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Horizon Elementary School

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Posted June 21, 2011

My son will be entering his 3rd year at Horizon and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the experience so far. The teachers have been great, and my son has advanced beyond my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

My daughter is in 3rd grade and has attended Horizon since kindergarten. She has always had teachers who cared about her academic and personal growth. Many of my friends have boys and I have never heard any complaints. In this day and age you have to be an active participant in your childs education at school and at home. Horizon is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2010

can't rate. "Looking for answers" Yikes,, after reading the last several comments I am very concerned. I heard good things about Horizon from our neighborhood so we pulled our son out from RCS to attend a school much closer to home however they all have girls and i have a boy. Can you please let me know which teachers are trouble w/boys. Son going into 1st grade
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

Ditto to the last comment. That's why we pulled our kids out of that school. Same things we were unhappy with. We know several families that have had trouble there, especially with their sons. I also recommend finding a different school. What is wrong with the staff there?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

Horizon is an awful school. There isn't much good about it. Most of the teachers have no patience at all with children. My son is in the third grade, very bright but reads worse than he did in kindergarten. The teachers don't seem to like boys at all. I've seen women teachers humilate them, and several people have told me they've seen it also.over the slightest things. They are diverse to the detriment of the other children, who get ignored. They don't teach cursive writing or decent math. Don't let your children go there if at all possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

We have 2 students at Horizon Elementary and really enjoy the community experience and overall teacher experience. The principal is in her 2nd year and has made terrific teacher selections, enhanced the music program and very supportive of parent/volunteer involvement. The teachers at each grade level work very well together to provide a consistent experience to prepare for next grade level. The Art Docent program is terrific! I appreciate the diverse environment and what an inclusive atmosphere the staff creates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

I would like to agree with what is written below. The school admin has slowly withdrawn some over the years. I also have to agree that if your child doesnt need any extra help he/she should do well. The programs offered are for ell and they don't cater to any middle ground. There are about 8 other families in our neighborhood alone that have pulled their children out of this school over the past 5 years and I have to agree that they made a good choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2008

My son is in 3rd grade and has been at Horizon for 3 years now. I have been increasingly disappointed with the communication methods between school and home, as well as the quality of instruction he has been getting. I would suggest to any parent looking to bring their child here, to proceed with caution and do any necessary research first. We will be removing our child from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2008

Our 6th grader has attended Horizon since kindergarten. The school has consistently deteriorated over the years to the point that children that are not in a special program are left by the wayside. I would strongly encourage any parent considering a move into this school service area to take a hard look at the statistics before deciding to subject your child to a sub-par learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2005

Our son has attended Horizon Elementary for 4 years. The overall feeling of the school is very comfortable and you feel like the staff is genuinely concerned for your child's success. If your child is right on target academically, they will probably not experience a problem. Our child fits somewhere in the middle of programs and the needs are not always fully addressed..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2004

Horizon provides a supportive learning environment. The staff both classified and non-classified are excellent. The principal provides clear leadership for staff and students. We were fortunate to be able to attend this school.
—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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
22%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

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

All Students61%
Female60%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian69%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income48%
Not low income81%
Special education39%
Not special education66%
Limited English32%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female77%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income61%
Not low income74%
Special education39%
Not special education73%
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 Students70%
Female84%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income48%
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female94%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income67%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female87%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income48%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
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%
Female77%
Male69%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income62%
Not low income84%
Special education25%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female67%
Male70%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income63%
Not low income74%
Special education8%
Not special education80%
Limited English60%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income70%
Not low income79%
Special education27%
Not special education83%
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 Students68%
Female69%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income54%
Not low income76%
Special education17%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income61%
Not low income87%
Special education50%
Not special education82%
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%
Hispanic 20% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 7%
Black 10% 5%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 118%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 246%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 14N/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

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  • Melanie Strey

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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26741 144th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98042
Phone: (253) 373-7313

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