It's Back to School for Morningside Academy
Most people don’t think "school bus" when they think South Lake Union, but they should—even though the bus is usually Metro rather than a big, yellow one. Every day during the school year some 80 to 100 children experience success in school at the Morningside Academy located in the heart of the SLU neighborhood.
The school serves children who have not learned to their potential at previous schools. Some children have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or a mild learning disability that has affected their previous school experience. Some gifted children are also part of the Morningside mix.
"Kids who haven’t been successful before in school are successful here," explained Dawn Oliver, Admissions Director.
Morningside Academy has been serving elementary through middle school plus ninth grade children for the past 28 years, for the past six years in the SLU neighborhood. Oliver said she expects that as new condominium and apartment homes in SLU become available, more children from the neighborhood will find their way to Morningside. Already some children who live on SLU houseboat homes are students at the school.
Oliver said the school is moving into increased participation in the community. The students attended the kickoff for Lake Union Park and also for the South Lake Union Friends and Neighbors group. Another step SLU is taking into "kid friendliness" is the renewal of Denny Park. "We’re in the process of turning it into a good place for kids. There will be a play space just for children," said Oliver.
Morningside Academy is wedged solidly in the SLU neighborhood right next to the Discovery Center and opposite the new Whole Foods Complex. To find out more about Morningside, call Dawn Oliver at (206) 709-9500.