Ben Rush is a gem of a school! Right away as you enter the front office, you are greeted by warm and friendly office staff. While we miss our beloved retired principal, Mr.Stolz, the new principal, Mrs.Davies is just as approachable, hands-on and is a wonderful leader. The teachers here are not only capable and well-qualified, but they also truly care about each individual student. Our first grade teacher's enthusiasm for first grade was absolutely contagious! Our second grade teacher's Aloha room was always filled with music, she often played the ukulele and sang with the kids. Our third grade teacher's positive encouragements motivated the students to reach for their personal best. Our fourth grade teacher's sense of humor and calm attitude created a peaceful class. Our fifth grade teacher's "let's-get-you-ready-for-sixth-grade" approach was an awesome way to bridge the end of ES and prepare for MS. Ben Rush is a peaceful school, as the whole school embraces and supports the Peacebuilder Program. Upper grade students can volunteer to become "Peace Coaches" - our fabulous counselor equips them with problem solution and conflict resolution skills while also encouraging these coaches to look for positive behaviors to reward with praise notes. The music teacher engages the students musically and puts on beautiful musical concerts. We often see the PE teacher getting down on eye level to welcome students as they come into the gym....and also makes PE so much fun and educational. The PTA is amazing too! We can't say enough good things about this school. It is a very special school.
Ben Rush is an excellent school. When we moved here we thought Bellevue schools were the schools to try to get in to, but have discovered that Lake Washington School District has very high quality education standards. Coming from a top-in-the-nation school district in Texas, Ben Rush Elementary has been a great choice for my kids. The teachers are top-notch, care for their students, allow for individual learning needs (my son has a 504 for dysgraphia), and are able to teach creatively outside the "standardized test box". Mr. Brad Stolz is a phenomenal principal who takes time to get to know parents, builds relationships with students by stopping in the classrooms and teaching impromptu lessons (usually on some fun math trivia) and empowers his teachers. Ben Rush also has a successful anti-bullying program and is known as the "Peace Builders" school. I overheard a middle school teacher say that kids coming from Rush are the most behaved and respectful to others over any other elementary school. As a former educator myself and current substitute teacher that works in both districts, I would choose this school again in a heartbeat over any school in Bellevue.
This school has been exceptional so far! My daughter has really loved all of her teachers and they seem to be genuinely interested in her education. The office staff are always positive and go out of their way to help parents and make sure that kids are safe and accounted for. The principal is available to parents and works hard to make it a great school. Parents are also very involved. The student population is very diverse.
Rush is a great school with many caring parents. The teachers are great espcially Mrs. Oh, Mrs. Fouhy ahd Mrs. Andrete. My girls enjoys being in the school, they like the passport check program and learnt a lot from there.
Ben Rush is a wonderful school with excellent, caring staff members under the direction of a very hardworking and devoted principal, Mr. Spray. My daughter attended this school for three years before our move out of the country and we do miss the school, the friends and the teachers. Excellent PTA activities/involvement. Technology and facilities are always upto par to other schools. School will be receiving a facelift in the 2010 time. Criticism: Although test scores are high but as a whole, i wished there were more programs for children that are academically advanced. Quest Gifted program across the whole district has very few spaces per school thus Ben Rush cannot do much on that aspect. However, perhaps a more challenging curriculum would be a start.