About Us

Centennial is very fortunate to have a total quality teaching cadre and support staff that cares deeply for the academic, social, physical, and emotional well-being of all children. To that end, they endeavor each day to insure quality learning in a safe and caring environment for each child. In support of our teachers and staff is a strong community of actively engaged parents who freely give of their time and talents to ensure that Centennial continues to be a great school where great things happen every day for kids. Lead by a talented, compassionate, enthusiastic principal, Centennial is indeed a premier elementary school.

Centennial opened as a new school in January, 1989 to replace McKinley Elementary School. Centennial was named in recognition of Washington State's Centennial Celebration. It is located in the southeast corner of Olympia, in a growing area with many newer homes. There are approximately 545 students in grades kindergarten through 5th, organized into traditional grade level configurations. There are four classrooms at each grade level with the exception of three classes at kindergarten.

The community takes great pride in Centennial Elementary School, which is well known for its parent involvement, high volunteer rates, and an experienced, talented and caring staff. The staff and community have placed an emphasis on academics and skill development. The continuous improvement of reading, writing, and math skills remains a top priority goal at Centennial. This goal drives our school improvement plan as well as on-going professional development for our staff. Technology-enhanced classrooms with associated training are also a key focus at Centennial.

Parents become involved with the school through joining the Booster Club or volunteering in the classroom. Parents and community are encouraged to come in and lend a hand. With over 100 regular volunteers, Centennial Elementary School is fortunate to have such a strong partnership with the Booster Club, our parents and community members.