Our daughter attend this school years ago and the school was and still is filled with mold, you can not drink the water and apparently there was and is still no heat as the kids have to wear their coats or freeze. Back then the policy to not allow the kids to get their coats and still force them to play outside in the wet, cold weather apparently is still happening. The only 2 good things about Arbor Heights is they are finally going to tear down the school and build a whole new school. and Secondly, there is a different principal. The last principal was there for way too long and she carried a bullhorn around and was very self righteous. There are alot of mommy clicks at the school so be prepared. And the teachers teach at the class level and not at the individual level, meaning if your child is doing poorly or above average, you will need to go to another school.
I am so pleased with this school. We are new this year and my 2nd grader could not be happier. The staff are always smiling and working with kids and parents for the best education possible.
all 4 of my grandchildren have gone or is still going to AH, I have been most impressed with the care of each student by all the teachers. I have one child with learning disabilities and have been equally impressed. Parent participation has been remarkable and shows this is a very happy environment and happy children make happy parents and in turn happy teachers. I do think the seattle school district could do a lot better with the lunch program, better food and not so many carbs more decent protein,
My daughter goes to Arbor Heights and I am really happy. Two years ago there was a different principal and she was not good at all. A new principal came in last year after parents demanded it and she is excellent. The principal makes all the difference. There is lots of parent involvement. Very happy.
AS to the principal, She is clearly one of the best in the district. She does not let the kids cause trouble. I've watched her in action and her firm technique works! Alot of kids need guidance and discipline thats not bullying per the 1 star poster. I know she's leaving in 2011 and will be missed !!!!!
MY FAMILY LOVES ARBOR HEIGHTS ! WE HAVE ONE CHILD WHO JUST LEFT AND OFF TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. HE IS DOING GREAT AT THE NEXT LEAVEL THE 5TH GRADE TEACHER DID A GREAT JOB ON GETTING THEM READY ! NOW WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE IN K, ( MS.WEAVERS CLASS ) SHE IS A GREAT TEACHER, HE IS DOING GREAT,LEARNING AND MAKING LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS. LAST YEAR THEY GOT A NEW GYM TEACHER HE IS GREAT. THE OFFICE STAFF IS GREAT I'VE BEEN WITH THEM A TOTAL OF 5 YEARS ALMOST 6 YEARS AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM, TRACEY IS VERY GOOD ABOUT HANDLE ANY PROBLEM WE BRING HER WAY. I WILL AGREE THAT THEY DO NEED TO INFORCE DISPLINE MORE ON THOSE CHILDREN WHO DON'T FOLLOW RULES. THEY DO LET THE SAME KIDS GET AWAY WITH TO MUCH BUT OTHER THEN THAT THEY GET A A+.
My child's teacher was fantastic. However, after seeing several poster boards go up about bullying I asked my child if they were having a problem with it in school. The reply "only when the teachers bully the bad students." I witnessed an incident where the principal was berating a kindergartener in the hallway on a Monday morning. That is inexcusable!
The parents are very active and supportive. The majority of the teachers are great. The leadership is lacking.
Our kids attended a lot of schools in Seattle, private and public. Arbor Heights is our favorite by far. The kids love it here. Great energy! Awesome staff! So happy with Arbor Heights.
After visiting most of the West Seattle elementary schools during the kindergarten tours, we were blown away with the incredible teachers and classrooms at Arbor Heights. We even toured some great private schools but kept going back to Arbor. Although this is not our neighborhood school, we decided to enroll our daughter at Arbor Heights this year. So glad we did because she is just thriving! She is learning, making friends, and is excited to go to school. The parent involvement is incredible and we feel very connected to the families and teachers.
I found that little got done when bullying was involved. Teachers favored thier favorite kids and left many others behind. There where times when teachers would just turn their heads on students that where getting made fun of. If you where not a stay at home parent or had a part time job that and could let you devote many hours to the school your child didn't receive the same attention that the others did. Yes, parents are very involved in this school which is hard for the single parent who has to work; which meant that we got stuck with teachers that weren't as good as the next and put with others that where considered less.
Arbor Heights was not our first choice for kindergarten, but we have not been disappointed with being placed there at all! As of this school year, both kindergarten teachers are male. Both Mr. Larsen & Mr. Wilkie have an obvious love for kids and teaching. My son loves coming to school! Family and community are an important part to AH in addition to academics. We have always felt welcome and included in and out of the classroom!
Arbor Heights is an above-average neighborhood-based traditional elementary school. Perfect size, not too big, not too small. All the staff seem to know all the students, regardless of grade. Grounds leave something to be desired, it's mostly asphalt, but kids don't seem to mind. Academic quality seems a notch above average. Parent involvement seems average. This school could use a larger auditorium/multi-purpose room, as the holiday programs are extremely crowded and standing-room only.
I am really glad that my family switch from another school to be a part of Arbor Heights. They a great curriculum that challenges the children. They have a great staff and friendly parents that love to be involved with anything that needs doing. I had one child that was struggling and they recognized it and got him the help he needs. I also have another child that was excelling and they recognized her for her achievements. They Principal is certainly hands on and you see her in classrooms and being involved as well. they have great fieldtrips for the children and lots of opportunities for them to learn and grow. This school is top notch and should be modeled.
Arbor Heights is a neighborhood school. Most of the students live in the neighborhood and form lasting freindships. The staff really cares about the children and help them learn and grow. My children are in grades 3 and 5 and love to go to school. This tells me that they are very comfortable at Arbor Heights. The principal is not above the children, she gets down to there level and shows them that she cares.
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