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.
We have a great new principal, some wonderful new teachers (along with many strong veteran BF Day teachers) and a great classic building. In an overcrowded region of the district, our school still has space! The families are strong supporters of the school, our neighborhood, and each other.
BF Day is a wonderful elementary school, with administrators, teachers and families all concerned with one purpose: to give your child the best school experience possible. BF Day has undergone a considerable transformation in the past two years with the Seattle school boundary changes. Although there is still the old guard of Fremont folks and the diverse community that comes with that, there has been an influx of new families that has breathed new enthusiasm into the school community. Our experience was in kindergarten, and we cannot stress how wonderful our year was. Our child did not want the year to end. Her teacher has fostered a love of learning, respect for herself and others, and a sense of community. She had access to many programs including Art, Music, Computer lab, after school activities, great instruction. . .the list goes on. BF Day is a great neighborhood school that when they say that they're the "Family School", they really mean it.
My daughter transferred to B.F. Day from a French immersion private school and we were concerned as to how she would adjust to not only a public school system but also one set up completely differently than the French system she was coming out of. Our concerns completely faded as we got to know her teacher and saw how her English reading skills blossomed. She was involved in an after school tutoring program provided by the school to help with her English reading and we have seen an amazing improvement. She loves the public school family environment we have found at B.F. Day. I would also like to point out that although class size is general is about 17 or 18 in comparison to some of the other public schools in the area it has less students and there is always a huge participation by parents/interns in the class room. I would recommend this school to any family and encourage them to talk with the principal who is very engaging and helpful in addressing any questions and concerns. It was the right fit for our daughter and we are thrilled to have her as a student at B.F. Day Elementary.