I am curious to know what the citizens of Woodinville would think when they realize that the Woodinville City Council voted to raise their property taxes next year. Granted, as some of the members of the Council and the City Manager argued, it is only 1 percent and should only equate to $5 per property for most homes in 2015, gaining the city $30,000. However, do the citizens realize that the City of Woodinville has $25 million in reserve? Thank you to the Council members who voted no, Hank Stecker, Bernie Talmas and James Evans. As for the rest of the City Council that voted yes, not sure what you were thinking.
I found a gem of a school, Hillside Academy in Duvall, by doing an Internet search. My daughter was doing OK in our local public school, but not completely thriving. I wanted her to experience her life in a fuller way. As I investigated private programs, the sticker shock became the hurdle.
Then I found Hillside Academy. Their clearly stated philosophy of education and affordability had me hooked and I started connecting with the staff to explore this option for my daughter. Now three months into the school year, I BELIEVE IN THIS SCHOOL.
What do I love?
1.CARING ENVIRONMENT THAT TAILORS EDUCATION TO MY DAUGHTER’S LEARNING STYLE. Hillside’s unique blend of STEM with an arts emphasis allows for group and hands-on experience for project based learning. The teachers share learning and resources. They speak into each other’s curriculum and have a long-term view of education in mind for each student. I so appreciate the math groupings and specialized curriculum that has helped her reach a new level.
2. EMPHASIS ON ARTS AND MOVEMENT. Although each classroom is structured and accountable, kids have freedom to move while learning. Their bodies are engaged with their heads.
3. PACED FOR GROWTH. Because of the small class size and parent involvement, students have the capacity to go further in areas of strengths and experience greater support for areas of struggle.
4. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL. I enjoy being part of the Hillside “family.” It is a culture where kids across grades know and love each other. I’m also impressed with the level of professionalism, the creativity of the director to access resources in an affordable way and the involvement of many great educators through enrichment, tutoring, and specialized groupings based on student’s learning needs.
5. ENRICHED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. This little school packs a punch by providing Spanish, movement classes, art, music, multiple field trips, service opportunities and community connection.
The director and staff have built an incredible culture they will be able to maintain with their growth trajectory. I’m thankful for this school and the quality of education it’s providing to our children.
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