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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