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Colbert Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 83 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 24, 2013

Excellent on all areas. Love the school! Parents are involved and this is what makes Colbert Elementary stand above the rest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

Colbert has great test scores but it also spends most of the year teaching to the MSP. Teachers are good and bad like any school. The demographics of the school lead to the high test scores not the teaching. It is not a private school, the school teaches to the MSP. Private schools do not have to do this. Teachers cannot teach what they want but what the district specifies. Very little science, history, grammar, or social studies is taught. Bullies are prevalent with little action on the part of the school to address this. The students who complain are told the "good kids" could not possibly be bullies. The principal does interact with the students on a positive level, he does create a fun atmosphere. Nothing wrong with a school being fun, however, the complaint on ensuring the teachers are doing their job is correct. He does not address bullying. AND all students should recieve the help they need to reach the standard in their grade level. Too much busywork homework is given.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

Colbert is an excellent school. I think it has many qualities of a private school. The parent participation is great. The environment is safe, the kids love it. Many of the teachers are excellent. As with any school nothing is perfect - some teachers are better than other's and so are some students. I know parents get frustrated when dealing with IEP's and the cumbersome public school system processes but the truth is Colbert is a well balanced school and cares deeply so that every student can succeed to his/her abilities. I have spent many hours tutoring and volunteering to children who struggle and need the one on one and the fact that they have such a great system set up and care that these kids get the help says something! So yes if your kid struggles below the 85% percentile it will be a challenging school because it is high achieving academically but it will also help you child get the skills needed to continue on because middle school and high school only becomes more rigorous. I absolutely love the school, almost makes me want to be back in elementary school because of it's great nurturing environment. It definitely rates 5 stars!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

I have had both good and horrible experiences with my son's teachers. Kindergarten and 2nd grade were great with teachers that accepted and engaged my son as a functioning part of the classroom 1st and current third grade teachers were and are horrible. I have had numerous conference with the staff attempting to correct the problems. All that I ever get is excuses from a principle who spends his time playing with the children rather than ensuring that teachers are truly doing the job they are there to do. The focus of this school is and continues to be a fun playful environment instead of an organized disciplined education facility that offers maximum opportunity for ALL students to achieve appropriate standards. What keeps this school in the high ratings are the quality and intellectual background of its student population and not the teaching staff. I believe their are a few exceptional teachers here but no more than any other school and the leadership from the principle is poor at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2010

I have 3 children at this school and can't imagine a better environment! My children have had wonderful teachers who challenge them to their highest ability. This school also has wonderful parent involvement and is constantly looking for ways to keep parents "in the loop". The entire staff has is approachable and available for whatever concerns may come up. This is an amazing school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

While education is priority and learning is made fun, the teachers genuinely care for their students and for the learning process. Parents, Teachers and Administrators join forces at all levels of the learning process, from building the curriculum, to school centered activities. Love abounds, love of learning by kids, parents, and teachers, and love of the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

I love Colbert Elementary! We moved our kids to Colbert from a private school in Spokane. The education is much better than that which we received at the private school. The staff and teachers are fantastic! We are so glad we made the change and I cannot recommend it highly enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2004

I Loved having my children at Colbert Elementary! This school has a great staff and they truely care how each and every child is doing. My kids really miss going to Colbert.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

We have been very pleased with Colbert. There is a lot of parent involvement. The teachers seem happy to be there, therefor it makes a great learning inviorment for the kids.
—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 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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income75%
Not low income91%
Special education62%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female77%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income58%
Not low income95%
Special education54%
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 Students89%
Female93%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income74%
Not low income93%
Special education57%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income84%
Not low income96%
Special education79%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female95%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income79%
Not low income90%
Special education71%
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 Students80%
Female78%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income54%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female83%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income77%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female78%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income69%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
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 Students92%
Female93%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income79%
Not low income96%
Special education65%
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income79%
Not low income93%
Special education65%
Not special education95%
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 92% 60%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Hispanic 3% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 114%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 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 17N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 84%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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4625 East Greenbluff Rd
Colbert, WA 99005
Phone: (509) 465-6300

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