Going downhill fast :(. All the good teachers are leaving. It used to be great, but now it's more about test scores and how to accommodate the rapid growth. No new infrastructure with increased enrollment, just throw another portable in there. No accountability, just excuses. More concern for teacher contracts than the kids.
The teachers and the staff are friendly and dedicated. Kokanee unfortunately has undergone phenomenal growth. Numbers are in the 700's for a school meant for a student body of 500. Portables have been added and students face long lunch lines and no programs during recess because of limited spaces to hold them. Portables have been taken up playground space leaving fewer places to play for a burgeoning number of kids. The PTA is active and successful at fundraising to support after school activities. The principal has created an unwelcome atmosphere for both staff and parents which is unfortunate.
Kokanee is a great school with a very dedicated staff. The principal and teacher work hard to support students every day and do little things to make my child feel special. I have been pleased with the school and the leadership thus far.
Unfortunately the school has gone downhill and district officials ,including the principal, act like Kokanee needs to be "fixed." The excellent teachers go far to make up for it and the PTA is top-notch. The school is overcrowded and while the district is planning to build a new high school in several years to help with general overcrowding, the short term plan is only to add portable after portable and that is still not enough to accommodate those living in the Kokanee service area. Some incoming kindergartners have to be bused to other schools starting next year, with a vague promise to bring them back to Kokanee for first grade. The sense of community we have enjoyed for years has sadly diminished.
I remember my first day here in March 2009. Though others thought I seemed confident, I was terrified. This school was great and super friendly. They seemed very caring and took care of my bullying issues with this one girl on my second week there right away. Yeah, the saff are so friendly, except for the music teacher during the time I was there, who didn't let me know that the practise times for the Christmas choir would change, the extra meets, and when one concert was canceld, which was twenty miles from where I lived. Other than her, I loved the school. I remember they gave me tons of free stuff since I was new and they heard my family was very poor, so they gave me about 300 free tickets for their carnival, a Camp Casey discount for fees & a free T-Shirt, and two free yearbooks, even though the second yearbook was for the school year when I was in sixth grade, which I was only there for the first three months. I think this is a great school, but the way they teach sixth grade by switching teachers three times a day wasn't very easy and didn't make any difference by being use to junior high routations & such. They also didn't have enough time to help with students in sixth gra
The school had a warm welcome atmosphere from the office, principal to the custodian. My child was new to this school, so this is very helpful and I was impressed with this school performance. It was diverse and cultural respected. The teachers were enthusiastic and adapted great teaching models.
We have had a great experience with Kokanee and with first grade; I have helped in the room in that class two years in a row and I see a teacher keeping rowdy kids in line. (I have two boys, so I know all about rowdy.) Both my kids came out of first grade strong readers and with a respect for their teachers. The principal is great and would definitely take action if necessary. Every teacher we have encountered at Kokanee (whether classroom or specialist) is great. I went to 12 years of private school so I was really nervous about sending my kids to public school. Boy was I surprised! Kokanee is definitely more capable than the private school option we were looking at. The staff seems to genuinely care and goes the extra mile. Class sizes have been good so far.
Multiple parents throughout the years have said their first grade student was regularly yelled at by one particular first grade teacher. The principal has refused to do anything about this abusive teacher for years, it is only a matter of time before a parent takes further action as this is a pervasive and ongoing problem with this teacher.
So-so. This school is just OK compared to other public schools. They don't offer the variety of services such as nearby elementary schools. It seems they want to streamline everyone here, whether gifted or failing into one lump sum. Some of the teachers are above average, while 3/4 are average, meaning they may lack ability to engage their students in a way other than lecture mode teaching. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of emphasis on ensuring multi-modal teaching which is unfortunate. My kid has complained about seeing/witnessing bullying as well on the lower field/playground area. This is so unfortunate as this could be a potentially great school.
We have a new principal this year. We are new to this school since Feb last year, but we've been pleased with what we see so far. Teachers are willing to meet with you and discuss any concerns a parent might have etc. They are dedicated to the sucess of each student. I know this because I have a 2nd grader and 5th grader. My boys like the school and are challenged to think not just process facts. The new principal seems very accessible and the office staff are great. If you need anything they are there helping you out. You just have to ask. The students are taught to help each other as well in the classroom etc. I like the feel of the school as it is very inter racial representing the world as it really is so our kids learn about different cultures in our own community