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Vancouver, WA
Students enrolled: 722

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2215 NE 104th St
Vancouver, WA 98686

(360) 313-1500
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October 23, 2013
Sara J Anderson is a diamond in the rough. This school has excellent, dedicated, and caring teachers. The PTA is very involved and works tirelessly to provide money for special assemblies, field trips, and teacher grants. I was unsure of this school when moving inside its boundary after reading the great schools rating, but as I wrote, Sara J Anderson is a diamond, and I am so grateful my kids go there.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2013
Our children are in the dual language program. We are very happy here! Responsive and proactive faculty and staff. Very involved families.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2011
You don't want my opinion!! I had to put a star on the rating for this to go through. I am taking away the star now.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2009
My child has attended SJA for three years. He is disabled and it has been a constant struggle for me to consistently get accomodations for him in the classroom. In spite of all my effort, he still has received very inconsistent support from most teachers and administrators for his special needs. It has made learning difficult and has taken quite a toll on his self esteem. I wil enroll him elsewhere this year.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2009
Sarah J is an nice facility. The staff is friendly and the school is well organized. They put on after school events that are very nice. Unfortunately, this school is having a hard time meeting the minimum standards for testing. The focus here is on the underperforming population while highly capable students are overlooked. I feel that while the dual language program is a good idea on paper, it is really there to suite the the needs of a extraordinarilly large hispanic population rather then to enhance the learning of non-spanish speaking students. This school is at a demographic disadvantage and it has obstacles that will not be easily overcome. My advice for parents, volunteer in the school so because then you will be able to see where your child may need assistance that the school has failed to provide.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2009
Our child is in the dual language (Spanish/English) program here and so far we have found the teachers to be exceptional, the office staff to be warm and friendly, and have recently seen lots of effort go in to keeping the kids safe outside. The other parents seem caring and involved, the children appear to be respectful. We feel very fortunate to be in this school district. The only problem - you have to win a lottery to get in to the dual language program here. I have not had reason to be in direct contact with the Principal, so can not comment in regards to the last review, however I do beleive she has a good vision for the overall direction of the school.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2009
My 2 children go to this school. I am not happy with this school at all. The office staff is very friendly, but their is a serious lack of communication with the principal, vice principal and teachers. I feel like I have no idea what is going on in my son's class. I feel like its hard for kids to further themselves if they are a little head of the game. They get stuck back at the level of all the kids. If I could go back and pick a different house in another school I would so do it.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2008
My daughter is in the Spanish immersion classes and it has been a great experience. Teachers are amazing, and the office staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly. The principal has gone out of her way to say hello when she's seen me on campus. There are always adults present when kids are outside... crossing guards on the streets, monitors at the pickup area and chaperones leading kids out to the bus. As a former high school teacher, I've been amazed by the quality of the teachers and the education. The PTA does a great job of putting on events. We love Sarah J and are so thankful for the staff and teachers! Matt Mikalatos (http://mikalatos.blogspot.com)

- submitted by a parent

January 02, 2007
My son went there for first grade and it was a horrible expirence. Hes in the challenge proram now but was bored at Sara J. The teachers focused on helping the slow kids and let the ones who were at or above their grade level just sit back and watch. Not many parent or family activities. Closed off and unresponsive staff in the office made communicating with Mrs O leary the principal unsucessful. I think its poorly run and poorly staffed. Especially if your child is advanced they will not get the attention or education they deserve.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2006
I think that Sara J. is one of the best schools in vancouver. All 3 of my kids have attended school there and love it. Teachers are great and so is office/principal. They also have the dual language program which I think is great too!

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2005
I have had to pick up my child and take him to the hospital twice now due to injuries at school. On the second trip to the school to pick him up about 2:40, I observed the little children, about 20 or so, running to the bus across the edge of the parking lot, alone. No adults in sight for about 2 minutes. There is not appropriate supervision and I am convinced that it has contributed to both of the occurences with my child while in school. It is a nice looking school. Kind staff, they just need more workers or the quality of workers needs to be investigated.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2005
Sarah J. Anderson is an amazingly diverse school with very high standards for the students. The staff is warm and friendly and shows great compassion for the students and is dedicated to meeting the needs of each and every one of them.

- submitted by a teacher

September 13, 2004
I think Sara J is a wonderful school. We have had good experiences with the staff at Sara J, even when we had problems!

- submitted by a parent
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Sarah J Anderson Elementary School
2215 NE 104th St, Vancouver, WA  98686
(360) 313-1500
Last modified Sarah J Anderson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sarah J Anderson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top