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Sunset Elementary School

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Posted October 3, 2012

I can't imagine sending my children to a better school! The parental involvement is spectacular and the staff is incredibly dedicated. The classes sizes are good size (22-25) and they is such a strong sense of community among the Sockeyes. Any review without mention of Mr. Hamasaki would be shameful. I have never known a pricipal to give so much of his heart and soul to a school. He gives 200% to his kids and goes above and beyond. He is at every PTA activity and usually is dressed up. Every year the school celebrates Mr. Hamasaki day by wearing silly ties or WSU gear. Last year he hosted a reception at the district office for all the children who had artwork chosen to be displayed. He did that. He went out and bought cookies and punch, took their pictures and celebrated their success. He personally published a newsletter EVERY MONDAY with school news and pictures that he takes during the week. He knows every child by name and is a wonderful man!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2012

We love the school . My daughter don't want to leve the school and go for another school for 6th grade. She said i wish i stay and study till 10th. Me and my wife will recomond this school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2012

I love this school! We may be moving to another state and I am heartsick over leaving Sunset. The principal, Mr. Hamasaki, is amazing and seems like he would do anything for his students. Parental involvement is incredible - 100% PTA participation for the school 9 years in a row. My first grade daughter has art, drama, library time, science and animal science (2 different programs that run simutaneously), computer lab, music, and P.E. as part of her regular curriculum. The teachers are amazing, supportive, talented and truly dedicated to their students. Reading the previous reviews from a few years ago, I don't recognize them as the school my daughter attends now. Kudos for the changes that have clearly taken place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2008

Math curriculum has been changed/improved but a weak staff makes it still a below average program. Academic excellence is not demonstrated from the school leadership and the weak standards are evident throughout.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

Parental involvement is high because they are picking up the slack for a poor staff and curriculum. Math curriculum is very bad and Science is pitiful. School district pays lip service to not tolerating bullying, but there's no action.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

Great educational program, however I wish they would add more ethnic diversity in their choice of history and literature to provide kids with a more global view.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

I am the parent of a former student (now HS freshman) attending school in NYS- we moved in 3rd grade...The bilingual program @ Sunset was fantastic and gave my daughter the opportunity to finish her NYS language grad requirment by 9th gr. - Looking back on the work it was some of the most challenging work she'd been asked to do....would highly recommend the program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

Sunset has strong partent involvement is constantly seeking ways to improve education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Sunset elementary employs great teachers as well as students. Many of the students do above average on the WASL and ITBS testing. After they graduate they go to Pine Lake Middle or Issaquah Middle.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2005

Great program and wonderful parental support. Great test scores as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2005

My son is in the special kids preschool program. The teachers are excellent. They have a diverse background and are well educated with different diagnosis and treatment options. I highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

This is a wonderful school. The students are all important to their teachers, there are myriad activities to get the parents and the community involved, and parent involvement is amazing. The art, drama, music and computer programs they've provided have been a perfect fit for my first grader.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
72%
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%
Female79%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low incomen/a
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
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 Students78%
Female77%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female98%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female86%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low incomen/a
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
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 Students73%
Female70%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income38%
Not low income79%
Special education7%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income56%
Not low income85%
Special education29%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female80%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income50%
Not low income88%
Special education29%
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

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
White 65% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 7%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Black 2% 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 17%N/A8%
Special education 119%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%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 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 76%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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  • WAYNE HAMASAKI

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4229 West Lake Samm Parkway SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
Phone: (425) 837-5600

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