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Horizons Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 70 students

 
 

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Posted October 24, 2013

This wis our first year at Horizons; the registration staff was very efficient and friendly. The school has a great curriculum and the staff and teachers are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

The staff is pretty good, but the school is very over crowded with very few options for expansion. The kids eat in their classrooms because they don't have the time to facilitate eating in the cafeteria. But, most of the teachers are fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

This is our fourth year at Horizons. With the exception of one teacher and the parking lot situation, this has been a terrific school for us. My children are thriving in the learning environment and love their teachers. The homework is very reasonable. Communication between parents, teachers, office staff is great. The Principal is very involved. The school is not perfect, as I don't think any are. But I would highly recommend Horizons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

Th eparking issues sucks, but as for children being locked out it is like that at EVERY school in the district. Rain or shine. My child is in the special education program and the staff is wonderful. They are patient and kind and the office staff knows her by name (not in a bad way : )). The school is overcrowded, as are all in the district but they do well with the resources they have. Having another daughter in a different elementary in the district I can say when compared, Horizons tops others in the district hands down. I am glad that our home school did not have the needs my daughter required, she has blossomed at Horizons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2011

First of all, the overview says that the school has a teacher to student ratio averaging 18. NOT TRUE! It's more like 25-30. The school is overcrowded and the parking lot is horrible! There is no safety for the students who arrive at school early. They are asked to stay outside on the playground before school, no matter the weather. At this point there might be 2-3 teachers on the playground and the gate is unsecured around the school. My son was in first grade and was one of the only students reading on his own. He was asked to sit and read alone while the other students had their reading groups. I asked if there was something to get him more involved, and to help him grow as a reader. The decision was to take my son and three other students and let them go to the library to work on a "project". The end result of this was several pictures coming home of volcanos. I do not feel that my son was challenged at all. Since he didn't need help with reading skills, she simply let him become complacent and didn't help him grow and continue learning at all. I hope next year (if we stay at this school) this will change. My son doesn't go to school to make friends he goes to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

no parking, rude staff, poor education. overcrouded school, my child had too many substitute teachers and class was not well organized
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Another school has been built in close proximity which has returned Horizons to a manageable size. It is now K-6 again. We are military and have been very pleased with the quality of teachers, administrators and employees of this school. They encourage parents to be regularly involved (which I normally only see in DOD schools). The music program is excellent- my 5th grader has band every day from a dedicated band teacher. Both of my boys read way above their grade level and have been encouraged by all their teachers with challenging work to meet their needs. They teach in a pod system - a family type system in which each grade is represented in the pod. I think Horizons has been a blessing for us. We considered DuPont, but their elementary buses 5-6th to Steilacoom. We definitely made the right decision for our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

We have been with Horizons since the beginning of the 2008/09 school year and I have to say that if your child is an average student and does well making friends, then this school is fantastic! The staff has been friendly and helpful every time I need to stop in or call. However, if your child has a learning disability, look elsewhere. We have a 9yr old who has a very sweet heart, but pretty severe ADHD. We have an IEP in place and yet the support staff have given up on working with him. His room teacher has gone far above the call of duty where he is concerned, but the counselors and therapists have been out of commission for about 4 months now, and my child has suffered for it. We are in process of trying to remedy the situation, but it doesn't look too hopeful for this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

We come from Florida; believe it or not, in FL, each kid receive a big package of books, workbooks and agenda when they start each academic year and the academic challenge is very high; they have lots of homework, extracurricular activities provides by the same school at affordable prices, sports and programs for high academic development. When we arrived to WA, we expected the same. the professors are excellent but here the schools do not provide books nor workbooks for kids. Our kids study with photocopies.The academic challenge is too low; They do not have many extracurricular activities and there are no basic workbooks for kids to study. The school is good, but the teaching system is poor and mediocre.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2007

My 2nd gr daughter absolutley loves this school! We found this school using this site when we moved here in '05. I have been extremely impressed with everyone from the principal, Tim Fries, to the teachers to the PTSA. We have had some issues that required the principal to get involved this year and everything was handled with much detail and very promptly. The entire staff is so welcoming and caring as well as tremendously competent. We are moving in a few weeks and my daughter wrote a letter to the school. Here is an excerpt; 'You are such a good school! I hate to leave! You made me feel so welcome and comfortable! Everyone is so nice here. I wish I didn't have to go!' You can't go wrong with this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2007

school is up to capacity. students ratio to teacher is 30.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

It's wonderful to see your children excited to attend school each day! Being part of Horizons for the past 2+ years, we enter our third year there with a 4th and 6th grader attending--it still seems fresh and exciting to them. A solid foundation for learning is established with caring, experienced teachers and staff, as well as a principal who adds personal care and compassion while being involved deeply in all operations of the school. Add a parent organization that works hand in hand with staff for the students benefit and an atmosphere for learning that is remarkable and desirable is achieved. The pod philosophy (grades 1-6 split into smaller groups to allow for 'family celebrations' and functions) keeps this large school feeling like a small, hometown school where you have been welcome all your life and everyone knows you personally. Parents are always welcome in the classrooms!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2003

Horizons has been part of my family since 1998. My children are receiving an outstanding education with caring, nuturing and awesome teachers. Also Horizons principal is the most loving and involved principal I have ever met. She is beyond exceptional. Art, PE, and music programs are top notch quality. Since elementary education is the foundation to middle and high school I feel my children will only soar after Horizons because the foundation they will have will be so strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2003

I have 3 children currently attending Horizons Elementary and 1 student who attended K-6. Horizons is made up of 3 Pods with all grade levels (except kindergarten) in each pod. This makes for a small school atmosphere where the teachers in each pod know most of the kids in that pod. It is very family oriented with a 'Family Celebration' every other week. The teachers take time to recognize the students' achievements. The school also has a great specialist program with art, PE, music, band, orchestra and a science specialist. As a frequent parent volunteer, I feel welcome in each of my children's classes. My kid s teachers respect my experience as a parent and encourage my participation in their education.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
86%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
66%
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%
Female73%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income63%
Not low income80%
Special education14%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female84%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income69%
Not low income84%
Special education15%
Not special education88%
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%
Female80%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income61%
Not low income76%
Special education15%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female78%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income60%
Not low income69%
Special education0%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students60%
Female74%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income46%
Not low income68%
Special education0%
Not special education69%
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 Students86%
Female93%
Male80%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income70%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female85%
Male70%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income63%
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female85%
Male75%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income59%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
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%
Female79%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income61%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female81%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income71%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
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 54% 60%
Hispanic 16% 20%
Two or more races 13% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Black 7% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 226%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 16N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 70%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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