Jack Otto

Silver Beach Elementary School9

Bellingham, WA | Whatcom County


October 27, 2014

I have had a child at this school for 10+ years. In the last few years, the quality of this school has gone down. I think a lot of that has to do with the leadership of the school. Since the current principal took over, the mood around school has always been a little negative. You see it in the staff, you see it in the morning help, you see it on the playground. The volunteers are rude to parents and students alike, as well as the front office staff is rude and very curt when it comes to parent interaction.

Submitted by a parent

August 10, 2014

Great teachers and a wonderful principal. She has made a lot of changes for the good. I have had a child in the school from K to now 3rd grade. Wouldn't be at any other school.

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July 22, 2014

The principal of this school is out of her league. I will agree the first year was good, but its been downhill ever since. I am soooooo glad my kids do not attend this poorly run and dilapidated old school anymore.

Submitted by a parent

February 14, 2014

I agree the new principal is great. The teachers seem to really appreciate the support she provides. Reading and writing skills are very well taught - excellent. Math skills instruction is very good but is an area that could use some improvement. This does not mean math is bad here just weaker than other areas and not quite as focused. I have two kids who go here. Best view of the lake from the playground! Highest recommend.

Submitted by a parent

May 28, 2013

This school is outstanding. The new principal has made all the difference. The teachers were already amazing but with her support and leadership this has become an exceptional school.

Submitted by a parent

March 17, 2011

We moved from CA specifically so our children could attend this school. Our oldest attended all 6 years and we have a 4th grader now. I love the sense of community the school offers, the personal support systems and the AMAZING teachers! Both of my children read far above grade level and have been greatly encouraged by staff and a wonderful librarian. I would highly recommend this elementary above all others in Whatcom County.

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February 3, 2010

Great teachers, however it is a well known fact the Principal lacks leadership and decision making skills. The school is great because of the teaching staff and parents. With better direction, it could be sooooo much better!

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October 12, 2009

Lots of internal problems that affect school atmosphere - new leadership needed.

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February 14, 2009

I am a parent of a special needs child. The schools staff and principal have bent over backwards to do everything they can to help my child. Since coming to Silver Beach this year my son has flourished. The parents are extremely active. There is always a volunteer in class. The children are giving and accepting. I cannot express how happy I am with Silver Beach. I hope to have all of my children go to this school.

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September 18, 2008

The principal likes to look as though he is doing all he can for the school but in reality he has a large ego and he has a reputation among parents as unfriendly and unhelpful. The teachers my children had at Silver Beach were nice and caring. I have heard of some other teachers there that are not as great. The environment is not that stimulating.

Submitted by a parent

April 13, 2006

As with all schools, there are some outstanding teachers and some that are just doing their time until retirement at Silver Beach. Some teachers motivate students and some teachers use the same curriculum for 15+ years- those are the ones that love to mark with red pen as much as possible on student work. There are extracurricular activites but, music is non-existant for k-2, sports for k-2? if you call that running on the playground then yes. There is a wonderful art program and Spaish program. There is high parent involvement. Siver Beach is like any other Bellingham school. A Principal with leadership and good teachers make all the difference in any school. This pricipal is hard to deal with, not friendly, unapproachable. The school property is well maintained, the staff is friendly, children seem to be happy at Sliver Beach.

Submitted by a parent

July 15, 2005

Silver Beach school was a good school that encouraged reading skills and manipulative math skills.Our daughter attended as a first grader and enjoyed most of her days writing creative stories which the teacher would then print out as her very own published book.She also benefited from a program called reading buddies where an upper elementary student would meet and assist reading and sharing stories in a fun and informal environment.Our daughter is a strong reader today and is looking forward to helping a younger child learn to read.We feel that the experience facilitated compassion as well as confidence and were very pleased.Parent involvement was always welcome and it seemed there was always a fundraising effort to contribute to.That was somewhat of a turnoff. Overall,though,its a good school and we have positive thoughts and have built friendships from our time there.

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