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Student Life

We recognize that a successful school experience goes well beyond academics. In addition to acquiring key literacy skills and knowledge, we want our students to thrive socially and emotionally.

Explore student life below...

Core Classes

Core Classes

Spelling and Language Arts

The Slingerland® Approach provides the foundation for language instruction at HRS. We also incorporate an advanced writing curriculum into language instruction.


Children learn about the importance of eye contact, tone of voice, listening, observation, and body language. Students hone their public speaking skills in class as well as during school assemblies.


Daily math instruction incorporates review, skill-building, critical thinking, and problem solving while helping students understand the connection between math class and everyday life.


Students with dyslexia learn about science most readily through active involvement. HRS provides a wide range of hands-on, project-oriented experiences to teach our students the fundamentals of science.

Social Studies

Social Studies classes at HRS aim to foster a sense of curiosity and awareness of the social and historical development of human cultures. All social studies classes integrate practice in research, reading, and writing skills.

Specialist Classes

Specialist Classes


Developing a student’s self-confidence is the primary objective of the HRS Art curriculum. Art class offers a venue for children to embrace their creative talents and learn new skills in a safe environment.


The HRS library program is designed to help children develop a love of reading and information seeking. Students explore literature and non-fiction materials, and learn how to use the library for fun as well as for research. Library class emphasizes executive functioning skills and teaches responsible digital citizenship.


The music program at HRS capitalizes on students' strengths through singing, movement, playing instruments, and performance. Children learn that music is a source of life-long enjoyment.

Physical Education

Physical education at HRS engages students physically, socially, and mentally in a range of individual and team sports and games. Students improve their skills and try new pursuits.



At HRS, technology is taught as part of the greater learning process. All technology applications are focused on some aspect of discovery, expression, presentation, problem solving, and communication.

Focus on Integration and Collaboration

Our students use technology resources to investigate and report on specific subjects in a variety of the core classes. Examples include Level 5 conducting research on the fifty states and writing reports, Level 8 learning to use Excel to chart scientific data, and Level 4 starting keyboarding practice.

Assistive Technology

HRS is expanding the use of assistive technology in our curriculum. This includes text-to-speech that will read any data available online; speech-to-text which will allow students to compose text by speaking; grammar and spelling checkers; and screen capture (both still and moving).

These tools are intended to expand the potential for literacy and expression. Uses will continue to be refined and developed as we learn of and test an expanding array of tools.

Classrooms Tools for Multi-Sensory Learning

All classrooms are equipped with a coordinated system that involves a computer, document camera, interactive projector, wireless internet, and room filling audio.

Technology allows our teachers to bring the whole world into the classroom and present daily assignments in a rich visual format.

Field Trips

Field Trips

Field trips are an integral part of the learning experience at Hamlin Robinson School. Student off-campus experiences have included Fort Nisqually, the Seattle Children's Theater, Pacific Science Center, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Underground Tour, and Northwest Trek.

Overnight Camps

Every year, our middle school students enjoy an overnight camp experience. Each level has the opportunity to experience a different camp -- such as the North Cascades Institute located on Lake Diablo; Nature Bridge on the shores of Crescent Lake; and IslandWood on Bainbridge Island.

High School Prep

High School Preparation

Hamlin Robinson School prepares students for high school and beyond. In addition to the language instruction that prepares students for high school content, texts, and college entrance exams, our work with self-advocacy, time management, organization, and study skills prepares our middle school students for a successful transition to high school.

HRS Transition Skills Curriculum teaches:

  • Decision-making strategies
  • Self direction and educational ownership
  • Communication skills
  • Identifying strengths
  • Use of positive self-talk
  • Self-advocacy