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Beachwood Elementary School - 5 Reviews - 8583 American Lake Ave, Tacoma, WA - Education & Instruction Reviews - Phone (253) 583-5200

Beachwood Elementary School

8583 American Lake Ave
Tacoma, WA 98433
(253) 583-5200
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Beachwood Elementary School - Tacoma, WA


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This is only my daughters 1st year @ Beachwood & I would like to say it is AMAZING! All of the staff is so kind & courteous. They always have time to talk with you & genuinely car...


This school has NO REGARD for children's safety. There is nowhere for parents to drop off/pick up their children, despite repeated promises from the principal that such an area is...

I love the Bobcats 5/29/2012

This is only my daughters 1st year @ Beachwood & I would like to say it is AMAZING! All of the staff is so kind & courteous. They always have time to talk with you & genuinely care about the children. My daughter is reading @ a 2nd grade level & is in the 1st grade. Also my daughter & I are doing a walk for Cystic Fibrosis & the Bobcat Staff all stepped up to donate & sponsored for almost $100 dollars. Thank you Bobcats & we hope to stay here for as long as possible. more

Excellent School 5/29/2012

This is our families 5th elementary school. Of the 5 schools we have been in this is the best. The teachers work hard to make sure my son and daughter get what they need and push my son to learn more. The teachers, counselor, principal, and I all met before school to help my daughter who was having a hard time in reading. She goes to the before school learning help and is in LAP for extra help. I agree with the last post that the principal does care and he is always willing to help. I went to him a few times with problems and he took care of them right away. I don't know why the other parent thinks he can fix traffic and the roads. This is not something a principal can do. The school just keeps getting better and better and that is because of the teachers and Mr. Zarling. My daughter is doing things in 3rd grade that my son did in 4th grade in Tennessee. Unfortunately, we only have 1 more year at Beachwood. We will miss Beachwood and Mr. Zarling since he is leaving after this year. more

Our Family Loves Beachwood 5/29/2012

Our family loves Beachwood. I have had my 3 children at Beachwood for the last 4 years. I disagree with the review from the earlier review. We could not be happier with the teachers, staff, and principal. Mr. Zarling sends out monthly newsletters with reports of the growth of the school and the parent surveys. He put it on the website under bobcat news. The school website has a survey's of every family who took the survey. more

Beachwood Elementary 10/4/2011

This school has NO REGARD for children's safety. There is nowhere for parents to drop off/pick up their children, despite repeated promises from the principal that such an area is ""coming soon."" You are either forced to walk your child to school (not an option for all parents, especially not in the pouring rain western WA experiences 8 months out of the year) or park somewhere and let them run across the street through a crosswalk that is manned by immature safety patrol children that are more interested in beating each other with their flags and talking to their friends then helping children safely cross the street. The principal, Mr. Zarling, is very new. He has only been with Beachwood for three years. Whoever hired him should be fired because clearly he does not have what it takes to be a principal. He constantly assures parents that he is open to listening to ideas but that's about as far as it goes. He doesn't act on many of them, if any. He is more concerned about closing off the parking lot (what used to be the only safe place to drop off your child) so he can easily get his own car out of his special parking spot to leave on time then actually figuring out a way for his students to get to school safely. My husband is an MP (military police) and agrees that the situation the school puts the students in his highly unsafe. Mr. Zarling also likes to blame the MPs for the bad traffic situation when it is he himself and his unwillingness to recognize there is a problem and he can fix it that is to blame. Oh, and he is also interested in starting an after school club for children to build legos...seems odd to prioritize that over SAFETY but it just goes to show what kind of person is running this school. If your student has any kind of special needs be prepared for them to not keep up with their IEPs or follow through on what is in their IEPs. Their PTA leaves much to be desired as well. Last year the PTA advocated bringing expensive lavish gifts to teachers for teacher appreciation week. They assigned a theme to each day was flowers, one candy, one candles, etc. Kids aren't even allowed to bring candy to school, yet they are advocating they bring candy to teachers? Apparently the PTA thinks we are all made of money and able to afford these gifts for our children's teachers PLUS all the ""specials"" teachers. Mr. Zarling wasn't even aware the PTA had asked parents and students to do this which further goes to show how little he is actually involved. The PTA also charges you $15 for them to bake your child cupcakes and have a birthday party, yet you are not allowed to send food treats of your own in to school for your child's birthday. And as mentioned kids can't bring candy to school but the PTA is allowed to sell it to students on Fridays. The PTA definitely thinks they are above and beyond all school rules and obviously morals and if you are not a wealthy high ranking officer with lots of money to spare then you clearly are not welcome. Overall the one and only good thing about Beachwood is that it is on Fort Lewis and as we all know the military moves us around a lot. The day our family gets to leave here and this school cannot come fast enough. If you are PCSing to this area I highly recommend living somewhere other then North Fort or even off post just to avoid Beachwood...although the underwhelming response from Clover Park School District in general also forces me to advise you to avoid this district all together. Prior to this we lived in Lacey and my children attended Thurston County School District. People and teachers there actually care. Anyone who disagrees with this review is probably one of the high ranking officer wives who are on the PTA or some lower enlisted wife who is trying to kiss up to them. This school is by far the worst of the seven my children have attended in the last five years. If there was a way to rate it less then one star I would. more

Unsafe 1/30/2009

The school called me THREE times telling me my daughter was not there. Not including the times they called my husband. The first time I told the sub-nurse my daughter was there and not at home. She then said she would check again. She called me back said the sub teacher said she was not there. I told her to go in the class room and see for her self, mind you that I have others kids at home taking naps. The third time she said my daughter was deffinitly NOT there. By that time my husband was there and able to point out my child. To find out no one even checked! Nothing was done by the way no set precautions if a child goes missing!!! No standards at all! Pros: Regular staff is great Cons: No standards for subs more
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  • Hours:

    Grades 1 - 5: Mon - Fri, 8am - 2:30pm; early dismissals: 8am - 11:30am; Morning kindergarten: Mon - Fri, 8am - 10:42am; Afternoon kindergarten: Mon - Fri, 11:48am - 2:30pm