In general yes. There are a few stand outs. Mrs Carlton the middle school teacher is fantastic at reaching her students and challenging them.
Mrs Hopple the early primary school teacher is engaging and energetic as well as making time to do engaging extra curricular and after school programs.
Mrs Gilbert is very creative, patient and willing to explore things out side of the scheduled activities there is a lot of organic learning in her classroom.
Skamania offers an alternative to bigger, more crowded schools, which is great for som kids. They excel at helping students who are behind our struggling find their way. I'd be hard pressed to find a bigger school where all of the teachers and support staff knew every child by name and has contact with almost every child during the week.
Things they struggle with, HiCap programs, art, music, opportunities, always comes down to resources. There just are not enough. No one is close to being over paid or under worked. There isn't resources to hire anyone else. So as always the kids suffer, the teachers and school is blamed.
There are other options but Skamania as a community is trying to provide the best, most safe place for every child that comes through its doors.
My children attended this school, and now my grandchildren are attending this school. I have the highest regard for all that the staff does to help my grandchildren get a good education, they are very supportive and easy to work with!
We were so sad to leave this school to return to Vanc. where the classes are overcrowded, the teachers care more about test scores than kids, and discipline seems to be a bad word. My kids are now home schooled because they were so far ahead of the other students, due to what they had learned at Skamania. My oldest learned a style of math that isn't taught here and even though he finished much faster than any other student(100% correctly)he was graded down because the teacher didn't understand the method. My kids miss the staff very much and we have considered moving back just for this school. Parks&Rec have many options if you are concerned about sports; here we have no art or instrumental music courses where as Skamania does. This school's small size allows it to focus on the important things. As I said we miss it greatly.
Skamania Elementary School is a great little school in a rural community. What it does not have in extracurricular activites it makes up for in its personal attention to each student. The staff knows all the parents, grandparents and other family members that visit the school. There are many former students who have moved back to the area so their own children can attend the little school. When the students graduate from eighth grade and go on to Stevenson High School. Most of them do very well and many have been on honor roll, received scholarships to colleges, and in 2006 three of the eleven graduating seniors who received the prestigious Gates Achiever Scholarships had received their elementary school education at Skamania Elemenary School. There is a wonderful parent group which provides a fall carnival, a book fair and a fund raising auction every year. The new landscaping is a result of their efforts. It is refreshing to have children remain children for a few extra years and that is one reason I like the Kindergarten to eighth grade configuration. The older kids help the younger ones and it creates a real sense of community.
Terrible school. Teachers are not interested in teaching. School seems to be only interested in 'special' students that they can get more federal dollars for teaching. Too much money per student for such a small school.