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Aki Kurose Middle School Academy

About the School:

Aki Kurose Academy is located in Seattle’s beautiful Rainier Valley about a mile from the shores of Lake Washington and the green surroundings of Seward Park. The area is home to Sound Transit’s new light rail system and the growing metropolitan neighborhood of Columbia City.

Aki Kurose Middle School Academy was named after Akiko Kato Kurose, a peace activist and educator who helped bring Head Start programs to Seattle schools. Aki Kurose died in 1998 after a 16-year struggle against cancer. She was 73.


Our Vision

We strive daily at Aki Kurose Middle School to be a school that:

  • Is a focused learning community-We are committed to providing each and every student Access to high quality teaching and learning.
  • Is Accountable for making our learning environment safe and personalized.
  • Builds strong relationships and get to know each student and family well.
  • Holds high expectations for the Achievement of every student. Students will be engaged in culturally relevant and rigorous learning activities. We believe that by providing equitable learning opportunities we are helping to prepare every student for high school, college and beyond.
  • Celebrates our wonderful diversity. There is a substantial educational benefit from being part of such a vibrant, racially and culturally diverse school community. Family engagement is critically important and is welcomed and appreciated. We must all have a collaborative Attitude for the good of ALL students.
  • Always provides students with what they need to grow academically, socially and emotionally by constantly Assessing for learning.


Aki Kurose Middle School principle named Principle of the Year

Aki Kurose Middle School wins national attendance competition

Local Women Gather To Show Support For Students At Aki Kurose Middle School


  • NE-YO Drops in at Aki Kurose Middle School Academy

  • 2015 Aki Kurose, We are the Future

  • Governor Inslee Signs “Opportunity Gap” Bill at Aki Kurose Middle School