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About This School

Michael Anderson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fairchild AFB. The principal of Michael Anderson Elementary School is Mandi Poindexter. 531 children attend Michael Anderson Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 31% of the 531 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Michael Anderson Elementary School is 17:1. Hallett Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 69% 84%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 12% 6%
Multiracial 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children who have been in this school for three years going on four. I have been blown away with so many aspects of this school. I know very few parents who have nothing less than stellar things to say about the school itself and the teachers as well. The highlights for me - parent/teacher communication is excellent (in our experience) it's a military-family-friendly environment the facility is only about 10 years old and very up-to-date in terms of technology and equipment they have a wide variety of extracurriular offerings (singing groups running clubs Spanish computers etc.) low student-teacher ratios (again in our experience - maybe 22 kids per class) and they've just been approved for a STEM pilot program - one of only 44 schools in the nation. They had an after school STEM club this past year as well as family STEM activities one weekend a month. It's a warm welcoming community. I do wish they had more arts and crafts and that they had more options for gifted students and the curriculum is definitely reading and math heavy but it's hard to escape test score-focused curriculums these days. Overall they're excellent and my kids and I love MAE.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has been in the school for 4 years starting with pre-k and my daughter just finished 2 years of pre-k. I do love this school. I have since we began. I will say that it does seem that they focus too much on the WASL in the older grades but we haven't done that yet. I love the way the first grade classes integrated for reading. Each child is evaluated so they can be placed in a reading group with other kids at the same level. My son enjoyed it too. The preschool is free for people that live on base and does a good job preparing kids for kindergarten. The activities are wonderful and engaging. We've loved all the teachers so far and are all looking forward to next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    Michael Anderson Elementary is by far the best school in the entire district. The staff members work hard to mainain a wonderful atmosphere for the children and it is apparent each and every day. The school offers many extra-curricular activities for all ages and the music and the PE departments are wonderful. Each grade has the chance to perform in a musical every year and the school offers an annual track meet and a field day for all grade levels. We have loved this school and will miss it when we have to leave!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am more than pleased with this school. The teachers there are more than helpful. My kids have learned more from this school than they have from others. Thank you so much for everything. Thank you for helping me help my kids with their learning because it's not just the teachers to teach them but the parents too.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am just disappointed with this school! If your child has a learning or other disabilitiy then you are fine the staff can handle that well. However if your child performs above grade level than you might have a problem. There is no set program for these children. Getting your child work more suited to thier performance level well I haven't been able to accomplish that yet after 1 1/2 years. Some of the teachers feel that more work consitutes for harder work. This is the 6th school District that I have had the opportunity to utilize and I hate to say it but it ranks low. I have the feeling that Medical Lake School district is more concerned about the WASL then the children.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school my son has been in MAE since he turned three. He has had speach therapy and has gone from hardly anyone understanding him to being very articulate. The teachers are excellent and have stayed in touch with me quite well and I can't say enuff about this staff. My son is now in 1st grade and still just loves going to school. He also has ADHD and all of his teacher have been very patient with him and don't let him slack off either. We have even held off moving off base to keep our kids in the preschool program.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers at this school seem very good with the students. However the communication between parents and staff is very lacking. I feel there is a number of good activities in the school but most of them are geared for 5th and 6th graders with very little offerings for the younger students. We had a few safety issues last year but I felt it was dealt with by the school counselor very well. And as a side note to that the school counselor is extrememly available and helpful to the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    Never have I seen a school with such disciplined and yet expressive students. Anderson has high standards knowing that when great things are expected of children the children will be able to deliver. Each grade offers comprehensive team projects that add fun and excitement to the learning environment. Students could not have a safer environment available to them and once the issue of safety and security is dealt with the students truly excel. Anderson is one of the best public schools in the country let alone Washington state.

  • (7 years ago)

    I found Michael Anderson Elementary to excel above the other Washington schools my children have attended. The staff is on top of things and take care of any problem or conflicts that arise as quickly as they can. The quality of the school only increases with each additional component that is added. If I could have brought my children to this school when they began their educations publicly it would have benefitted them. The only thing I find that is a disappointment is the parental involvement in school activities. You would think being on a military installation participation would be higher. In a school of 650+ students more than 6% parents should take part in the activities and events that take place here. It is a proven fact that the parent involvement in school helps your child do better in their education. This school also has a wonderful Big Brother/Big Sister program.

  • (7 years ago)

    I find that the staff of this school is more concerned about the appearance of the school than the quality that comes out of the school. I find that the classrooms are crowded and some of the teachers have a hard time if some students need more of thier time. This school is a disappointment to me. I had heard great things about it and was expecting far more than what my child id recieving.

  • (8 years ago)

    Super athletics lots of extension programs for highly capable kids and they're really good on the remedial end too. Solid teachers in all grades the leadership seems strong and they have high expectations for all the kids.

  • (8 years ago)

    Anderson Elementary is a new school building and has state-of-the-art equipment. Last year was the first year in this building (the teachers are still learning how to access their email)! There are a number of brief (4 to 6 week) sports programs after school so the kids can sample many (or a few) different types of activities. They even had a drama group (ostensibly as one of the 'sports') and put on three one-act plays. The music department is excellent with band being offered to 5th and 6th graders and an audition-based chorus (Choralaires) which sings at each of the grades' annual performances. Music is presented to each grade in the form of a show for which they prepare. In general my childrens' experiences at Anderson were outstanding. I had one in SPED (speech OT and PT) and school counselor. All staff - and library - are excellent. A++ school!

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