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Wade King Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 457 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted October 22, 2012

Wade King has been nothing but wonderful for both my children! They are very nurturing and challenging at the same time. Both my children have loved ALL their teachers. They have such a wonderfully unique approach to teaching with the IB program. I only wish they had offered a program similar in nature when I was a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

"Purposeful" and "high expectations" are the two phrases that I think best describe King Elementary. Teachers, kids, parents and admin staff - everyone has high expectations of everyone else, and they all rise to the occasion. The curriculum is completely worked through. They take the WA standards, decompile them, then recompile them into the structure of the International Baccalaureate program. The net result is that they cover well beyond "what is required for the test" and in fact meet internationally recognized standardards. My cousin teaches the IB program in Switzerland. In other words, your kids won't get the same program across the town, but will if you move across the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

I am really impressed by the intentional way this school has chosen to educate the students. I believe the emphasis on student led inquiry will lead to a passionate inquiring mind as well as strong self confidence. Respect, empathy, cooperation, and a myriad of other attributes are part of the daily curriculum. The school itself is healthy and beautiful inside and out; the library is bright, and there is a music room! And, importantly to our family, the students come from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Although it is natural to have off moments. the teachers and office staff have thus far been helpful and kind. Coming from a waldorf/montessori background I can't say how pleased we are to have found a public school like Wade King.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

WKE is in the process of getting their International Baccalaureate PYP certification. The kids in all grades are receiving Mandarin instruction, the school has been built with Green principles and has a very active recycling and composting program, and the IB program is teaching all kids a respect for all world cultures, as well as how to take the lessons they have learned in school and use them in the real world. I feel so lucky to be in this school district, and feel my kids are getting a very special and valuable education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

I love this school! My daugther has had both Mrs. Niva and Mrs Binkley and they are both amazing teachers who are completely dedicated to helping their students learn as much as they can in such a short amount of time. They also treat each child with so much kindness and respect. It is such an amazing environment for these little ones! The principle (Mr McElroy) is very engaged with the kids and makes regular appearances in the classroom and he knows all the kids by name. The office staff is so kind and treat the kids with much kindness and respect. I can't say enough about this school....I am so excited to give my kids the opportunity to go to this school.
—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.

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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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
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%
Female82%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income38%
Not low income85%
Special education17%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income56%
Not low income95%
Special education50%
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 Students75%
Female77%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income50%
Not low income84%
Special education69%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female97%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income65%
Not low income97%
Special education69%
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female82%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income45%
Not low income80%
Special education54%
Not special education75%
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 Students86%
Female81%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female89%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
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

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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 83% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Hispanic 6% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 220%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 21N/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 58%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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2155 Yew St Rd
Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: (360) 647-6840

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