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Park Orchard Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 443 students

 

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Posted July 20, 2013

I wasn't impressed with the quality of learning being done at this school. Instead of trying to get my child ahead, I felt like they didn't work with him as much as they could have. If a child wants to learn and is doing the work without arguing, you continue to keep them at that pace individually so that school is not boring for them. They taught a lot to the State tests instead of actually trying to teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

The principal is amazing caring and does his job but however the staff in the front office I do not care for at all, they let me small children walk home from school by themselves instead of keeping there there in the office until I got there since I was running late from a job..and if you are late they get irritated and treat you like you are a bad parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

This schol has a very dedicated staff of excllent teachers. They truly care about each student and try their best to make sure that each student reaches their potential learning level. They use new and inovative ideas as well as traditional methods of teaching. This school has a very diverse population and provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with people of other countries, races, and beliefs etc. I feel it better prepares them to deal with the world and community when they are adults.


Posted February 27, 2011

Entire staff is caring and concerned about students. The teachers are dedicated and involved, motivated to help students. Principal's positive leadership reflected by teachers' positive attitudes and new programs. Although would benefit from increased parent involvement, the school has a strong PTA program with seemingly tireless volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2010

This school rocks and I wouldnt change a thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2006

This school is more worried about the WASL than helping students exceed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2004

I was a former student and Park Orchard and I thought the staff was incredible. They were very warm overall and are not out of touch with their students like at the Junior High. They treat everyone with respect and the students respect them. The low budget is a problem, and so is the PTA involvement.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2003

The teachers and other staff at PO are very warm, intelligent and caring people. They work hard and find creative ways to reach the students. They are overly restricted by the politicians and limited by a ridiculously low budget. The people who spend six to eight hours a day educating and preparing our children to face this society should not be told how to do it by people who have never spent their days teaching in the same system.
—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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
17%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
55%
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%
Female56%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income53%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female59%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income54%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited English14%
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 Students33%
Female31%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income31%
Not low income42%
Special educationn/a
Not special education36%
Limited English24%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female58%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income50%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students43%
Female50%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income36%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education49%
Limited English18%
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 Students29%
Female37%
Male21%
Blackn/a
Asian59%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic17%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White18%
Low income21%
Not low income60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education33%
Limited English10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female55%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asian59%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income37%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English10%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students26%
Female24%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asian47%
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic13%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White27%
Low income21%
Not low income47%
Special educationn/a
Not special education30%
Limited English5%
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 Students33%
Female30%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income32%
Not low income36%
Special education9%
Not special education38%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female74%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income60%
Not low income79%
Special education9%
Not special education76%
Limited English9%
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
Hispanic 42% 18%
Asian 17% 7%
Black 14% 5%
White 14% 63%
Two or more races 7% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 149%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 230%N/A8%
Special education 214%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 58%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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