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Welcome to Southside School District! We are located in Shelton, Washington, 15 miles Northwest of Olympia, off Highways 101 and 3, on the beautiful Hammersley Inlet of Puget Sound. We have the pride of a smaller, family-oriented community with the benefit of many desired amenities nearby. We are celebrating the 112th Anniversary of Southside School District.

Southside School District has about 200 students in grades K-7 on one campus. Our teachers are all highly qualified, meeting state requirements, to meet the educational needs of our students while maintaining the personalization of a small district setting. Most of our employees have worked at Southside for over 10 years and their average years of experience in education are over 18 years. Generations of families have attended Southside. Approximately 40% of our student population is students and families who waiver into the school district due to the positive attributes of Southside. If you are looking for a quaint and nurturing learning environment with scaffolded, rigorous, and engaging curriculum, Southside School District meets these criteria.

Supported immensely by involved parents and active community members, and led by a capable and caring school board, our principal/superintendent, teachers, and support staff are committed to helping students reach their full potential as students and positive contributors to our community. The Southside community has continued to demonstrate a belief in the importance of education by continually supporting the levies needed to operate this district. Lastly, Southside is successful because of the support of the many parent and community volunteers. We have a parent/community booster club that works collaboratively with the school to ensure that our students have opportunities not afforded at other places. Together, our staff and community have a positive impact on the exceptional education of all of our students.

Doris Bolender, Principal/Superintendent
Southside School District


  • We are very happy to welcome four new members to our Southside staff.

    • Hillary Goldstein, 4th Grade
    • Rhonda Jernigan, Special Education
    • Caleb Collins, Custodial/Maintenance
    • Ron Cochran, Custodial/Maintenance
    All four join our team with experience and background in their positions. We are looking forward to all they can add to our school.
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    2014-15 Supply Lists 
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  • Southside Receives State Award for Academic Achievement. Southside was recognized with a Washington Academic Achievement Award for High Progress based on their 2013 state test scores. Only 85 elementary schools in Washington received this award. This award is the result of efforts from students, staff, parents, and our community all working to support the education of our Southside students. Congratulations to all.
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