Thornton Creek Elementary

7712 40th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Main Office: 206-252-5300
Main Office: 206-252-5300
Fax: 206-252-5301

Thornton Creek School Profile

Option School Geographic Zone | Transportation Area 

School Leadership and Board District

Community Partners at Thornton Creek Community resources and programs at Thornton Creek Elementary

CSIP and School Report

About CSIP

The Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) is an action plan for each school that identifies the areas a school plans to focus on in the current and coming school year, the performance goals they want students to achieve, and how the school plans to collaboratively meet these goals.

The plans are updated regularly to reflect the strategies being used at each school. This document also serves as the school-wide improvement plan for our Title I schools

About School Reports

School Reports show a brief snapshot of a school’s academic growth, student climate, accountability, family and staff engagement, and overall school performance.

School reports are produced by the State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for each school and district in the state and updated periodically throughout the year as data becomes available.

Questions about school reports? Contact us: Research and Evaluation Department,

About School Climate Surveys

School Climate Surveys are used for school-level improvements, climate surveys are given to all staff, students and families each year. The staff and student surveys are given to respective groups in person at schools; the family survey occurs in the spring.

Thornton Creek Levy Projects

Here you will find an overview of work completed by school levies.

Levies are a primary funding source for construction, renovations, safety and security upgrades, major maintenance, classroom technology and technology infrastructure, academics support projects and athletic field and track improvements.

Seismic Report: The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Earthquake safety/seismic improvements projects are funded through the voter-supported Building Excellence (BEX) and Buildings, Technology and Academics (BTA) capital levies. Visit the Capital Projects webpage to read the most recent report.


An additional school building was constructed on the site of the existing Stephen Decatur school. Thornton Creek Elementary, which was previously housed in the Decatur building, moved to the new building. The school building opened Fall 2016.

Levy Approved : 2013

Budget : $42.8 million

Project Description

This new building is co-located on with the Decatur Elementary School and was constructed to house Thornton Creek Elementary. The existing school building was preserved to address future elementary growth.

Design elements blend the two schools to create a cohesive campus and include natural turf ballfields and walking track, covered play structures, playground, an outdoor learning area with raised planter beds and a rain garden.

Thornton Creek Elementary is expeditionary learning school with a looping grade system that creates distinct learning communities by keeping students with the same teacher and classmates for two grade levels. The building is designed create learning communities of classrooms integrated with open shared-learning spaces. The student dining commons is divided into two areas to provide differently scaled eating and socializing experiences.

Sustainability Features

Energy efficiency is achieved through daylighting, high performance windows with low-e coatings, a geothermal heating system and the use of LED light fixtures with occupancy controls.

About BEX

The Building Excellence (BEX) Capital Levy funds projects such as those that modernize or replace aging buildings, fund technology for student learning, address earthquake and safety issues and major preventive maintenance needs throughout the district.

The BEX IV Capital Levy was approved by more than 72 percent of Seattle voters in 2013.The BEX V Capital Levy replaces the expiring Levy and will go before voters in February 2019.


In 2004, Seattle voters approved the BTA II capital Levy. The Levy funded nearly 700 facility improvement projects and technology upgrades at every school in the district. 

  • 2011 : Replaced existing boiler with two new condensing boilers for improved energy efficiency. Installed new circulation pumps. Installed new digital controls. Replaced unit ventilators. Installed new digital thermostats.
  • 2009 : Roof and selected windows replaced on the Annex Building, and insulation was installed in the floors, attic and walls. New carpet and tiles in classrooms, hallways and auxiliary rooms. Covered walkway connected portable with main building. Window roller shades were replaced and classroom door hardware compliant with ADA regulations was installed. Mechanical upgrades included rehabilitation of existing classroom heaters, relief hoods and convectors.


The $150 million Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics (BTA I) capital Levy was approved by voters in February 1998. BTA I funded more than 465 small and large facility projects at every school in the city. The projects included safety and security upgrades, roof and window replacements and technology and athletic field upgrades.

  • 2002 : Reroof, Seismic upgrade
  • 2001 : Accelerated Technology Improvement Program

About BTA

The Buildings, Technology and Academics (BTA) Capital Levy supports the district’s long-range plans to upgrade and renovate aging school facilities and address enrollment growth.

The BTA IV Capital Levy was approved by voters in 2016. Seattle Public Schools will receive these Levy funds from 2017 through 2022.