Nathan Eckstein Middle School is located in Seattle, Washington and is part of the Seattle Public Schools.HistoryEckstein Middle School is part of the Seattle Public School District and located on the border of the Wedgwood and Bryant neighborhoods. It was named after Nathan Eckstein, a Seattle businessman, Seattle School Board member, and onetime director of Seattle Public Schools.The school was originally opened as a junior high school in 1950 to 790 students. In 1971, it was changed into a middle school, teaching students in grades six through eight. It now serves about 1,200 students, over 200 of whom are enrolled in the special education program and employs almost 70 certificated teachers.Eckstein is known for its academic program, elective offerings, and award-winning music and technology education programs.In 1998, Richard Riley, the U.S. Secretary of Education, chose to deliver the State of Education address in the school's auditorium.The building is a designated city landmark.Music ProgramOrchestraEckstein has five orchestras. They are the Beginning, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Camber orchestras, taught by Mr. Smith. The Beginning, Junior, and Intermediate orchestras are string ensembles, and the Senior orchestra is a symphony orchestra. Every year the orchestras perform at the Western Washington University Music Festival along with many other festivals. Senior goes on a retreat to Icicle Creek Music Center to work for four days at the beginning of February. The Eckstein orchestra has won a notable amount of awards.
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