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Gregory Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 604 students

 
 

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Posted March 15, 2014

My oldest child attends this school and loves it. She is learning exciting curriculum and it covers the new CCSS. I am very pleased with the quality of the teaching staff and their ability to diversify curriculum based on individual needs. You can tell the staff here work very hard to ensure that all children get what they need in order to be successful. Teachers collaborate with one another and have the best interest of the child in mind. The parents on here that are complaining are probably difficult individuals who are unaware that the school houses over 650 kids and their child isn't the only child at the school. I have seen parents come in and start yelling in the office b/c they don't get what they want and the office staff/ principals handle this very calmly. I am excited for my other children to attend this excellent school in the years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

Gregory Heights has a very caring teaching staff. My daughter loves going to school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

My oldest daughter has been going to Gregory Heights since kindergarten and it has been really good. She is know in the fifth grade and she's having a lot of problems with her teacher. She comes home very sad saying that her teacher does not like her and that she picks on her. It makes me very sad that my child feel this way. she should be able to go to school and feel good about herself. To me that is like being a bully to my child. I just hope that she doesn't get this teacher next year. At Gregory Heights in my daughter's reading class they don't teach her how to sound out word so when she reads she doesn't know how. And I think that is not good they need to teach kids to sound out words. And also when it comes to teaching my child she'll learn math one way from one teacher and then she'll learn I won't say learn but she will get confuse when another teacher teaches another way. I'm just not happy with the teachers this year. I hope she will get a better teacher next year. If not I will have to take my child out of Gregory Heights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I really like the school, it's clean, puts on good events, etc. However not that impressed with the teacher we had this year. It's kindergarten not high school. (at least in our case)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

we bought our home in the gregory heights neighborhood due to the school. biggest mistake I've ever made. my sons have all attended gregory heights, 2 of my 3 children have had nothing but problems. my 10 year old has attented since k, and is now in 5th grade. every year, we have problems with the teacher. we have requested meetings with the teacher reguarding the way my child is being treated, they never seem to get the message or dont have time. ever year i have had to go to the principal to ensure my childs needs will be met. the principal and the new school nurse are the 2 good things about this school. i'm not looking forward to my little one attending gregory heights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

My oldest daughter started Kindergarten at Gregory in 2007. Her first two years were a total mess! I will admit she is a difficult kid as she would very much rather be singing and dancing, but she got treated so poorly and immediately pegged as "that kid" and was passed over. Instead of reaching out to her and inspiring her to be a good student she got left behind. I tried to get her transfered out, but apparently Gregory falls in with only a couple other schools that don't fit into the large % of low income but also failed the state testing, so the transfer option was not given to our school. Mrs. Sparks was a great teacher in 2nd grade and I was glad we had her! Mr. Janeke is now my daughter's teacher in 4th grade. I am absolutely thrilled with him! He has such a kind demeanor! He has raised my daughter up and has really encouraged her to be a good student! I cannot express to you the change we have seen in her. She used to tell me that she wasn't one of the "good students". I was so sad that she had written herself off as not being smart. We are so lucky that Mr. Janeke has changed her outlook on herself. I am hopeful we can find just as good of a teacher for 5th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

I used to love Gregory Heights but things have been going downhill this year in regards to student health and safety (though I still love the teachers) It started when the lunches were switched around with the mid-afternoon recess; the time allotted for both were decreased significantly and now kids no longer have time to get out all of their energy before they go back to eat and then class. The kids rush through lunch while being yelled at to be quiet. The recesses were all shortened and now the kids have to line up the last 5 min of each recess. The playground paras now use whistles to bring them in, not the school bell. Additionally, they decided that though school starts at 8:40, kids must be in their classrooms by 8:35 or be marked late. My own child was marked tardy 10 times this quarter. My friend's child, 13. Finally and most importantly, we virtually have no crossing guard. I bring my child early (8:32) every day and there is no one to ensure that kids get to school safely. Traffic is a nightmare as parents cut each other off and/or park in the drop-off lane to talk on their cell phones. Kids walking to school now run across the crosswalk into traffic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

I really love this school, and have found the Staff to be very caring, concerned, involved Educators. My child is a Special Needs student, and I have to say that the lack of variety in Special Education Services available for students is disappointing. However, the Staff at Gregory Heights have done the best they can with the resources currently available to them, and I appreciate their efforts. I think that there is a good variety of extracurricular activities available to students. Speaking again as the parent of a Special Needs child, I wish more funding and effort were put towards better inclusion and individualized education for the students in the school receiving Special Education Services.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My oldest daughter just started kindergarten this year and loves it! The school is beautiful & clean and the staff is incredibly nice and accomidating. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

My son has attended GH since kindergarten and is now in second grade. The transition year into the new facility had its challenges but I really feel like the school as a whole is gaining in momentum. The teachers and staff go out of there way to know the names of all the kids which not only feels safer but we also feel like part of a community. The PTSA is great and provide for a number of family activities throughout the year as well as a number of after-school clubs to enrich the students academic life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

I love Gregory Heights Elementary School. My second-grade daughter attended kindergarten and first grade here (but moved on to Hazel Valley Elementary School to participate in the Challenge Program). My son is currently a kindergartner at Gregory Heights. The school offers many after school programs such as Chess Club, Math Club, Spanish/French/Japanese language classes, Drama Club...and the PTA helps add a lot to an already great school. There are many functions for the whole family, and my kids really feel like they're part of a caring community. Many of the staff know my kids by name so I feel safe having them participate in after-school activities. The staff and principal are very hands-on with students and their families. You will LOVE this school! (Doesn't hurt that it's a brand new facility with top-of-the-line media technology)!
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
27%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
47%
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 Students56%
Female60%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income47%
Not low income69%
Special education7%
Not special education66%
Limited English8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female70%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income59%
Not low income75%
Special education20%
Not special education74%
Limited English23%
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 Students54%
Female45%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income44%
Not low income68%
Special education23%
Not special education61%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female71%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income54%
Not low income81%
Special education23%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students53%
Female47%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income44%
Not low income65%
Special education23%
Not special education60%
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 Students49%
Female53%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income36%
Not low income65%
Special education24%
Not special education56%
Limited English25%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female79%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income57%
Not low income68%
Special education35%
Not special education69%
Limited English42%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female65%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income52%
Not low income56%
Special education38%
Not special education58%
Limited English25%
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 Students79%
Female73%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income67%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female81%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income67%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
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

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 50% 63%
Hispanic 27% 18%
Two or more races 10% 5%
Asian 6% 7%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 142%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 211%N/A8%
Special education 218%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 56%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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