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Sawyer Woods Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 491 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 13, 2012

I thought my child was getting a great education at Sawyer Woods. I was mistaken. If we are talking about the reading and math skills needed for the state testing, then yes. That is what they teach. All other subjects are treated as extra or unnecessary. The attendance policy only allows for tardies to be excused when a child is ill. A couple flat tire or other excuses will result in a stay in the office for recess time. My kids would rather stay home than face the office lady if they are late. Needless to say when the same lady monitors the lunchroom all children have to talk quietly or the traffic light will go on and the kids have to put their heads down. I think this school needs new administration. Someone who remembers why they went into education in the first place and reminds the teachers that an education is more than just knowing how to do math and read.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Great teachers and parents. My child learns in a safe and fun enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

Our daughter is in 1st grade at Sawyer Woods, and we have had the best experience. I volunteer regularly and each time I do I am thanked for my assistance by other teachers. Every interaction with the staff has been positive - they just seem happy and love their school. There are many extra programs for students to enrich their education. My daughter loves school, loves to learn and loves Sawyer Woods - and we do too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

Our son went to Sawyer Woods for Kindergarten last year. We moved and he started 1st grade in a new school not to far away and in the same Kent School District. When we were at Sawyer Woods we were very satisfied with the level of education our son was receiving, but now that he has moved to another school it is very obvious that he was receiving a level of education that was advanced in comparing with his new school. The curriculim that they have been covering and will be covering in the next few weeks are items he learned last Jan. in Kindergarten. My husband and I are sad that we did not way our options with his education a bit more. Sawyer Woods is great and the PTA is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

Staff and parent involvement are first rate. The school changed principals before the 2004-2005 school year and there is definitely a difference in how the school is run. I'm not sure if it is an improvement or not, as the previous principal was the best the district had to offer and very student/parent oriented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2003

Fantastic school. Dedicated, caring teachers and a top notch principal. Very active and involved PTA.
—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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
28%
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 59% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students84%
Female82%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income88%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income79%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
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 Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income73%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female92%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income80%
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female84%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income67%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
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%
Female85%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income71%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female95%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income82%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female70%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income47%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
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 Students76%
Female74%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income59%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income91%
Not low income88%
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 72% 60%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 18%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 226%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 19N/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 57%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Black Diamond, WA 98010
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