Van Asselt School-Based Health Center

The Van Asselt School-Based Health Center (SBHC) is a full service health clinic located in the main office that provides medical, dental, and mental health care for the students of West Seattle Elementary School. The Health Center is operated by Neighborcare Health and partially supported by the Families and Education Levy and the City of Seattle. The SBHC is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner, a Mental Health Counselor, and the Health Coordinator.

We help students do better in school by working to solve physical and mental health problems, preventing serious illness, and promoting healthy lifestyles. Neighborcare Health is committed to creating a health care home and encouraging long-term relationships between patients and providers that include medical, dental and mental health care. Students can be seen at the SBHC regardless of insurance status, and we coordinate with outside service providers.

Our goal is to provide care to students and families who have difficulty accessing services and not to duplicate services already being provided outside of school.


Health Coordinator: 

Yunah Kang -- 7:30am-4pm Wednesdays and Fridays
Nurse Practitioner: 
Melissa Lo, ARNP -- 7:30am-4pm Wednesdays and Fridays
Mental Health Counselor: 
Jennifer Chang, LMHC -- TBD

*Hours are subject to change and are flexible to accommodate student/family availability



For more information, please call us at 206-548-3168!


Van Asselt offers many services to meet the needs of our diverse community learners. To learn more about services offered, please click on the links below:

Comprehensive Bilingual Education
Music, Theater, Art and Physical Education
Family Support Workers
Community Learning Center

Comprehensive Bilingual Education

The ELL department has 3.5 full-time ELD teachers/Bilingual reading specialists and nine Bilingual Instructional assistants provide help for bilingual students. This year we have 240 students who speak Somali, Karen, Oromo, Sonike, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, Cambodian, Lao, Nepali, Arabic, Amharic, and Burmese.  All ELL students at Van Asselt are included in regular classrooms and served by the ELL staff.  Van Asselt uses a collaborative model, pull-out for individual and small group and in-class assistance.

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Music, Theater, Art

Van Asselt is proud to offer a full-time music program and instrumental music for intermediate students. Based on the state standards for the arts, our music program teaches students essential musical concepts and allows them to enjoy the pleasure of a variety of music and songs. Students have the chance to perform for school functions and to participate in choir. We have expand our arts program by offering instruction in Theater and Visual Arts, including drawing, painting and sculpture.

Music, Theater, Art, and Physical Education rotate on a week-by-week basis.

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Family Support Workers

Our The family support worker provides students and families with needed support and access to social services available.

Sherryl Cox
Nina Bowman


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Community Learning Center

Community Learning Center is an afterschool program designed for grades 3-5 and supports those siblings in grades K-2

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