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Grass Valley Elementary School

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Posted November 4, 2013

Having experienced 2 years at this school I am so vey glad we made the move from the East Coast to raise our family in Camas, WA. Wonderful school and amazing leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

This is my son's third year at GVE. I love it because he has soared academically and socially with very little added support at home. More importantly, he loves it. He's very proud to be a zebra and he has taught the whole family the school song.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

My oldest is about to begin his 4th year at Grass Valley Elementary. I love that he has always been challenged in his classes, given extra help when he struggled and is surrounded by caring teachers and staff. Academically, Grass Valley soars but what makes the school special is so much more than grades. They reward positive behavior, celebrate students and their successes and do such a great job at making the kids feel a part of the Zebra family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

I can't say enough good things about this school. This is our third year here and we have two children that attend this school. The teachers are amazing and quick to fix anything that arises. The staff is incredible--they know everyone's name and many of parent's too! The principal is wonderful and seriously knows EVERY student by name. I recently worked with her at a school event and I was amazed that she not only knew ALL of the kids names (and there were several hundred there), she knew their parents too! The academics are paramount and we have loved all of our teachers. They have specialists who work with kids who need extra help in reading, writing, math, etc. The only thing I wish they had was a bigger play structure, however, there is a lot of room for the kids to run and play at recess, just not a huge play structure. It's a great school and if you are lucky enough to have your kids attend, you will NOT be dissapointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

Every day when I drop off or pick up my daughter from school, I feel two things: lucky and proud. When we moved to this neighborhood, GVE was still being built, so although the district has a stellar reputation, we didn't know what GVE would be like. It has surpassed my highest expectations for public education. The teachers and staff are committed, kind, patient, and incredibly skilled in classroom management. The principle knows every student by name, and every parent, too! When our daughter has had challenges, the teachers have been ON IT - talking to us as parents and getting a whole team of staff members to consult and figure out the best strategy to help her. The principle is both liked and respected, and most importantly, approachable. Last but not least, the building - the environment in which learning takes place - is absolutely beautiful. It's bright, airy, modern without being offputting, colorful without being overwhelming, and is one of the "greenest" schools in Washington State. The playground is well-maintained, and there's a huge volunteer-maintained kids' garden where the kids plant flowers and watch things grow. Like I said: Lucky and proud.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

We still have Zebra Pride as we move into our 3rd year here! GVE is a wonderful school, with a stellar principal, great teachers and a respectful student body, it offers outstanding academics & extracurriculars like music, jazz choir , gym, computers, art and science in a modern, beautiful facility. The staff work as a team, led by Principal Erdmann -- the foundation on which the school's greatness is built. The teachers are terrific. Our favorite is Mrs. Hanson -- she's one of those once-in-a-lifetime teachers that really gets her students and challenges and engages them. We really like Mrs. Woodruff, the librarian, and Ms. Wilson, the music teacher who created our award-winning jazz vocal choir! Mr. Hughes makes P.E. a fun and enjoyable part of the kids lives and his Field Day is always fun! And we're fond of the school counselor, Mr. Causey, who fosters a safe environment where bullying is not tolerated and works hard to develop appropriate social skills and coping strategies with students. The office, cafeteria and custodial staff are all warm and pleasant too! Everyone here is pretty great. We ll miss GVE when we change schools next fall due to boundary revisions.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income63%
Not low income88%
Special education50%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female78%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income60%
Not low income90%
Special education50%
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 Students66%
Female72%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income19%
Not low income78%
Special education14%
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income48%
Not low income88%
Special education29%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female85%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income38%
Not low income85%
Special education19%
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

Math

All Students77%
Female86%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income50%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female100%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income89%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Low income94%
Not low income99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
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 74% 60%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 116%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 221%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 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 70%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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School Leader's name
  • Patricia Erdmann
Fax number
  • (360) 833-5711

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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3000 NE Grass Valley Dr
Camas, WA 98607
Phone: (360) 833-5710

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