Arbor Heights Elementary

Arbor Heights
Arbor Heights Elementary School


About Arbor Heights Elementary

Front of Arbor Heights Elementary building

Arbor Heights Elementary School is a public elementary school in Seattle serving grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. We’re located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle with views of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier from our school.  

We are excited to have a beautiful brand new, state-of-the-art building completed in 2016. Our current building replaces the original Arbor Heights building which opened in 1949. 

Building Excellence (BEX) at Arbor Heights

In 2014 the Arbor Heights Elementary School building from 1949 — with additions in 1950, 1953, and 1958, were demolished. The replacement school, designed to support best learning practices for elementary education, opened in 2016.

Visit the district Arbor Heights profile page for more information about Levy Projects at Arbor Heights.

Our Vision

A school that fosters the development of environmentally aware, creative, and critical thinkers.

Our Mission

To educate and encourage student development in all areas, with emphasis in environment, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (E-STEM).

Our Guiding Principles

These Guiding Principles inform the decisions and actions we take on behalf of our students and the larger community.

  1. Cultivate Critical, Creative, Flexible Thinking, and Problem Solving
    We provide learning spaces both in and outside the classroom that promote curiosity, wonder, and innovation. We value the Arts as a way to instill creativity across the curriculum. We support students in designing sustainable solutions to local and global challenges.
  2. Promote Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
    We recognize that our decisions and actions have an impact on individual, community, and environmental health. We work towards environmentally responsible, rewarding, and happy lives.
  3. Develop Curriculum Integration and Habits of Mind
    We place an emphasis on Environmental, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (E-STEM) and integrate these throughout other content areas. We incorporate the 16 Habits of Mind across the curriculum.
  4. Encourage Collaboration, Community, and Citizenship
    We encourage students to collaborate with each other, families, and community organizations to contribute positively to the local neighborhood and the wider global community.
  5. Value Equity and the Whole Child
    We are committed to inclusion and equity and promote heart-to-action learning for a healthy community and planet.
  6. Support Student Success, Empowerment, and Responsibility