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3010 West Holyoke Ave
Spokane, WA 99208

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(509) 354-2000
(509) 354-2222
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July 31, 2014
Both of my children's teachers were far from great. The principal has no idea what she's doing, and has given me false information on multiple occasions, and this school has serious issues when it comes to bullying (they tell kids to "Toughen up" and fail to make bullied children feel secure telling an adult). I will be switching my children to a different school for this coming school year.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
Balboa has been a wonderful experience for my boys! Excellent teachers and leadership. They truly care about my children and are teaching them to love learning!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
Terrible school for children that need more help in the classroom. My child has been segregated, I was told I just need to plan on him repeating his grade, and his teacher said she isn't going to push him to do work anymore. This is a kindergartener we're talking about.... The counselor has been a huge help lately, but that's about it. The principal seemed to just be making excuses for his teacher's behavior.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
If you like combination classes than this is the school for you, for there is a good chance that at Balboa your child will spend a great deal of their time here in these type of classes. Ofcourse the principal will try to convince you how wonderful "multi-age classrooms" are. The only thing that saves the day is the high quality and experienced teachers who over the years have learned how to better deal with having kids of different learning levels together. Also, the school seems to for some reason have something against field trips even though I'm sure they raise enough money in all the fundraisers throughout the year to pay for a bus ride. The campus itself is large, beautiful and in a quiet neighborhood. The school is older and needs serious updating as the gym is small and there are multiple portable classrooms. With some work, a little pep from leadership, and a change with the "way it's always been" thinking this school could be outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
This has the potential to be a great school. The new prinicple in 2010-11 is a far cry from the fabulous one prior to her. I have been extremely disappointed in her lack of social skills, as well as many other parents. The teachers and staff are wonderful, but when the head person is learning how to be in charge, it creates problems. Their test scores are also nothing great, but the opportunity for your child to excell is there.

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no rating October 09, 2009
As a grandparent, what I know is that the kids love going to school and that they demonstrate the ability to engage in long conversations about their interests. The school and teachers have given them the necessary skills to be excited about life.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2009
'its awesome'per Daniel[9yrs/4th grade] I like it because they have a montessori program.My children are above their grade level in most of their subjects. They go on many excellant field trips one of which they explored a dairy operation and a science museum the next day.The parents are very involved.My children are involved in Scouting,Awanas,Mindstorms,soccer and many other different camps.which I attribute to the teachers being highly motivated and mind opening attitudes.Daniel's Father.Thankyou.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
This is a great school. The teachers are very comitted and the principal is a warm, intelligent, caring person. The location is also very nice.

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October 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
Excellent Spokane school! Dedicated teachers! Caring staff! You can't beat the wonderful atmosphere at this small, northside school! Parent involvement is high with many extracurricular activities (bingo night, carnival, Santa breakfast...too many to list all of them!). Don't let the older building distract you...this school is one of the best!

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October 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2003
The principal knows every child by name, as do the outdoor safety staff. Enrollment is low, making it a very close 'family' atmosphere. Teachers are excellent, friendly, and take time to learn students names and needs even if they are not that students teacher. A day never goes by that there are not several parents helping around the school. Although the district has cut extracurricular activity funding, a few teachers have put together programs on their own so students still benefit from those activities. Awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2003
Stable staff, great teachers, coordinated activities, 4 classrooms have Montessori Curriculum, 10% minority enrollment, one classroom for Developmentally Impaired students,some ratings were 4's only because I did not want to go over the top in enthusiasm.The school was built in 1961 and has been well maintained. The district last year passed a 30 year plan for upgrading all schools and increasing maitenance, including technology and security. The neighborhood is above the median in income and stable.

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Balboa Elementary School
3010 West Holyoke Ave, Spokane, WA  99208
(509) 354-2000
Last modified Balboa Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Balboa Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top