About


Welcome to Van Asselt Elementary School. Van Asselt is located in the South Beacon Hill area in Seattle, Washington. It stands on part of the 300-acres original homestead donated by Henry Van Asselt, one of the first pioneer settlers of King county. The school is named after this pioneer. It was the the first school built on the South end of Seattle as a one-room school house in 1862. In 1907, a four room school building took its place. This historical landmark, having been upgraded twice, was still used by the Van Asselt community until the spring of 2009.  In September 2009, we moved south to the former African American Academy building.  

We are a diverse community of learners, with staff and students coming from 5 continents and speaking over 20 languages.  


Our Mission

Van Asselt is a Balanced Literacy-focused community where students, families and staff develop a passion for learning and reflection.  Together, we develop the knowledge and skills needed to become successful contributing citizens in our global society. Literacy is defined as fluency in reading, writing, communicating and problem solving according to State and Seattle Public School District standards.


Goals for 2016-2017

Goals coming soon

Goals for 2013-2014

Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), schools are evaluated annually on state assessment results in reading and math for all tested grades (Grades 3-8 and 10)to determine if they have met adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets. Based on our most recent test results, we have set the following goals for this year:

  • Increase the number of students passing state reading tests by 5 percentage points 
  • Increase the number of students passing state math tests by 5 percentage points
  • Increase the number of students meeting "typical growth" on the MAP to at least 60%
  • Decrease the number of behavior referrals for African-American students by 50% 

Contact Us

8311 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Main Office: 206-252-7500
Attendance: 206-252-7504
Fax: 206-252-7501

Principal: Monique Manuel 
memanuel@seattleschools.org
Principal's Biography

Assistant Principal: 
Jennifer Kovach
jekovach@seattleschools.org


Bell Schedule

Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
End Time: 3:40 p.m.

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