Parents are very involved in the programs at John Hay. My daughter has been there for five years and is switching to another school in the fall. With the execption of Kindergarten, I have been disappointed in the teachers my daughter has had. I have been told by teachers from 1st to 4th grade that my child may be ADHD or slow and need to be held back- when in fact she is a highly gifted student who was finally tested into a spectrum program last year. The four teachers she's had since K have seemed 'fed up with kids'.
John Hay is a school committed to acedemic achievement for EVERY child. The staff,parents and community all work together towards the same goal of ensuring that each child succeeds. Joanne Testa Cross is a unique and strong leader. Her vision and passion inspires and instills a 'can do attitude'. My child left a private school to attend John Hay. The private school told us that they had no resources for our child who was struggling with reading. John Hay's attitude was 100% different. The principal said ' bring her on, we have all the programs in place to make her succeed.' Boy, was Joanne Testa Cross right! Due to Hay's great programs and outstanding reading speciaist, Genny Delaney, our daughter was reading ABOVE grade level standard by the end of the year. I recommend you visit the school for yourselves to truly experience the energy, dedication and love at work.
Personal success, public stewardship, and a pathway to the stars for EVERY student- this focal motto of John Hay truly exemplifies the level of commitment that the principal, the teaching and tutoring staffs, and the active community of parents have for each child. It is a warm, caring environment for students in which to learn. As a parent of a Hay student for five years, I am amazed at the high level of educational professionalism and personal care that are displayed regularly to my child and to other students. Ever-improving WASL scores demonstrate that students benefit from reduced teacher-to-student ratios and special early intervention reading and math support programs. To top this off, Hay is a fun place for kids to grow.
John Hay Elementary on Queen Anne hill is a 'happening' in public education. Its innovative strategies; close-knit partnership of administration, teachers, parents, and community; and overwhelming parental involvement are producing encouraging results: soaring WASL scores (92% met reading standard), individual initiatives to challenge and support every student, and a warm, vibrant Hay Family. The Hay Partnership has refused to let class size, inertia, or limited funding slow our progress. Reading and math specialists effectively cut class size in half during key developmental windows. One-on-one tutoring ensures every student masters reading skills in early grades. Fast learners soar in challenging programs. Spanish is taught in every grade. The 'Hay Family' is more than a cliche -- parents in classes, lunchroom, and on the playground; come-one-come-all Fiesta Fantastica; Queen Anne cleanup. It's a friendly and welcoming community for kids and adults. Our whole family has loved the Hay experience.
My son (who is ethnically mixed - Filipino/Norwegian) is currently attending John Hay. He enjoys his teachers, learning and can t wait to go to school in the morning. He loves to learn and though only in first grade, he is developing a growing love of reading and math that I credit to his learning environment. From my perspective, I enjoy the mix of people at John Hay my son is friends with children of different ethnicities, social and economic backgrounds. The level of commitment shown by parents at John Hay is astounding and if there is one fault, that is it. John Hay is lucky that it has a parent group that has time and dedication to ensure programs like Spanish language continue on and flourish. This level of parent dedication and teacher involvement makes John Hay a wonderful environment.
Not a diverse school. Very few students that are representative of a variety of ethnic groups. Closed community that does not respect diverse cultures or ideas. Caters to an environment where all students are packaged and expected to fit a particular profile and who have the ability to contribute to the academic and economic success of the school and community.
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