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Greenwood Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 325 students

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Posted March 10, 2014

My son attended 1st grade with Ms. Luddy. She is awesome! Checks on the student's agenda to assure homework, how their day went and communication is established with parents. Everyweek she sends students home with what is planned for that week and homework packets are given every week. Love her! IEP was followed through and updated as it should. My son has speech delay. My son enjoyed school and loves his teacher. Principal is outgoing! He is always out and about communicating with students, teachers and parents. He is great!! VOlunteer opportunitites are available for parents. Just a great school overall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

My kid attended this school K and 1st grade. Both teachers we phenomenal. The kids seem really happy with the school. I believe my kid was placed with great teachers that meshed well with them. The school feels open, polite, and caring all the staff and volunteers know the kids by name and the majority of their parents. Volunteers were amazing and so was the PTA program. The teachers stayed and talked to the parents if they needed they did not rush out like other schools do. They are willing to help if the need arises. The principal is very involved , polite, understanding, and looks into any issues you may have. They support the parents and the kids. If the child has an IEP or 504 they take care of you. Only one issue with one staff member pushing for my kid to have social time but we fight and got that taken care of. The paved parking goes quick and people can't read signs since they park on the hill, behind people on the front row next to the kinder. rooms. The gravel parking below is nice but wish they would pave it since there are several pot holes and it floods rather quickly after several days of heavy rain. Lunch room staff are polite.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

I had a child at Greenwood. It was the worst possible experience. My daughter was in speech and in a reading class. The teachers I feel just pushed my daughter aside and did nothing to try and help her because of her speech issues. She went a whole year without having any math in the 2nd grade! When I asked why she was not getting math homework they said she was in reading at that time but that she was caught up with her classmates only for the following year to come along and then they insisted she needed to go a special math class because she was behind! I brought up my issues with the staff and felt as if no one really cared. The kids also were allowed to run wild and bully other kids, when told of these instances...the school took no action! We have since moved and my kids are in a different school and it is amazing to see what a real, well run school is like. Greenwood is sadly a disappointment. The children are from military families and they are not getting any sort of education at all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

Great 1st grade teacher. The principal does a good job. Other teachers are good, p.e., library ect. Curriculum is good. Many parent volunteers & helpful people. Lots of extra fun things to do with the family after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

principal needs to take some classes for dealing with parents can not take parents speaking with him regarding issues he gets upset easy. front office seems nurse and secretary seem like they run the shots there very rude. no confidentiality the teachers and staff discuss other parents with parents. Principal can not decide what side he will be on from day to day one day parent is right about something the next time on the same subject there wrong. Daughter was bullied nothing really done other than principal saying he will talk to the child ended up talking to the mother myself because principal nevr even talked to the child about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2011

I ended up taking my kids out of Greenwood and homeschooling them. My 1st grade son had a great teacher who had to move mid-year, but my 3rd grade daughter was in a class where she was bullied and insulted publicly by her teacher. In truth, both my children were bullied (they are small for their ages). I am a certified teacher myself, so I know what to look for and what is considered acceptable. My daughter dropped two letter grades from her school in Ohio in just the 1st semester. My son is diagnosed with high-functioning autism. His teacher is great, but the support of the school was extremely lacking. He was punched in the nose on the first day of school on the playground and had to go to the nurse's office. It was documented that he had been there, but I never heard a word about it until he told me. Later I confirmed with the principal my concern, which was validated. I would absolutely not recommend Greenwood, unless you had no other choice. Even then, keep a high profile there, show up when you are not expected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2010

The teachers are kind and they do they're best with what they given. I do agree about the staff though. I do get cut off a lot by the secretary. The school does look very poor. I'm not sure how the school gets its funding. Having to live where the Army tells you is a real disadvantage to your childrens education. I'm considering home schooling after my child attending this facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

I have 2 children enrolled in this school. A K-grader and a 4th grader. Both teachers have been nothing but great with my children. The office staff I do not have a good review on though. It is impossible for the princible to except any responsibility for the bullying going on on campus. It is frustrating to speak to the secretary, she never let you talk. We constantly get calls from the school recorder that hang up when we answer our phones! The buses drive on the playground where the children are running around. There are small children acting as cross guards. Very unsafe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

My son goes to greenwood his grades have gone up because of the teachers that help him out so much. As far as the rudness of the kids that is from home not school the teachers hands are tied in that effect. we at home also worked with my son as well as with the combined efforts of us and teachers for they do care. As far as the parking that is the base not the school. as far as the disrespectful teachers I have never ran into this at anytime. Mrs. Radcliffe
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

Disrespectful kids and teachers
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Posted November 10, 2009

I believe that teachers at Greenwood are very good, but stressed and unable to get needed resources and supplies for teaching. I see stressed teachers, inadequate staff support, and poor students who don't recieve the proper classroom attention that they need and that they deserve. Where I moved from the state had the AR Reading program in place. My children who were taught reading under this model are now at college reading levels, and the oldest is 14yrs old! yet my 1st grader here, can barely read, has no drive to read, and is mostly discouraged about reading. Teachers are pushing for this program, and are getting nowhere!! What is wrong with this picture?! I love the teachers, I dislike the programs and support these schools lack. I am dissapointed in the education my young children are getting at the school, dispite the best efforts of teachers and student teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The lack of respect from students towards staff is horrible. Students are allowed to be disruptinve in class, hit, kick, and scream, and the administration seems to do nothing. Shouldn't student/staff safety be a priority? The current principal (not Mrs. Miller) spends the majority of her time in her office with her door shut! Shouldn't she be out in the classrooms, checking on student learning? What is she doing in there all day?The district and some teachers seem overly concerned with making sure students improve their reading skills...can they read fast enough to pass a one minute timed test? When in reality, shouldn't the teachers and district be more concerned with are the children understanding what is being read? Not the best school on post by a long shot. The district seems to forget about this school as it has not been upgraded in many years. It's pathetic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

I absolutely do not like this school. The secretary interrupts you anytime you try to speak. Both parking lots are horrilbe. The bottom parking lot has pot holes constantly. The principal, Mrs. MIller (sweet lady), has attempted to keep the top parking lot les congested, but it just doesn't work. People drive up to the top parking lot and park in no-parking areas which cause children to nearly get hit, and accidents with other vehicles nearly happen. As for the school, itself, it's as if 'benchmarks' are all that matter to the teachers. We came from a school in Oklahoma where the students came first, and here it's as though all that matters is the benchmarks and scores and that a child can read fast enough. Well, I'm sorry, but just because a child can read quickly does not mean that they have comprehended everything they read.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

I am highly disappointed with Greenwood. The classes are way oversized. There are no after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2007

i used to go to greenwood and i loved it. I learned alot while i was there and had some of the greatest teachers and memories.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2005

I was very pleased with Greenwood School while my children attended last year. I found the school community to be warm and welcoming, and teachers to be concerned about my children. Lunches were healthy and the kids enjoyed them. I was pleased with the art and music programs as well. My children and I have missed this school since moving on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

I was very disappointed with this school. I don't think that they focused on much out side the scope of timed math tests and reading tests. The teachers seem nice but school almost feels more like a daycare to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

First of all, I would like to say that one person can not represent all the military families at Greenwood. Safety of all students is priority. Lunch is always served in adequate amounts. People should not judge what they do not know. Greenwood is one of the better elementary schools my children have been in. The staff does show pride in all they do. One just has to be there and be willing to see the positives of what happens. Fundraisers are not mandatory either. Parents and students alike are given the option to participate or not. It is their decision, nothing is forced. No money involved is ever mandatory where these things are concerned. Greenwood staff and professionalism is by far the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

Security needs to beef up,especially for crossing guards,whom never pay attention. They need more adult supervision for the children's safety. Daycare students are left unattended periodically to await bus or parties to pick them up. Not safe. Cafeteria is always short of food for lunch that is on menu. Too many fundraisers and monetary needs towards too many causes happen all at once..for example-March: 2fundraisers,school pix,class pix,year book,poetry visit,book fair all in the same month. Expenses needs to be spread out,especially since there's a high ratio of reduced meal families. Also,more school spirit of a happier staff with improving customer service/relations would be a plus,especially for new comers. They are the first impression of the school. No one wants to volunteer or participate with a staff that doesn't scream out pride of the panthers with alot of warmth and compassion for the supporters of the students. The nurses are awesome!
—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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
32%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
10%
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 Students58%
Female50%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income55%
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female71%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income71%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
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 Students52%
Female60%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income43%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income71%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students24%
Female30%
Male19%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic15%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White22%
Low income24%
Not low income23%
Special educationn/a
Not special education27%
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 Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income67%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female69%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income61%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female58%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income58%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 60%
Hispanic 25% 20%
Black 14% 5%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 16%N/A8%
Special education 118%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 265%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 19N/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 53%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Principal: Employee of the Year (2012)
  • Librarian: Nominee Employee of the Year (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • German
  • Other
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Greg Wilson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (253) 583-5268

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Differentiated Instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • German
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Madigan Behavioral Health
Transportation options
  • Bus to & from School Age Ser.
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • 42nd MP Brigade - Overwatch
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Woodbrook Middle School
Harrison Prepatory Academy
Mann Middle School
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North Division and Idaho Ave
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
Phone: (253) 583-5260

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