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Lakeland Hills Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 705 students

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Posted March 13, 2014

My family and I are in love with this school. Staff is amazing and work really hard to help kids with their struggles. Kids get along very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Lakeland Hills Elementary School is a wonderful school. My two children have thrived at this school. They love going to school. The school has an excellent reading program, leverage technology in both math and reading. They do a great job of keeping students and parents connected. The staff truly cares about the success of each ands every student. The PTA is strong and is very active in many aspects of the school, from helping teachers with copies, to dad's volunteering to be a positive male influence. It truly is a GREAT SCHOOL!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

This schools staff and principal has been an absolute failure the principal has no interest in the students and the consoler is has a very low interest in the students some of the staff are decent but overall i recommend to take your child to ilako


Posted January 31, 2012

Our child has been attending LHE for 3 years. The Principal is great with the kids, he always gives them a smile, knows them by name, greets them in the morning and is there to help when needed. He also has monthly lunches with Wildcat Wow winners which is a reward program for responsible students and the kids love it. He is very active in making sure our students meet the states standards in reading and math and has implemented helpful programs,he gets an A+. TEACHERS; most are great with a few that should retire as they can't seem to grasp the concept of positive reinforcement or redirecting . There is the problem of some teachers favoring students whose parents teach at the school and that needs to stop. They have to many substitute teachers coming in and they are generally awful so beware. The PTA needs a revamp and a strong leader that focuses on what s best for the kids not brown nosing teachers. Teachers get paid for what they do and plenty of time off so let s stop with the lunches and sunshine gifts and use those funds to help a needy child. Stay involved, speak up for your child and if your child has special needs see the counselor, she will help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2012

Lakeland Hills first does no harm. Let me start with that testimonial. We've enjoyed our three years at the school. I'm not blown away by the school's performance. I felt like my child could've been challenged more. Our second grade teacher Mrs. Swanson was an example of their best and brightest. Our current teacher is solid much like the overall experience at the school. It is a school that will protect and nurture your child. Our child enjoyed her time there. The school has done a good job building her fundamentals. I'd like to see more diversity amongst the teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2011

LHE, is mediocre at best. The Principals main concern is district rankings. He seems too busy to talk and never helps come up with solid solutions for children in need. Some of the teachers are wonderful and really care about the children yet there are others that should never work with young children as they are rude, indifferent and yell. If your child has special needs like ASPERGERS, then good luck to you, you will be told that they will help you however they are simply blowing smoke up your skirt as none of the teachers seem to have any experience in working with children that have disabilities and actually punish them in class instead of redirecting their behavior and giving positive reinforcement. There are too many substitute teachers, and the subs are of course clueless and terribly rude to the kids, one even grabbed my child's arm for not standing still in line. Lakeland Is NOT upper middle class it is middle class at best with low brow mentality thrown in. The PTA is pushy and guilt's the kids into buying junk for Christmas by sending flyer upon flyer. The parents are very cliquey so don't bother trying to fit in. We look forward to moving and changing districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

Do keep in mind when reading the negative reviews, this school mostly draws from an upper middle class area i.e. demanding. We moved here and are delighted with the Principal, all three of our kids' teachers, the homework load and activities and so much more. Our children were behind when we moved here and are now at grade level in all subjects or above, due to fantastic, caring teachers and volunteers. The Principal is out at the drop-off loop most mornings, greeting children and parents as the day starts. He's at EVERY school event, including the evening ones, responds to every email and knows every kid by name. Our three children are very different from each other in every way and yet each loves school, has learned to enjoy the process of learning (for the most part!), and has been enriched by the field trips, projects and experiences their teachers have made possible. Our last school district told us to send our kids to Sylvan to 'catch-them-up'. Lakeland 'caught-them-up' for us and showed us how to be a part of that process as well. This school is the largest elem. school in Auburn, btw. Your child's class will be large.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

We were so disappointed with the principal and some of the teachers that we moved to be in a better school district. We had three kids in Lakeland. Some of the teachers and staff were absolutely wonderful. However, others were dreadful and the principal was not interested in working on solutions at all. Our overall impression was that this was a school without coherent leadership. The student experience was happenstance depending upon what teacher they received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Hopefully, your children will be able to hopscotch through Lakeland without a problem. Because when there is one, the principal is utterly ineffective at dealing with bad teachers. While there are many wonderful teachers and staff at Lakeland Hills, there are also those who seem to take little care with their behavior toward students. Children should never end up as discouraged and upset about school as mine did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

My daughter has been attending Lakeland Hills for three years. Her teachers have been fantastic - extremely skilled, patient, and able to handle her special learning needs. The principal is involved and focused on student learning. He inspires a fantastic sense of community. The PTA offers wonderful, relevant programs and supports the school's above average drama and music program. I am an educator myself (in a different district), and I couldn't be more impressed with Lakeland Hills!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

So far I am pretty happy with this school. The teacher seem really great. One complaint I have is the class size....last year's first grade class started at 27..a little much for one teacher to handle...But by the end of the year the class was 23, much more reasonable. The security could be better like stated below. Also, no art classes, but not such a problem for elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

I have been impressed, thus far, with Lakeland Hills Elementary. While I would agree with several comments regarding the need for additional security measures (mainly, making sure everyone has to check in through the front office and locking down the exterior doors), I think it's an easy fix. I'm very happy with the staff that I've met. The one complaint I would have is that there were a number of notices we were given for events which really didn't allow for us to adjust our schedules. That's pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, though. Look forward to a new school year in September as does my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

Overall, I'm satisfied with Lakeland Hills. I was really happy with last years' teacher, but not so much with this years. I'm sure there's good and not-so-good teachers within every school. However, one of the thing that concerns me the most is the open style campus. Public can get onto the school grounds freely & walk the halls without being noticed as you don't have to enter the inside halls through the office. Greatly lacking security. Principal is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

We've been very satisfied until this year. This year our son's teacher was not proactive, unorganized, and just not helpful. We were unable to move our son into another class and our son is finally improving after enrolling him in Sylvan Learning Center, which is not cheap.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

Very disappointed in one of the staff!!! My son's teacher discouraged my son so much that he doesn't want to go to school anymore. Every morning he asks me if he can move to a different school. My son is an A student and was even advised from a private school teacher to take a gate test before. Now, he just lost all his self-esteem and doesn't want to be in class. We are VERY frustrated.... We are planning to move to a better district soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2008

Somethings I like. However, I feel that people can easily walk in to the school without being asked questions. I'm a parent and my kids attend there and I've never signed in and no one has question me to make sure i belong on the campus. I also feel the kids need more homework that is challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2008

Lakeland Hills is a great school. Teachers are excellent, the principal is great leader, PTA is active and so friendly. The kids are getting a great education in a creative and challenging environment. Even though the classes are huge (especially for a 2nd year school), the education does not suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

We had the most wonderful kindergarten experience we could have hoped for. Teacher was extraordinary and made our first exposure to the publc school system an extremelly positive one. This year has started out the same, great teacher, great facilities, great principal. A+++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2007

Very disappointed. Kindergarten class lacks enthusiasm and creativity. Was more like daycare. Learning was limited because of class size & half-day program. Curriculum was repetitive and unimaginative. My child brought home some very bad habits, behavior and language that was learned at school. She was repeatedly hit and shoved by another little girl and each time the same action was taken. The other girl got a time out. When my child comes home with bruises that were intentionally caused by a bully girl (other children had the same problem with the same girl) I expect that more aggressive action should be taken to stop the behavior. Overall I was very unhappy, as was my child. We are looking into other schooling options to avoid another year at Lakeland Hills. Possibly even moving to find better education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

We are super impressed by the quality of education our kids are getting at Lakeland Hills. Excellent and talented staff! The drop off procedure could be improved, but being a new school, I'm sure that it will get the bugs worked out next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income78%
Not low income93%
Special education53%
Not special education93%
Limited English67%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female87%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income78%
Not low income94%
Special education60%
Not special education93%
Limited English62%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students85%
Female93%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income70%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female98%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income74%
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female86%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income63%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic81%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income76%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income78%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female90%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income76%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 7%
Hispanic 14% 20%
Black 7% 5%
Two or more races 7% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 112%N/A8%
Special education 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 225%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 9N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 71%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Washington State Achievement Award (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:40 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
School Leader's name
  • Colleen Barlow
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (253) 876-7714

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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1020 Evergreen Way SE
Auburn, WA 98092
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