Academics

Loyal Heights provides the following academic, enrichment and remedial programs and resources to support the achievement and growth of all elementary students at the school.
Walk to Math Program
Reading Program
Writing Program
Spanish Language & Culture Program
Art Docent Programs
Multimedia Instruction Using an Integrated Technology Model
Homework Help by The Seattle Public Library
Individual Tutoring Program
Cross Age Tutoring
Multi-Age Instruction
Hands-on Science
NSF Inquiry Based Science
Full-Time Physical Education Specialist
Educational & Environmental Field Trips
Salmon in the Schools
Anti-Bullying Curriculum
Outstanding PTA Support & Parent Involvement


Walk to Math at Loyal Heights


Philosophy of Mathematics

In an effort to serve our students in the best way, we have grouped our second through fifth grade students in such a way that our ranges of math abilities are small.  We are able to do this because of our Walk to Math (WTM) program. Teachers differentiate instruction based on data and student needs.

Our teachers also use “math checkpoints” related to a particular grade level math standard up to three times per week. Any child who receives a score of 1 (below grade level) or 2 (approaching grade level) will work with the teacher or a tutor who is assigned to work with that math classroom. Students continue to work in small groups with the teacher or a tutor until the concept is mastered. We are able to do this because we have structured our week such that three days a week teachers teach new concepts, one day a week is small group instruction, and every Friday is devoted to problem solving, which is done in the homeroom class.

While our Kindergartner and first graders do not physically “walk to math”, they follow the same model as our second through fifth graders: three days of instruction, one day of small group instruction; followed by problem-solving Friday.  Tutors have been assigned to work in the math classroom with students on small group instruction day. Teachers use the data from checkpoints and assign those tutors students to work with on a particular skill or concept. We target our students who are significantly below or above grade level without ignoring the middle. We also purchased a site license to www.ixl.com which allows students to work on math skills at home and is also directly linked to Washington state math standards.

For more information, download this PowerPoint Slide Show: 2011 Math Night.

We want our students to become confident risk takers who love the rigors of quality instruction and the desire to grow as a student.


Reading Program at Loyal Heights



Philosophy of Reading

Reading is an interactive process between a reader and text. In constructing meaning, the reader combines knowledge of phonics, structure of language, and meaning of words. In addition, the reader's prior experience and knowledge are critical to the process. Reading is developmental in nature and complex; it requires learning the relationship between spoken and written language. The process of learning to read varies with each child. Literate individuals must have the tool of reading in order to continue to acquire knowledge. They will use that tool throughout their life to learn, explore, and to understand the world.

In Seattle Public Schools, our philosophy is guided by educational research in the field of literacy. A variety of instructional strategies make up a comprehensive, balanced approach to literacy. In order to be truly literate, students must develop skills and strategies in both reading and writing. The student's progress is measured by Washington State Essential Academic Learnings and specific Grade Level Expectations. The District believes it is critical to engage parents and community in literacy.


Writing Program at Loyal Heights



Philosophy of Writing

In Seattle Public Schools, our philosophy is guided by educational research in the field of writing and literacy. Writing is developmental in nature and a complex skill, and learning to write varies with each child. A writer combines knowledge of phonics, the structure of language, and meaning of words. In addition, the writer's prior experience and knowledge are critical to the process, in order to synthesize information and communicate with others. In Seattle Public Schools, students have the opportunity to write on a variety of topics, and for many audiences and purposes during their school career. They will use the skills they learn throughout their life to explain, to create, and to communicate in the world.

In order to be literate, students must be skilled in both reading and writing. The student's achievement is measured by Seattle Public Schools' academic standards and the grade level benchmarks. The involvement in and demonstration of writing by parents and community are essential with good models and instruction. All students will become successful writers as they practice and develop their skills.

Art at Loyal Heights



Nurturing the artist in every child

The Loyal Heights Art Program enables students at all grade levels to participate and explore monthly art lessons and projects as well as an in-depth theme for each school year.

Since 1998, Loyal Heights has become known for our thriving Art Docent Program. Each month, trained parent volunteers go into the classrooms to teach art lessons and do art projects with the LH students. Lessons introduce the students to great works of art and artists, teach art concepts, build students art vocabulary and get them talking about art ideas. “Everyone is an artist and everyone can share their ideas about art” is the approach that the art docents take. Our goal is to open children’s eyes to art and make them art appreciators as well as to develop their art skills and creativity so that they will have continued confidence as an artist.

Students’ artwork, which is process-driven (not product-driven), can be seen adorning the hallways of our school. LH has also collaborated some years with Seattle Art Museum (SAM) to bring trained instructors to our school for lessons related to current SAM exhibitions.

Our spring Art Walk showcases the students’ art in an art show atmosphere, including live music. Children see the value we place on art and feel proud of their work when they see it prominently displayed and appreciated.

Spanish Program at Loyal Heights


Loyal Heights Spanish Program Goals:

To introduce foreign language learning as a concept.
To learn basic words and phrases in the target language.
To develop careful listening skills for unfamiliar sounds.
To develop cultural and linguistic awareness.
To appreciate the value of communication in another language.
To enhance understanding of the English language.


General Instructional Objectives:
Instruction in grades K-5 introduces students to the pronunciation and intonation patterns, and basic vocabulary of Spanish while developing elementary listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
In our school setting, the development of receptive skills (listening, mimicking and simple reading) should precede language production practice (conversing and writing) in an alternating or cyclical pattern.

Technology Integration at Loyal Heights


Instructional Technology:
Technology at Loyal Heights is integrated into each classroom curriculum as a tool to enhance student learning. The teachers are supported with a technology specialist at the school as they develop and create technology rich lessons.

The Loyal Heights Technology Outcomes are used as guidelines for students meeting technology standards at each grade level.


Technology Hardware:

Each classrooms has four to eight student computers. Each classroom also has access to two laptop carts and a cart of 30 alphasmarts used for keyboarding and word processing.

Each classroom teacher has a presenting station (pressenter hooked up to document camera and Internet) to present technology rich lessons for the students.


The classroom teachers also have access to the library computer lab.

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