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Thornton Creek School, Seattle School District

John Miner, Principal
http://thorntoncreekschool.org

Grade level: K-5
Free and Reduced Meals: 10.7%
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 1974


The Thornton Creek program is an alternative elementary school that integrates practices from Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound (ELOB) into all aspects of the school culture, targeting curriculum, instruction, assessment, and school organization. Thornton Creek thrives because of its program design, a committed staff, and a high degree of parent and community support.

Thornton Creek’s mission supports and encourages the development of a school community that:

  • Addresses the social, emotional and intellectual needs of all children
  • Supports a collaborative, multicultural, and experiential educational philosophy
  • Promotes active involvement of parents and community
  • Extends students’ learning to the world beyond the classroom
  • Holds all students to high expectations and supports each student to achieve them
  • Supports children’s understanding of and participation in their community through engaging project-based learning
  • Develops the social emotional intelligence of children in a respectful learning environment
  • Provides students the opportunity to take significant responsibility for their learning, character development, and academic assessment
  • Recognizes that learning is a life-long process and inspires future inquiry and discovery

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Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  (360) 725-6000  TTY (360) 664-3631
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