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Meridian Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 91 students

 
 

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Posted November 1, 2013

Great school. Everyone has been helpful in helping my son adjust to this new experience. They watch out for him, call with concerns or to just let me know what is going on. His first grade teacher is amazing. I hope the next 5 years are just as great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2012

Wow, I am very surprised by the mediocre ratings. My daughter has thrived at Meridian. She is reading 2 grade levels ahead and has received nothing but praise and encouragement. We love the kinder. first and second grade teachers. The school loops when you move out of kinder. So, your student has the same teacher for 2 years, unless you ask to change. It's great. It allows the teacher and student to just get on with the academics. The teachers are well educated and use a variety of mediums to engage the children. I am very pleased and would remove my child, if I wasn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2009

I have a son and daughter at Meridian and they both love it! One had the advantage of 'looping' with her teacher from first to second grade. This has been fantastic for her, academically she is working way above second grade level. My son also has an exceptional teacher. All teachers including PE teach to standards with passion and skill. The community is great, the office staff excellent...the principal--well he is great at hiring people who make him look good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

My son and daughter have been students here for 3 years & absolutely love it. Teachers at this school make sure that students learn & progress at their own level & incorporate more that just book-learning & WASL prep. The PTSA is amazing with high parent involvement in promoting fun & educational opportunities throughout the year. There are after-school clubs, an art docent program, Cougar pack meetings where students get to interact with the principal and an awesome staff. Teacher communication is absolutely great, especially through email. The principal is a compassionate leader & has bimonthly meetings that any parent can attend to express their opinions. My children are high achievers & their teachers give them appropriate work to keep them excited about learning. Other parents and I have always had positive experiences with the teachers, principal and staff at Meridian Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I'm really not impressed with the school, so disappointed in fact, that we are looking for another school to put our son in. The lack of responding to telephone call ins, teacher communication is just not there. The principal has no backbone and ho-hums around any complaint and or concern. But I can say I have run into every time friendly, helpful people at the front desk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

My daughter transferred to Meridian Elementary School right after the semester began after we moved from East coast, but she could not get into the gifted program no matter how good she is. The school and district do not provide any help for the kids who missed their deadline of application for gifted program. Boring in the classroom, my daughter asked me to find a better school for her. So I transferred my daughter to a private school and am gladded she's doing very well there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

Overall, the school seems to attuned to the needs of the students and teachers. In some grades the teachers are working as a more cohesive team than in others. To date we have seen that the third teachers seem to work more independently from each other than in other grades. This may hurt the students entering the fourth grade when certain skills are needed the WASL. Some students are behind and must catch during the first part of the school year. Music, art and sports are offered. There is also afterschool clubs that meet throughout the year. Parent involvement is very high at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2004

After school clubs occasionally taught by parents, of whom volunteer continually, making this school fun to help at. I enjoy being called to step in. Of course you have to join the PTA!
—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.

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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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
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

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%

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 59% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%

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

All Students59%
Female67%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian46%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income52%
Not low income64%
Special education39%
Not special education63%
Limited English28%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female69%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian46%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income39%
Not low income72%
Special education15%
Not special education68%
Limited English17%
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%
Female77%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian42%
Asian/Pacific Islander42%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income52%
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female91%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic92%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income70%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English36%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students74%
Female91%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian58%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic85%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income64%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
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 Students54%
Female53%
Male55%
Black40%
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income34%
Not low income70%
Special education9%
Not special education60%
Limited English8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
Black60%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income49%
Not low income85%
Special education9%
Not special education77%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female64%
Male53%
Black60%
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income37%
Not low income74%
Special education9%
Not special education64%
Limited English23%
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 Students50%
Female47%
Male52%
Black0%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income34%
Not low income66%
Special education7%
Not special education60%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female72%
Male60%
Black20%
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income54%
Not low income76%
Special education7%
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

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 46% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 7%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Black 8% 5%
Two or more races 7% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 113%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 243%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 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 59%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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25621 140th SE
Kent, WA 98042
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