The teachers are really strong. Principal is very present, although there will be a new principal in Sept 2014. If you have a child that is truly gifted, I would recommend the Bellevue school district instead. Parents in LWSD push their kids in the gifted program, sending them to test prep programs so they can get in to the program. The gifted program called Quest fills up with these children rather than children who are innately highly capable. The program is very small for a district this large. Alcott also has a mix of students at various capabilities and strong support services (e.g. OT, Para Ed.)
Pros: -The kids generally come from well mannered, well educated families so it creates a nice atmosphere Cons: 1) Your child will learn nothing if they are in 1/2 day Kindergarten here. Seriously. Okay, maybe a few songs, etc... 2) Grades in music are based on perceived level of interest/facial expressions. LOL! 3) Test scores for Alcott are skewed high because of the Quest program there and not actual level of instruction by teachers. 4) Quest program is harder to get into than 95% of other G/T programs in the country and around the world. My child was both at G/T student here in the states and abroad. Unfortunately LWSD requires 99% in all test scores and encourages test prep. Most districts (like Bellevue) do not want kids to test prep but rather test out their natural abilities. LWSD requires testing to be done 1 year before entrance into Quest unless they are in 1st grade and then they can get in next semester if they qualify. Bellevue tests the summer before the G/T school year. As a result, my child sits around and reads entire books while at school and finishes his homework at school so I never see him do it. Wish, for my kid's sake, we lived in Bellevue.
We moved from Renton to Redmond in order to participate in the superior quality schools in Lake Washington School District Alcott surpasses all expectations. Thank you :)
Wonderful school. Incredible teachers, wonderful parents and parental involvement. Great curriculum. Academically minded parents and great cultural diversity.
Wonderful place to learn and thrive! Great environment. the staff, teachers and the leadership of the Principal make the difference! Lots of After school activities, outstanding PTSA effort. The gifted program QUEST is an excellent/challenging program!
Great school! Wonderful programs to encourage learning. I am shocked at how well my child is learning in this wonderful environment.
Wonderful, loving staff! We have four children, and have been in four different school systems, with two of the children having special needs. Thanks to all the phenomenal resource staff and the teachers here, who have amazing talent!
Don't be fooled by the assurances at Kindergarten Orientation: there are significant differences between the curriculms of the half day and all day kindergarten. The half-day kids miss out on reading incentive programs and additional academics, not just nap time, lunch, gym and extra recess, as we were told at orientation. My son is VERY bright but we still have to spend about 2 hours a day (sometimes MUCH more) covering what he's missing academically from being in the half-day program. Unfortunately, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! That should not be the case in a public school, but it is.
I am concerned about all-day kindergarten classes for a fee are being offered in public school where paying students are getting a better education than those who cannot pay.
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