The school has dealt with this so effectively that no instance of bullying has come to our attention from any source. This is in stark contrast to his prior two "excellent" rated public schools, which had extensive bullying problems, some of which we experienced first-hand.
Because of the relatively small class sizes, teachers can work with students & their parents to address concerns. That said, I don't think there are special services to support children with exceptional needs.
The school reorganized its leadership in Middle School, so that the school's high school principal (John Griffin), is now the principal over both schools. We are very pleased with the change, and think that Mr. Griffin is an outstanding principal & leader.
King's Way's emphasis on the whole child - mind, body and spirit, are a hallmark of its program. Every day, in every class, there are opportunities to talk about character, and honesty, compassion and respect. The teachers try to live these values and bring out these values in the students.
Homework is used as a tool to master key skills, not as busywork. It seems like the school wants the students to have time each day for outside interests and sports, as well as family time, and so homework is kept to a manageable level.
We moved to the Vancouver area a year ago, and began looking for a private school for our then-7th grader. Like you, we were looking for strong academics, a safe place to learn and grow, and a caring community of students, teachers and staff. We considered CAM in Battle Ground, but found it a little too small, with too few options, for our son's interests. King's Way has met all of our goals for a school, and we are so glad that our now-8th-grader can continue there through high school.
My son (standing at my shoulder as I write this) particularly asked me to mention that the kids are really nice, and welcoming to new students. He said that the teachers help kids "no matter what situation they're in". We like the pretty broad selection of electives, and the easy communication with staff and teachers. We also found the teachers to be flexible -- our son came in with uneven prior math skills that placed him between 7th & 8th grade math. His math teacher designed a program specific to his needs, filled in the gaps, and helped him complete the 7th & 8th grade curriculum so he could go into 9th grade Algebra this year.
We also like the 5 hours of community service required each quarter - in whatever area of service each student feels called to do. The principal - John Griffin - has the leadership and vision needed to administer an all-grade school of this size, and seems to enjoy every minute he spends with students. For instance, he started and led a weekly "Outdoor Club" with special guest speakers so kids could learn about how to start a campfire, how to fly fish, and much more.
It's not that the school is "perfect" -- but it's just right for our family and we are very encouraged to see that it is on a great path.
Elementary was wonderful - fantastic caring teachers, supportive and one-call-away principal (Mr. Jensen), and friendly support staff, but whoa, what a difference a few years makes! 7th and 8th grade were horrible! The staff turnover in 7th and 8th grade alone was more than 50% and the newly formed middle school/high school administration lead the school down a very secretive, prideful, and greedy road. Sadly, KW seems to be more concerned about building multi-million dollar athletic fields than building up character and stand-out academics in our kids. If you like taking a hands off approach to your children's education this could be the school for you because they made it clear to us "your tuition check is all that's needed. No suggestions, involvement, or opinions wanted!" So we moved our son to Prairie High and our daughter is beginning Kindergarten at another private christian school where they not only encourage parents to be involved, they require it! Please do your research, read the other reviews, ask questions, and do more than just a tour of the pretty campus. I pray things turn around for both the kids sake and the loyal quality teachers who remain.
We wanted to give the school another year to prove itself but it has grown worse and has become a source of heartache. This is a place where the school can do no wrong and families can do no right. They know the words to say to make things look good but it's just lies on top of arrogant lies. My children are glad that they will not be at Kings Way next year. I am just disappointed in myself for letting them go another year because it has damaged them. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would not send my children to this school, and I would not recommend others go here. Other parents don't need to make the same mistake I did.