I can't say enough wonderful things about this small, sweet, diverse, and excellent school. We moved to Seattle last year and enrolled our child in another more highly rated school, i.e., with higher test scores, but soon found that it was a poor fit for our child and our educational values. I had heard great things about Sacajawea and we decided to switch after we observed both kindergartens and loved what we saw. This school is a rare gem in the current public education landscape--whole child centered, personal, art- and social justice-oriented; it is also ethnically and economically diverse, which is hard to find in North Seattle. Our son had a wonderful kindergarten teacher (they are both fabulous), who offered a rich and developmentally appropriate curriculum with daily singing, creative movement, art, and free choice, alongside skills development. Our son loved the physical education (Mr. Walker is an amazing educator!), library, and technology programs, as well as regular instruction by music teachers from the community. The rotating annual focus on a particular continent allows for rich school-wide programming with a global focus, which is particularly meaningful in a school that serves many children with ties to other parts of the world. We are so happy to have found this school!
I have 2 kids in this school, and this is our 4th year there. The instruction has been excellent and both my kids are really happy there. There is an Advanced Learning Opportunities program (ALO) to challenge kids that need extra challenges, and a reading specialist, Dr. Davis (who has a master s degree in reading disabilities and a Ph.D. in cognition and learning theory, specializing in linguistic areas for kids who need extra help reading - how great is that?). Dr. Davis does more than helping just the kids, though - she also helps the teachers by finding better reading assessments than the school district typically offers). There are so many after school activities offered for the kids to do (an after school enrichment program every Tuesday, plus choir, chess, and girls on the run every week). Also, there is an amazing number of parent volunteers for a such small, intimate school. This year, a special education classroom opened as well. I've heard the new parents describe Sacajawea as a "hidden gem" of a school. I agree.
We are the reference school in the sought after Maple Leaf District. Sacajawea provides so much more than quality academics. Our teachers, staff, parents and students are all committed to building a community in Maple Leaf which is strong, vibrant and well rounded. There is zero tolerance for bullying and many opportunities for students to mentor other students. It is a great place for a gifted child to spread their wings and a struggling student to build a strong foundation. We have it all--arts, technology, physical education and a great teaching staff.
All three of my children have attended this small (260+ students) school with two still attending in our family's eleventh year here. There's been a shift to neighborhood families attending as opposed to families from other north Seattle neighborhoods. Highlights are the fall Science Fair and the Spring Arts Festival. Teacher conferences this year focused on what is being done for my children based on their personalities and needs and I've been very impressed this year. The principal visits classrooms daily and holds monthly "parent coffee chats". Our newest teacher is in her third year here. Overall, Sac has been a great neighborhood school for our family!
When we arrived at Sacajawea, it had a fabulous art program, ESL, and a great parent volunteer base. The next year the art teacher was lost (offered a rediculous contract) and families started leaving. A few years later another art teacher has been "lost", and now the individual class room teachers will lead art period. When problems surface, the principle is passive and a few sqeaky wheeled teachers get their way ... and not necessarily in the best interest of the children. The school was at 300 students, and now its below 240, as families continue to leave early. Some teachers are fabulous, but this year we consider a "lost year" with an inept teacher. I've heard the same comment from other parents with other teachers. More programs have been cut this year. Many of the families who have left were regular parent volunteers..We will be another of those families.
We love this school. Very involved parents, diverse student body. The principal is not great-he is kind of a passive guy who doesn't take action when there is an issue with a teacher. Last year this was a problem. Luckily most of the teachers are great especially Jesse Dickerson who is a young,enthusiastic and very creative teacher. Wish my daughter could have him next year too.
we are new to the city and have been very impressed by the quality of instruction here, not to mention the generally welcoming atmosphere. our kids have nothing but great things to say about their teachers.
My daughter is in Kindergarten at Sacajawea. We have been really happy with our experience there. The school has reasonable class sizes, and a great blend of academics and arts that we didn't see at most of the elementary schools we visited. They also have a global/community focus that we thought was gives our daughter the 'big picture' of the world around her. The school draws students who have english as a second language, which creates a very rich cultural experience for the kids and families. We have been very happy there and highly recommend this school.
This is one of the few, small neighborhood schools left in Seattle with reasonable class sizes, excellent teachers, active parents and PTA, and a diversity of programming. Standardized test scores for the school have shown a general upward trend for the past eight years, even with its limited English proficency student population -- it is a very diverse school, with every continent represented in its student boy. It is a first choice for University of Washington student teachers, and was recently featured in a documentary on excellent schools (filmed Spring 2006).