Welcome to Seahurst Elementary.
Seahurst, originally built in 1959 and replaced in 1992, serves a culturally
rich student body within the City of Burien.
Of our 600 kindergarten through sixth-grade students, 43% are English
Language Learners who predominately speak Spanish as their first language.
Regardless of student need, our focus is to ensure that students receive just
right instruction within a socially/emotionally supportive context.
Seahurst is comprised of highly dedicated staff members who invest numerous
hours not only preparing lessons but also pursuing professional growth and
collaborating to provide a cohesive, productive learning environment. While
students may be assigned to a homeroom, many walk to classes throughout the day
in order to provide instruction that best meets the child’s needs. This allows
us to not only intervene when a student is struggling but also challenge
students who are performing above grade level. Students are regularly assessed
so that service is flexible and responsive to student progress. We are
meticulous to ensure that every student has every opportunity to reach his/her
At Seahurst we promote a positive school climate. Through Seahurst Stars for
Success, we highlight behaviors that exemplify one of three characteristics:
integrity, respect, responsibility; and at the end of each week, a student from
each class is honored as a star student. Student council provides opportunities
for students to develop leadership skills and provides an avenue for student
participation in community decision making. A meaningful jobs program provides
student volunteers opportunities to run school’s green team, which facilitates
our recycling efforts, serve on campus beautification team, serve as a computer
technician, or fill other community needs. Our work to create a positive school
environment promotes productive citizenship.
At Seahurst Elementary School, parents have multiple opportunities to be
involved in your child’s education and other activities at school. We provide
both academic informational and academic recreational family events. For
example, Technology Night is an academic informational night during which
parents may learn how to access and encourage students to utilize our web based
math and reading resources outside of the school day. Math Night is
an example of an academic recreational night. During Math Night, families
participate in a variety of games that promote math skills within the context of
friendly competition. Another example of an academic recreational event is our
Read Across America celebration. Parents and children come before school for a
light breakfast treat and to read to each other. Regardless of the specifics,
all events focus on family-centered activities that promote learning.
Our school is greatly enhanced by partnerships with the DEA who provides
mentors, an after-school dance club, and programming that promote
responsibility and citizenship; with our PTA who promotes family participation
in the school community; with Lake Burien Presbyterian Church who provides
school supplies and volunteers for field trips and school events; and the YMCA
who provides affordable before- and after-school childcare. If you are
interested in volunteering, we encourage individuals to serve in one of our
classrooms or after-school programs. Volunteers can read with students, assist
with homework, provide in class support for a variety of subjects, chaperone
field trips, and assist with all school projects such as earthquake
preparedness. You are invited to assist in one of our many academic or support
activities. For information, please call our office at 206.631.4800 between
8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays.
It is my pleasure to work with a supportive Seahurst school community. Staff
members provide engaging instruction, continue to refine their professional
skills, and build positive relationships with students. Parents meet with
teachers to discuss their children’s progress, learn how to support learning at
home, and attend evening events that promote student learning and achievement.
Strong community partnerships provide needed resources and extended learning
opportunities that serve the academic interests of our students. I greatly
appreciate the time, energy, and commitment of each individual within our
learning community. It is through their collaborative efforts that our students
mature into productive members of our larger community.