Principal's Message

Meet the Principal

Message from Mrs. Shew

Welcome to Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy! Columbia Crest has been a great place to attend school since 1951. It has gone through many changes over the years: building on, remodel, becoming a K-6, and now again the revitalizing of a STEM school with an ART focus for preschool through eighth grade students. The rural setting provides a very unique feel as the school is surrounded by beauty and looked down on from Mt. Rainier - hence “The Home of the Columbia Crest Rainiers”.

The entire staff is on board with infusing STEM into the curriculum. They are also creating spaces for students to become involved in the environment. A new greenhouse was built during the 2018 summer. This will enhance and create focus on early educational opportunities for students in an outdoor, place-based campus incorporating outdoor lab and learning sites. During the 2018-2019 school year we will introduced "Hands on Health." Students have an opportunity to enjoy the garden gifts as healthy daily snacks.

The incredible partnerships that have been forged over the years continue to grow and bring innovation to the school. These include DNR, Northwest Trek, Mt. Rainier, Elbe Train Station, RMI, Pack Forest, Mt. Rainier Lions, Ashford Creek Pottery, Ashford Lions, Environmental Education Program ~ Pierce County Public Works, and the Mt. Rainier Tahoma Lodge #190 Free & Accepted Masons of Washington.

The dedication of the entire classified and certified individuals who work together in this space is phenomenal. Going above and beyond to provide endless possibilities for student growth and achievement is standard for this school.

As the principal, it is my honor to welcome students everyday into the building and work to create a place for families and the community to come together.


Mrs. Allison Shew