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Welcome to Briarwood Elementary!

Located in Renton, WA, Briarwood Elementary serves approximately 600 students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade, as well as the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). Briarwood is also one of three schools in the ISD to host the Science Technology Magnet Program. Read more about Our School.

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ISD Central Administration Building, 5150 220th Ave. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98029

Hello, ISD Community! Today I am excited to share my progress on the first half of my First 100 Days. So far, my work has been centered on listening and learning.

Here's a video I filmed to share a bit about how I've been inspired by our students and staff as I visited our schools and service sites

The next 50 days of the plan are focused on engaging with you. As a part of this phase, I’d like to invite all students, families, community members and staff to a Community Forum from 5-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Administration Building, 5150 220th Ave. S.E., Issaquah. I’ll share more about the format and topics soon. 

This event will be hosted in-person only. We will have interpreters available. 

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Briarwood Celebrates 'Music in Our Schools' Month

A group of Briarwood Elementary fifth grade students enters the music room, which is bedecked with paper chains, musical note decorations, pompoms and other festive touches. The students take their seats, and then select a ukulele to play during class with teacher Reanne Nakapaahu. When they get to a tricky combination, Nakapaahu – who goes by “Ms. N,” encourages the students to take 30 seconds to practice on their own before they all dive in together again. “Remember, the ring finger just slides – switch!” she calls, demonstrating on her own ukulele. “This is like a ring-finger workout!” 

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By the Numbers


Students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

At Briarwood we provide a safe, supportive environment, which promotes respectful, responsible behavior and challenges students, staff and parents to reach their potential as learners.


Classroom teachers in the 2019-2020 school year.

In the 2019-2020 school year, our teachers had an average of 11.9 years of teaching experience.


Of our teachers have a master's degree or higher.

To find the contact information for one of our teachers or staff, visit the directory (use the menu option at the top right to access the directory).


Of our students attend regularly.

This data is from the 2019-2020 school year, the most recent year available from OSPI.

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School Highlights & Programs

Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.

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Meet Principal Tia Kleinkopf

Hi, Briarwood families! I have been in education for 30 years, and have spent 20 of those right here in the ISD. A few fun facts about me: I love the “Harry Potter” series, my favorite kind of music is 80s, and my son got married in July! 

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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

MTSS is shaping the student experience at our school and throughout our district. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, or MTSS, is a nationally recognized, evidence-based framework guiding our approach to academics, social emotional learning, behavior and attendance.

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Briarwood Bears Chorus

Briarwood Bear Activities

Music and the arts are very important at Briarwood and each grade level performs an evening concert. In addition to the regular music classroom where students learn how to play marimbas, keyboards and recorders, third, fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in the Briarwood Bear Chorus. Students can also participate in a number of other school sponsored activities. 

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