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About OES

Autumn OES photo by Mark McConnel

Opstad Elementary School (OES) was built in 1988 and is named after Edwin R. Opstad, the founder of our school district. There is a spacious library, music lab, art room, gymnasium, multipurpose room with stage, and extra-large interior hallways that are used for supplemental projects, collaboration and tutoring.

Through the district’s technology initiative, classrooms are equipped with tools for engaged learning that include:  interactive white boards, document cameras, web-based tools, and sets of mobile devices. The school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Initiative creates a safe, and supportive learning environment for all students and staff.

School Motto:  Caring about Learning, Learning about Caring      

Mission Statement: "In preparation for global citizenship, the Opstad community engages, educates, and empowers ALL learners."

Students at Opstad Elementary School are focused on The Otter Code:

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Responsible
  3. Do the Right Thing

Based on The Otter Code, our students are surrounded by a positive and supportive learning environment each and every day.   


  • Learning Improvement Team establishes annual goals and monitors school improvement progress.
  • WIN (What I Need) reading intervention program and Reading Buddies (adult volunteers) support struggling readers.
  • Strong PTA provides teacher grants, assemblies, and fun family events.
  • School-wide Math Intervention Program.
  • Library has over 13,000 books to check out.
  • 5th graders attend outdoor education camp.
  • We are grateful for supportive volunteers!

Report Card

Opstad Report Card
School Improvement Plan

Opstad logo

School Color: Blue 
Mascot: Otter   

Our District

The Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) is located 30 miles east of Seattle in the beautiful Cascade Mountain foothills of Washington State. The district spans more than 400 square miles and serves families in Fall City, North Bend, Snoqualmie, and surrounding unincorporated areas in King County.  We offer quality public education to approximately 7,200 students in 11 schools — six elementary schools (grades P-5), three middle schools (6-8), one comprehensive high school (9-12), and a Big Picture high school (9-12).  

Snoqualmie Valley District Office building

Alternative learning options offered by our district include Mount Si High School’s Online Courses (9-12), our Parent Partnership Program for families who choose to school their students (K-10) at home, a Transition Learning Center for special education services for ages 18-21, and a 100% Online Learning Program (K-12). 

Since 2019, our students have enjoyed the newly-constructed and expanded Mount Si High School campus, which features a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. Our district’s One-to-One Computing Initiative equips every student in grades 6-12 with a laptop computer for use at school and home. Thanks to our supportive community that values education, Snoqualmie Valley schools rank among the best in Washington State with a 98% four-year graduation rate.  Learn more from the latest OSPI Snoqualmie Valley School District Report Card.