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North Star Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 671 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted August 20, 2014

So today I went in to register my daughter for kindergarten she's my first child and I am a mess about her going to school, with that said I want to thank the office staff especially the one that helped me today she was so informative and helpful she was nice and even showed us around the school because my daughter ask. I went in feeling very overwhelmed and am thankful to leave a little more at ease. Thankyou
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

North Star Elementary is AWESOME! If people are having issues, they need to stop blaming the staff and start taking responsibility of their own!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

I read these amazing comments from various parents that say how wonderful this school is when actually these are soo untrue. I also have had many family members and children of my own travel through this school and the best thing that has happened was when they moved to middle school..This schools principal has always had issues with properly handling uncomfortable situations..so those of you who say such flawless reviews must work there..I will say that most of there teaching staff is above average..they have always concentrated more on discipline than education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

I am a parent with two children in various grades at North Star and I have to say that I am beyond appalled by the negative reviews recently posted by other folks. The reviews by NO MEANS represent the true picture of this school. First of all, yes there has been a 48-hr stomach bug going around; my child was affected too and stayed out for two days. Secondly however, the principal of the school, whom I might add is a caring and popular educator, called this past week with an update on the outbreak, telling parents of the stomach bug and that the school, staff and district would take any precautions necessary to ensure cleanliness by nightly sweeps, encourage proper hygiene with the kids, and asked parents to please talk to their children about sanitizing, plus asked to keep them home if they display any symptoms. Why would any parent go out of their way and leave one-star feedback for a school otherwise proven to be caring, safe, bright and friendly, only because they feel that the school didn't "warn" them of a stomach virus? I can tell parents looking at this school for their kids that this is a wonderful place for education and fun alike with great teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

My kids have gone to and through North Star since 2001. I have never had any troubles and enjoy dealing with the staff and office support staff. Looking at the posts from parents below who gave a 1 star rating, if definitely the showing of a parent who has NO CLUE! How the school handled the outbreak was good. We all received calls giving a ton of info on what was happening at the school and what precautions were being taken. I called and the staff that answered the staff was very friendly and helpful and reassuring with my concerns. Maybe the parent who is concerned should answer the phone when the school calls! It is usually important if called the school and asked questions instead of making assumptions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

I am concerned about the truthfulness of the managemrnt.staff at this school for the past week. This school has had a stomachs flu outbreak . In some classes over half of the students are out sick. . Wednesday so many children went home sick they canceled picture day..at one point they had sick children everywhere in the office waiting to go home.. my issue is that the school took no actions in notifying parents if This obviously apparent outbreak... The only reason I know is because one teacher with morals notified her parents with an email of the situation. I contacted several parents to pass the word. But no one but myself had received any news.. Very disappointed in the management of northstar...and there decision about the priority of our children's safety...:(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

I have never been terrified about the school that my child attends, however I can honestly say that this is the worst school I have ever seen! My interactions with the staff were extremely unpleasant, and the principal Mrs. Hillius was even worse than the office staff. I can not believe the way this school operates. No wonder the principal has her daughter in a different district! That says alot about the quality of education in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Very caring teachers! My granddaughter loves it. The staff is very helpful in supplying divorced parents each with information they need.


Posted May 26, 2013

North Star is AMAZING! Both my girls are going there since Kindergarten, my older one is getting ready to finish 3rd Grade and my little one finishes up 1st grade. I have not had a single teacher in this school I did not like. The staff and educators are absolutely caring and kind, my daughters excel academically, they have lots of fun and many friends. The setting of this school is beautiful and uncrowded, transportation is reliable and safe, the PTA is very involved and puts forth a ton of effort. I cannot sing my praise high enough, my children are in the best hands possible at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

My kids both started at this school this year one in Kindergarten and the other in 2nd grade. They both love their teachers and my son is learning a lot. My daughter is learning as well but because Kindergarten is only 1/2 day she is not learning as much as my son did in his full day Kindergarten class. The office staff is very friendly and always willing to help me with any problems/concerns/ questions I may have. My only complaint is with the district some schools in the district have all day Kindergarten and the parents do not need to pay yet others; like this school the parents have to pay if they want their children to attend all day. I feel this sets unfair advantages for students attending the free all day Kindergarten within the SAME school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

My daughter has gone to North star for 2 years now, we are very sad that we will be moving out of their boundary this summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

My daughter is in kindergarten and she loves it. We love her teacher. however the office staff is rude whenever i call for anything. At first I just thought they were having a bad day. After a year of calling and dealing with these people they are just uncaring or they hate their job. It seems as though helping me with anything is a waste of their time. I find it really discouraging and want to move my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

I am very thankful both my children attend this school. The staff is very proactive and helpful. They communicate effectively with parents by sending monthly newsletters, and most teachers have developed a classroom website. I feel such a positive energy when I walk into the school. My kids have enjoyed all of their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

So far so good, my son has been there for a couple years. My wife wants to put him in one of theses charter schools, but I am resistant.I feel continuity is more important than some artsy teaching style. He loves it there, and the facility is like new.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2008

I was a North Star huskie for only kindergarten. But I must say that this school had the friendliest staff you could ever ask for. Especially Mrs. Fries. The staff was very helpful the students. They definately helped you academically where you needed it the most. I was very sad when I had to move away. But overall this school was the best school any student could ask for.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2008

We just recently moved to Oregon, but I wanted to put in my 2 cents worth on North Star. My daughter LOVED this school! She went for kindergarten and almost all of 1st grade, and was very sad to move. As a parent, I thought the staff was helpful and informative. We especially loved Mrs. Fries, who is one of the 1st grade teachers. She has the patience of a saint and is one fabulous teacher. I agree about the school needed a more diverse population, but what can the school itself really do if thats not an option in the community itself. All in all, I would highly recommend North Star for your kids...you won't be disappointed. Heather B.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

Great staff, good communication, beautiful new building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Although the school is very well kept. I find it has a lack of diversity in student population creating a barrier for learning. The school academics are adequate however, a hostile environment is created when you a have a dominant ethnic group with a lack of educated staff and students on multi-culturlism. I would like to see a more integrated school. I may be living in a pipe dream. Overall I give the school a B for academics and appearance as well as efficiency. I give the Cafateria Breakfast an F. The food selection has very little nutritional value. I know I have had breakfast with my child at school on numerous occasions and it was horrible. Understand that this is my opinion and only my opinion.
—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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
25%
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 59% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
59%
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%
Female56%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income67%
Not low income58%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income71%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
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%
Female73%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income62%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income74%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female78%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income69%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
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 Students61%
Female63%
Male58%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income50%
Not low income70%
Special education9%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female83%
Male53%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income58%
Not low income77%
Special education18%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female63%
Male50%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income39%
Not low income72%
Special education9%
Not special education64%
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 Students59%
Female55%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian70%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income35%
Not low income79%
Special education9%
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income56%
Not low income83%
Special education20%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 60%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Black 6% 5%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 116%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 248%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 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 62%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kristine Hillius

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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7719 224th St East
Graham, WA 98338
Phone: (253) 683-8800

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