Welcome to Whittier Elementary School!
Whittier Elementary School is a K-5 elementary school located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle; it is part of the Seattle Public School District. We have a student body of about 479 students. We have a very active PTA that supports all aspects of our school.
Office Phone: (206) 252-1650
Attendance Phone: (206) 252-1652
Attendance Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (206) 252-1651
The "Whittier Way"
Whittier Elementary offers a strong academic program, terrific enrichment opportunities, and a caring community of dedicated teachers and highly involved families. Our nurturing atmosphere ensures that all kids reach their fullest potential — and have fun doing so! Our periodic all-school assemblies celebrate the "Whittier Way" — both our school song and a culture that emphasizes community, kindness and respect.
Whittier's Vision reflects our approach to teaching and learning:
"Through academic excellence, sense of community, respect for each other, and encouragement of discovery, Whittier's graduates become lifelong learners and contributing members of their community."
What Does Whittier Offer?
A Dynamic Learning Environment
Whittier offers strong academic and enhancement programs to stimulate the whole child. Our curriculum integrates reading, writing, math, arts, science, and social studies, enriched by varied experiences to develop his or her cultural, physical, and social growth.
Our talented teaching teams collaborate to build the curriculum from one level to the next. Teaching is geared to each student's individual need, and progress is assessed through a variety of classwork, portfolios, and tests to measure standards.
Whittier students have among the highest test scores in the region, both in the general education and Spectrum programs.
A Warm and Welcoming Community for Families
Whittier and its PTA host lots of fun and popular family events, including Fall Carnival (since 1938!), Winter and Spring (choir and orchestra) concerts, Science Fair, Family Game Night, Book Fair, and the Spring Arts Festival. There are also fundraising events such as the Annual Giving Campaign and an Auction (every other year). Prospective parents are welcome to attend a PTA meeting or any of the PTA events.
We are fortunate to have fantastic families willing to devote time and resources to our school. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved, whether they have the time to physically be at school or not. Volunteers help in the classrooms, take on PTA events and activities, assist teachers with projects, and make their voices heard through local, state, and national PTAs. The PTA also raises funds for enrichment programs, events, equipment, and discretionary funds for teachers.