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About This School

Manitou Park is a public elementary school in Tacoma. The principal of Manitou Park is Mary Wilson. 557 children attend Manitou Park and are mostly Asian; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 70% of the 557 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Manitou Park is 19:1. Arlington is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 23%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 47%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 14%
Hispanic 15% 14%
Multiracial 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 57%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids attended this school grades 2nd and 4th. They have no structure in this school and the children are bullies. And most staff dont do a thing about any of it. Both my daughter and son have gotten bullied and beat both in classroom and on the bus. My son has always been excited to go to school and learn. After attending manitou he was afraid of being bullied and hurt he didn't want to go. My son has had accidents in class due to the teacher not letting him use the classroom. And he has told me they do it all the time. And I never got one single phone call that he had an accident . We had to move in order to get our children away from that environment. And hopefully it's early enough to erase that nitemare from their memories.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children have attended for 3 years now and they love it. So far the teachers have been great although I have one questionable one this year. I however do not like how they are disiplined as a group when one child misbehaves I do not see how punishing the whole group shows the one child not to misbehave again.

  • (1 year ago)

    My 2 boys attended Manitou for only 5 days and it was horrible. There were too many issues with Safety at Manitou! It was ridiculous! The location is next to a Public Park with easy access to the playground/lack of true separation/safety. The drop off/pick up of students has Zero structure! They open a door and let the kids out to wander off and find their parent/adult. No Lines no verification of identity of the adult no specific place to pick up your grade of student. I was told to tell my kids to pick a tree and meet me there. REALLY? Drop off I was advised to Not drop in front of the school since it's such a busy road but to either drop at the end of the public park and let them walk through it (no way with sex offenders and teenagers everywhere?) OR to drive around the back drop them behind the Chain link fence watch them walk through the playground then for me to exit through the private residence alley way. NO SYSTEM! One of the 3 days I put them on the bus the office instructed them to change & get on a different #'d bus incorectly without informing me. They were eventually dropped over an hour late! I will do everything in my power to never attend again!

  • (3 years ago)

    My sons have attended the school for 3 years and 1 year. I can't compare but I can share our experience. The building is new and beautiful. Staff is friendly. We have had one amazing teacher and 3 mediocre ones. Parent involvement is encouraged but it hasn't been clear how exactly I could be involved other than the PTA. You are welcome to eat lunch with your child which is neat. The classrooms are at capacity very full. The one big problem we have had is the style of discipline. The class often gets punished as a group which is very frustrating when your kid is not the one making trouble yet is punished every day. In fact it's so frustrating that we are changing schools next year. They also let the kids talk at lunch but then when a mysterious unknown to anybody level of loudness is reached suddenly everybody gets punished with missing recess time.It is ridiculous not effective and hasn't been effective for years yet they keep doing it! When I talked about this to the principal my kid was put on the spot in front of the whole class I was told that's how it is in life and we might as well get used to it and generally nobody cared I had a problem with it..

  • (3 years ago)

    I do not recommend this school!! My Grandson is a 1st Grader and a 5th grader beat him up on the bus for talking too much.There were many witnesses and then she threatened to hit him again with her instrument case!! The school only sent home a note with the 5th grader and only made her say sorry..This is supposed to be a non bullying school ?? The Principal was too busy to deal with it so had the Vice Principal handle it..She apparently doesn't care about the safety of the children as being important!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter & son go to this school! My son is a 1st grader & my daughter kindergarten. I can agree with other comments that there are a couple good teachers there like Ms Dorgan & Ms Clifford. But there is a lot of violence in the school. they say they have a "no bullying policy" but they dont enforce it well when it comes to punishing the bullies. Also if your child has any special needs DO NOT take your child here! they do not have the time or patience to deal with it! My daughter who has a developmental delay adhd & sensory processing disorder was having a bad day & they couldnt handle her so they sent her home! Also my son had told his teacher many times that he was being bullied & she always ignored it! Then a 5th grade girl punched him twice in the ribs & attempted to hit him with her instrument case. All the school made her do was say sorry & send a note home to her parents because this was the first time she had gotten in trouble before!

  • (4 years ago)

    I feel there are a few nice teachers at Manitou Park but also have seen some others that lack child skills! There are a few that should be teaching military school in my opinion! I feel they punish the entire group (taking recess time away) even though it's not all the kids fault...just a handful of kids ruins it for everybody and I highly do not agree with that!!! For Safety sakes...I feel the big playground should be fenced since it is attached to a PUBLIC park! They shouldn't wait for something bad to happen before putting up a fence! Every other elementary school has a fence!!!! The vice principal has a good sense of humor which the kids seem to enjoy!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter transfered to Manitou Park earlier this year and has made a complete turn around in her school work. The staff is awsome and she loves her school.

  • (7 years ago)

    The think the academic programs are excellent. I do wish they could have more physical activities though. I've been there only 2 years and I've had great success with my childs teacher.

  • (7 years ago)

    I would not recommend this school to any one. The classrooms are overcrowded and the children do not get the attention they need. They only offer one recess and it's at lunch time. this is uncalled for.Children need time to feel free and let loose while in school. I am all for learning and work but a little play is alright too. There were days that my son was unable to finish his lunch due to the rush rush atmosphere. Also they have gone throught three principals in the last several years. this does not show much for this school at all. the discipline is unfair and your child will not be treated prpoerly in certain situations. I had too many problems at this school and my child no longer attends. Also be ware of school supplies you will be providing them for all the children not just yours. NOT COOL!

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal is horrible she told me that a one child had the right to hurt another child without retribution or discipline. If you worry about your children's safety it will not be protected here.

  • (8 years ago)

    My family and I would like to give manitou a good review as last year my son attened grade k as mrs patterson as his teacher as maurice had learned alot his first year of school his teacher worked with him as shes a great teacher I hope to see her teaching w/manitou for years to come. As maurice is returning to manitou for 1st grade this year we are so exsited!

  • (9 years ago)

    Manitou used to be much better than it is now...now they are less involved with students over-crowded not empathetic at all and lack true heart. There is no warmth to this school! They give the kids 15-25 minutes depending on how well they behave to eat lunch go potty and play outside! UNACCEPTABLE! RIDICULOUS! My child comes home starving half the time! Not willing to work with the parents to figure out what is going on either. I WOULDN'T recommend Manitou Park Elementary AT ALL! NO WAY! The best thing is they have a few nice teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    Manitou Park Elementary school is newer than some of the other schools around here. That is not the only reason to attend. The school has many great teachers. I went there the year before the new school was built. Then I attended the rest of my elementary school career. I loved it. My favorite teacher had to be Mrs.Bostwick. She inspired me in many ways and still does. She is great and so are many other teachers I had at this school. The teachers try very hard to reach each student on a friend level. They teach without some people noticing. They helped me through a lot. I was and I always will be a Manitou Bulldog at heart. I love the school!

  • (10 years ago)

    My kids have been in this school for going on 4 years now and I have always been impressed with the care and time that the teacher's put into their jobs. My kid's kindergarten teacher Mrs. Ogrady always went above and beyond to teach the kids extra lessons such as counting in Japanese and Swahili learning about Japan and Kenya and always putting extra effort into reading activities. Both of my kids are above their grade level and continue to excel in this school. I would definitely recommend it to fellow parents.

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