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Nina Bjornstal

Meridian Park Elementary School9

Shoreline, WA | King County


August 8, 2014

Watch your back at this school and this school district. My child was a special needs student because of autism. The school alternates between writing him off as unintelligent and refusing to give him any accommodations. When I requested items be added to his IEP, I was given attitude by his teacher stating, "he's an average kindergartner" and the accommodations I requested would "add work for her." For the record, I took my son in for private testing which showed that not only is he above average, he's superior in intelligence. He just doesn't well in certain group situations, but the IEP teams are difficult to deal with and will write the IEP so vaguely they are of no use. School administration will never contact you as requested, and the school district is full of people that I swear not listening to parents is a requirement.

Submitted by a parent

October 4, 2011

We switched to Meridian Park from a private Catholic school in Edmonds and love it! Healthy amount of parent participation, yet absolutely no politics amoungst the Moms! YAY! The teachers work well together, and the principal is a great leader, running about the school smiling and helping to make the school great. My son is quite advanced in reading, and was able to work at his reading level in a smaller group. The teachers try to address the needs of each child in the room this way. Beautiful, clean, newer school, with a large and lovely library. Opps for Highly Gifted as well as The Special Needs child. Year-round after-school clubs. Art docents, music, P.E.. Outside grounds are being redone, so that just adds to the awesomeness.

Submitted by a parent

March 15, 2010

I had one daughter who went through Meridian Park and now another one is on her way. The quality of teachers is top notch. They really help cater to you childs strengths and weakness. I am so happy with this school!

Submitted by a parent

November 21, 2008

My child came to Meridian Park last year after our home school was closed due to the district's budget crisis. It was a painful time for kids, families & teachers. In the 2007-08 school year, MPark was especially impacted and many new students arrived. We were apprehensive about our son starting a new school and meeting new friends. He has social issues so our concern was valid. I have to say that it has been a wonderful experience for our family. Everyone at MPark has been supportive, and my child has adjusted amazingly well. The new Principal Mrs. Jessee really understands the individual needs of every child & they love her! Everyone - teachers, support staff - have worked to help him become a challenged, responsible student. There are lots of extra curricular classes, math club, chinese/spanish. His old school was great, but MPark is a perfect fit for him.

Submitted by a parent

October 2, 2008

Great teachers and staff, involved parents, diverse community!

Submitted by a parent

March 12, 2008

I love this school and all that it has to offer. The programs are so good for my daughter. She has had a rough life, and Meridian Park has given both of us so much support. Thank you.

Submitted by a parent

October 14, 2007

Without question, this is the best school in the entire district. Its math and chess teams are peerless, its faculty are the epitome of amazing, and its extracurricular activities are quite interesting. The only issue I found was that there was an evident animosity between students in the Highly Capable program and the Traditional Education program. Both sides contributed to this conflict, but its intensity decreased as the years passed. By sixth grade, it became a nonissue and everyone seemed to reconcile.

November 28, 2006

Meridian Park is a wonderful well rounded school. Is is a rainbow of programs and different cultures. There are many great extracurricular activities that kids can do. I had my mind set on putting my kids into Private school but missed kindergarten enrollment so they went to there and I am glad. The teachers are very competent and compassionate and the administration is responsible. I don't believe that I could find a better school and will dread the day when they leave for middle school. Meridian Park is the place for kids and parents to grow!

Submitted by a parent

September 18, 2006

Meridian Park has a great Highly Capable program and extra activities for just about anything you could want - tournament chess, unicycle, cooking, languages, indoor soccer, etc. It's been a wonderful experience for my child and the only complaint I have is that I wish it would go to 9th grade.

Submitted by a parent

February 3, 2006

This school has been a great experience for my son. There is wonderful diversity and support.

Submitted by a administrator

August 31, 2004

I was a student here. Overall I liked this school, but if you enter your kid in the Highly Capable Program, make sure they don't make fun of the kids who aren't in it as some of the kids in it made fun of me.

Submitted by a former student

August 8, 2004

I have four children at Meridian Park, so I have had a lot of experiences with teachers and the school programs. Overall, I have been happy with the school. Public schools only have so much that they can provide for their students with the funding they get and the kid to teacher ratios that they have to work with these days. We as parents have to stay very involved to keep our kids excelling and excited to learn, whether they are highly capable, learning challenged or the average kid. My experience with this school for the past two years has been good. The teachers have been wonderful cheerleaders for my kids that hate school and compassionate encouragers for my kids that love school. It is up to the parents to back them up and show the kids that it isn't only the school's responsibility to educate our children, it's ours too.

Submitted by a parent

April 19, 2004

It's indeed a great idea not to 'leave any child behind', and this is what's being done from Kindergarten on at Meridian Park School, but when children are very bright, they run the risk of not being challenged enough, because all the teachers' energy goes to the child who has trouble learning. There is so much that teachers can do in this situation, and that's where parents' involvement comes in. The PTSA is very active, and many parents volunteer in classes to insure that kids get stimulated. I am one of them, and wish there would be even more!

Submitted by a parent

March 15, 2004

I completely agree with the last reviewer. Meridian Park is a wonderful, diverse school and has the foundation to provide excellent education. Unfortunately, my bright 10 year old child is now 'checked out' due to the top down, standardized curriculum. This year they are 'teaching to the test' and leaving little room for creativity or experiential learning. I have also tried to work with the school, but have been discouraged by the lack of flexibility or willingness to address the specific needs of my child.

Submitted by a parent

February 26, 2004

Meridian Park is a beautiful school with wonderful parental involvement. However, the national 'No Child Left Behind Act' has changed the landscape of Meridian Park. I seems that children are being taught with a cookie cutter aproach to learning, which is fine for some, but leaves no room for academic growth in students with higher levels of capability. Our family has tried working with the school on this, but have been unsuccessful in trying to get our child excited about learning. The school seems obsessed with meeting the NCLB Act standards, and doesn't care about the education of the 'whole' child.

Submitted by a parent

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