Shoreline Schools – What Are They Really Like?

So, have you heard good things about our Shoreline Schools here in the Shoreline school district in Lake Forest Park, WA and Shoreline, WA?  You’ve probably heard we have a great public school system.  But is that really true?

Hi, I’m Emily Cressey, and I actually grew up attending the Shoreline public schools before transfering to a private school called Lakeside for high school.  One of the things that I enjoyed about the schools here is the warm teachers and different educational tracks, whether highly capable or special needs, there is something for everyone.

The high property taxes in Shoreline go in part to supporting the public school system and Shoreline has recently rebuilt its two high schools – Shorecrest and Shorewood – and is just finishing up remodeling Kellogg & Einstein Middle Schools and Parkwood Elementary as well. 

Shoreline  also has a homeschool support system so if your child doesn’t want to register as a full time student, he can take classes at the Home Education Exchange, which is also in a new building, as well as coming to campus for select classes like orchestra, math, foreign language or after school sports, as well as to access the IEP program.

Emily Cressey is a real estate broker in Shoreline, Washington.
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One metric that people are always curious about is how different schools rank for things like test scores and student performance.

This screenshot is from a very handy website called Public School Review which you can visit to compare the performance of schools in different areas you’re considering moving to.

This is showing the test scores of the Shoreline high schools.  ShoreWOOD on the left, and ShoreCREST on the right.    Each school has about 1500 students, a 22:1 Student:Teacher ratio and fairly strong test scores, especially in reading and writing.  This puts them overall in the top 20% of schools in Washington state and they  have lots of great extra curricular activities, including all the sports, cheer, band, orchestra, a hip hop dance team, and drama.  I really like going out to high school plays – the performances are great and the price is right, and they are a kid-friendly venue if you want to expose your younger children to theater as well.

For more information about Shoreline schools, especially all the elementary and middle schools I didn’t have time to cover, you might want to look at and you can see the rankings of the schools your kids might be likely to go to and make sure it’s what you’re looking for.

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This is Emily Cressey with HomePro Associates and HomeSmart.  If there’s ever anything I can do to help you, just let me know.  I am here to serve.

Emily Cressey

Emily Cressey is a real estate broker residing in Lake Forest Park, WA who services the Greater Seattle area including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Lynnwood, Kenmore, Bothell and Edmonds, WA.

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