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About This School

Orca (Columbia) is a public middle school in Seattle. The principal of Orca (Columbia) is Concepcion Pedroza. 502 students go to Orca (Columbia) and identify mostly as Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 34% of the 502 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Orca (Columbia) is 19:1. Aki Kurose Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 12%
Multiracial 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 48% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 21%
Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 22%
Asian 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 42%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Orca is an alternative public school that gives the students an open warm and friendly atmosphere to learn in. They also have a fabulous greenhouse that helps the students understand food systems. This enables them to make better choices in their own nutritional lives.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my son's first year at Orca. He's in 3rd grade and we have had a wonderful experience so far. Everyone from the new principal and her office staff to his teacher and other parents have been welcoming and supportive to a new family. Our son loves going to school everyday and comes home excited about what he's learned. At Orca the kids are very involved in the classroom and are taught that they are contributing members of their classroom community what a great way to prepare them for the world. Our family loves Orca.

  • (4 years ago)

    A very clean safe progressive school - great attitude from teachers we have met and wonderful involvement from parents. However it seems in my opinion a bit chaotic and unstructured in terms of creating a respectful thoughtful learning environment. Our daughter's kindergarten experience has been positive and fun for her but the class runs wild and is out of control. Also in my opinion the children are afforded too much control of what is going on at any time; they are allowed to bring toys to class lay down and take breaks when they want and are generally not told to quiet down when they are noisy or disruptive. When they interrupt the teacher they are not corrected rather they are asked what they want to say which encourages bold kids to dominate the class. That said they are taught empathy and have a great time so overall a positive experience.

  • (4 years ago)

    because of the morals and standards being taught to the children

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has attended 2 other schools in Seattle public schools. Orca is diverse progressive and nurturing.

  • (4 years ago)

    It's a great school w/ great faculty and staff that really cares about the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Orca because it offers kids a wonderfully diverse education including the most creative gym classes around like the Thriller dance.

  • (4 years ago)

    Orca provides quality academics in a nurturing and stimulating environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    One of the best school we have in the district caring faculties administrations and supportive parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love their gardening program and their environmental studies. We need more alternative schools dedicated to real learning like ORCA

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Orca because it is a k-8 public school that still offers all it's students art and PE on a regular basis.

  • (4 years ago)

    Orca is a fabulous public alternative school... where my daughter can learn about her environment community art and the 'whole' part of being a well rounded individual -- it's not just academics and testing. on top of all that the parent and teacher involvement is amazing!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Community feeling. Incredible support for the children. Great teachers. K-8

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff truly cares about the students. The teachers have high values and morals and try to impart these to the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Patient and nurturing teachers Principle = strong leader Fun organized and dedicated parent groups Great horticulture program Social justice philosophy

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school for Diversity - - - with great Teachers creating a rounded education

  • (4 years ago)

    orca has been the best for my son and his individual learning style. He has blossomed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Involved parents and great garden/science program.

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff at Orca truly care about my son his well being and future. They always go a million extra miles to ensure he is getting the beat and most supportive learning environment possible. We moved to our neighborhood soley to enroll him in Orca bases on their reputation.

  • (4 years ago)

    Orca K-8 School is a caring environment with a highly diverse student population both ethnically and socio-economically. With their basic mottos 'We all belong' 'Freedom with responsibility' and 'We solve problems together' Orca provides a highly supportive and culturally rich learning experience. A strong garden program and an environmental stewardship emphasis give kids hands-on experience in shaping their world from dietary to planetary concerns. The annual plant sale supports the garden program and gives kids and introduction to the world of commerce. With a major Martin Luther King Day celebration and the highly popular Many Cultures One World night Orca students develop a strong sense of justice civic responsibility and world citizenship. The Powerful Readers Program and Young Authors Festival promote literacy skills and let students find their own voices. Mathfests reading skills programs and the after school classes offered through the Powerful Schools program provide extra help to those who need it and enrichment for all. Most kids get at least one camp experience per year at Orca and middle school kids work to fund a trip of their own choosing to destinations from Alaska to New York. Individual teachers run class meetings or programs such as Mirocsociety that help kids learn to solve problems together and participate in democracy and free enterprise. The staff is amazing and the parents highly involved. Orca has been a fantastic experience for my daughter (and for her parents)!

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