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Valley View Elementary School

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Posted June 18, 2014

Both our kids are at VV. We have been very happy with all the teachers, the principle, the counselor, the music and PE teachers and the other parents. We are so fortunate to live in a small town with great schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

We have three children at Valley View and they love it. They have been blessed with amazing teachers who go the extra mile to challenge them and encourage their desire to learn. Top-notch librarian, music teacher, principal and counselor as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

I really can,t say enough good about this school. It has exceeded all our expectations we had planed on private school but could not afford it. My son loves school he complaines that he can't go on Saturday. His teacher is so kind and he is learning so much. There is a very positive and approchable attitude in this school. We love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2010

Wonderful school - We can't say enough about all the staff and administration we encountered. Our daughter attended first grade for a short while before we had to move due to the military. Mr. Moffat, Mr. Botten, Mrs. Ross, and Mrs. Lane were all quite helpful with the transition. Great music instructor as well (Ms. Schneider). The holiday program was so fun to watch! So glad we chose Valley View.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

My daughter just loves her school. The kindergarden classes are great!!!! We just love the teachers, they are very helpful. My husband and I couldn't believe the music department. We didn't have half the instruments they have now. The school is kid friendly and very clean. I really like that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

In the 4 years my son has attended VV. I have been very impressed in virtually all aspects of the school. I have also had the opportunity to meet parents/students from the other elem schools in the district. By far, VV is the superior. It is also located next to the newly built, state of the art High School. The Principal, staff and teachers are highly approachable, knowledgeable and know how to listen. The school is very pro-parenting, secure and thrives on parental involvement. The outside activites are great, varied and very community supported. The sports programs are incredible. You get it all at VV - big city education in a small town, stable setting. The fact that the area is so beautiful is just another bonus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

In registering to the Ellensburg School District, I was surprised that I was required to submit a registration form to any elementary school office and wait while my son was 'placed'. There were no dividing districts. I was pleased that my son was placed at Valley View because I had submitted his registration to their office and was impressed by the cleanliness and nice attitudes of the staff. Upon introduction, I was assured of the school's high standards for reading and math, a challenge I welcomed for my child. However, this challenge turned into three-four hours of efforts for my family. I felt my son's teacher lacked academic support for students coming from a different curriculum background. His parent teacher conference was merely a bashing of his intellect and diligence, which the teacher only seemed concerned to say she was not responsible for. Outside support proved unattainable through the teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2004

Valley View is an excellent school. The quality of education that my son is receiving is far superior to other school districts we've been involved with. The principal has a wonderful school-management style, and provides many resources for the parents, as well as the students. The teacher is providing a great learning environment for the students, and tailors her programs to fit the student's individual learning abilities. We couldn't be happier with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

My son is in 1st grade at Valley View. I would not recommend this school. The focus is not on academics or positive reinforcement. The emphasis is on behavior and the negative things kids do. The leadership at this school is extremely poor. I'm relocating in search of better schools.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
29%
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 Students76%
Female70%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income64%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female84%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income75%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English58%
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 Students63%
Female62%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income44%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income50%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students56%
Female59%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income35%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
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 Students70%
Female70%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income55%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income58%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income71%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
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 77% 60%
Hispanic 21% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 113%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 238%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 65%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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School Leader's name
  • Mike Nollan

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1508 East 3rd
Ellensburg, WA 98936
Phone: (509) 925-7316

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