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Cougar Ridge Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 568 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 5, 2014

We've been thrilled with the dedication shown by the staff and how welcoming and involved the community is. People here truly love this school and the standards are very high but not to an unhealthy extreme. My child is still too young for cliques so I can't speak to the comment about them existing or not. Yes, this is in a somewhat affluent community but I've never encounted any outright snobbishness like I see regularly in west Bellevue. As for fundraising, I've never felt pressured to give more than I can afford but if anyone is to blame it is WA state for so pitifully underfunding our schools. Our PTA pays for class aides and computers with money raised, and without the generous giving by many, our school simply wouldn't be able to offer so much. The principal has very large shoes to fill next year and we'll reserve our judgement until then.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

This is a great school with wonderful , caring teachers. There is a high percentage of parent involvement which benefits many students. Teachers and staff make much effort to reach all students , and help them grow to their fullest potential. The community is also invested in Cougar Ridge by supporting their fundraising events and being involved whenever possible. The community as a whole, understands the value of a good school and well rounded kids. My kids are not the smartest, most athletic, or well off financially, and you can find me in at school in sweats and beat up tennis shoes most days and we all LOVE Cougar Ridge and Cougar Ridge loves us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this school. The principal and teachers are very good. The principal is retiring at the end of this school year, though, so there will be a change of leadership. The academics are rigorous and they hold the students to a high standard. The main reason that I give this school an "average" rating is because the families are elitist and snobby. The annual fundraiser is $100 a plate to attend. I have heard 4th graders ask "what kind of purse is that? Is it Coach?" Even the boys care what kind of shoes you wear and where you went on vacation. The students are cliqued up and are not welcoming of newcomers or others not in their clique, especially on the playground. There is an "edge" to them that borderlines on bully behavior. If you have an average student who isn't athetic, isn't super talented, isn't rich, or isn't gifted, your student will not flourish here. If you're a minivan flip-flop mom, you won't fit in either. There are other schools in Issaquah with equally strong academics that you should explore. Part of elementary school is learning how to treat others with empathy and develop character. Students here fall short in these areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2011

A wonderful school with an emphasis on excellence, community, and involvement. It has the feeling of a small school where everyone knows each other, including staff and teachers. The principal, Mrs. Tanner, is welcoming, engaging and simply amazing. There are so many activities for kids and families, including parent education, art classes, community dinners and other extracurriculars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2011

A fabulous school. Great teachers and staff. Everyone is 100% committed to the kids and making sure they have a positive learning environment. Teachers spend a lot of extra time to make sure the kids are learning at their highest possible level. Children also attend weekly classes in PE, Music, Library, Computer Science & Art (Art & Library are every other week). PTSA is very involved and funds lots of extras at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Cougar Ridge benefits from outstanding teachers, involved families and a supportive district. Defines excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

excellent school in excellent neighborhood where parents are highly educated and very supportive. Smart and motivated kids. 5 stars for PTSA. 5th grade team are very competitive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

This school is the best school in all of washington. My daughter has made friends with both boys and girls. They teach kids how to really connect and not to leave anyone out. This school os so inviting and loving we really are one big bobcat family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

Cougar Ridge knows how to challenge academically bright children, of which there are many. My son's first grade experience was wonderful. His teacher really pushed the class, and he came out an 'expert' in many topics. Some of his peers in other classes didn't fare as well as there's one teacher who seems to rather be anywhere else but at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2006

I have been pleased with the experience my child has had at Cougar Ridge. I feel the teachers communicate well and are geniunely interested in both the emotional and educational welfare of my child. The building itself is bright and cheerful. The PTSA is involved and sponsors a lot of great programs. We've been happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2005

My daughter has attended this school for 3 and a half years. This is a wonderful school and has exceptional parent involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2005

A wonderful school with many great programs! Parent involvement is extremely high and allows for curriculum enrichment and programs. Recently, the PTSA raised enough money at their auction to buy document cameras (to replace overhead projectors) for all classroom teachers. Great students, great parents, great teachers, great school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 26, 2005

We enrolled our child at Cougar Ridge after two years of private school. We were shocked by the level of non-chalantness concerning our child's education and well being in class. We were also involved in the volunteering at this school. We were amazed for a school of the enrollment size of Cougar Ridge, how few parents are actively involved despite the school touting the '100% PTA involvement'- this simply means everyone paid their PTA dues. Our experience at this school taught us that you either accept the 'cookie cutter' education without questions, or you go elsewhere. We chose to go elsewhere, and have not regretted it.
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students78%
Female74%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low incomen/a
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
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

Math

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female90%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female96%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
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%
Female95%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
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

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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 56% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 33% 7%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Hispanic 3% 20%
Black 2% 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 16%N/A8%
Special education 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%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 16N/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 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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4630 167th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Phone: (425) 837-7300

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