"Neighborhood of Nations" 

Community Schools

Proud of our schools...working to improve the future of our families and our neighborhood

Our local schools:

  • Orca at Whitworth (K-8) ~ 5215 - 46th Ave. So., Seattle 98118 ~ (206) 252-6900  [It's right in Columbia City!]
  • Hawthorne Elementary(K-5) ~ 4100 - 39th Ave. So., Seattle 98118 ~ (206) 252-7210
  • (John) Muir  (K-5) ~ 3301 So. Horton St., Seattle 98144 ~ (206) 252-7400
  • Whitworth (K-5) ~ 5215 - 46th Ave. So., Seattle 98118 ~ (206) 252-7560
  • Graham Hill  (K-5) ~ 5149 So. Graham St., Seattle 98118 ~ (206) 252-7140

Of course we cheer on our students who attend other schools, including Rainier Beach, Garfield, Franklin and Cleveland High!

There are also other programs offering educational opportunities:

Community Technology Learning Centers:  Learn job skills, languages, how to use computers, the Internet, find valuable health and community resources...and much more at a community technology center in our neighborhood.

  • Project Compute at Rainier Community Center  4600 38th AV S  (206) 386-1919 

  • Horn of Africa Services 4714 Rainer Ave South Suite 105  (206) 760-0550

  • Rainier Vista Neighborhood House Technology and Job Resource Center   4410 29th Ave., South     (206) 461-4568 

  • Rainier Beach Community Technology Learning Center  8825 Rainier AVE S  (206) 722-1390

  • Technology Access Foundation (TAF) 3803 S. Edmunds St. Suite A  (206) 725-9095

  • Somali Community Services of Seattle;  3320 Rainier Ave S;  (206)760-1181

Columbians are justly proud of the unique partnership between the neighborhood and its nearby elementary schools. In partnership with Seattle Public Schools, Powerful Schools provides valuable and creative programming in nearby schools. Powerful Schools is a coalition of community organizations, schools and parents which helps by enhancing curriculum, improving student performance and providing programming and a structure which has become an internationally recognized model community school program.

Residents, under the banner of the former Columbia City Revitalization Committee led the redevelopment of the Columbia School's west playground. Local artist Mary Coss created the whale entry and the light fixtures.  Now the school is serving as temporary home for the South Lake School and it's future is uncertain...except that there is pressure for development as well as interest by neighbors in retaining the property in service to the community.

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