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Green Gables Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 415 students

 
 

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Posted June 7, 2013

The very definition of a great school. Wonderful staff, fabulous PTA and lots of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2013

I have a child currently enrolled in Kindergarten at Green Gables. Beautiful school set back in a quiet neighborhood community. There is a new principal who does an AMAZING job with the children. She is positive, friendly/approachable, passionate about what she does and even calls herself the students "school mom" Teachers and staff seem great so far. My daughter is advanced and her teacher is doing a good job of challenging her with new and more difficult work. The unique thing about Green Gables and you will either love it or hate it is that the classrooms are two grades in one. K-1ST graders, 2nd-3rd graders etc.. I personally value the combined classrooms as the students who are more advanced have the opportunity to do more challenging work while the children who are behind also have the opportunity to catch up. Great involved PTA. I appreciate the WATCH DOG program. (dads come and volunteer for safety patrol duty) My only warning is not with the school but the 5-6 police you will see patrolling for speeders EVERY DAY and in every possible direction to the school. Make sure to slow down to 20 in the school zones. A camera or an officer will ticket you one way or the other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2011

I think the PTA is great, but the parents must stay in tune of what is going on in your students school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2009

This school has it all! Wonderful staff and superb leadership. The teachers are loving and caring and do an outstanding job. Mrs. Holt has done an exceptional job and will leave behind a legacy for all to benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

I have two kids at Greengables, my oldest is sadly moving on to middle school next year. This is hands-down the best elementary school I've ever seen. At first I was concerned about the mixing of ages and grades in each class, but it has turned out to be a blessing as no child feels left out because of their size or abilities. The teachers are amazing and completely dedicated to their craft and the multi-age concept. If you spend 15 minutes in the class you see that though there is not the 'traditional' every child in a desk thing, each child is absorbed in a learning environment. This school bucks tradition and does so with exquisite results. All schools in the district should model themselves after Greengables.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

Green Gables is phenominal! My son is a kindergarten student, and I love how developmentally appropriate the staff approaches education. They hold high expectations, but also value each child as an individual, and supports those individual needs. The school is multiage, and has three grades in each class. It is wonderful to see older students support the younger ones in learning routines,showing kids how to tie shoes, and reading to the younger students. It mirrors real life! The music teacher is awesome! All the staff are friendly, inviting, and you just feel welcomed in this school. Although my son is not the age for taking the state WASL test, the scores are some of the highest in the district, which means that even though they do things differently in the classrooms,it is working! My son loves his teacher and school! That's what counts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2006

I have a child that transferred to Green Gables this year. The PTA is wonderful and the teachers encourage parent involvement. The multi-age and openness in the classrooms take some getting used to, but overall we are very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

Multiage classrooms lead to great relationships between students, teachers, and parents. Quality differentiated instruction that targets the needs of each student. Amazing teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

My Son went to this school for kindergarten 3 years back. He has had some behavioural problems like sitting constantly, Staying in the line like that!But he is smart in academics. At that time the teacher was Mrs.Elmer, who was such a wonderful teacher. First couple of months there was no progress, but after that I and Mrs.Elmer have had a conversation about how we do decipline him at home and which works for him etc.. After that We got into a plan,(actually I asked for it)that If he does something at school the same day i want to know it, so I can correct him and tell him why it's not good etc.. so she prepared a sheet for him with happy, straight and sad faces in four different areas in which he has had problems with. If he does some thing bad he gets sad face in that area. He changed a lot. I owe her a lot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Green Gables isn't the school for every child. Too many children get left behind. Green Gables has no spelling tests, so it makes it harder for children to learn to read. The children have too much free time. Children, as a young age need to learn structure. The children of Green Gables have no homework. It is proven that children that come from Green Gables struggle when they attend middle school due to the lack of structure and homework.As an educator, I wouldn't send my children to Green Gables. Unfortunately it is our home school. I would think twice about putting my children in Green Gables. They do not receive a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

I have been at Green Gables as a parent for the last 11 years. You will not find a staff anywhere that has a stronger committment to all students to achieve. There is a strong sense of faimly in this school. There is a strong volunteer committment. I now have a son in High school, who was in the first kindergarten class at Green Gables who is a great student. He is now in the top 10% of his class. I credit Green Gables Staff for there committment to helping him achieve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

First of all, I am replying to the review written on Mar.20th. I have to disagree with your comment that Green Gables is a 'terrible school for a child who doesn't like school or is struggling.' You mention that children who struggle fall through the cracks and I don't believe they all do. I feel like that is why it is so important for parents to stay involved with the teachers and staff as well as your child contantly. My son is in 2nd grade and has made a complete turn-around in reading. He now loves to read. Again, it is also the parents responsibility to make reading fun. Turning in homework is something the parents need to work with their children on. Teach them responsibility early on! The average student is only set up for failure if the parents allow that to happen. I love Green Gables and thank them for their support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2003

I have 3 kids currently at Green Gables and I have been extreley impressed with every aspect of the school. Teachers and administrators are responsive to concerns. They are very involved with the students and are clearly interested in what is best for all of the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

We love Green Gables! Our son has been there since kindergarten (he is in third grade) and has really shown positve growth. He is in a multi-grade class (3-5). While we initially had some reservations about that, it has proven to be a positive experience for him. He is friendly with, and mentored by older students and has been able to excel in his subjects. I am happy to be able to say that my daughter will attend kindergarten there next year. I'd highly recommend this school.


Posted June 18, 2003

Yesterday I picked my son up at Green Gables Elementary on the last day of school. The classroom was like no classroom I've ever seen on the last day of school. Children were weeping. My son almost made it outside before he began to cry. 'I just love school so much,' he sobbed. What more can I say about the kind of school Green Gables is? At Green Gables, school is preferable to summer!


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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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
53%
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

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
32%
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 Students62%
Female65%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income24%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female83%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income38%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
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 Students65%
Female58%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income38%
Not low income75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income63%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female85%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income63%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
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 Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income50%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female70%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income41%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female64%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income41%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
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 49% 60%
Two or more races 16% 6%
Black 12% 5%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 19%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 232%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 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 57%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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32607 47th Ave SW
Federal Way, WA 98023
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