Frantz Coe Elementary School


Frantz Coe Elementary School

Front of school
Coe Entrance

Our Mission & Vision

Each student at Coe receives a solid academic foundation, develops a love of learning, and acquires a sense of responsibility for our school, our community, and our world.

We nurture curious, thoughtful, responsible, and resilient young people.

Be safe.
Be kind.
Be Coe.
(responsible & respectful).

Our History

Frantz H. Coe Elementary is named after Frantz H. Coe, M.D. (1856-1904). Dr. Coe began his career as principal of Phoenix, Michigan public schools at the age of 23. In 1884 he attended medical school, and four years later traveled west to Seattle, to begin his medical career.

Though a prominent physician, Dr. Coe never forgot his early days as an educator. He served on the Seattle School Board from 1901-1904. A progressive thinker he was instrumental in hiring the first women as principal.

He wrote in his journal, “I am absolutely satisfied women make better principals than men and wish to open up a new era in Seattle schools”. Three years after Dr. Coe’s death, the school board honored his memory in the naming of our school. We are proud to continue his progressive heritage.

Coe Elementary School has been an important learning institution since it opened in two temporary wooden structures on its present site in 1905. The school was initially an annex to the Queen Anne School (later the West Queen Anne School). Those structures were replaced in 1907 by an eight-room, two-story building designed by James Stephen.

The building was built in the classic Ionic Colonial style. The surrounding community grew and in 1914 an eight-room addition was added to the north side of the building, housing 575 students.

It is the memories that the historically landmarked building holds, that made the fire on January 21, 2001 so tragic. Coe School was halfway through a renovation that would have added additional space and modernized the building, while respecting its historic features. At the time Coe School was temporarily housed in the Magnolia School.

In the aftermath of the fire, the school community has pledged that the spirit of Coe and its history will carry on. A new building that is evocative of the historical character of Coe School was completed in December 2002. A six-classroom addition to the building opened during the 2021-22 school year.

Our Staff

Total Staff: 49
Average years of teaching experience: 12

Our Classrooms

4 classes in K-1
3 classes in 2-5

Our Leaders

Lindsey Backstrom, Principal

Megan Parker, Assistant Principal on leave

Alexandra Benfield, Substitute Assistant Principal

Introduction and Tour Videos

What Makes Coe a special place to learn and grow?
Building Tour
Parent Engagement: Hear from the PTA
Meet the Coe Kindergarten Team


Learn more about curriculum at Coe.

Sample Schedules

Sample Kindergarten Schedule

Regular hand hygiene is scheduled throughout the day, especially before and after meals and when entering and leaving classrooms.

7:55 – School begins
7:55- 8:20 Social Emotional Learning/Class Meeting
8:20 – 9:10 Handwriting & Fine Motor Development
9:10 – 9:25 Kindergarten Morning Recess
9:30 – 10:45 Literacy & Small Group Time
10:45 – 11:05 Lunch
11:05 – 11:25 Lunch Recess
11:25 – 12:00 Science
12:00 – 12:40 Specialists (Performing Arts, Health & Fitness, Visual Arts, Library, Social Emotional)
12:40 – 1:25 Mathematics & Small Group Time
1:25 – 1:50 Kindergarten Afternoon Recess
1:50 – 2:25 Student Choice Time/Imagination Stations
2:25 – School Day Ends

Sample Third Grade Schedule

Regular hand hygiene is scheduled throughout the day, especially before and after meals and when entering and leaving classrooms.

7:55 – School begins
7:55 – 8:20 Social Emotional Learning / Class Meeting
8:20 – 9:40 Mathematics
9:50 – 10:05 Third Grade Morning Recess
10:05 – 10:45 Specialists (Performing Arts, Health & Fitness, Visual Arts, Library, Social Emotional)
10:45 – 11:35 Writing
11:35 – 11:55 Lunch
11:55 – 12:15 Lunch Recess
12:15 – 1:10 Reading
1:10 – 1:20 Third Grade Afternoon Recess
1:20 – 2:25 Science, Social Studies
2:25 – School Day Ends

Social Emotional Learning

Learn more about our approach to supporting positive behavior and social emotional learning.

Student Support Programs

Multidisciplinary Studies

Performing arts students playing instruments
Performing Arts

Visual Arts
Visual Arts
Students in the gym
Health & Fitness

Parent Engagement

Visit the Coe PTA Website


Preparing for Kindergarten

  • January-FebruaryEnroll your child now!
  • Spring (May-Early June)- New families receive welcome communication
  • Early August– Kindergarten families receive communication regarding kindergarten transition activities. NOTE: Seattle Public Schools will not offer Jump Start for the 2023-24 school year.
    • Late August – Your child’s kindergarten teacher will reach out to you to schedule connection meetings
  • Late August – All Coe families receive welcome letter with important start of school details
  • September 6, 7, 8 – Family Connection Meetings
  • September 11 – First day of Kindergarten!

Helping Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten

outside with masks


Help us plan for fall by enrolling early!

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