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Star Lake Elementary School

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3 stars

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2011:
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Posted June 10, 2014

Since the new Principal and Dean have come on board this year the school has been running in tip top shape. You can tell that there was a large problem in previous years and it apparently stemmed from the top down. I have been nothing but happy with the new changes that both the Principal and Dean have put into affect. They truly care to make a change - and for the better! I'm sad that one of my kids is leaving after this year for middle school; however I feel she has been properly prepared for what is ahead. I have absolutely loved all the teachers my children have had throughout the years. They have all gone above and beyond and some have become like family to us!!!! I feel blessed to have my kids attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

My son is a kindergartener and we have had several problems with the current principal. It seams like the teachers only notice when son misbehaves but when it comes up to my son letting then know what other students do stuff to him, his problems aren't important. I've hd my son come home with scratches on his face and no note from nurse. My son has told me several times that when he tries to let the staff know about his problems he is told, "only tell us big problems, not small problems." He has also been called a "snitch" when he tells them he will tell his parents. I made the principal be aware of this but she didn't make me feel any better. All I got was that the staff would NEVER use such language...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

Star Lake is a wonderful school; the teachers and staff are excellent and committed to the children. The mixed age classrooms have been a wonderful match for my child. The dean and principal have always been available and willing to listen to my concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

Star Lake has an amazing staff. Teachers are friendly and highly dedicated to helping all students become successful. Some of the teachers are the best I have ever seen. Office staff and playground supervisors do an amazing job of including students in helping the school run smoothly and feel like they matter every day. I highly recommend this school if you want your child to be taught by the best. Students are well cared for and are a part of a family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2012

The administration at this school has been a nightmare to work with and many of the support staff have horrible attitudes towards their jobs including a recess supervisor who bullies children through physical and verbal intimidation. Despite my evidence of this, the principal consistently defended this individual and ignored my numerous documented concerns. I have never worked with a more arrogant and self-righteous principal. I speak as a foster/adoptive parent and someone who cares deeply about our communities most vulnerable children. I plead with you that If you have special needs children/children with behavior problems, PLEASE avoid this school. The only redeeming quality of this school are that some of the teachers are stellar and care about the children in their care. However, this was not enough and for the safety of my children, we had to finally leave this school. We are now at a new school and the difference is night and day. Bottom line, if you have high achieving and perfectly conforming child, you will probaly not despise this school, but if your child has any behavior problems and you have to advocate for your child, you will experience nothing but problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2011

not so good...the principal has repeatedly treated me like a child. she even repeated something I said about a teacher to him! the truely sad thing is she only had half the story to pass on as i was stopped in the middle of expressing my thought, when she insisted that I not talk about my concerns in front of my son. Then she quick runs and tells the teacher what I said, even though she did not yet have the full story! I found out what she had done when my son and I stopped to talk to his teacher about something else entirely and there she was, and there he was all offended! Am I crazy? this just doesn't seem right to me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

Star Lake won performance-based awards both this year and last. There are some amazing teachers and staff at this school, and an excellent principal who is very attentive and responsive to the needs of students and families. There's also a strong sense of community which is fostered through several evening events for students and families. We're a family who is highly concerned about education, and we're very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

Great school great teachers but, this year new principal and I don't feel she has good communication with the parents at all. Not like last years principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2005

Great school! Wonderful teachers, they have great communication with parents. The PTA is very easy to work with, and fun to be involved in. The principal is an effective leader, and wonderful with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
44%

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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
24%
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 Students56%
Female62%
Male49%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income41%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited English21%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female70%
Male63%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income56%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English37%
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 Students64%
Female63%
Male66%
Black62%
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income56%
Not low income79%
Special education25%
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female72%
Male63%
Black77%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income60%
Not low income82%
Special education50%
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students50%
Female63%
Male34%
Black46%
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income42%
Not low income64%
Special education25%
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

Math

All Students59%
Female67%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income49%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female81%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income51%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female65%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander30%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income45%
Not low income62%
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
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 30% 60%
Hispanic 25% 20%
Two or more races 19% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 7%
Black 10% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 126%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 258%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 9N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 37%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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