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Peter Kirk Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 73 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted May 24, 2014

I am a parent of a son who is about to enter kindergarten, so I do not have much insight into the school. However, I am disappointed by the fact that the school, like many elementary schools, is dominated by female teachers (based on the LWSD website, only two teachers in the entire elementary school are male - a first grade teacher and a PE instructor). The author of the best-selling book, Raising Cain, explains how expectations of male students and accommodations to their differences can have a positive impact on boys' performance in elementary schools. Although fewer men choose teaching careers, I would like the school to place more importance on this type of diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2014

Fantastic teachers, great experience. My daughter has attended K - 1st grade and we are very pleased with her education to this point. The teachers are fantastic: very organized, really care about the kids. Parent involvement is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

Great school. My grand daughter goes there and loves it. Lots of community involvement. Parents assist in classrooms and monitor the kids coming and going. Very friendly.


Posted September 6, 2013

We moved to downtown Kirkland partly to go to Peter Kirk. The school is old. Some classes are way too hot in the winter while others can never warm up. The school is built in the califirnia style where you have pods and the core is open. Your child has to go to the restroom in the freezing cold as the doors are often left open. Its very crowded. The principal was terrible. She has since been replaced. Some teachers were amazing while others were obviously done and had little spirit left in them. Bullying was a huge problem that affected many students and could have been rectified I believe with some stronger assistance, but alas the principal was never to be found and school counselor was useless. The counselor also has since been replaced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

We have been at the school for six years. It was not meeting my older child's academic or social needs. However, that probably had to do more with the kids in that grade level. My young one is entering 5th grade now and have had four fantastic years. The teachers she got through the years match her personality perfect. That particular grade level has been very caring and more academically advanced than what I experienced with my older daughter. PTSA has high and energetic parent involvement. Previous principal was nice one on one, and loved by students. As a leader she was average. To early to make any comments on the new principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

My daughter loved her years at Kirk Elementary. Her teachers were all excellent and provided my daughter with wonderful self esteem. I am writing this now because she just started middle school and she seems very well prepared in all of her classes. She has even kept in touch with all of her Kirk teachers as she loved them that much. I highly recommend this school.


Posted September 12, 2011

In our family's experience, Peter Kirk was a very mixed bag. The teachers we had ranged from mediocre to amazing, but most were in between. One of our children suffered through some terrible bullying experiences at this school which continue to scar her, and she was academically not challenged, but our other child had an amazing year with a loving first grade teacher who taught the children not only advanced academics but true social skills and caring. The principal, while wearing a smile on her face, was not very helpful or sincere and managed to alienate many of the teachers as well as parents. On the whole, we were very disappointed with this school and decided to leave it, yet we are very appreciative of the stellar first grade teacher we had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

Most teachers are amazing. The Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 6th Grade teachers Are spectacular. There is one third grade teacher that is exceptional. Parent involvement is superb! Principal is just OK.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

I love the staff & parent support for the great programs offered to our students. The students are held to a high standard while still being allowed to be kids.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 16, 2010

The students are enthusiastic about learning. The community has always been supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The staff at Peter Kirk are terrific. They really care for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This is a gem of a local elementary school. My grandchildren attended there, and I have worked there for ten years as a Tech IA. Families move into the area just so their children can attend Peter Kirk. Several of the teachers have been there for many years. New teachers choose this school if possible. The atmosphere is caring and all the teachers are exceptional.


Posted September 16, 2009

Peter Kirk provides a comfortable, confident atmosphere for learning. The cooperation between staff, volunteers, parents and student gives an extra boost to those who attend school there.


Posted August 11, 2009

My son just graduated high school he went to Peter Kirk and I thought it was the best school on the east side, my daughter now is at Peter Kirk, and I have been loving it there we had the best experience at Kindergarten and first grade we loved her teachers so far and feel like we can trust them completely she'll be going to second grade and is very excited for school to start soon, she was not reading at all at the beginning of her first year at school by end of first grade she is reading chapter books, her math skills have advanced and I can say that it has been the same progress as her best friend who went to private school PTSA is great and very active; it is a great community school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

I've had kids at Peter Kirk for the last 8 years. I have sent 3 kids to Kindergarten, and 2 have gone through each grade through 6th at Peter Kirk. I have read the 20 reviews that came before mine, and think the overall negative attitude that shines through most of them does not accurately reflect the school, rather the parents' overall disappointment that this world is not perfect, and thus the public school offerings are a let down. If each of these parents could accurately compare Peter Kirk to the other public schools in the area, I have no doubt Kirk would receive rave reviews and high marks. Their scores are good, parental involvement is excellent, the ptsa is strong and well supported so is able to support the school in areas where funding is lacking. Note that Kirk is scheduled for remodernization sometime after 2013 (to be rebuilt).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

I have been a parent involved with Peter Kirk for 4 years. The teachers my children have had for the most part are good educators, friendly and willing to work with the parents. The Parental involvement at PK is high and the PTSA is strong. The principle is not. She does not follow up with the parents and does not seem to have a good relationship with the teachers. The former principle was on task and very involved with the educational direction and the parent participation. The school is too small, old and outdated. The class sizes are WAY to big (ie.30 kids per one teacher in 3rd grade). We moved to Kirkland for the great PK school ( I went to Lakeview as a child), but now I am wondering if we made the right choice. Many parents around here feel the same disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

Huge class sizes and very poor physical building! Classrooms are tiny; lunch is eaten in classrooms as there is no room large enough for a lunchroom; no storage for kids or teachers materials; poor technology integration in curriculum. My kids have had 29+ kids in class since Gr 1! Some great teachers though and very involved core group of parents. No real leadership at the top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

We are new to the area & our experience has been great! Many of the prior comments are based on DISTRICT problems. The PTSA is amazing and not just a 'money' aspect. I strongly feel a PTSA can make or break a school. They are in charge of before and after school activities, such as Science Adventures, foreign languages, jump rope class, chess club and more. They also organize skate night, egg drop, end of year carnival, science fair, art gallery walk and much, much more!! The parents that I have met are warm and caring. The teachers are excellent. The math curriculum is poor, but again this is a DISTRICT issue, not just P.K.'s alone. I see more pros than cons at this school! My kids love it and we agree!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2008

We are would-be parents, but my child's chances at full-time kindergarten were thrown to luck in the school's lottery. We were among dozens of parents who were turned away from Peter Kirk for the 2008-2009 school year, because of lack of space. If you are considering moving to the Norkirk, West of Market, or Highlands areas near Kirkland, you should be aware that your child may not have the opportunity to attend full-day kindergarten. Although half-day kindergarten is available, you will not be informed whether or not your child will be in am or pm kindergarten until a few months from the start of the school year, when it's a scramble to make arrangements. The district and school have not shown signs that they are trying to find a solution, so count us as underimpressed. You would think a 'highly performing' district and school would place more emphasis on early education.


Posted March 15, 2008

In reading the reviews from some of the parents, I find it hard to believe our kids attend the same school that they so negatively portray. Peter Kirk is a great school with lots of parent support and mix of talented and average teachers. What makes it special is its location in downtown Kirkland and the involvement of its families. My advice to the parents who complained about the school is to get involved and change the things you don't like. Otherwise, take a look at global education and see how privileged our children are.
—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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
61%
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

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students81%
Female85%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low incomen/a
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low incomen/a
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
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 Students85%
Female91%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special education54%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female100%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income60%
Not low income95%
Special education62%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
Special education69%
Not special education93%
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 Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low incomen/a
Not low income80%
Special education21%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special education43%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special education50%
Not special education92%
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

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Low incomen/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
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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 86% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Hispanic 3% 20%
Two or more races 3% 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 11%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%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 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 73%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Kirkland, WA 98033
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