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Silver Beach Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 407 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The principal of this school is out of her league. I will agree the first year was good, but its been downhill ever since. I am soooooo glad my kids do not attend this poorly run and dilapidated old school anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

I agree the new principal is great. The teachers seem to really appreciate the support she provides. Reading and writing skills are very well taught - excellent. Math skills instruction is very good but is an area that could use some improvement. This does not mean math is bad here just weaker than other areas and not quite as focused. I have two kids who go here. Best view of the lake from the playground! Highest recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

This school is outstanding. The new principal has made all the difference. The teachers were already amazing but with her support and leadership this has become an exceptional school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

We moved from CA specifically so our children could attend this school. Our oldest attended all 6 years and we have a 4th grader now. I love the sense of community the school offers, the personal support systems and the AMAZING teachers! Both of my children read far above grade level and have been greatly encouraged by staff and a wonderful librarian. I would highly recommend this elementary above all others in Whatcom County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

Great teachers, however it is a well known fact the Principal lacks leadership and decision making skills. The school is great because of the teaching staff and parents. With better direction, it could be sooooo much better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Lots of internal problems that affect school atmosphere - new leadership needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

I am a parent of a special needs child. The schools staff and principal have bent over backwards to do everything they can to help my child. Since coming to Silver Beach this year my son has flourished. The parents are extremely active. There is always a volunteer in class. The children are giving and accepting. I cannot express how happy I am with Silver Beach. I hope to have all of my children go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

The principal likes to look as though he is doing all he can for the school but in reality he has a large ego and he has a reputation among parents as unfriendly and unhelpful. The teachers my children had at Silver Beach were nice and caring. I have heard of some other teachers there that are not as great. The environment is not that stimulating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2006

As with all schools, there are some outstanding teachers and some that are just doing their time until retirement at Silver Beach. Some teachers motivate students and some teachers use the same curriculum for 15+ years- those are the ones that love to mark with red pen as much as possible on student work. There are extracurricular activites but, music is non-existant for k-2, sports for k-2? if you call that running on the playground then yes. There is a wonderful art program and Spaish program. There is high parent involvement. Siver Beach is like any other Bellingham school. A Principal with leadership and good teachers make all the difference in any school. This pricipal is hard to deal with, not friendly, unapproachable. The school property is well maintained, the staff is friendly, children seem to be happy at Sliver Beach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

Silver Beach school was a good school that encouraged reading skills and manipulative math skills.Our daughter attended as a first grader and enjoyed most of her days writing creative stories which the teacher would then print out as her very own published book.She also benefited from a program called reading buddies where an upper elementary student would meet and assist reading and sharing stories in a fun and informal environment.Our daughter is a strong reader today and is looking forward to helping a younger child learn to read.We feel that the experience facilitated compassion as well as confidence and were very pleased.Parent involvement was always welcome and it seemed there was always a fundraising effort to contribute to.That was somewhat of a turnoff. Overall,though,its a good school and we have positive thoughts and have built friendships from our time there.
—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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students75%
Female75%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income67%
Not low income79%
Special education80%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income89%
Not low income87%
Special education80%
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

Math

All Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income65%
Not low income83%
Special education53%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income75%
Not low income86%
Special education47%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female81%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income40%
Not low income74%
Special education20%
Not special education76%
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 Students71%
Female65%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income52%
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income91%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income62%
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
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 88% 60%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 119%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 229%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 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 45%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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