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About This School

Shorewood Elementary School is a public elementary school in Burien. The principal of Shorewood Elementary School is Colin Ryan. 459 students go to Shorewood Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 51% of the 459 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Shorewood Elementary School is 19:1. Westside School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 31% 29%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 19%
Hispanic 20% 32%
Asian 20% %
Multiracial 14% %
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 63%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has been going to Shorewood since Kindergarten. He has not had a teacher there that has not been hard working and caring. He has enjoyed his time there and has felt supported in his school work. I think that the PTA support has gone down somewhat over the years but those that do volunteer their time are amazing.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in the fourth grade. He has gone to Shorewood since Kindergarten and doesn't understand division. When I asked him how he gets his school work done he stated his teacher gets frustrated and tells him what to write.... I'm so disappointed. we will be switching schools!

  • (3 years ago)

    I would give the school 2.5 stars but there is not half stars I a student here for 7 years I'll graduate from this school on the next Monday. My 1st three years here (Grade K-2) were the best years majority of the students were nice to each other etc. In 3rd grade we moved to Beverly Park b/c the school was rebuilding and mean kids transferred to Shorewood and it got worse. In 4th grade to 6th grade it was the worst 2 years of my life!!! Many more mean kids came and we had new teachers that were strict and some teachers didn't care about student problems. Many students cussed at there teachers ran in the halls people yelling in the halls and students fighting recess and they are setting a bad example for the younger kids.

  • (3 years ago)

    Strong PTA and teachers and staff that care about the kids. Counselor and Principal work with kids to resolve problems and encourage communication. Nice diversity of students. Living a block from the school we walk every day and never have worried about safety. My daughter has been challenged while attending Shorewood and active in many aspects of the school including running for student government. Great sense of community many social activities fundraisers popular after school chess club and before school choir. Academics improving as shown when school passed the federal Adequate Yearly Progress standard in 2010.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been a parent of students at Shorewood for 8 years and have worked extensively with parents and staff throughout those years. I have only positive things to say about this school. This school has excellent teachers an involved principal and great families. I have seen this school;s population grow from 336 students to over 430 students and yet office staff somehow knows who everyone is. The students have consequences for their actions that are fair and they are held accountable for their behavior. The Principal who has been there for 10 years has built a great school with a great staff of engaged dedicated teachers who are making a difference in the lives of many children..

  • (4 years ago)

    Good school. Improved alot since principal Deborah Holcomb came on board. The bully situation was out of control before she came. She cares and she does a good job.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers and staff don't take the time to listen to parents concern's.They blow you off like no big deal.From what I see the PTA does more work than the staff.I'm concerned about my child's safety.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love this school.My son has been with shorewood going on 3yrs.The kids parents and staff make this a great school.Everyone is so friendly!!! My son is so happy at school I can't wait for my daughter to start.

  • (7 years ago)

    Could not be happier with this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have two kids at Shorewood and I am very happy to have them there. I am excited about the new school and the educational opportunities the kids at the new school will enjoy. The principal and the staff are wonderful to work with. Always available to help with problems and truly happy to have parents involved in the school. I think that the staff is addressing the WASL results and will see good results.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school geat parents teachers and administrators. Soon to have new school computers and much more. Who needs challenge when you have Shorewood.

  • (9 years ago)

    Shorewood Elementary has improved since the new principal has been there! Deborah Holcomb has helped to get some of the discipline problems under control. Good job!

  • (10 years ago)

    The learning enviroment is wonderful and provides a good chance for kids to have a running start into Middle school. The staff like Mrs.Paynton Mrs.L-H and Mr.Reardon are rich and fascinating teachers and are involved and excited about teaching. The school has Challenge and ILC offering a broad spectrum of students. The comment by a parent made in June 2003 is not true. The principal puts pal in principal. Shorewood will be a wonderful experince for your child.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have three children at this school and I love it. The principal is wonderful and very easy to talk too. Parents are alway welcome inside the classrooms and teachers always make time for parents to discuss any concerns.

  • (11 years ago)

    The principal has a habit of trying to make bullies feel better about the bad choices they've made and likes to ask the victims to apologize to the bullies. Her treatment of the faculty is poor- chosing to give them individual evaluation in the hallways during high traffic times. If faculty have children with difficult behavioral issues she offers no support only criticism.

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