June 26, 2006
I have 2 children attending Kennydale Elementary, going into 1st and 3rd grade. We moved into the district this spring from Seattle. Overall, we really like Kennydale. The teachers this year were top-notch. The kids were challenged appropriately, and individual needs were recognized and addressed accordingly. The atmosphere in the school and classrooms is respectful, cooperative, and kind- ultimately more important than any academics. Office staff, custodian, teachers all seem friendly and helpful. Both children were enthusiastic about lessons from the classroom, sharing frequently at home about what they were learning. The school population is economically and ethnically diverse, and that seems to be largely appreciated and celebrated. The PTA is active, organized, and open to new ideas, though lacking somewhat in fully diverse representation. Many parent volunteers in classrooms. Strong music, art (incorporated), and PE. There is no after-school program, but hopefully in new building, one will be started.
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