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Chloe Clark Elementary School

Public | K-3 | 280 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 7 ratings

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Posted July 2, 2014

We've been at Chloe for 2 years now. I feel that staff is very caring. The PTA programs are outstanding!! They're our favorite part of the school. As a former educator, I feel the academic bar is set VERY low. I don't know if that's due to the Common Core BS or lack of funding. Kindergarten was way too many mindless worksheets (really - 4 worksheets a week on sight words, like the word "no"?!). I keep wondering when they'll integrate the STEM stuff into their curriculum (Science Technology, Engineering, Math). The evening PTA program actually do a great job hitting these areas. It's just a shame it's not done in the classroom. I'm not crazy about the Community time thing - it's kind of a waste of time. That being said, there are some outstanding folks who work here. My son feels welcome and likes his school. I feel it's a pretty safe school without major behavior problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

Chloe Clark is hands down one of the best elementary schools in Pierce County! A caring school environment in a very safe town, DuPont. I wish the school went beyond the 3rd grade! The seasoned teachers are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

We are military, and we decided to rent in DuPont and pay the higher housing rates because of the good school ratings. Big mistake. My son attended Kinder in another state, achieved quite a bit, and had a great time, all while learning. Then came the move here, and Chloe Clark 1st grade. His teacher almost immediately began calling me, saying she was worried about him not sitting in his chair, he liked to stand at his desk and do his work. Odd, but ok. I could see how this could be disruptive in a class of many kids, but then at the first teacher's conference, we were bombarded with insinuations we needed to get him "seen by docs and tested" like if he were medicated he would be easier to deal with? excuse me? Then she flat out told us that because he seemed a little emotionally behind other kids his age that he was "odd." Wow. I really don't see how this woman can teach 1st grade, she came across like a high school teacher with less than a caring attitude. When I found out this teacher was being fast-tracked towards administration, we immediately pulled him out and began a homeschooling and Montessori approach where he is above grade level at the moment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

This school is very disorganized and chaotic. My daughter is in Kindergarten, and it is so difficult to keep track of the homework and activities. I email and call, and I do not get a response for a week or two, and no one ever answers the phone in the office or the classroom. My daughter got lost on the 2nd day of Kindergarten, and when I talked this over with the principal and the teacher, they basically blamed her for not getting on the right bus. Security is terrible at the school. Anyone can just walk into the school and down the hall and no one ever questions it. At pickup time it is pure chaos, anyone can just go grab a kid, or take a kid home who isn't theirs. I fear for the people who have custody situations. I've seen children stand outside in the snow, alone, for 20 minutes when their parents were late and no one approached the child. If both parents work, you will find it very difficult to be involved, as the volunteer opportunities are made for stay at home moms, and if you aren't one of them, you are not included. Our particular teacher also dresses like she just rolled out of bed, but yet complained when my daughter wore pajamas to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2014

Principle assured me he would communicate to my daughter's teacher regarding my concerns... NEVER DONE. Throwing rocks and playing with sticks and broom handles are allowed. My child was hurt and the child who hurt her was reprimanded only when we pressed....intentional games of hurting another are allowed on school grounds. Very sad with how the communications were delivered to us and very sad that assured follow up never done. Overall pleased but this has left us with a feeling of distrust.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

This school showed a complete disregard for my daughter's IEP and made her feel unwelcome. The administration showed a complete lack of interest in our daughter's needs and made sure that she would not be able to attend school there with her twin sister. I cannot in good conscious recommend this school or school district to anyone with a child with any type of special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

Chloe Clark is an oustanding school, and my husband and I could not be more pleased with our kids' time there. The staff is exceptionally caring and professional, and the principal is someone who is always working to make the school even stronger. Everyone associated with the school puts forward a positive attitude that just makes you want to join in! As a military family who has been exposed to many schools, Chloe Clark is simply great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

We have been at the school for 3 years now and will be devastated to leave next year. As a mother of a special needs kiddo, I could not be happier with the care we've received. The teachers are AMAZING, working hard with the parents to do what works best for the student. The administration is supportive and wiling to listen to concerns. It has been a dream situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Chloe Clark Elementary was a great experience for our 3 years there! We loved the combination of enlisted, officer and civilian kids! The evergreen trees in the back are just beautiful. The staff is supportive of military as well as the school counselor. The gifted program is fantastic as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

We were very disappointed in the education at this school. There may be a handful of good teachers here, but there are also some of the worst we have ever seen. The principal is completely ineffective and allows the teachers to do whatever they want. He smiles and acts like he hears the concerns of a parent but then never does anything to rectify the situation. Academics are not pushed. They are more worried about community time, than the fact that their teachers are failing to push their students to grade level work. We also found the fact that anyone can walk into the school at any time and completely bypass the office, to be a safety concern. The school has potential, and great facilities, as well as a great supportive community. Hopefully one day it can reach that potential but it is currently failing to meet even the minimal standards at this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

Principal is highly inneffective and hides from conflict. Exceptionally poor communication form the Principal on all fronts without exception. The Kindergarten teacher my son had should not be teaching anything anywhere, but 3 years later she is still there despite complaints and concerns from multiple families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2011

I completely agree. The first grade teacher that my son had was the worst teacher I've ever seen. She has no idea how to manage a classroom and defaults to sending kids out in the hallway or to the principal's office for typical 1st grade behavior. She has no idea how to effectively discipline the classroom or work with children to modify their behavior. Additionally, she never talks to the parents and ignores suggestions on how to improve the classroom environment. The principal, in way over his head, simply parrots the teachers and does whatever they say rather than working to solve problems. For a newly constructed school in an affluent area, Chloe Clark is a huge disappointment. I tell my friends to pray they don't get my son's teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

Principal doesn't solve problems, but smooth talks his way through them. 1st grade teacher noncommunicative and the worst teacher i've ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2011

Two major school subjects, science and social studies, were dropped from the curriculum without parent notification. We found out when we saw the report card after the second trimester. We were told that funds were not available when enquiring at a parent teacher meeting, with no plans to reinstate it for the remainder of the school year. There were expensive items, such as smart-boards, that were not being utilized by all teachers, yet not enough money for essential academic subjects. We also had problems with Community Time--tardy children were barred from entering. Kids were put on the spot with announcing their birthday plans, given the mike in front of the whole school--it created a cliquish environment embarrassing those students who did not engage in the more popular and expensive activities. Our student's teacher did not communicate things to us in a professional and effective way. Our student had academic difficulties, and on more than one occasion those difficulties were communicated to us in a way that made is seem like a personal affront to the teacher, rather than a problem that we could collaborate on together to bring learning and growth to our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2011

I enjoyed most of the teaching staff. But, my children were miserable because it was very clicky and the counselor did a great job with PR for the school and a miserable job with children who struggle to cope. The school can be very good for popular children. For example, at morning community time, a microphone is given to the birthday child where they have the choice to announce what their birthday plans are. For a child who can't afford go to great wolf lodge, throw a big party, or is not invited to parties, this seems insensitive and even clueless. Supervision on the playground could be better in terms of preventing bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

Chloe Clark is my daughter's 3rd school in the local area and by far the best of them all. The appearance of the school is very impressive and can lead you to believe that school is based on appearances, however the staff and the principal are equally impressive. The have a great bus system and although we weren't able to use the (paid) all-day kindergarten, it is one of very few public schools in the area that offer all day kindergarten. My only complaint is that outside of YCARE, the only child care option in the area is the Mini-Skool which is grossly overpriced. Very happy overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2011

We have had some outstanding teachers at Chloe Clark school and the environment is very positive. The building is beautiful and the student body is well behaved. We have had an enjoyable experience at Chloe Clark for the most part. There are areas of improvement needed. 1. There are WAY too many days off of school. And school is canceled for any dusting of snow at all (district problem, not the school's problem). 2. The KGN program is grossly lacking in academic rigor. Parents are made to feel very welcome and we feel this is the best school in the area. Thank you Chloe, for the efforts you've made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

Chloe Clark is a school with great potential but in need of major changes. It is very chaotic and it seems to be gross lack of organization. My first impression was open house night when the poor teacher was just stood in a reception line for 45 min so she couldn t give out any useful information. Anything useful was trickled home over the next 3 weeks or only provided when I asked for it which made it very hard to get into a routine. (I am a military spouse with 3 children, 2 in school and fairly organized, just to give a bit of background.) Instead of having all fees paid at once, we received note after note asking for money, but with 2 children in school I had to send in separate checks for each child. One was $3 fee for the use of a pedometer and another $8 for a planner for my kindergartener (you know, who cannot read or write yet). Community time is useless if you pay attention to your child at all. They spend 15 minutes of the day talking about the lunch menu, weather and singing happy birthday. The lunch room is loud and disorganized so there isn t a lot of time for your kids to eat, only 20 minutes and they have to stand in line to get lunch then eat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

I have mixed feelings about Chloe Clark. The staff is very friendly, warm and welcoming, and they sincerely care about the welfare of the children. However, the academic rigor is lacking. My school loving first grader started crying before school because she was not challenged with the work they were doing in class. Literally, the homework she was bringing home was on the level of what she completed in preschool! My husband and I both spoke with the teacher, but she just kept telling us what we could do at home. For 2nd grade, we decided and the WAVA program and loved it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Our son went to Chloe Clark for 3 years. You will not find a better school in the Ft. Lewis area. A+++
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

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

All Students81%
Female86%
Male75%
Black67%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income52%
Not low income86%
Special education31%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male78%
Black75%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income76%
Not low income84%
Special education46%
Not special education86%
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 64% 60%
Hispanic 14% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 17%N/A8%
Special education 18%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 212%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 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 75%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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1700 Palisade Blvd
Dupont, WA 98327
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