista for K-4. The teacher discouraged her love for math and refused to teach her new things because ' she was too far ahead'. She was made to do other classwork while the others did math. The teacher changed the rules to be more relaxed for other students on tests so they could try and catch up to her a little more. Little parent interest in participating in their child's education at home. My child learns more in private school.
I have three sons who currently attend Marvista. Each year they tell me that they have the best teacher in the world. The play and sing music, participate in chess club and math club. They build bridge models and read and read. Although there is no support from the Highline School District for Marvista it remains the lone shining example of success in a public school solely because of parent involvement.
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