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Arthur Jacobsen Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 546 students

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2011:
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Posted Friday, July 18, 2014

I have children in K, 3rd and 5th grade and they have all had a great experience at AJ. The principle is great. He is always available on all occasions. His great leadership is visible in the conduct and responsiveness of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

Aj has a great staff from the Principal who is always willing to listen to ideas and feed back, attents PTSA meetings, and is a visual fixture in the school to the teachers, learning specialists, and support staff. Aj takes a proactive whole child approach to learning, from a healthy lunch program, to computer lab and outdoor time, they have a healthy ballance between enrichment and academics, the staff and parents seem friendly and happy as do students. The PTSA is active and involved with family movie nights, popcorn sales, and art programs. Classes offer groups and or resources for all levels and they have programs for those with language or reading barriers as an example. We were also pleased to see the positive ideas Aj works hard to promote a positive school enviornment, with assemblies, student work in the halls, special rewards for citizenship, and constaint contact via email and handouts. Aj is a newer school and probably still forming its identity but the staff seems to be working hard to make Aj a great school, you can see there pride. As parents we feel so positive about our child being at Aj and look forward to many more years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2011

The ECE teacher is a miracle worker and I am really glad we were able to have her. The Principal is awful. Disrespectful to teachers, parents and students. If parents request a teacher, he will purposely not put the student in the requested class. No assemblies at this school, they take away from learning. The PTA tried but has fallen apart because of a lack of support from administrators. This Principal said there wasn't time to focus on science or other "enrichment activities" because of the cultural and language challenges facing the school. AJ has a very military-like feel to it. Students aren't smiling the halls and teachers monitor the halls like prison guards. A very negative place to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

Great school I couldn't be happier with the teachers and principle. My daughters grades and outlook have improved since transferring her from the kent district
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

Principal not concerned about the kids, poor communicator, and does not have respect of the staff.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
47%
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 Students74%
Female70%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income67%
Not low income81%
Special education50%
Not special education77%
Limited English29%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female79%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income74%
Not low income81%
Special education60%
Not special education80%
Limited English50%
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 Students70%
Female70%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income65%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income88%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students56%
Female76%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income50%
Not low income62%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
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 Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income58%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic92%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income68%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female64%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian58%
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income53%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
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 50% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 7%
Hispanic 16% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 8% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 118%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 241%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 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 79%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
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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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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
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
  • 9:10 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
School Leader's name
  • Eric Daniel
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (253) 630-1323

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
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • 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
  • 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

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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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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Auburn Mountainview High School
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29205 132nd Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092
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