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Voyager Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 585 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 28, 2014

My son and daughter have attened or are attending Voyager elementary and I have been pleased with the education they have received and the teachers that have helped shape my children today. I'm not going to say everything is perfect but I have had my children in other districts and they were so unfriendly and not family oriented that Voyager is a school that I would want my kids to go to. I do believe that all the extra help has also helped my children in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

My two boys have enjoyed wonderful childhoods at Voyager. Yes, some of the class sizes are in the 20's, but that's deceiving because the teachers get lots of help from para-educators and parents, and they have many specialists that pull students from classrooms for more in depth learning. The kids at Voyager get a great academic experience, and the school's test scores are evidence of that. To me, though, Voyager's biggest strength is the amazing environment of kindness that the administration and teachers have created and fostered there. My younger son has a facial deformity, a speech impediment, and TONS of friends. Bullying is pretty much non-existent at Voyager, and all of the kids really seem to encourage each other to excel in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

The situation at Artondale with the new principal is increasingly concerning. She has come in and made changes that seem based solely on teaching to the standardized testing. She has several of the teacher's unique teaching styles under threat. Her approach seems upper-handed and abrupt. The morale is low among the staff. Even if changes were needed in some areas to benefit the students and their education, the new principal's approach is not helpful towards this outcome. One should not come into an existing community with the attitude and approach that this principal has come with. Relationship building, and understanding the culture of the community you are going to be working with are essential to making the necessary changes happen and still maintain morale of the people who work and learn there. People need to be heard and not dictated to. We are starting to lose some of the best teachers because of it and others are talking about leaving. The once family like feeling is fading. Parents are noticing what is happening to the school they once loved volunteering at and missing the warm, welcoming atmosphere that existed before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

I really trusted this site when we moved to Gig Harbor and I am so disappointed!!! We moved here because of this site! This site says that there are on average 17 kids in each class and that is a joke!!! We have had 25 kids in our classroom for the past 2 years. Pathetic! My son is only in second grade and should not have this many kids in his class. The teacher does not hide the fact that she is overwhelmed and has not even listened to her students read to her yet and we are two and a half months into the school year! Way to go Voyager... NOT HAPPY!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

I've been very pleased with the teachers at Voyager over the years. Unfortunately, due to cutbacks, they have too many students in a classroom and no teachers aides (excluding special ed aides) to help out. Parents are very involved at the school and are constantly helping out in the classrooms. On the downside, the principal who came in a few years ago is less than wonderful. She tends to sweep things under the rug and act like there isn't a problem, even when student safety is at stake. Children's safety shouldn't be ignored just to save face at the school. Her lack of leadership puts even more stress on teachers who are already overburdened.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

My kids have the best teachers! Thanks Mr. Robuck and Mrs. Walters & Mrs.Hansen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Voyager is, overall, a good school. However, it is overcrowded and has a lax policy of accepting students from other schools - thus necessitating the need for portable classrooms. The teachers and staff are very good. The supervision of the students when they are not being watched (example: recess, lunchtime, etc) is not good. There is not enough staff to monitor the students during recess (a ratio of approximately 300 students to 3 adults). There is a lot of parent involvement at this school - both with classroom help and organizing events during the school year. The school and grounds are clean, cheerful and organized. Many of the staff have been at Voyager since it was first opened.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

have been very happy with all levels in this school. Curriculum as well as staff involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2006

I have two grandchildren enrolled in fifth grade here at Voyager and I'm extremely impressed with the cirriculum, individual time spent with each child and the writing that comes from these children through this school. The instructors provoke thought in these children and give them and overall feeling of the importance of their individual thought and word put to paper. My grandchildren have enjoyed and looked forward to each school day at Voyager and have missed very few days since enrolling. I must say Mr. Robuck has been a particular joy this year. His energy, wit and compassion for 'his kids' knows no bounds. I Lastly I must say that the open arms attitude of this school to all family members including grandparents is a breath of fresh air. I enjoy participating in all the school activities with my grandkids and it makes them feel good to know we're there too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

Voyager has an incredible reputation and it is well deserved. There is a wonderful wealth of programs and the teachers are some of the most experienced in the area. Above all, the parent volunteer rate is so high that a lot of extra activities are always open to the students. The only downside is the lack of diversity to the area in general and thus lack of exposure to other cultures and ethnicities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2005

I have to say that my experience with this school was outstanding. Our child has graduated, we have moved out of state and are now experiencing other schools of a similar level. In almost all catagories the school was a wounderful experience. The teachers ( 4 of 5 ) were caring, skilled, warm and kind to our child. At all times we felt that our child was in the best of hands. The administration should also be given high marks for the structure, discipline and leadership demonstrated. At times the parent organization could be a bit exclusive, but again, it must be given high marks for its contributions and time spent. All in all a wounderful experience, still looked fondly upon four years after leaving Gig Harbor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

This school works really hard to maintain their educational platform. The teachers work hard with the students to maintain test score levels and there is plenty of opportunity for parents to get involved. Their sports program is okay.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 27, 2005

The education level at Voyager is fantastic. My son had music art and IT on a weekly basis. The school had a pull out program for the smarter children, and had a lot of TA's for children with Mild learning difficulties. There is a high level of parental involvement. The children are well prepared for the transition to Middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2003

Voyager is great! The teachers do a good job of communicating a student's progress to the parents. The office staff is responsive to concerns and questions. The building and grounds are kept clean and safe. However, the lunch line is way too long and is held in a small, crowded hallway. By the time the students get their lunch, they only have ten minutes to eat it. Also, I wish the Peninsula School District would adopt a uniform policy for all students.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income79%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income93%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
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 Students73%
Female68%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income55%
Not low income78%
Special education46%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income68%
Not low income90%
Special education46%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female92%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income77%
Not low income85%
Special education36%
Not special education89%
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 Students71%
Female75%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income58%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income74%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income58%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
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 87% 60%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 12%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 215%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 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 16N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 77%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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5615 Kopachuck Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Phone: (253) 530-4800

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