School Involvement

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Program Manager: Gabrielle James |
Program Coordinator: Jenna Whittington |

All children are accepted without regard to race, color, national origin, religious preference, disabling condition, or family income.

  • Kids Co. at Graham Hill Elementary is the before / after-school & summer program for school-age students, as well as a full-time and part-time Preschool program. We are a state licensed childcare program operated by the non-profit organization, Evergreen Children’s Association, founded in June 1989. Kids Co. at Graham Hill Elementary serves children ages 3-12.
  • Our after-school programming is designed to meet the particular needs students have during the post-school hours. Under our care, young bodies are refueled with nourishing snacks; students are given time for self-directed, free-play and invited to participate in fun group enrichment activities that include cooking, indoor and outdoor games, art, craft, and drama, as well as science. Additionally, we designate time each day and provide a positive environment for homework support.
  • Our Preschool program offers a supportive, multi-textured experience that takes into account individual strengths, needs, and stages of development. Through an artful interweaving of individual time and group gatherings of various sizes, Kids Co. teachers design daily activity plans that emphasize learning through direct experience and play.

PNB - Dance Chance & Discover Dance

Cherrie Adams | 206-252-7150 |

Graham Hill is proud to have a long standing partnership with Pacific Northwest Ballet. PNB offers two outstanding programs, DanceChance and Discover Dance.

In 1999 we began partnering with DanceChance, a program that identifies and trains students starting in third grade. Every fall a PNB screening team visits Graham Hill and identifies third grade students who possess the unique physical aptitude required to pursue a career in dance. Selected third graders participate in a 10-week introductory session which is built into their school day. These students are provided with classical ballet training twice a week, dancewear and shoes, transportation to PNB classes from school, and tickets to PNB performances. A select number of students demonstrating talent and interest are invited to join the Spring Session and may advance to the DanceChance Level 2 classes for 4th graders the following year. In the third year of studies, DanceChance students are integrated into regular PNB classes which meet after school. Students have the opportunity to dance in PNB’s Annual School performance in June, and in some cases perform with the company in PNB productions including Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia.

The Discover Dance performance partnership is a dance residency that has been at Graham Hill since 2001. The third grade and Montessori 2/3 classrooms spend 10 weeks with a PNB dance instructor building skills, learning dance vocabulary, and creating choreography that culminates with a performance at McCaw Hall. As a part of the residency, Ms. Adams and the PNB dance instructor/choreographer select a theme and music that the Graham Hill Fifth Grade Chorus then performs to accompany the dances. Fourth and fifth grade students also work with a visual artist in residence to create a scenic design for the McCaw Hall stage. As part of the residency, students take a field trip to the PNB studios to observe the PNB company dancers, have their own lesson in a PNB dance studio, and tour the costume shop. All Discover Dance participants are also invited to a free performance of ‘Eyes on Dance’ featuring excerpts from the current PNB production with a live orchestra.

Powerful Schools

Program Director: Debbie McGibbon | 206-722-5543 ext.106 |
Site Coordinator: Jeanne Thomas |

Powerful Schools (a nonprofit organization started in 1991) serves Graham Hill offering a variety of after-school classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Powerful Schools Extended Learning Program, partners with Graham Hill to align classes that are vital to their school goals. Classes engage students through expanded learning opportunities that focus on strengthening student esteem, empowerment and expression while learning in a safe, familiar environment.

Last school year, 100% of parents reported that their children learned new things when the attended Powerful Schools’ afterschool programs, while 80% of parents reported that their children gained confidence in themselves after attending Powerful Schools’ afterschool programs.

Seattle Audubon FUN ( Finding Urban Nature)

Janelle Shafer | 206-523-8243 |

Since 1988, a partnership between Seattle Audubon and Seattle Public Schools has brought science discovery over 24 public schools. The Elementary School Programs of Seattle Audubon brings students closer to the natural environment outside their schools and in their neighborhood. The program serves students in grades 3-5 grade with the third and fourth graders meeting four times in the fall and three in the spring. The groups are lead by trained volunteers who guide the students in discovering things like worms, spiders, birds and habitats. These activities help teachers meet requirements for teaching environmental education and science inquiry. All lessons address the essential learning requirements (ELR) of the Seattle Public School District K-5 Life Science Framework.

The Explorers program, for 5th-grade students, expands on the habitat discovery theme from the 3rd-4th grade FUN program, focusing on birds as a key component in a habitat.

Graham Hill is always looking for volunteers; if you are interested please contact Janelle Shafer at

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