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Posted March 23, 2015
- a parent
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!!!!
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.