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About Us. 



Friends of West Seattle Elementary, also known as FOWSE, is our school’s parent/teacher organization (PTO). We are a group of parents, teachers, administrators and community members. We collaborate to foster opportunities for parent involvement and leadership.


We plan and implement extracurricular events that encourage a love of learning and sense of inclusion in our wonderfully diverse school. We fund-raise in order to enrich academic opportunities for our students (e.g. additional field trips). We are an active and essential component of our school community at West Seattle Elementary.

What's a Parent Teacher Organization?

A Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is formal organization composed of parents, teachers and staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in a school to improve the school and help students succeed. 

What are Title I schools?

Title I schools have high numbers or percentages of disadvantaged students who:

  • live in poverty,

  • are homeless or lack stable housing,

  • live in foster homes,

  • regularly experience food insecurity,

  • lack access to after-school academic supports.


* Based on 2017/18 school year data for K-8 schools.

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