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1900 NW Bliss Rd
Vancouver, WA 98685

(360) 313-1600
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September 11, 2014
Teachers are great. My kids love going to school here and it has a good community with a lot of activities. Mr Lapidus the principal is fantastic

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
So happy with this school. Office, principal and teaching staff are wonderful. Every child succeeds. You just need to walk the halls and feel the warm happy environment. I have 3 very happy kids in this school. Best choice I have ever made.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
Children are forced to go out for recess when weather conditions are horrible. Today it was a record breaking cold day, with a severe wind/weather advisory. Children were complaining that they could not feel their fingers and that their hands and faces were hurting. Unfortunately this is not abnormal for Chinook elementary, and many other elementary schools in the area. This has been going on for years and parents and teachers are doing nothing to stop it! Unless people start standing up and fighting for their children, they are going to continue to do this. The children are complaining about how their hands and face hurt yet they can't do anything to help them. Many children come to school without coats, hats, and gloves and are still allowed to go outside. Will it be frostbite, and the loss of a child's fingers that make this stop, or will they wait for our children to start dying? I urge you to email the principle and superintendents at your child's school to make this travesty stop!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
Where to begin with this school! Our son has been in this school this being his second year. Since being in 1st grade he has had nothing but problems from being bullied not only by his peers but also by his teacher. We have talked to the principle about this many times and he just informs us that the teacher is top notch and that kids are going to be mean it is just in there nature. I can't wait to get out of this school district so that my child has a fair education and someone that is going to care about his needs instead of belittling him in front of his class. I strongly suggest that you do your research before putting your child into this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
What a positive first impression of this school. I went in for a sub job and was greeted by kind office staff. The kids were well behaved and it was clear their teacher has set clear expectations for them to be successful. Then the principal came around to greet all of the substitutes and introduce himself. It was a very welcoming environment.

- submitted by a teacher
August 11, 2012
My older 2 attended Chinook and have terrific memories with awesome, caring teachers, many of whom are still part of the backbone of the school. Having just recently returned to Vancouver after a job transfer took us to the Seattle area, we are thrilled to be able to send our younger sons to be Wolfpups this fall! We know they will be academically challenged in a nurturing and kind environment. Congratulations to Principal Joe Lapidus for his leadership and guidance of this fine school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
The teachers, staff and principal are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
Awesome teachers! Many people working together for each child! Very caring place!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Great community and great administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Because each student is seen as an individual and their best interests are looked after in so many ways. Joe Lapidus leads an awesome community of caring adults!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Love our school! Great teachers, communication and administration!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
The teachers are so awesome and make the school have a loving atmosphere. The PTSA is probably the best, all the classrooms just got new projectors due to all their hardwork. Thanks PTSA aka. the parents of children who attend Chinook elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Chinook is very organized and keeps parents informed.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I love Chinook, because there is a strong community between the students, teachers and parents. The teachers work extremely hard to ensure that the students learn at any level and have fun.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 20, 2010
Wonderful teachers and administrative staff. We love the Principal and have had a wonderful experience at Chinook!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
My daughter is in fifth grade and twin boys in second. This school has been a great experience for our family. Love all the staff. Great school to be a part of!!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
Exceptional Principal brings his values to have every child find joy in their school day. The Teachers work together to give your child the best experience possible. This school experience has surpassed all my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2010
I think Chinook is a great school because the teachers and the staff really care about each individual child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2010
We just transfered from another school in Kitsap where Ryan had little discipline,encouragement,guideance and love. At Chinook they put 100% of their attention to my son in addition to the other students and now he is excelling. He loves school and his reading, math and handwriting is dramatically improving. There are always smiles on the staffs face and they know most all the children by name. This is truly a school that leaves no child behind! Chinook is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
Love this school , great staff , a very good team work.The full day kindergarten program is more than what we were hoping for it really nurtures the child mentally and challenges them too. The proof that my son loves the school is even on a day off he wishes if he could go to school. I regularly volunteer too so I have seen first hand the interaction of teachers and students .Great principal too !!! Always there to greet you.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
My nieces attend this school, and I was very impressed with the environment when I visited it. I love the fact that the arts are so encouraged there, and the teachers and principal were all so friendly.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2010
Fantastic learning environment, caring teachers and administration, great community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
A true, supportive community of students, parents, and staff. Strong emphasis on music/arts/PE program. There are also many great extracurricular family activities put on by teachers or by PTSA

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
My daughter attends this school and loves it very much. We are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
The staff from the office personnel to the principal are excellent. My son is in first grade and has progressed in his learning fantastically. We chose to live in this area because of the schools and have not been disappointed. My daughter will start kindergarten next year and we can't wait.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Chinook Elementary School has the best staff and principal in the whole world! My granddaughter loves her first grade teacher so much.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2009
I especially love the Chinook Lifelong Guidelines, the same guidelines I teach my children...and all of the wonderful staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love the environment they create at this school, creative, exciting...the kids love this school!

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
I love Chinook because of the great teachers, principal and support staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
The teachers are great, the principal is very interactive with parents and students alike, and my son is excited about learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
This is our 3rd year at Chinook. We absolutely love it. Very responsive teachers and principal, so many activities, and a very caring environment. I have a 1st and 3rd grader.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Chinook elementary school is a great school, has great teachers and staff, specially the principal he is very helpfull, great with the kids, very down to earth very involved

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2009
I am a proud parent of a child who attends Chinook and I have no problems at all. I love the principal. Her teacher is great. She is thriving and loves it there. She hates to be sick and can't wait to go to school each and every day. They have so many activities for them. I am proud to say we attend Chinook!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
My two children have attended Chinook since Nov of 2004. My daughter 3rd - 5th grade and is now at Alki and my son k-3rd grade (currently). I didn't realize that schools really were all that different until we got to Chinook. We came from a school in the Evergreen district that I was very satisfied with. There is a huge difference in the moral of the teachers and staff, parental involvement and family participation and activities, not to mention academics. The PTSA provides so many programs for the children and families. I am very proud that my children are a part of Chinook elementary.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
I am very impressed with this school. They do their best to help every student succeed. I am very happy with my daughter's teacher. I do volunteer at the school on a regular basis and therefore see a lot of what's happening. The art classes are wonderful; the children learn concepts that I never even got in my high school art classes. There is also a choir for 3rd-5th graders, which is an after-school program. My daughter has only had trouble with one other student not treating her kindly, but that problem was very quickly and professionally resolved by the other student's teacher. I am thankful that my child goes to Chinook.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
Has not met the needs of our children. With the right leadership this school could be so much more than it is.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
I have a fourth grader and a Kindergartner at Chinook & have been very happy with their education. Every teacher they have had has been wonderful. Many programs have been made available to my fourth grader who needed to catch up after coming from a different school district. Every time I visit Chinook I run into the principle who always makes himself available to the parents. We are moving next year & I only hope we can find another school that even comes close to the high standards we have thanks to Chinook!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
This is our second year at Chinook. We have two students attending. One of our kid's has a learning disability and after testing was done for this state things went well last year. This year has been a joke. He is getting homework that is way above his level. They seem to be very disorganized and the teacher is not at all a good match for him. The other child seems to be doing fine. Only because he doesn't require any assistance academically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2007
If you don't look too carefully, Chinook 'appears' to be an adequate school. The reality is test score are falling every year and there is a lot of lip service and self promoting. We have not been happy with the teachers, specialists or administration. We would give Chinook a B- at best and D- at worst. If you have any troubles at Chinook - Go to the District. At Chinook, you will not get problems resolved.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2007
Chinook is the Best! The staff is Awesome. I would not put my children in any other school. We love Chinook .

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2007
My children have attended Chinook for more than 3 years. Every year has been a disappointment in someway or another. The basic academics are not taught very well. The leadership is very bureaucratic and focuses on pleasing the teachers and staff, not the parents. Parents are lead to belive that 'all is well' and that only their child/family has a complaint which is anything but true. Serious matters are swept under the carpet and never dealt with properly. Chinook is a Big Disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
My children have been students at Chinook for almost two years and we couldn't be more pleased. Before we moved here I researched the school on this website and also talked to as many parents as I possibly could. When we move we choose the school first and then the house. There are so many wonderful things about this school I don't know where to begin. I love how involved and visible the principal is and how he emphasizes 'life long learning skills'. The teachers have been wonderful and my children have blossomed & they both love school. Chinook has a very active ptsa that sponsors many after school events (read with dad, movie nights, carnival, etc) and this year purchased a keyboard system for all students to use. I believe that my children are receiving an excellent education and I'm so happy we chose Chinook for our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
My two children attend Chinook, and absolutely love it. We have had a very positive experience and the teachers and staff have been wonderful. The art,music,dance, and other classes have been a lot of fun for my kids to try new things. We love all the family events, and things they have for the parents to get involved and see what their kids are doing. We are very happy with Chinook and are very thankful for all the staff and their hard work.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2006
*Beware westside's best kept secret. Test scores do not give the whole story! School administrator's gloss over continued staff mistreatment of students ranging from ignorance to abuse. Worst of all they are all too quick to blame the children and never themselves. Chinook needs some serious housecleaning. The source of our information is our own experience, If you have a perfect child with high self esteem, who needs nothing and can survive despite being in at its best a neutral nurturing environment then you will probably be fine. Otherwise - beware, if you attend chinook and run into problems with staff-do not let them make you feel it is you, it's not!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2006
Our Chinook experience has been negative from day one and has only gotten worse over the years. Many, many tears have been shed by our children and us. The staff is not able to handle common issues, let alone anything approaching serious. They have a nasty habit of chastising the students and it is tolerated quite openly. They have disdain for the Special Needs students. Interior of the school is almost always dirty. Lots of Divas - teachers and PTA-types. Administrators do not handle problems but instead deny they are any and tell you it is your child's fault and you are being difficult. It's has been a very trying experience. It probably will hurt our property values, but I would not recommend this school in it's current state. It's really bad. We pray something will be done. Many families suffer in silence thinking their experience is unique when they are actually quite common.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
I have been at this school for 5 years now and being a part of this educational community is one of the best experiences my three children and I have ever had. Most of the teachers have completed graduate degrees, the principal walks among the students and regularly performs for them by singing and playing his guitar. The school averages over 50 parent volunteers on a daily basis. They have several extra curricular activities after school ,including sports and science programs. Family nights are available to attend throughout the year. The parents are very generous and the PTSA works alongside the staff and the relationship is great. The kids really benefit from all the positive aspects of this school. It also has a very strong arts program. I am glad our family could be a part of it during these precious years.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2005
Chinook Elementary School has some really great teachers and a just few that might not work well for your student. The music and art programs are exceptional. There is a core group of parents who remain very involved in the school, and their PTA is very successful in its fundraising efforts and is very generous in its classroom and school assistance. Our students learned a lot academically. What we really liked is that some of the work, spelling, for example, was done on an individual basis, thanks to the help of great teachers and parent volunteers. For example, your student would be tested at words good for his level, whether they are grade one words or grade 12. The only down side for us was that the 5th graders would be out at recess the same time as the 1st graders. The size difference was an issue. This has perhaps

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2004
I have had two children in Chinook, one that was there first through fifth and has now gone on to Alki, the other who will only spend Kindergarten at Chinook. During their time there, my children both have blossomed. My oldest has ADHD and the programs that Chinook offered to him helped improve his academic skills exponentially. He was a non-reader in first grade, and now he is reading novels. I credit the school, the administration and the teachers. They are open and willing to speak to parents at all times. If I was given a choice, Chinook would be my first every time.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2003
My oldest child is just starting second grade, so our experience with Chinook has just been over the last two years, but it has been great! She has had 2 fantastic teachers who were very in touch with their students individually. They were great about speaking with me (in person, by phone and e-mail) whenever I had concerns or questions. I was very impressed how they effectively dealt with the children at different levels, for example in reading. They were divided into small groups depending on their level, so that all children were being challenged. In talking with other friends, this is not so in all schools, even in the same disctrict (advanced readers were left to read along with those still struggling to learn). I am also greatly impressed with the high level of parent participation at Chinook. I have seen a great deal of parents helping out in the classroom on a regular basis, as well as for special projects, PTSA, etc. I really believe this allows the students greater opportunities for learning and extra activities that otherwise may not be possible. A new principal will start this fall (2003), so it will be interesting to see what changes come about under his leadership. So far our experience at Chinook has been fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
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Chinook Elementary School
1900 NW Bliss Rd, Vancouver, WA  98685
(360) 313-1600
Last modified Chinook Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chinook Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top