I love this school! My son had a fantastic Kindergarten experience last year -- in large part because of our wonderful teacher. I also heard fantastic feedback about the other Kindergarten teachers, too, so I would tell new parents that your incoming kids are in excellent hands! Every staff member I have met has been engaging, and the principal is very available/approachable. The PTA is simply unparalleled -- family involvement (in terms of both time and dollars) is very generous, and I'm grateful for everyone's hard work. I feel proud every time I tell someone in the community Schmitz Park is our school. The only reason I can't offer 5 stars is because the facility itself is far too small and outdated for the 600+ students who go there. But a new school is in the works, and parents and staff are involved in that process, too.
Over crowded. Very poor leadership. Read the school report card, staff and parent "grade" for leadership consistently dropping over the last few years. Parent complaints about principal mostly ignored. Parent concerns voiced to principal gets your child targeted for discipline. Only good thing is most teachers good but the best ones leave for other schools. Now my child out of there I'm very relieved.
This is an incredibly overcrowded school. There are 12+ portables. Very uneven teacher quality, first year teachers are consistently hired. Overall there seems to be more interest in achieving high standardized test scores than any creative or inspired teaching. The active PTA is the best thing this school has going for it.
This is a great school. The only issue I can think of is that it could be more ethnically diverse. The staff and principals are great, the expectations high, the PTA does wonderful things and raises large amounts of funds to add all types of before and after school enrichment programs. Haven't had a single bad experience there in 4 years. No complaints at all!
This school used to be a great school until the new principal got rid of every old teacher that dared not to agree with everything that he tried to do. Teacher that were working at the school for decades were pushed out and the principal brought his own crew. I didn't think that this kind of Stalin style purges could happen in the schools. I though that's something that politicians did. It has actually been very disturbing to watch great teachers being pushed out. The teachers that didn't want to leave on their own were set up by the assistant principal and pushed out that way. Very, very disturbing.
This school has the family supported Singapore Math curriculum unlike nearly all of the Seattle Schools. The PTA is powerful and demands a lot of time and $ from families. Its often called a "public private school" by locals. The PE program was superior, but has declined in the last few years . (The program swung to strongly favor girls.) The school is now so crowded, there are 14 portables on the property. A new school is slated to be built in 2016 blocks away. The school currently sits on acres of woodland, and classes are frequently guided on hikes through the woods. Kids get a broad education. Increasing extracirricular activities (like dance class) steadily reduce classroom time for core studies, which may or may not be good. The teachers are first rate, and to ensure this, poor performing teachers have been fired.
It's a great school, with wonderful teacher's and wonderful students.
The teachers are engaged and creatively gifted. The staff is helpful beyond my expectations and we come together as a community with a common focus.
The programs are wonderfull! The P.E. programs are great because they allow to do the most unusual things, like learning how to unicycle and juggle. They really incourage you to do new things. But some students are rude, though I just ignore them. Some teachers can be a little confused with things, but other than those things, I encourage you to go to this school.
Schmitz Park has been an incredible learning experience for both of my daughters. I have been very impressed with the level of instruction, the amount of nurturing and compassion that the staff and parents share. I only have positive things to share!
They offer some good programs like Read Naturally, Passport, Music and PE. There is alot of parent involvement. The teachers are dinosaurs-they aren't up to date with new teachings. I had a hard time communicating with the teachers about my child. They weren't open to what I had to say. Also the environment was strange it felt like I stepped back in time to the 1950's. Individuality was not promoted-if your child's a square peg they would fit in fine. I like individuality and diversity so I left this school.
My son is now is 1st grade at Schmitz Park. I have nothing but good things to say about the school, other than the fact that the class size is a tad large. They have great PE and music programs, and he's really learning-and, more importantly, enjoying learning-at a fast pace. He loves his teacher, respects the principal, and has made lots of friends.
This school may not look great from the outside, but it has incredible community support behind it and a good heart. The playground is being updated to include a grassy area which will add alot. The Passport Program (geography) is amazing, the Read Naturally program is also a great success. I have not yet experienced the Larson Math program, but it looks good too. I would highly recommend this school.
My brothers and I went to this school when we were little. It is nice to see that 20-24 years later it is the same P.E. teacher and I think The same libarian. from when I went there as a little girl. I liked the fact that my son had a homework packet every week to do at home. Every month they have the passport check, each student in each grade is to locate differnt countries on a map. If they succeed they get their passport stamped. I dont think I learned about foreign countries in school till I was in the third grade. The students parents are highly envolved in this school. If it wasnt for them we would be in trouble. The music Teacher does a wonderful job putting on a musical each year, and many assemblies (Veterns Day,Christmas,Martin Luther King etc.I give this school an A+.
Dynamic, energetic, thoughtful principal who sets the tone for our excellent school. Wonderful, dedicated, talented teachers. Lots of parent involvement in all phases of the school. An exceptional environment for learning -- warm, inclusive, friendly. Don't let the physical plant deter you. This is a great place for students, families and the community.
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