High parental involvement, dedicated teachers, and an administration that truly cares about what is best for the students.
Both my children attended Griffin elementary and middle school from 1st through 8th grade. This school is part of the Griffin Community and was instrumental in teaching my children the skills needed to succeed in high school and college. The friends they made at Griffin are life long.
GRIFFIN IS THE BEST SCHOOL EVER! YOU CAN MAKE FRIENDS EASILY! DON'T JUDGE THE STAFF OR THE PEOPLE AT GRIFFIN CAUSE YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW THEM! THIS IS MY 9TH YEAR AND I'M GOING TOO MISS IT SO MUCH NEXT YEAR!!!! :-( I DON'T WANT TOO LEAVE! :-(
Griffin is a wonderful school. My son is in special education and requires larges amounts of behavior supports as well as a smaller setting which Griffin bent over backwards to accomplish! We moved from Lacey to Steamboat Island just so he could go to this school. Most of the staff are great and the assistant principal is amazing (far better in my opinion than the principal). Unfortunately once leaving Griffin that small, supportive environment is completely wiped away as the kids enter the prison school from h*ll Capital High School.
My son is in Kindergarten which should be an excellent experience for a child he started his school year at Mt. view in Lacey. Dylan had nothing short of a negative experience, from their so called Hoot patrol to time out corner, being sent to the principal, even suspension. I have never had such a experience from a school , any way we moved out on steam boat island and he started Griffin elementary in November of 2012. Never have I seen such a transformation from a 5year old child from a super negative attitude school teacher friends the whole nine yards. I just got his first progress report I am so happy with the progress. Thank you Mr. Finn and the rest of Griffin school district for changing my sons outlook on learning. Marijo Grable
I must agree with the comment that Principal/superintendent is not true to his word. He is intimintated easily. If it wasn't for the assisant principal there would be no leadership at all. It's ashame. If the Principal didn't think he was so 'high and mighty' there would be much more parent involvement.
Principal/superintendent is not true to his word. He tells you one thing and then does not follow through on that action or changes the action without first informing the parent. Appears to be a "yes" man, all talk and no action. Promises actions in the classroom that he is not able to get the teachers to "buy in to". Makes unprofessional comments, trying to make the parent feel guilty. Does not respond to questions within his own time frame. A majority of the teachers seem disinterested, burned out. Classrooms are geared toward the "middle of the road" students. Students operating above or below that level are out of luck, accommodations will not be made. I asked others why they think Griffin is a "great school" and they replied because of the parent involvement and because it is safe. Both good reasons, but, what about quality of education and good leadership!
Both of my children graduated from Griffin after spending their whole elementary and middle school careers here. We loved being part of the Griffin family. It is a small, community driven school. We chose the school district then moved to the Steamboat peninsula just so that our children could attend, and then move on to Capital High School. It is the only K-8th public school in the county. We think the extra years a family spends at a K-8th school means that they are more involved, more committed to the school. Many, many parents volunteer in the classrooms and are very involved. Excellent teachers and strong leadership. I highly recommend!
This school is amazing. Ive gone here for seven years and its amazing.
I have 3 children who have been at Griffin since K-7 (thus far). This school has the highest level of education with a very home town feeling. We are a very close knit community. The teachers, staff, bus drivers and parents all feel very much like family. I have faith and trust in this K-8 school and feel my children have been truly blessed by being a part of the Griffin school system.
Griffin is an outstanding school ! The staff and teachers teach to a very high standards! Parent envolvement is encouraged and even expected. I can not say enough about what a great K-8 District it is!!
I went to griffin from 4-8th grade and had an AMAZING experience there. Almost all the teachers love what they do. Discipline or safety was never a problem. Parent involvement is really high. The small environment is cool because all the administrators know your name. Great gifted programs. Really good school lunches. And, I'm pretty sure their library is both newer and twice as big as my high school library.
The parental participation is phenominal and the teachers have been superb.
Griffin School is wonderful. I have a first and eighth grader who attend school and I can not say enough great things about their teachers and programs. Thank you Griffin for adding such a positive role in my children's lives. I would recommend Griffin to any family.
This school has difficulty following through with the most basic special ed. programs. I feel it is also and unsafe playground situation, as even the victims of bullies get punished. Its very sad when a small girl gets punished for being slapped across the face. The principal cannot seem to get control of the bully situation at this school.
I only wish that you could have spanish available, not only after school. But in class also. Its hard for us to pick up our son from kindergarten and then wait 2 hrs. Then take him back again. Wait 2 hrs then pick him up again.
Great school! We just got a Gates Grant that gives us 7 computers in every classroom and 20 lap tops. The teachers and comunity really care about the students. Overall great school.
Griffin School is a fantastic school dedicated to the highest standards of education. Construction this year has been a challenge and the end result will be an even better learning environment for the children. The parent involvement is at the top of the list of why I have my children there right next to academic achievement. The kids always see a familiar face. I went Griffin and loved it. I wanted my kids to go there so we relocated from Seattle to live here. We've never looked back. The PTO is also very active and influential. It has been able to provide valuable services to the school. I love Griffin and wouldn't go anywhere else!
While I really like the majority of the teachers, the school seems to have difficulty implementing the most simple of special ed help. Perhaps it is just the construction going on this year, but I am very disappointed at waiting so long for simple services, and them never following through. One other negative comment is about their hot lunches. Again, due to construction they knocked down their cafeteria. The food they are bringing in is awful! My children are very hungry after school, and say the food itself is really bad. Although the school is better academically than most, they are really having problems this year with the basics. Unfortunately, I have had to pull the kids off hot lunch as they have been asking for anything else.
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