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#1 of 2 Old 12-26-2008, 03:02 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi Mamas,
We're moving to Seattle and looking for a public school. I would really appreciate hearing about yours. I am trying to decide where to focus our real estate search based on catchments. We want a school that does well academically, but would also really like a school that focuses on emotional/ social learning (like using the Second Step program), we want great teachers, and a community that has involved parents, etc. Am I hoping for too much?

Any and all feedback would be much appreciated.
Thank you very much.
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My 6th grade and 2nd grade daughters go to Salmon Bay School in the Ballard area. We live in Ballard and like it a lot. Salmon Bay is an "alternative" public K-8 school with looping (same teachers for two years) in elementary, a focus on cooperative learning, experiental learning, social justice, environment and a vibrant parent community that provides a lot of support. The thing about Salmon Bay is that it is a lottery system for all students North of the Ship Canal. Seattle Public Schools have experienced some conflict and confusion in their enrollment process, and I am not sure how things will look for Fall 2009. There currently are "clusters" for each part of town and a reference school for each home, where you are "guaranteed" enrollment. Also, the state subsidizes only half day K, so many full day programs are "Pay for K" around 200-250 dollars/month. After your reference school, it is based on distance from the chosen school, expect for the lottery schools like Salmon Bay! Confused yet, I wouldn't be surprised, so are many people currently involved in the process. Test scores, bios on all the schools and further information can be found at

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