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1100 34th St
Washougal, WA 98671

(360) 954-3701
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April 15, 2015
I am a student that went to Gause Elementary and it was the worst experience of my life. I was bullied for 3 years straight and nothing was done about it. The teachers said to tell an adult and so i did but the only thing they did was defend the kids who were bullying me and told me to ignore it. I did not get the learning i needed at Gause and the only thing i was focusing on is what to say to the bullies. Its safe to say that Gause is the worst thing that ever happened to me. I am now at Canyon Creek Middle School and i love it! The kids and teachers are so nice and they care about others alot. Canyon is fun and has alot of activites that Gause didnt have and we get a way better education. Therefore, i recommend Cape Horn Skye or Canyon Creek.

- submitted by a community member

October 26, 2013
Needs training with special needs children, or listening clearly to parents concerns. This has been my experience after 4 years.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2013
Both of my boys go to Gause and they love it so far. The preschool teachers, Ms Lisa and Ms Nikki are amazing. You can see how much they care about your child and their academic success. Mrs Goodling was wonderful with my kindergarten child as well. She made sure that he was challenged and not held back just because he was already doing advanced work. Would recommend this school without reservation.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2013
There are many dedicated teachers who are great with the kids. Class size is small compared to other schools. Great after school programs as well.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2011
This school has REAL problems with kids bullying. My son made three attempts to ask for help at the school, and was accused of lying or told to work it out himself. My husband and I both contacted school but saw few results. School does not have any extracurricular activities beyond fundraising events. Only exception seemed to be the early morning band. Instructor is the shining star of this school. We moved kids out of district on a boundary exception to avoid their return to Gause.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2009
A great community. The first grade staff is remarkable! Overall, a really good school.

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August 25, 2008
Music program is underfunded, but teacher tries hard (students love him). Not enough supervision/adult interaction on playground, multiple complaints about bullying from peers. Classrooms are overfull. 24:1. Positive note: Kindergarten and first grade teachers (Goodling & Maier) were both kind-hearted and well organized. We are moving our children to another school district.

- submitted by a parent
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May 10, 2008
Very poor learning structure. Environment is poor, both with the faculity, and with the students.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2007
We moved here from another local school district and have been very happy. My Daughter is a 3rd grader and has made leaps and bounds in the last year. My Daughters teacher has pusher her and she has excelled both in class and socially I strongly reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2007
We are very unhappy with the lack of education being provided to my sons. This school teaches to the lowest student and doesn't have any plan for kids who are above average. We have only been here this year and we are pulling my sons from the school. They have not learned anything new or challenging for their grade level and they are beyond bored. The teacher is unresponsive and unable to meet the needs of my kids and the principal is ineffective at best. The overall attitude is complacency and acceptance of low standards without a strong desire to improve. Very low parent involvement in the classes (and I volunteer) and poor communication with the families regarding grades. The school is very small and has limited offerings for extracurricular experiences. I do not recommend this school if you are looking for a mainstream experience and education for your children.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2006
I was absolutely not pleased with this school. The principal was inappropriate and i felt like as a parent, i had no support or say in my childs education. We removed the children asap!

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January 11, 2006
We have had a wonderful experience at Gause in the last two years. The teachers have been very encouraging and are always working to find fun and educational projects. I feel that my child is learning and growing every day. There is a real team approach for reading and math. The reading groups consist of 2 to 5 children per adult and no child with advanced ability is 'held back' by children who are not as advanced. I see a lot of individualized attention to children who are having problems with a subject. As a parent helper, I am always welcome in the class and at other school activities. The principal is visible, available, and very approachable. The music, gym, and library programs are fun; my child looks forward to them. We are happy at this school! --Grateful Parent

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January 09, 2006
great school for children to go to. I highliy reccommend. I am very satisfied and happy.

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August 20, 2005
My child attended this school for one year (1st grade) and then we switched to another school. I found that Gause didn't have any means for assisting below average or above average children. The academics were tailored for the average student. The lack of art and physical education only made the students restless and bored. In addition, the playground is quite inadequate for an elementary school. Overall, we were very disappointed with the school.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2005
My experience with this school was terrible. My child had some reading difficulties that went unassisted. I eventually pulled her from the school district and she is doing much better now.

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July 15, 2005
My daughter's experience with Gause was wonderful. Now that we've relocated out of state, we tend to compare the other schools in our new area to Gause. None have even come close. What set Gause apart for me were the people working everyday with my child. They're kind, compassionate, helpful educators who genuinely care about the well being of each child in their charge. I would hope this would always be the case with elementary schools, but as we are finding, that is not always true. Gause is a school that I would not hesitate to send any of my children.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2004
Gause is a great little school, very homegrown, wholesome. My son has really taken off since enrolling here. My daughter just graduated from Portland Public Schools and I can safely say that Gause exceeds anything Portland is able to offer--just in terms of a focussed, studious, respectful learning environment, which my son really needed and my daughter could have benefitted from all those years. Don't get me wrong, I was loyal to PPS all those years, but now that I have something much better, I'm loyal to Washougal schools!

- submitted by a teacher
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Gause Elementary School
1100 34th St, Washougal, WA  98671
(360) 954-3701
Last modified Gause Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gause Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top