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Carl Sandburg Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 496 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 10, 2014

We currently have a daughter in second grade, they have excellent teachers and support staff- if students miss on their state exam requirements, such as dibbles, they have excellent fallback programs to help them get better- but ultimately it comes down to being very involved as a parent and working together with the teacher and other staff members to better your kids education- I have found that parents that complain about the school not doing very a good job usually means the parents are not involved as much as they could be in there child's education- we have made a point to spend at least 30 minutes minimum a night with our child in areas they needed to improve, such as reading, math, sentence structure and spelling words- it is very rewarding to see that the time we have put in has payed off in much improved test scores and overall understanding of material- it's up to the parents. teachers only have so much time they can give each child, take some personal responsibility and most important take the time to sit down nightly with your kid and teach them the things they need to learn to be successful- it's all what you make it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

Our son is in first grade and we are pretty unimpressed with the academics or attention paid to the students. Because he is not behind and is not disruptive, he doesn't get any individualized instruction or work geared to his level. It's worksheet after worksheet. Son is bored and disengaged. We attended a private kindergarten and our son is doing lower level math in first grade than he did at the beginning of kindergarten. Despite multiple teacher and counselor conferences, none of our concerns have been addressed because, again, our son is not ruining their testing curve. It's pretty sad to see a 6 year old who went from loving school to despising it. We are looking into other options for next year. Finally, others commented on the prejudice against working parents. FOR SURE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2013

My son is going into 2nd grade. The school is very good in terms of facilities. The building is brand new so everything is state of the art. Parent involvement is high. They also emphasize healthy eating in the cafeteria which is nice to see. The principal is friendly and nice and she seems to be doing a good job. The teachers and staff are all friendly as well. My only minor piece of advice to her would be to try to get to know the students and parents a little better. My problem is with the other students. I suppose part of it might be just growing up but my son went to another school last year and started at this school this past year. Since coming here, he has had a few developmental issues (fights with other students, etc.) and has learned a lot of bad language and other negative traits. We are leaving the school and I am feel that he'll have better influence elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2012

My daughter is going into 2nd grade at Sandburg, and we have been delighted with our experience so far. Her teachers have been wonderful, and the administration and support staff are also very warm and caring. We particularly loved the principal, and are sad that he is leaving for another opportunity. We hope that the incoming principal is as fabulous as she sounds! My daughter entered kindergarten prepared to learn, but not knowing how to read etc. By the end of kindergarten she was reading and by the end of first grade she was well ahead of grade level. I volunteered in the classroom once a week and noticed that the teachers focus special attention on ALL students (not just those who excel or those who are behind).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

I have 3 children at this school. My youngest fell behind and it was not until I CONTACTED the teacher was it brought to attention. This school is a small community of teachers and parents who are closed minded towards working parents. Teachers and staff gear primarily towards students who have very involved parents. The two older siblings excelled. There was a very noticeable lack of responsibility on the school's part when it came to my youngest. In summary - this school are takers of the community. They are not contributors. Test scores rate high due to very little special education needs children who attend. That should tell you something.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

Of all the schools in our immediate area, Sandburg is absolutely the best! New leadership since the disappointing 2007 comments means the overall school climate has benefitted tremendously! A very involved and well funded PTSA, an engaged/concerned staff of teachers offering great classroom experiences and support/involvement in our extracurricular activities and a safe supportive environment all make the best out of a currciulum dictated by the district/state. The art education consists of an art docent program that relies on parent volunteers for the younger ages is disappointing, but overall there is so much that makes it a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2009

Our daughter is in her 3rd year at Sandburg and we absolutely love this school. She came from 3 years of Montessori, and has integrated well with the other students, staff and curriculum. We love how involved the community is in their programs and activities and the overall positive feeling we get from the parents, volunteers and staff. We look forward to many more great years at Sandburg! Go Seals!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

Academic programs are average. The teachers follow a district-wide curriculum and it doesn't seem like there is too much personal creativity. The teachers care about their students but the culture of the school is to do the minimum required and not go beyond that. The staff won't do much to help children who fall below the average. Parent involvement is great and the PTA is very active and benefits from a well funded treasury but even with a large surplus. The incoming principal was trained by the retiring principal so I don't expect much improvement in that regard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2007

After school programs should soon improve as the principal is leaving next year. We're looking forward to new leadership. There are many great teachers at CS and new leadership can make a real difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2007

Sandburg has, in the past, been an excellent school with a huge variety of stimulating extra-curricular activities. Parent involvement is very high and far-reaching. Money is available for amazing extra and curricular activities. Unfortunately, often parents are thrwarted by a principal with a different agenda and many valuable enrichment programs have suffered as a result. Student behavior has also suffered in the past years. The potential is there for this school to be #1 educationally in the district. Parents can hope the potential is soon realized and encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

This is a great school! I'm impressed with the quality and variety of the accademic programs. PArents get involved as the wish and don't get forced to volunteer. I like the freedom to choose my involvment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

Sandburg is a very safe and happy environment - my kids and I have always been very happy at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2005

Newly updated technology in the classrooms (magic white boards!), strong art docent program, lots of parent involvement in fun activities as well as fundraisers. PTSA spends wisely on extra programs such as science, chess lessons, school plays, outdoor education and other enrichment activities. Easy communication with teachers via email or conferences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

Good school. Many really outstanding teachers. Ask around, get feedback from other parents. Special Ed has come a long way in this school, and is becoming more helpful to the individual child in many ways. But funding is always an issue, and many fine programs unfortunately do not get the funds to keep going.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
63%

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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students80%
Female71%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low incomen/a
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female97%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
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 Students70%
Female76%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low incomen/a
Not low income71%
Special education8%
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female81%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low incomen/a
Not low income79%
Special education25%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female83%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low incomen/a
Not low income76%
Special education8%
Not special education87%
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 Students89%
Female86%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
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 Studentsn/a
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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
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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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 83% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Two or more races 2% 6%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%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 15N/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 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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