Welcome to Arrowhead Elementary!
At Arrowhead, we are committed to increasing and deepening student understanding in all content areas through the study and implementation of research-based learning models and the use of high quality teaching materials. Arrowhead’s School Action Plan is closely aligned with the implementation of literacy curriculum as well as the Northshore School Board’s adopted strategic plan.
6725 NE Arrowhead Dr
Kenmore, WA 98028
Office Phone: 425.408.4000
Office Fax: 425.408.4002
At Arrowhead, we create resilient and empathetic learners who confidently navigate their world through being innovative, creative, critical thinkers.
Project Based Learning
We are a Project Based Learning (PBL) school. What does that mean? PBL is a student-centered teaching method that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.
Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience.
As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.
In Aug 2021, our staff were trained by PBLWorks over the course of 3 days. This PBL 101 training "creates the space for active, hands-on project planning, peer collaboration and feedback, and reflection on learning that leads to sustained change." Staff came away excited and ready for the school year. To learn more about what projects our classes are working on visit our Project Based Learning page.
Our mission involves forming meaningful partnerships with parents and the community. Quite simply, when a community is focused on working together for the benefit of all students, school becomes a special place for students, parents and staff members. Our PTA has consistently been recognized as one of the top in the state. In May of 2009 and May of 2011, the Washington State PTA recognized Arrowhead Elementary PTA as our state's Outstanding Local Unit, evidence of the special relationship our school has with our community.
We are so thankful for the volunteer hours that are regularly donated to support our school. Here are a few ways our community supports our school:
Classroom volunteer opportunities
- Attending parent/teacher conference
- Assisting with track and cross country
- Art Docent program
- Library volunteer program
- Field trip supervision
- Before-school playground supervision
- Parking lot safety volunteers
- Arrowhead PTA Membership—the goal is 100% membership!
- Participation in a PTA activity—see the PTA Web site
- Participation in company volunteer programs (Microsoft, Boeing, etc.)
At Arrowhead, parents and staff work together to form a solid foundation of respect and learning that continues to enhance the educational opportunities and activities for all children. Opportunities for involvement at home:
- Communicating daily with your child regarding learning opportunities
- Talking positively about learning, school, and teachers
- Providing a study space and time for homework
- Reading with and to your child daily
- Communicating concerns and celebrations to the teacher
- Extending and enriching your child’s learning
Over the years, alumni have supported Arrowhead through volunteer work and monetary donations, funding such things as our fifth-grade sailing trip, books for students and other materials and activities. We love the fact that many of our graduates return to volunteer in our classrooms and some even join us as student teachers! The ties former students and families have with our school, speak to the special relationships we develop with one another. It is true that once you are part of the Arrowhead community, you are always a member.
The Arrowhead Action Plan
Every year, all Northshore schools write an action plan designed to improve student learning in targeted areas. This year all plans will align with the district’s Strategic Action Plan. Review the Northshore School District Strategic Plan.
Arrowhead will be building our School Action Plan around the following Goals and Measures:
Goal 1: Success in the Early Years
Each student will have a solid conceptual understanding of number sense when exiting 2nd grade. This understanding will result in students performing at grade level standard in numbers and operations in math in grades 3-5.
Measure: Students in grades K-2 who performed below standard / working toward standard in fall math assessments (WAKIDS for K) will make more than one year's growth as measured by spring math assessments.
To make progress toward our specific goal, we will structure collaborative learning experiences during math in grades K-2, as well as resequencing the units of study in the math curriculum and building and designing authentic ways to measure student mastery of number sense.
Goal 3: Growth for Every Student, Elimination of Outcome and Opportunity Gaps
Accelerate grades 3-5 student growth in numbers and operations. With this acceleration students will perform at or above grade level standard in math.
Measure: Students in grades 3-5 who performed below standard / working toward standard in numbers and operations on the previous spring's SBA and fall math assessments will make more than one year's growth in numbers and operations as as measured by spring math assessments.
To make progress toward our specific goal, we will structure collaborative learning experiences in math. This means that staff will use formative assessments to create groupings that support accelerated student growth for students who are not at standard in numbers and operations. Staff will work collaboratively to resequence the units of study in the math curriculum and build and design authentic ways to measure student mastery of numbers and operations.
Our school was built in 1957, giving it a long-standing history in the Arrowhead community. Over the years, we’ve undergone both major and minor renovations. Over the last few years, our gym floors have been refinished, the entire ventilation and heating system was replaced as well as the roof. Each classroom has an interactive white board, projector, document camera and sound system to meet the needs of both pupils and staff. Outside, our students benefit educationally from two natural garden habitat areas. Additionally, Arrowhead students enjoy a variety of options for play on the grounds with the beautiful backdrop of St. Edward’s State Park behind the school.