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Valhalla Elementary School

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Posted October 23, 2013

This school has really been a pleasure to work with. The Principal is amazing and very open-minded. The teachers are doing the best with what they have. Coming from a different state where the schools were completely understaffed, and the only way the children got music, art or science was all parent volunteered based. Sometimes it's hard to see all the resources when you're expecting the districts to provide everything. Parents need to realize it's not the schools responsibility to teach everything to children, parents must be involved in their children's education. This school does many events for raising money and they also take the kids on great field trips. Diversity is so important to show our children, so they learn to accept everyone no matter where they come from. It's one of the many things I love about Valhalla.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

The teachers I've had the pleasure of working with (minus the 3-5 grade Gate teacher) have been wonderful. They are very accommodating, helpful, persistent and creative. With what they have to work with (which is not much), they come to work with determination and a friendly smile for the kids. A lot of issues with the way the school handles misbehavior and the lack of discipline is great. If a parent just uses the school for babysitting, this is not the place. You need to be proactive and involved in order to protect your child from hostilities/bullies and for a good education. The school is newer and well kept. Very clean. Could use more computers for the kids to use. Not impressed that they brag about their MANY different languages that they cater to. TEACH my kids and quit "dumbing" them down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

I have two kids at this school, 3rd and Kindergarten. My oldest struggles with school, due to a mental health condition. I have fought tooth and nail to get my son the help that he's intitled to, but it has been useless! Although my youngest is doing well, his teacher is not easy to work with..I always feel like I'm a bother. I plan on finding a school that will support my oldest son's needs next year. I would reccomend this school for a child that is not impaired. If you fit in the box, you'll be fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

My oldest son is entering 3rd grade, and my youngest kindergarten. We've had great experiences with the staff at Valhalla, they are very dedicated people. I like that the students and staff are united, and share a strong pride in their school. Overall this is a fine school. I'm looking forward to the new Valhalla being completed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

The two teachers I am involved with at the school seem over worked. They have alot of children and don't have alot of organization. I believe they care about the kids but have so much to do they can't do much of anything. Also because there is so much diversity and not all kids are on the same level some of the kids who are not struggling badly get put in the shadows of the children that are struggling, but need a tutor or parents to help.
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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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
30%
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 Students62%
Female61%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income52%
Not low income81%
Special education20%
Not special education67%
Limited English34%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income71%
Not low income78%
Special education30%
Not special education79%
Limited English55%
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 Students60%
Female60%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income51%
Not low income78%
Special education0%
Not special education66%
Limited English32%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female63%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income56%
Not low income76%
Special education0%
Not special education69%
Limited English36%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students55%
Female55%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income49%
Not low income68%
Special education0%
Not special education61%
Limited English27%
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 Students46%
Female57%
Male37%
Black36%
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income38%
Not low income64%
Special education8%
Not special education54%
Limited English23%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female69%
Male44%
Black64%
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income49%
Not low income68%
Special education23%
Not special education62%
Limited English8%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students53%
Female66%
Male42%
Black36%
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income45%
Not low income68%
Special education31%
Not special education57%
Limited English23%
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
Hispanic 29% 20%
White 26% 60%
Two or more races 20% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 7%
Black 9% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 130%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 267%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 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 70%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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  • James Crawford

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27847 42nd Av South
Auburn, WA 98001
Phone: (253) 945-4300

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