Orca is an alternative public school that gives the students an open, warm and friendly atmosphere to learn in. They also have a fabulous greenhouse that helps the students understand food systems. This enables them to make better choices in their own nutritional lives.
This is my son's first year at Orca. He's in 3rd grade and we have had a wonderful experience so far. Everyone from the new principal and her office staff to his teacher and other parents have been welcoming and supportive to a new family. Our son loves going to school everyday and comes home excited about what he's learned. At Orca, the kids are very involved in the classroom and are taught that they are contributing members of their classroom community, what a great way to prepare them for the world. Our family loves Orca.
A very clean, safe, progressive school - great attitude from teachers we have met, and wonderful involvement from parents. However it seems in my opinion a bit chaotic and unstructured in terms of creating a respectful, thoughtful learning environment. Our daughter's kindergarten experience has been positive and fun for her, but the class runs wild and is out of control. Also in my opinion the children are afforded too much control of what is going on at any time; they are allowed to bring toys to class, lay down and take breaks when they want, and are generally not told to quiet down when they are noisy or disruptive. When they interrupt the teacher they are not corrected, rather they are asked what they want to say, which encourages bold kids to dominate the class. That said, they are taught empathy and have a great time so overall a positive experience.
My daughter has attended 2 other schools in Seattle public schools. Orca is diverse, progressive and nurturing.
It's a great school, w/ great faculty and staff that really cares about the students.
Community feeling. Incredible support for the children. Great teachers. K-8
I love their gardening program and their environmental studies. We need more alternative schools dedicated to real learning like ORCA
One of the best school we have in the district, caring faculties, administrations and supportive parents.
Patient and nurturing teachers Principle = strong leader Fun, organized and dedicated parent groups Great horticulture program Social justice philosophy
Orca provides quality academics in a nurturing and stimulating environment.
Orca is a fabulous public alternative school... where my daughter can learn about her environment, community, art, and the 'whole' part of being a well rounded individual -- it's not just academics and testing. on top of all that, the parent and teacher involvement is amazing!!
Great school for Diversity - - - with great Teachers creating a rounded education
The staff truly cares about the students. The teachers have high values and morals and try to impart these to the students.
I love Orca because it is a k-8 public school that still offers all it's students art and PE on a regular basis.
I love Orca because it offers kids a wonderfully diverse education, including the most creative gym classes around like the Thriller dance.
Orca is a community where we all learn from each other. Through creative, socially responsible, and environmental programs the basics of reading, writing, science, and arithmetic become tools for the whole child with real world applications. Not just a school, Orca makes the world a better place for us all!
The environmental curriculum is a unique and enriching principal around which the school revolves. The creativity and commitment of that and the energy and dedication of the teachers and principal Ben is a wonder to behold. Orca is a special place that is facilitating tremendous growth and learning among our children.
Our son has had the privilage of attending Orca k-8 this year and we have been extremely pleased. Orca's commitment to education and community is inspiring. Not only do they teach the kids to be excellent students but they teach them to be great people too.
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