Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Somerset Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 601 students

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars


Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

9 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted January 15, 2009

Parental involvement seems to be a major part of the school's success. The administration and staff are very supportive of parent engagement in and out of the classroom. The PTSA supports the school with aides in addition to programs and social events. The curriculum is 'one size' per the district's instruction but teachers we've had were all flexible to provide a challenging level appropriate for each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

This school is inconsistent, to say at least. There are both great and terrible teachers. The math program in Bellevue is horrible, and both school and district is deaf to parent's concerns. The school resists to any parent's objections and concerns because it goes against their 'feel good' policy. 'Substance' is sacrificed, so everybody can 'feel good' about the school and curriculum. The PTSA seems to subscribe to this 'feel good' policy as well. I went to meetings where the principal asked parents not to tell their opinion directly, just through notes, etc... Indirect participation is much easier to control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

School has a great environment for learning but lacking in substance. The school is definitely divided when it comes to the community. The school is very diverse and yet there is a division among Asians and Whites.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2006

Unsafe playground: the ptsa, the administration and the teachers are begging to get more parents to volunteer on the playground, but there has been little response. The principal needs to fix this problem, but hasn't. The school district needs to insure the safety and well being of our children on the playground.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2006

Our son, now 19, went to Somerset. Now we have a 5th grader there. The school has consistently provided an outstanding learning environment with the highest caliber of teachers, and huge parent involvement. Only two comments. This may be a district issue as well: 5th grade students should not be forced to play an instrument. They should be given the choice to play one or not play one. Band & Orchestra should be separate classes made up of only those students, as they are in middle and high school. DARE: Canceling this program was a huge loss for Somerset. This program should have been salvaged at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

Great Spanish emmersion program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

With 4-5 classes of each grade, getting a great teacher is a 'hit or miss' experience. We have a new principal and the building is new and very impressive. However, Somerset is very crowded and congested; the parking lot at the begining and end of the day is a safety nightmare. Their 'new' math program seems like an experiment with no proof that it will educate the children any better. Somersets stark racial demographics divide the school socially. This is extremely disgouraging as no one seems comfortable to speak up to address the situation or to suggest ways to mend the divide. It's is only spoken of in hushed tones among the parents and accepted as just 'the way things are' ... which is very sad indeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I have had two daughters attend Somerset and could not imagine a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2003

Somerset Elementary has an exemplary reputation in the community as a place for excellent learning complemented by extraordinary parent support. Test scores on the WASL and Iowa tests continue to rank extremely high. Membership in the PTSA is higher than any other elementary school in the state. Because of its demographics, Somerset Elementary does not receive the additional state and federal funding for which other schools qualify. The principal, therefore, must manage funds very closely with the meager budget dollars allotted. PTSA funding has helped and will continue to help to provide funds for field trip transportation, classroom supplies, instructional aides, assemblies, and many more. The school building will be demolished at the end of June 2003. A new state-of-the-art building will be built in its place and ready for occupancy in the fall 2004. Students will attend Somerset at a temporary location for the 2003-2004 school year at Bellewood.


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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students84%
Female83%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female100%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
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 Students85%
Female84%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low incomen/a
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female93%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
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 Students95%
Female100%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income80%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income90%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income90%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 58% 7%
White 29% 60%
Two or more races 10% 6%
Black 1% 5%
Hispanic 1% 20%
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 111%N/A8%
Special education 15%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 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 73%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

14100 Somerset Blvd SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Phone: (425) 456-5800

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT