When the Seattle Public School District announced in fall 2009 that it would reopen McDonald Elementary as a neighborhood school, many parents in the attendance area lobbied for it to be a language-immersion international school, like the popular John Stanford International School.
The future home of McDonald International Elementary School, at N. 54th and Latona. It will open in fall 2012; students are currently at Lincoln High School (Interlake and N. 44th).
Those parents would seem to have gotten their wish, though details won’t be available until a community meeting on January 13, 2011.
Principal Cheryl Grinager wrote on the school website:
On Wednesday, December 15, Superintendent Dr. Goodloe-Johnson announced program placements for upcoming school year/s to the Seattle School Board. At that time, it was announced that McDonald School was selected as the new elementary International School. Implementation is contingent on funding and would not start before September 2012.
Please join us for a COMMUNITY MEETING on Thursday, January 13, 2011 for more information.
Our meeting will be held in the Lincoln Library from 6:00-7:30PM. Karen Kodama, SPS Manager of the International Schools Program, will make a presentation outlining what this program may look like at McDonald. Our Executive Director, Bree Dusseault, will also attend to provide background information regarding the decision-making process and what this means for McDonald. Please plan to join us!
When Hamilton Middle School was renovated, it was intended to house students from two international elementary schools. At a Dec. 2 McDonald PTA meeting, Principal Grinager revealed that McDonald — along with B.F. Day, Laurelhurst, and West Woodland — was under consideration to be the second international elementary school to feed into Hamilton International Middle School. This possibility had seemed dead as recently as mid-November because of school district budget cuts.