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1121 33 Av
Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 252-3100
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November 18, 2015
We have had Ms. Moore for two years now and I can't say enough good things about her!

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2015
I have two daughters at Madrona k-8 in 1st and 2nd. To be honest, we almost didn't go here when we saw how low the school score and the test scores were. But, we met with the new principal some teachers and the parents that were trying to turn it around ...we gave it I try. We are happy with the choice we made. This school is getting better every year. It is not easy, public schools in Seattle are criminally under supported. It takes a long time to make a struggling institution better. But when the parents/teachers/principal are working together it is possible. And it is happening here. Madrona is in a wonderful neighborhood with so many caring families. My experience with the principal Mary McDaniel has been amazing, she knows every child by name; she is there when I get there at 8am and I have seen her in her office often at 8pm, she is empathetic and proactive. The school still has a lot of work to do but it is at the tipping point. It just needs a few more families in the neighborhood to believe in it, to take a chance and make an investment in where they live. If you believe in diversity give it a try before sending your kids to one of the private schools. My daughters are growing up in an environment of different people and cultures that I know will help make them well rounded and ready for our new multicultural world. It is a difficult, difficult choice, We all want the absolute best for our children. Come here if you are ready to be involved with your child your school and your neighborhood. Good luck all.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2015
This is a terrible school. The principle Mary McDaniel is a cold and very harsh person. She has no place to be with children. We took our students out a month after being there. The teachers are all unhappy and the classrooms and hallways are in constant chaos. No structure and no order. When we went to meet with McDaniel, she was hostile, defensive and rude.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2014
I live across the street from the school & have 2 children there in 5th grade. They have been there since kindergarten. I have been an officer in the PTSA. I am a board member of the neighborhood community council and I have been a coach for Little League baseball my own kids and many of the kids at Madrona K-8. I love this school and this neighborhood. Madrona (the school and neighborhood) has all the wonderful charms that living in a city can offer: a great school, a great public library an amazing park and playground and a bustling little business district of shops, great restaurants and cafes all exist within a walking distance of a few short blocks and convenient to downtown. I am a firm believer in neighborhood schools and Madrona has everything I wanted when my wife and I looked to buy a house and start our family. We have been in Madrona almost 12 years. My children (one boy, one girl) love school and have made neighborhood friends that have become family friends. The school is safe, warm and friendly. We treat the school as an extension of our home and regularly volunteer and attend all events we can. I strongly encourage all to visit the school and judge first hand.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2014
My son just completed his first year in kindergarten and I saw sophisticated and comprehensive teaching during kindergarden. I tutored one-hour per week and saw a lot of incredible classroom management. I was especially impressed with the kids doing jumping-jacks while spelling their weekly words. For the volunteers, the teachers set up kits with directions and fun/leason activities to direct the students through. They were prepared! Our child enjoyed school and developed a lot of friendships. One thing that was striking to me as a volunteer was how bright so many of the kids are. I also appreciate the positive-discipline that is used to coach students into attentive behavior. Besides a gentle but firm voice they had cards on the wall like penalty cards in a soccer game and everyone started with green and if a child got too chatty or disruptive they would have to change there card to Orange and then Red (meaning a talk with the parents). It was an effective tool because the kids were active in the process and could get back to green with respectful behavior. I attended a mostly white school growing up and I greatly appreciate the true diversity of kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2014
My son is entering 5th grade this fall and has been at Madrona K-8 since kindergarten. He has had a great experience throughout - excellent teachers and supportive staff. We look forward to four more years at Madrona before he heads to Garfield.

- submitted by a parent

July 30, 2014
We begin our 3rd year at MK8 this fall and simply love the school, the students, the staff, and families. We are welcomed by numerous teachers and families everytime we walk into the school. Our child struggled academically and behaviorally, and MK8 gave the extra individual help with core subjects and did weekly small group work to build his social skills....but he didn't feel singled out, nor did he look to be. They just know every child by name and need! The attitude is that every child will succeed and our kid believes he will. We do too! He has great friends and is caught up. The school is diverse and knows how to individualize the education for its students.

- submitted by a parent

July 30, 2014
We just finished kindergarten and felt fortunate to have one of the most amazing teachers we could ask for in public or private school. She had a command over her students while being soft spoken, gentle and loving. My child's experience was positive and the diversity is one of the greatest assets at the school, teaching real relationship building and understanding of similarities and differences without judgement.

- submitted by a parent

July 30, 2014
My children have been at Madrona since kindergarten and have loved it each and every year. They are challenged academically, have great friends, and wonderful enrichment programs during and after school (music, art, field trips, etc.)

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June 20, 2013
My kid loves this school, and so do we (the parents). The teachers are exquisite, the principal is a star, and the families we've met are wonderful. This place cultivates a love of academic learning and provides an exposure to the richness of real life.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2013
Madrona K-8 is a WONDERFUL school! Our daughter is there and was in Mrs. Innocents Kindergartens class this year and had an amazing year. The staff are all great with the kiddos, they really care about each and every student, parents are very involved and the art, science, music, PE, field trips, computer lab, reading, writing, musicals, talent shows, park trips, family picnics, library trips all have overwhelmed us with their greatness! We love this school!!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2013
My son and daughter attend this school and we could not be happier with their experience. The school is small enough that they are well known by the staff and teachers, even those they have not had. All the teachers we have had have been passionate about the school and the students. I feel my students are challenged to learn, not over looked. Also the school feels like a community - people really care about it and they students. I also appreciate how this school has truly racially integrated classrooms, especially given that almost all the other schools in the central cluster are highly segregated by program (APP or Montessori verses general ed). I believe the experience they are having making friends with people who are different then them will serve them well throughout their lives.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2013
As someone who allowed herself to be persuaded to think extremely negatively about Madrona K-8 by on-line reviews, I would strongly urge parents of prospective students to take tours and make up your mind FOR YOURSELF. Our experience at Madrona has been wonderful. All of my son's teachers have been good disciplinarians with excellent teaching skills; and they are supported in continuing teacher education by a strong & knowledgeable principal, instructional support staff, and a team that knows each child by name and by need.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2012
A wonderful school that is a hidden gem. Many folks judge it based on limited exposure. The staff is dedicated and the students wonderful. Does it have students that can cause challenges? Yes, of course it does. All schools do. This is one of those times where you need to go in and judge for yourself. Don't listen to reviews on a website, go visit the school. Take a tour, then decide. Most parents that tour are wonderfully surprised! My kids have had a wonderful experience and are challenged everyday! They also feel comfortable and loved at Madrona K-8.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2011
I used to volunteer at this school through a Practicum class that I was taking at the University of Washington. It was a very difficult school to volunteer at because the majority of the students were disrespectful and everyday I was constantly breaking up a fight. I would watch children on the playground from inside, while a supervisor was outside and a fight broke out with everyone chanting "Fight, Fight, Fight" but the supervisor did not do anything and let the kids continue to fight. Discipline is horrible at this school because they have these things called Madrona moments, which do not help at all. Lots of the children cuss and are bullies to other students. The teachers complain about working there and I have seen them blow up in front of the kids. Part of the problem is that a lot of these children come from families that have lots of stress and violence. Madrona does not provide a safe, welcoming environment for students to work in. If I had children, I would never let them go to school here.

- submitted by a community member

September 16, 2009
My grandchildren are getting an excellent, well-rounded education

- submitted by a community member

January 24, 2007
I really want to give this school a good review. There have been a multitude of problems lately, and I am saddened to say that it isn't the school that it used to be. There is a great social scene, that gave myself a wonderful transition into high school, but my academics suffered. I had amazing teachers all years I was there, and learned quite a bit, but didn't know what to expect when I got to high school, and was thrown three hours of homework every night, versus the 30 minutes max at Madrona. The parent involvement used to be incredible, but unfortunately the principal has asked many of the parent volunteers to discontinue service for various reasons. Test scores are on the low side, but the teachers are working hard to fix those. I would recommend this school only to students who are self motivated, or want to learn.

- submitted by a student

September 19, 2006
Madrona K-8 is a wrondful school because, for parents that don't want their kids to keep going to other schools, in other word they could stay there until they go to high school. The teachers are very helpful with everything and also the staff members at Madrona K-8. Kids come home with a note in their backpack to let you know whatis going on and what is going to happen, or a phone call from the school. For me I'm a busy mom that's how I know what going on at my child school.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2005
This school was top notch. My daughter attended and I was absolutely satisfied with her acadimics. The teachers were amazing, and the school was safe and enjoyable.

- submitted by a parent
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Madrona K-8
1121 33 Av, Seattle, WA  98122
(206) 252-3100
Last modified Madrona K-8 is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Madrona K-8 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top