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John Muir Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 396 students

 

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Posted June 18, 2014

10-Star School. My daughter attended one year here and it's the first school where she felt she fit in (her words not mine). John Muir is not a school but a family. From the excellent principal Mr. DeGallier to the phenomenal Mrs. Piluras and the drama coach and the teachers & parents who put together the talent show. I could go on and on. Everyone shows up at this school & gives 110%. My daughter attended a different school in a neighboring area last year that was highly rated, and wealthy, but attitudes make the difference. Here, my girl joined all the groups & teams (I'm exhausted), has friends of all races, and opened up emotionally. If you have the opportunity, please send your child here. You won't regret the decision. And to Mrs. Piluras, we love you for taking care of our daughter. You're a credit to your profession. Goodness, almost forgot, my daughter's grades went up one level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I have an affinity toward John Muir Elementary school because it was the school I attended and I really loved my educators and principal. Putting aside my childhood experience and entering the school as a parent with specific expectations and unknown expectations, I am impressed with the teachers, community support and the principal. Our experienced Kindergarten teacher has mastered her teaching craft. She guides her 30 children through an entire learning experience by her consistency in keeping the children focused, organized, well mannered, creatively thinking, academically thinking, and playing. Although the class size is large, I am pleasantly surprised that para educators and family volunteers come in to help throughout the day and during specific learning periods. I have noticed many parents are enthusiastically involved with the school projects and fundraisers as well. The principal is present, pleasant and easy to talk with. I was more excited than my Kindergartner to start school and I'm glad I wasn't let down. It's important for me to feel comfortable and I feel right at home with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

This is my daughters 2nd year here. We moved here from Seattle where she attended a private catholic school. I have been very impressed by the dedication and support of the staff. My daughters grades here are better then they have ever been! Thanks to help of her wonderful teacher her confidence is amazing! I am so thankful that my daughter has had the opportunity to attend this is school. It is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The staff is very proavtive in helping kids in special needs emotionally and physically as well as neighborhoods that have special nee financially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

This school has a very caring and supportive staff. The parents are involved in the PTA and want to do whatever they can to support and enrich the lives of its students. Don't be alarmed by the test scores there are quite a bit of ESL students so the scores are skewed by that fact. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

Great school. Friendly teachers,staff & students. Teachers & parents are very involved. Students learn to balance acadamic and life skills. Wish there is more extracurricular activities. Because of the diversity of the student body, students learn how to & adjust & value different cultures & believes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2006

High quality academic (emphasis on writing) and extracurricular programs (chess, music, e.g.,). High level of parental involvement. Excellent availability of computers to all students. Student-teacher ratio at level where students have great attention from teachers. Clean school with friendly staff.
—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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
37%
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

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
48%
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 Students74%
Female76%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income61%
Not low income80%
Special education46%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female88%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income56%
Not low income85%
Special education36%
Not special education85%
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%
Female71%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income62%
Not low income83%
Special education42%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female90%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian84%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income81%
Not low income97%
Special education77%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female90%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income70%
Not low income87%
Special education46%
Not special education89%
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 Students60%
Female48%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian68%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income44%
Not low income88%
Special education7%
Not special education77%
Limited English13%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female60%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian58%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income49%
Not low income92%
Special education27%
Not special education77%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female56%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian47%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income54%
Not low income88%
Special education20%
Not special education81%
Limited English13%
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
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

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

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 42% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 34% 7%
Hispanic 18% 20%
Two or more races 5% 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 123%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 250%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 12N/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 45%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Kirkland, WA 98034
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