This is our daughter's second year at BF Day elementary and I am really blown away by the great community of families at the heart of the school. The classrooms have strong parental volunteer support, myself, my wife, and my mother all spend time in the classroom and enjoy seeing the students and teachers in action.
This is our second year at BF Day Elementary and we love this school! My daughter has had fabulous teachers, and the principal effectively pulls together staff, students, the families, PTA and the local community to form a cohesive and well rounded education for the students. The fact that students receive multiple lessons a week in PE and art along with a strong literacy and math instruction makes this teacher (Seattle Public School elementary teacher) and mom confident that BF Day will properly engage and prepare the children for middle school and beyond. The playground at the school is fabulous, and it never feels crowded unlike many SPS elementary playgrounds. We also use the on-site Boys and Girls club afterschool care and not only love it for the convenience, but also for its fabulous teachers who bring in music, history and sports in their daily plans. BF Day received the School of Distinction Award this year for its significant improvements. Sadly, the overall score on GreatSchools doesn't reflect this significant improvement in the school.
BF Day is a little school with a LOT of heart. The teachers are 100% committed and care deeply about both the social and mental development of our children. The PTSA and parent community is strong and welcoming and effective. I am proud to have my family as a part of the BF Day family.
Our daughter is in 2nd grade at B.F. Day, and for each of these three years, we've had the best elementary school teachers that we've experienced in Seattle Public Schools (we have two older kids who went to another nearby elementary school). This is a very kid and family focused school - there is of course a focus on academics, but I feel B.F. Day looks at every kid more holistically and works to meet their needs as a learner. The parents are strongly supportive of the school, but not in a pushy way. There is as much volunteering in the classrooms here as I've seen at any other school, but it often goes beyond that (parents offering their professional expertise in music, for example, and teaching an all-school curriculum). There are a lot of different kinds of people in our school community, and it is enriching. I know people always say that, but it's actually true here.
Beautiful old building (1892! but renovated), new playground (city grants arranged by the PTSA), and an adjacent park that we use for PE and special outdoor events. There is a lot of space for everything. Strong, experienced principal in his 2nd year at the school but with extensive experience in and out of Seattle. It's a good school, well worth visiting.
We have a mix of experienced teachers who have been at the school for a while, and several teachers that are new this year. We're only in 2nd grade, but the teachers we've had at B.F. Day have been excellent thus far - the best we've had in Seattle Public Schools (and we've been in two other elementary schools).
In at least the early grades, it's a weekly packet of varied worksheets. Kids can do the work when they like, provided they get it done by the following week. This reduces the nightly homework stress, and allows kids to keep going if they "get it" and want to do more.
Yes, but not just in a "do better on the test" kind of way. In a way that is more meaningful - I see it as more of a collective spirit of making sure that everyone succeeds. At least, that's what my daughter tells me when I talk with her about it. She likes to help her deskmates when they need it.
More so than at any other school our kids have attended. There are lot of different kids at this school, and they are taught early and often to treat everyone with respect and kindness, and to look out for one another. Very sweet.
Very strong sense of community in the "B.F. Day Way". Kids learn what is expected of them as students and as people at the school. Very nice how the principal and teachers blend this into everything at the school.