Resource: Lowell Elementary School (Seattle, WA)
Website: Lowell Elementary School (Seattle, WA)
Description: Lowell Elementary School is a public coed day school in Seattle, Washington. Lowell is home to one of the Seattle Public School District's all-city-draw programs, the Accelerated Progress Program (APP). APP offers accelerated instruction for students who perform within the top 1% on standardized tests. It offers a challenging curriculum designed and taught in a socially and ethnically diverse setting. The APP curriculum matches the student's competency level while allowing them to remain with children their own age.

Comments: Contributed by: Parent on 6/25/2008
Lowell offers an outstanding environment for children to challenge themselves academically while remaining in the safe social environment with kids their own age. The teaching staff is outstanding.

Contributed by: Parent on 11/4/2004
In general, this school is helpful to gifted students in that it provides a peer group of moderately gifted to highly/profoundly gifted. However, the curriculum doesn't appear to be particularly rigorous and from a limited time at the school, we have found that meeting the unique needs of the exeptionally/profoundly gifted does not seem to be addressed. Age/grade placement is stringently enforced and individualization within the classrooms seems to be limited. The art program is inspired and the emphasis on kindness, inclusion and anti-bullying is excellent. If you have a profoundly gifted child, I would recommend looking at other options unless you plan to meet many of the academic needs of your child outside of school.

Contributed by: Educator on 3/9/2004
This program provides an excellent model of what is possible within Washington State's public schools.

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