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Puesta Del Sol Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted April 25, 2014

This school is amazing with the rare combination of dedicated, amazing teachers and a fantastic parent community. The principal is leaving, so comments earlier that address issues with the current principal will be invalid. We feel very lucky to have our child at Puesta and know that she will have a lifetime of advantage for having gone to this elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2014

Overall, Puesta has been a good experience for my children. The teachers are dedicated, the staff knows who my children are by name, and I rarely hear complaints from my kids about school happenings. One time I did approach the current principle about a problem, I was shocked that she told me straight up, "That doesn't happen." She back peddled when I ask her if I was not supposed to bring concerns about volunteer/staff interactions with the students. If there was one thing I could change about the school it would be the principle. I disagreed with the previous principle on some policy ideas, but I never felt like I was fighting an enemy like I do with the current one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

Early on we couldn't believe our good fortune of having access to a bilingual education. However, we are unhappy with the new principal who joined the school last year. She does not lead school assemblies because she lacks the ability to speak spanish. She favors "a need to know basis" means of communication and is very defensive when approached with a question. Where we enjoyed a transparent communication with our previous principal, there are now a select few who are privy to the information regarding school dealings and you have to wait for the rumors to trickle down. It is unprofessional and disvalues the parents role in their childs education. I am not sure if I will be sending my third child to Puesta which is devastating as I don't want him to miss out on the opportunity to acquire another language. I feel a great educational resource is being severely mismanaged and I have lost trust in the schools leadership. I will say there are some wonderful teachers as well as support staff at Puesta who give their heart and soul to the kids and have made significant impacts on the children who pass through the program. Many thanks to them for the great work that they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

The level of parental involvment and volunteers helping in classrooms and different areas of the school is excellent, and the extent to which the PTA supports extra academic and enrichment programs is really amazing. Our family loves Puesta del Sol so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

The teachers and other staff are highly devoted and passionate individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2010

I am impressed by not only parent involvement and volunteer hours, but how the PTA (parents) supports the academic curriculum. Without the the PTA and support of families (time and $), our students would not have such an enriched experience at school. I love that a lot of the teachers come from cultures that respect and care about the whole education of the child. Of course, there are some organizational aspects I'd like to see changed, but I think we've had a wonderful experience so far...!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Staff (including support staff) are outstanding and the commitment by all families to the school is impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

The families are the best and the academics are incredible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

It is an amazing opportunity for my children to learn a foreign language at such a young age. The teachers are outstanding and care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

The dedicated teachers and staff are giving their students the best possible bilingual education even during the severe budget cuts.


Posted May 3, 2010

Experienced teachers. Dedicated families. Fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

This school is great- not only are the teachers SUPER DEDICATED, but they infuse daily lessons with language (Spanish) and make native-English speaking children into native-like fluent speakers. Wow- they deserve a huge round of applause. Principal is new- needs more experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

This is a fabolous school !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2004

I have been both a student and a teacher at this school. The teachers hired are of top quality and the students are very lucky to have the exposure to such a variety of styles and peoples. The highlight of this school is that it houses a unique Spanish Immersion program that provides native like fluency to school age children. The teachers are of highest quality and the education received is one steeped in tradition, culture and care. The people who work there, appreciate the uniqueness of the school and value the high parental support and student particpation.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students91%
Female85%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
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%
Female85%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female93%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
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 Students81%
Female79%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female85%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low incomen/a
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 60%
Hispanic 14% 20%
Two or more races 13% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Black 1% 5%
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 11%N/A8%
Special education 15%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%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 23N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 78%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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3810 132nd Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
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