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Dutch Hill Elementary School3
Posted March 10, 2015
- a parent
Wonderful principle. Good educational platform. Homework requirements inconsistent. (Some grades follow the 10mins per grade plus ten rule, some don't. Some give more.) Communication with parents is sparse unless you are fortunate to be there to find out all details. School provides monthly newsletter but pushes for online. If you do not sign up for, printed material comes late. Short on educational experiences, eg field trips, theater groups, etc. Future problem solvers is offered exclusively for Honors classroom.
Wonderful school spirit. Not very diverse which was a concern initially but from the front office staff to my child's new teacher and friendly peers, this has relieved the related anxiety. Wonderful community and my son loves it. Appropriate teacher-parent reviews are planned. Overall positive experience so far which includes the adult 'school greeter(s)' making the effort to learn many of the new students' names which is no small feat.
The parents, teachers and principal work together as a team. Dutch hill is a family! Top notch education in a creative loving environment. The PTA is very active and helps bring events such as bringing the science center to the school, crazy scientist night and more. There is always something fun and educational going on at dutch hill. Our family feels so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful institution!
We love Dutch Hill! A brand new principal has created enthusiasm and a morale boost within the staff. One of their Kindy teachers was even a Golden Apple recipient in 2011. The PTA is growing and motivated to include all the school's families in their activities. From the librarian to the assistants in the cafeteria and playground, all the employees seem to have a gentle, caring way with the students. The new principals first goal was to know every child's name and can be found opening car doors during morning drop off. Three cheers for Dutch Hill!!!
The teachers and educational assistants and specialists are top notch. Unfortunately, the administration is not up to par. My daughter was groped on a bus and the principal did nothing until I confronted her with the district policy on sexual harassment. Even then, her effort was lackluster.
Strength appears in the dedication and perseverence of some of the teachers--true crusaders who deserve lifelong gratitude. But I don't see a ton of dynamic teaching or forward thinking here--the greatest responsibilities of public schools in the coming decades. As with everywhere in WA, WASL-prescribed teaching gobbles time and smothers creativity. Lastly the learning environment is unhealthy. Classrooms are tombs. Almost no natural light, poor ventilation. And the kids get little recess. The school is screaming for a ground-up overhaul. Afraid when the current district reconstruction projects are done, the district will be in the red until the end of time.
My two children attended this school for one year. What I liked best about Dutch Hill is that the teachers and principle worked together as a team. Parents are involved, and the atmosphere is welcoming. The students appear happy, and there is alot of stability with the staff. Overall, a great school.