Whittier is a great school, and my child is very happy here. She is doing well academically and socially. Parents are very involved at this school, with a strong PTA (I really don't understand the reviewer who said most parents work and are not involved and use the school as a babysitter? Not true in the slightest, what an insulting thing to say to working parents like myself). Parents just raised a huge amount of money for the the PTA fund, and are welcomed at the school. My daughter has had good teachers, and like at any school some have been stronger than others. Her current teacher is amazing. We also have a strong principal and I've found her to be very receptive. Like all schools in North Seattle, Whittier is facing an overcrowding problem, but we are using creative solutions to address this.
They accept bullying. They pick on kids. Want a job at the school? No degree required, just look the other way at the bully teachers and you are hired. Compromise all integrity to work or volunteer there slowly you'll get used to treating kids badly. A recovering student
Ten years ago this was the school to get your kids into. I knew parents at the top private schools who pulled their kids out of Seatte County Day and UCDC once they got into Whittier. No more. It has a negative culture that is about punishment, humiliation, and exclusion. Too bad. Also it is a mostly working class school and many working class parents look at school as free babysitting. The problem is the involved parents left, so most parents work and do not check up on the rude staff and burnt-out teachers. Or worse the burnt out over worked parents seem just as negative to their kids.. So they accept this type of mediocre education environment. While I choose this school for all three of my kids, if I was enrolling a child today, I would look elsewhere.
I so agree with the above poster about administration being rude. I have found so much rudeness in that schhol, among some teachers, staff and certainly the office staff and administration. It's seems to be part of the culture of Whittier, at least part of Whittier. So disappointing.
upset about the poor response and rude attitude from the admins. The admins promised to call me back regarding the matter caused by school or district before noon but never did. I ran to the school in person. My appearance made the administrator no choice but reported this matter to the principle. The principle said that was error caused by the computer's glitch, even though the accurate information was appeared on the district s website and the official mail sent from the district, and was confirmed by the district s operator when I called earlier. Another officer even reminded the principle that matter maybe a simple mistake by the wrong label attached but the principle ignored an idea. I wish I did record our conversation so to reveal her rudeness. I couldn t leave the school with an unfinished because the hard feeling my kid might be encountered when she was being excluded from the program and away from her old friends. After waited for 2 hours with two little kids had no lunchat the office, the principle gave a mercy and made a call to verify my kid s status and put my kid back to the right program. As simple as it seems that people with power plays the game.
Continued.. I simply asked for the solution since the school started the following day (the notification was sent out on Saturday so that left me one day only to get things straight before school started). She said it took a few days to verify my kid s status because everybody was busy. She even commented Parents took whatever the school gave . Couldn't she try to have more senses about the kid's feeling when the kid's friends and other parents see her walked to the different program! What if the kid cannot go back to the program because every spot was taken. The whole conversation made me feel that no sincere feeling from her.
My daughter and I both love this school. There is really good leadership from the principal, staff and administrative staff. I was a little concerned that the Spectrum program would be too academic but there is actually a lot of emphasis on creativity. Great PE teacher, amazing music program that really challenges the kids, and a lot or emphasis on creative writing and art. There is a lot of anti-bullying policies in place and it really shows. Students are for the most part respectful and nice, much more so than when I was in grade school! I have not actually noticed any difference between the quality of education between regular classes and Spectrum. - it seems like all the classes are above average.
Dont send your kid here if they dont" fit in the box" there is no support or understanding for "different" kids. The focus is way too academic with no personal/ social emphasis whatsoever. My artsy daughter is bored with the schoolbook extreme- not being creatively stimulated at all. Spectrum is like an elite club- the kids/ parents dont mix hardly at all. My kids need other kinds of growth not just good test scores!! My son is at Salmon Bay this year WOW what an amazing difference- I'm shocked and relieved- he is like a different kid!!! Trying to get my daughter in there now...
With all there is to deal w/in modern education, our staff and leadership keep all the balls in the air. They are amazing.
Great school that tries hard! Safe, devoted to learning, high parental involvement, dedicated teachers, great kids.
Outstanding teachers who really love the kids. Incredible academics and the best ever PE program!
I'm in my 7th year as a parent at Whittier and we've had our share of changes but some of the things that haven't changed are the most important: a solid core of dedicated, quality teachers who have been here for many years, an exceptional P.E. program and library, great parental involvement, a wonderful office staff and nurse, and so much more. It's a big school and may seem intimidating at first but if you jump right into the mix by getting involved you'll be able to fully appreciate how special Whittier can be!
Whittier is a school with far more potential than it achieves, though it certainly appears to educate our children 'well enough' when compared with other schools in seattle. Still, it's not as good as we parents fool ourselves into thinking! the principal's a great advocate for teachers, a tremendously patient worker with the often weighty pta and childcare people, and an unendingly compassionate problem-solver for parents, teachers and children. But the future vision and education of the children must come first -- above the pta, childcare and individual teachers' -- without less compassion for parents, students or teachers, but staying communally focused on the true goal: providing every child with the highest quality, safe, supported environment in which to learn with confidence and a vision for the future -- and recruiting more teachers with higher levels of education to teach our dearest lives' 'investments:' our hearts', bodies', hopes' and souls' treasures.
Whittier is a terrific school mainly because of the teachers who are committed.
Whittier is a great school with a very active PTA that provides funding for a variety of activities, including Spanish for every child. The school choir is one of the best elementary choirs and it meets before school four days per week. They have performed at a variety of events, including Seattle Storm basketball games. The teachers are great and the principal, while young, seems to know what he is doing. There is on-site before and after-school care, as well as an on-site pre-school run by World of Wonder for Kids. My boys were at Whittier in kindergartent-2nd grade until we moved. Great school. I highly recommend it.
There is a large parent involvement at this school. The community is very welcoming and the teachers are wonderful.
Leadership at this school seems disinterested in parents, perhaps intimidated by its strong PTA. Lots of excellent programs. Terrific gym program - skills-based, fun, not competitive. Overall an excellent school which well-deserves its reputation as one of the best in the district. Beautiful building, clean, safe. Parents are proud and pleased to be there. Children seem respectful. Ignore 'The Whittier Way' theme song - it doesn't say it all.
Reputedly one of the best schools in the district, the Kindergarten program is terribly weak. It's built on the idea that real learning starts in the 1st grade. Nowadays, this is simply not the case, as so many kids attend preschool for years, or at least pre-K programs. Many children at Whittier spend their Kindergarten year twiddling their thumbs as the curriculum re-teaches them the ABC's they learned as three year olds. The Kindergarten program absolutely needs a complete overhaul. The well-meaning principal is a weak advocate for children. Too distracted with budgets and PTA matters, his talk doesn't measure up to his action when it comes to the kids. On the plus side there's before-school sports year-round, & the PTA offers good extra-curricular activities that kids can take 1 day a week for 5-6 weeks a year, such as Art (not part of the regular curriculum) and Drama.
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