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Our City, Our Schools
This new Seattle Channel series offers an up-close look at the Families and Education Levy, a $235-million, seven-year investment to support students and their families in Seattle public schools.

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Host Brian Callanan talks with everyone from principals to preschoolers about the Families and Education Levy's successes and its challenges. Is the investment paying off? How are levy programs improving student achievement? What are the benchmarks for measuring the levy's effectiveness? The series highlights levy-funded programs from pre-K through high school.

Early Learning Academy 27:32

Take a look inside the Early Learning Academy and how Families and Education Levy funding is preparing teachers for the critical work of pre-K education.


Preschool 27:32

Education experts say investing in preschool programs is a critical piece of early learning that prepares students for their entire academic careers. We profile levy investments in West Seattle's Southwest Early Learning Center and hear how high-quality preschool impacts our students and the city as a whole.

More: Seattle kindergarten readiness guidelines (PDF)


Elementary 27:42

Parents and kids say before and after school programs help families get more out of elementary school. How does the levy's support for elementary school programs impact everything from academic achievement to school attendance? Find out with our profile of Beacon Hill International Elementary.

More: Is your child reading or writing at grade level?


Health 26:37

The levy has expanded its investment in student health to reach elementary through high school students. See how health impacts student performance and how a clinic at Rainier Beach High School is making a difference.

More: How do you know if students are dealing with trauma?


Middle School 26:01

Middle school presents some of the biggest challenges in Seattle's diverse student population. See how levy investments at Denny Middle School are helping kids from different backgrounds become college and career ready.

More: What are the new Common Core math standards? (PDF)


High School 28:55

About one out of four kids in Seattle public schools isn't graduating from high school. Find out how the levy is targeting this problem early in students' freshman year and the results the effort is yielding at West Seattle High School.

More: What are the new Common Core language and literacy standards? (PDF)


Summer Learning Programs 29:43

Learn how to keep kids off the “summer slide” -- the drop in students` reading, writing and math skills that can occur when young minds sit idle over summer break.

More: Finding a quality summer learning program




The city of Seattle's Office for Education provided funding support for Our City, Our Schools.



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