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    Why Choose Muir?

    John Muir’s statewide test scores are higher than many other Seattle elementary schools that are not as economically and ethnically diverse. (Check out to learn more about test scores.)

    At every grade level and in every subject area students at Muir learn through the processes of investigation and inquiry. The student is an active participant while teachers help guide and focus student investigations. The result is students who have the skills and desire to be life-long learners.

    Features of the Academic Program

    Spectrum Grades 1-5: our Spectrum classrooms are composed of District-identified students and students who are teacher-identified as being able to benefit from the rigor and acceleration of the Spectrum curriculum.

    English as a Second Language (ESL).

    Guided Language Acquisition and Development (GLAD) and National Urban Alliance (NUA) Literacy Strategies

    National Science Foundation inquiry-based science curriculum.

    Special Education Resource classroom..

    Innovative Programs and Enrichment

    Through the integration of art, technology and environmental concern in our curriculum, we strive to educate the whole child and establish the basis for life-long learning.

    We offer Visual Arts, Physical Education & Instrumental Music classes. New this year (2013-2014) K-4 students will also have Vocal Music and Movement.

    All classes receive grade-level appropriate health instruction as part of the physical education curriculum.

    A free after-school sports program provides instruction and practice to participants in our performing gymnastics group. New this year (2013-2014) Home work help will be available Tuesday - Friday in the morning and afternoon.

    All 2nd and 3rd grade students learn Chess through a "First Moves" Chess grant

    4th and 5th graders participate in the Island Wood outdoor education program.

    The Powerful Schools program offers academic and recreational classes for our multicultural population such as one-to-one mentoring, tutoring and artists & writers in residence

    Philosophy in the Schools at John Muir

    For the past five years, the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children has introduced philosophy into most of our classrooms. Using books and activities, philosophy sessions, taught by UW faculty, graduate students and undergraduates, inspire exploration of life’s essential questions - What is time? What is beauty? What is a good life? What can we know about the world? - based on the understanding that questioning and thinking about ideas is central to independent thinking. Our philosopher-in-residence program, the first such program in the Seattle School District, brings UW philosopher Karen Emmerman to our school for regular philosophy instruction and support.