When my son was entering Kindergarten we looked at every school in the area, contemplating going to Catholic School even though we are not Catholic, thinking about dishing out $20,000 for Kindergarten, etc. What I can tell you is that I am really glad that we choice Olympic Hills. The school itself is a great scaled building for young children. It doesn’t feel overwhelming.
What it came down to for us when choosing a school was - Will our son love school as much as he loved preschool? Will he have a teacher that cares about him? Will he have classmates that represent the real world? Will he be safe? Will he leave Kindergarten at the end of the year just itching to go back for first grade?
I will say that he is thriving there. He absolutely loves school. He has friends from all over the world. His teacher is so caring that he has actually sent me updates and photos during the school day. The entire staff is dedicated to making sure that all kids succeed. They work hard to make sure that kindergarteners learning to write their names and kindergarteners that are already reading chapter books are challenged, appreciated and encouraged.
The Kindergarten class has already gone on two field trips to the Children’s Theater this year. They have an awesome librarian - the library is small but Ms. Rham is the best! They have a computer lab and my son will probably surpass me quickly in that area! The thing that seems to be lacking there are things that I think many of us provide for our kids anyway - there aren’t big class holiday parties or birthday parties, no costume parade at halloween..
It has a small but strong PTA. They host Movie nights, Science Fridays, Science Fair, STEM programs after school, a walk a thon, a pancake breakfast and much more.
I’m not saying that it is the fanciest school or a school that has a ton of money. I”m just saying that it’s a real good school with amazing teachers and staff. We plan on returning next year for 1st grade.
This school everyday become butter.. Yes it needs your care and your fallow up about your kids status and improvement, but they are always there to support you and help you and they really care about your kids.
The whole school is centered around ESL students and families. Art and music is not taught here. My student received low grade on social studies because her class had not covered the material. My experience is there is no discernment and ALO does not occur. There are very few teachers who go to the PTA meetings.
Olympic Hills has been wonderful to both of my kids. Caring teachers who want to see the kids suceed. Zoe Jenkins who is the Principle of Olympic Hills is dedicated and commited to providing not only a quality and fullfilled education but also a genuine sense of respect for those that you deal with day in and day out. Hats of to ALL of the teachers of Olympic Hills and ALL of the staff. You are marvelous and Im going to miss you ALL after this year (2003-2004).