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Cherry Crest Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 412 students

 
 

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Posted July 8, 2013

Had 3 kids at CC in 2012-2013 year, 4th grader and twin Kindergarteners. Teachers are trying their best but are bound to the curriculum and forced to "teach to the test." The school is also very focused on "mainstreaming" special ed kids -- with few classroom aides, few resources, and cramped time schedules, this means the teacher spends 80% of their actual teaching time dealing with these kids. Kids who need more challenge or extra help but who are not special needs are left in the dust, along with the just average kids. Bullying is a consistent problem, but not nearly as bad as in Medina Elementary, so I'm counting my blessings about that. One thing CC has going for it is that the PTA is present, but does not own the school like at Med. Elem. When the policies actually get enforced, they apply to everyone equally, without regard to who has a PTA mom and not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

Have a 4th grader going into 5th grade in the fall. As with the previous parent's opinion that emphasis is on math over spelling I agree with the posit, but not the outcome. Technology requires strong math skills for success, while reading and spell check makes spelling less important to test for. Overall an awesome learning environment with great teachers and parent involvement. We will miss Principal Carroll next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2011

Cherry Crest is an outstanding school with unbelievably great teachers, a very strong administration, and terrific parent support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

The school has a lot of parental involvement but the level of learning is mediocre. The teachers are tied to the state curriculum and teach to the test. They don't really add a lot of activity based learning or challenge the smarter kids in the class. Ex. My 4th grade son gets a lot of math homework each day but hasn't had one spelling test all year long. I would
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

Teachers being bound by the curriculum (& WASL) is sometimes detrimental to real teaching but is a problem throughout the district & state, not just at CC. Same w/ the lack of a full-time counselor. I hope that any parent who feels bullying is prevalent has addressed the situation with teachers & administration. In my 7 years as a CC parent I've found no tolerance for bullying--when the teachers are aware of it. Unfortunately covert activity occurs, which is why children & parents need to shed light on problems, not suffer in silence. Social skills are a challenge for children everywhere, but responsiblilty for behavior starts at home, not with a public school counselor. Parent volunteers ARE needed to provide playground supervision & support the learning environment. CC is fortunate to have many dedicated and proactive families. Public school isn't perfect & can always benefit from parent involvement beyond WWW complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2008

This school is a train wreck - bullying is prevalent, there is no full time counselor which is sorely needed. The new principals are doing their best and are both gifted administrators, but the amount of time teachers spend 'teaching to the WASL' is distressing. Social and emotional skills are seen as secondary to academic and many kids are not equipped to handle themselves on the playground or in the classroom for that matter. Teachers seem more focused on 'crowd control' than on skill building and differentiation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Really great school. Very friendly teachers.


Posted January 29, 2008

The lack of a full time school counselor is distressing. The new principals are great. Teachers are too tied to 'the curriculum' to address or meet student needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

Great school. Teacher's really care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

Very friendly and professional school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2006

Excellent school. Great teachers and parent participation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

I would highly recommend this school , both of my kids attended it and I think education has been very strong, great professionalism of teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

Superb school, amazing teachers, great environment. The parent involvement is close to 99%, and fundraising is great. Great programs, fun atmosphere and great families go to this school. Although not a huge school, this school has an amazing PTSA and great community activities. Music programs are great, super Art teacher. Highly recommended. New principal this year, so can't comment yet on that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

Great School! Great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2005

Good school. Meet each kid's capability. Focus on Reading. Work with each kid on math based on his/her level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2004

I was a student at Cherry Crest five years ago. When I went there, there was a good influence to join music programs in middle school. The science program was also great because the students got to go on educational and fun field trips. The teachers were very good at giving the students the special attention they needed and noticing each individual. The two principals I had when I was there were great with contacting the parents and great with rewarding the kids.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 18, 2003

This is my child's 6th year at Cherry Crest. Wonderful teachers, great curriculum, super parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female98%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian99%
Asian/Pacific Islander99%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
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 Students96%
Female95%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian98%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian98%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
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 Students91%
Female90%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Low incomen/a
Not low income99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female90%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
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

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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 57% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 33% 7%
Two or more races 7% 6%
Hispanic 3% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 18%N/A8%
Special education 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 7N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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12400 NE 32nd St
Bellevue, WA 98007
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