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Nina Bjornstal

Peter Kirk Elementary School10

Kirkland, WA | King County


May 24, 2014

I am a parent of a son who is about to enter kindergarten, so I do not have much insight into the school. However, I am disappointed by the fact that the school, like many elementary schools, is dominated by female teachers (based on the LWSD website, only two teachers in the entire elementary school are male - a first grade teacher and a PE instructor). The author of the best-selling book, Raising Cain, explains how expectations of male students and accommodations to their differences can have a positive impact on boys' performance in elementary schools. Although fewer men choose teaching careers, I would like the school to place more importance on this type of diversity.

Submitted by a parent

May 23, 2014

Fantastic teachers, great experience. My daughter has attended K - 1st grade and we are very pleased with her education to this point. The teachers are fantastic: very organized, really care about the kids. Parent involvement is excellent.

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May 7, 2014

Great school. My grand daughter goes there and loves it. Lots of community involvement. Parents assist in classrooms and monitor the kids coming and going. Very friendly.

September 6, 2013

We moved to downtown Kirkland partly to go to Peter Kirk. The school is old. Some classes are way too hot in the winter while others can never warm up. The school is built in the califirnia style where you have pods and the core is open. Your child has to go to the restroom in the freezing cold as the doors are often left open. Its very crowded. The principal was terrible. She has since been replaced. Some teachers were amazing while others were obviously done and had little spirit left in them. Bullying was a huge problem that affected many students and could have been rectified I believe with some stronger assistance, but alas the principal was never to be found and school counselor was useless. The counselor also has since been replaced.

Submitted by a parent

June 23, 2013

We have been at the school for six years. It was not meeting my older child's academic or social needs. However, that probably had to do more with the kids in that grade level. My young one is entering 5th grade now and have had four fantastic years. The teachers she got through the years match her personality perfect. That particular grade level has been very caring and more academically advanced than what I experienced with my older daughter. PTSA has high and energetic parent involvement. Previous principal was nice one on one, and loved by students. As a leader she was average. To early to make any comments on the new principal.

Submitted by a parent

October 9, 2012

My daughter loved her years at Kirk Elementary. Her teachers were all excellent and provided my daughter with wonderful self esteem. I am writing this now because she just started middle school and she seems very well prepared in all of her classes. She has even kept in touch with all of her Kirk teachers as she loved them that much. I highly recommend this school.

September 12, 2011

In our family's experience, Peter Kirk was a very mixed bag. The teachers we had ranged from mediocre to amazing, but most were in between. One of our children suffered through some terrible bullying experiences at this school which continue to scar her, and she was academically not challenged, but our other child had an amazing year with a loving first grade teacher who taught the children not only advanced academics but true social skills and caring. The principal, while wearing a smile on her face, was not very helpful or sincere and managed to alienate many of the teachers as well as parents. On the whole, we were very disappointed with this school and decided to leave it, yet we are very appreciative of the stellar first grade teacher we had.

Submitted by a parent

July 18, 2011

Most teachers are amazing. The Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 6th Grade teachers Are spectacular. There is one third grade teacher that is exceptional. Parent involvement is superb! Principal is just OK.

Submitted by a parent

April 16, 2010

I love the staff & parent support for the great programs offered to our students. The students are held to a high standard while still being allowed to be kids.

Submitted by a teacher

April 16, 2010

The students are enthusiastic about learning. The community has always been supportive.

Submitted by a parent

October 5, 2009

The staff at Peter Kirk are terrific. They really care for the children.

Submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009

This is a gem of a local elementary school. My grandchildren attended there, and I have worked there for ten years as a Tech IA. Families move into the area just so their children can attend Peter Kirk. Several of the teachers have been there for many years. New teachers choose this school if possible. The atmosphere is caring and all the teachers are exceptional.

September 16, 2009

Peter Kirk provides a comfortable, confident atmosphere for learning. The cooperation between staff, volunteers, parents and student gives an extra boost to those who attend school there.

August 11, 2009

My son just graduated high school he went to Peter Kirk and I thought it was the best school on the east side, my daughter now is at Peter Kirk, and I have been loving it there we had the best experience at Kindergarten and first grade we loved her teachers so far and feel like we can trust them completely she'll be going to second grade and is very excited for school to start soon, she was not reading at all at the beginning of her first year at school by end of first grade she is reading chapter books, her math skills have advanced and I can say that it has been the same progress as her best friend who went to private school PTSA is great and very active; it is a great community school

Submitted by a parent

January 26, 2009

I've had kids at Peter Kirk for the last 8 years. I have sent 3 kids to Kindergarten, and 2 have gone through each grade through 6th at Peter Kirk. I have read the 20 reviews that came before mine, and think the overall negative attitude that shines through most of them does not accurately reflect the school, rather the parents' overall disappointment that this world is not perfect, and thus the public school offerings are a let down. If each of these parents could accurately compare Peter Kirk to the other public schools in the area, I have no doubt Kirk would receive rave reviews and high marks. Their scores are good, parental involvement is excellent, the ptsa is strong and well supported so is able to support the school in areas where funding is lacking. Note that Kirk is scheduled for remodernization sometime after 2013 (to be rebuilt).

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