We moved into the Snohomish school district from out of state 2012. Cathcart Elementary School has proven to be grade A. I walk my children to school each day and am on campus volunteering, so I have had a full year to observe. The teaching staff and support staff as well as administration staff truly love their jobs. The atmosphere is wonderful and it is a joy to have such professional and talented people working with my two elementary-aged children. Yes, the physical building itself could use some help, but it's the staff that creates the heartbeat of a school. The parent support at this school is very active as well giving a homey feel to the activities that surround each day. There are countless creative ways of teaching implemented making this school cream of the crop.
I have volunteered here for the past 3 years. I find the staff efficient and caring of the children. The children enjoy learning in the class that I participate with and spend their time productively. Kudos to the teacher and certified employees who work directly with the students.
Now here is a school that could use some help. It has a great group of people who have stepped up to the plate in light of an aging school and limited resources.
Pushing the one star on this school. Being someone who has experienced a 'good' school. This school lacks ALOT. The district in which it is in is not a good one as well. Also being a parent from a better school district. They are not competent in what they do. If you have a child I would not send them to this school or school district. Yes there are some great people who work there and try to do their best but all in all I do not recommend this school.
sadly to say i think that last year could have been one of the worst years to have your children attend snohomish elementary schools, i feel that alot of the teachers responsibilities were pushed away from the children that were there ready to learn and were more focused on the 'new' schools being built. i hope that this year now that the elementary school is built maybe all the other early elementary children wont suffer as mine did.
We've never been happy with the principal. She dismisses problems, and makes you feel like an overreacting parent. The atmosphere has always been great. The kids learn a lot, there are such a great network of parents ready to get involved. The staff is mostly great. A really good group of kids. I don't like the grading system (1-4), but that I believe is district wide. The grades are so subjective from teacher to teacher that it's really hard to guage where your child is at, and how much progress they are making. I'm afraid it's going to allow children to slip through the cracks.
Sadly, I can't say that I love this school. I feel my child has made progress and is at grade level but there have been some great concerns with some staff. Overall, I feel most of the staff is excellent and my child does enjoy attending this school. It is clean and the children seem to have school pride. Bottom line, academically this school has been fine, but the road to success has been bumpy.
My daughter's teacher has taught her to read and they are practicing division.She is really excelling. But the down side is we have had nothing but problems since the begining. We have reported it all and still nothing has been done. So is this really a great school?
What a great elementary school. The Principal is amazing! What a depth of knowledge, great care and understanding. Really supports the kids and the school.
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