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Hutton Elementary School5
Posted May 27, 2014
- a parent
We have two children at Hutton - 3rd Grade and Kindergarten. Their teachers have all been excellent, hard-working, caring, creative and intelligent. The Principal really does know every child's name and is extremely visible and involved. The PTG is very active and welcoming. Through the PTG, the school is able to offer after-school programs in World Languages, Fine Arts, and Science. They have arranged author visits, and organize fun school-wide events. They also help fund technology needs for the school and do so much more. We moved here from a rural Washington school district and are so happy to be here. Looking forward to the re-model!
This is one of the very top schools in the city. There is a strong culture of parent involvement. The principal works tirelessly to support teachers, parents, and kids. The school works hard to create as level a playing field for all kids regardless of socioeconomic background. We feel lucky to have our kids at this school.
I have had a great experience with Hutton. My child, who has had difficulty with learning, has received one-on-one help from qualified, caring teachers and has blossomed at Hutton. I have had countless opportunities to get involved (solicited via email by teachers and PTA alike), but I work outside the home full time, so it has been difficult to do so. Yes, the building is old, but it is slated for a remodel in the next few years.
This is not a good school for gifted children, high academic performers, children with conditions like asthma or parents who want to be involved. Teachers teach to the median and below, and they use their top performers as helpers but do not offer any enrichment for these children. The school building is charming but very old with a history of serious mold and use of toxic artificial air fresheners by teachers, which are prohibited. The principal only pursues changes that fit into his personal agenda and otherwise avoids any and all disputes/issues. Ex.: the safety patrol is not supervised by an adult but has to work dangerous 3+ way intersections that do not have signs. The principal made an agreement with the district to have an adult supervise, but there is no such adult. When I voiced my concern, I was told that it gets better in warmer months when the snow is gone. The principal has a "nothing bad has happened so far" attitude. An avg of 6 people attend the PTA meetings, and the same work horse parents are used year after year. Parents have no voice. Teachers have no voice but are protected by the principal enabling inappropriate behavior in favor of perpetuating complacency.
Hutton is the #1 school in the district. They work hard for all the students. My children are starting 3rd/5th grade. The PTA is fantastic, they pay for books for the library, computers for the students and after school art and language classes in Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Sign Language. With the standardized testing for the state constantly changing the teachers step up each year to give their best to their students. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classrooms and every other school activity and many do. The principal is very visible in the school. He knows all the kids names and is not only a disciplinarian but very encouraging to the students. In every PTA/school meeting I have attended they are always very open to suggestions and ideas that can make things better for the students at Hutton.
Hutton is one of the best schools you could ask for in Spokane. The faculty is friendly and helpful as well as the students. We have chosen hutton for 14 years and it has not let us down. Hutton will put your kids on the right educational path for many years down the road and build morals and structure for your child to grow on.
Hutton is a wonderful school. We have been involved with it for over 10 years as our children have progressed through their academic years. The teachers give 110% to each student and they are willing to do whatever it takes (staying late, meeting with parents, phone calls, etc.) to assure each student reaches their full potential!