Welcome to South Bay Elementary!

  • South Bay Elementary's main door. South Bay Elementary opened its doors in 1949. We continue to foster a learning environment that encourages our Bruins to be KIND, RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE and ENGAGED. We strive to foster learning in a positive, exciting way! Welcome to the home of the Bruins!

What makes us unique

  • South Bay students can experience a wide variety of unique programs. We offer PTA supported:

    Back to School BBQ, Family movie nights, “Art for Kids”, theater workshops and one musical theater production, a “Fun Run”, an annual “Sock Hop”, Field Day, Olympia Jr. Programs and the Fun Fair! Our hallways become an “Arts Walk” throughout the year as the teacher showcases the methods students are learning in Art! Our Music students perform at assemblies and special celebrations. In P.E. the spirit of teamwork and a lifelong love of physical activity is the emphasis! Library is the place we find meaningful books, learn to research and use technology for learning. We are so lucky to have specialists in these areas.
    Other unique programs include:
    • Annual Science Expo
    • Literacy Events
    • Band Orchestra for 5th graders
    • Community service projects like “Jump Rope for Heart”, Thurston County Food Bank drive, Holiday Help, and a book drive for the Reading Foundation
    • Partners in Education with South Bay Veterinary Hospital, Sequoia’s Treehouse, and US Martial Arts.
    • After school choir
    • We offer a STEM specialist that has students doing a variety of problem solving, engineering, and technology experiences.

Goals for 2018-19

  • ELA Goal:
    • South Bay will increase grades 2-5 reading vocabulary proficient percentage as measured by the easyCBM from 46% on the spring 2018 measure to 60% or higher on the spring 2019 measure.
    • South Bay kinder and 1st grade students will improve letter sounds from an average of 74% on the spring 2018 measure to an average of 85% on the spring 2019 measure.
    • South Bay 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will demonstrate 75% overall proficiency or higher on the spring 2019 ELA SBA.

    Math Goal:

    • South Bay Elementary will maintain all grades proficient rate at 90% or higher as measured by the 2019 spring easyCBM.
    • 3rd and 4th grades will increase their overall proficiency from an average of 73% to an average of 80% as measured by the spring 2019 SBA.
    • 5th grade will increase their overall proficiency from 56% to 70% as measured by the spring 2019 SBA.

    Social Emotional Goal:
    South Bay Elementary will increase overall regular student attendance rates from 55% regular attenders to 65% regular attenders by the end of the 2018/2019 school year.

    Strategic Plan Educational Strategy Goal:
    During the 2018-19 school year, South Bay Elementary will continue their work to create consistent opportunities for student self-monitoring of learning goals.


Community Involvement

  • South Bay enjoys a long, rich history of parent community involvement! We have a large contingent of volunteers who consistently log hundreds of volunteer hours each month. We welcome parents, guardians, grandparents and community members!
    • Our PTA “Fun Fair” has been a community tradition for many years! The PTA also raises thousands of dollars each year which supports student activities, field trips and teacher projects.
    • Three Business Partners: South Bay Veterinary Hospital, US Martial Arts, and Sequoia’s Treehouse.
    • Honor our families’ veterans at our Veterans Day Assembly.
    • Music performances at community events.

Our Mission

    The goal of South Bay Elementary is to foster learning in a positive, exciting way so that students achieve their fullest potential. Creativity is nurtured, individuality is respected and each child gains a feeling of self-worth and accomplishment.


  • For enrollment, demographics, SBA results, and more, see the OSPI Report Card.

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South Bay Building History

  • South Bay Elementary was built in 1949 on 17 acres. It is located at 3845 Sleater-Kinney Road NE, in a rural setting. In 1981, the original building was demolished, and a new building was attached to the 1976 addition. In 2000, the older wing was modernized, the entire building was reroofed, and upgrades were made to the library and administration area. An 8-classroom modular building was added in 2008. In 2008-2009, a major modernization to the building and campus, including additions was completed, utilizing 2006 bond and state assistance funds. All mechanical, electrical and technology were replaced or upgraded. The fire suppression system utilizes three 35,000 gallon tanks repurposed from the old Olympia Brewery. The 46,278 square foot building, including 27 instructional spaces, plus 16 portable classrooms (including 8-classroom modular building) serve kindergarten through fifth grade.