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Meadows Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 381 students

 

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Posted September 28, 2014

Almost all the positive reviews about this school are by those that work there. I think this is pathetic and the only reason they are doing it is to keep out of the cross hairs of the school review board. The reviews by parents seem to point to the fact that children are not safe here, and that the staff are inept, inexperienced, and have obviously chosen the wrong career path. Hopefully, the PTA and other organizations will come together to raise the standards and create a safe environment at Meadows Elementary. There seems to be widespread violence, intense bullying, and the teachers, administration, as well as the inept counselor are unable to deal with problems. I am sure many teachers at Meadows honestly care about doing the best thing for the students and community, but there are a few there that only care about the paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2014

I feel extremely sorry for the children that attend Meadows Elementary. Upon reading the comments the writers, perhaps in a sense of guilt betray themselves as staff who work at Meadows which should completely disqualifies them as objective reporters. All they care about is their job security. The most obvious example is that pudgy bald menacing counselor who validates his job by attacking parents, carrying on private interviews with 5 year olds in order to confuse them I am sure it is easier to do this than dealing with the real problems and Issues at Meadows which are intense bullying and teacher student interaction, he is inept and obviously not qualified My child who is 5 yrs old I removed after only two weeks because of the ineptitude and inexperience of her teacher who looks and acts more like the 6tha graders that attend the school.He was unable to handle my child so he kept getting the principle involved. He had nothing but negative things to complain aboutI begged the principle for another teacher but she refused.I removed her from Meadows her new teacher is extremely competent 30 yr veteran.It would be better to keep your child home than send them to Meadows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2014

Will rate it a zero! People should know this school is very unorganized. Your children are not safe here and their academic level is very poor. Kids play more than they read and the bus route is messed up. Definitely recommend another school. I went to pick up my daughter from school on September 24, 2014 (Yesterday) and her teacher tells me shockingly that she's not here. As I say excuse me, she says she's gone on the bus. She was given a note from the front office saying she has been put on the bus (permanent change) I ran to the bus to get my daughter off. One, I never authorized it, never signed her up to take the bus and two, the front desk says it wasn't their fault and that we had to contact transportation. WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO MY DAUGHTER IF THEY HAD DROPPED HER OFF SOMEWHERE?? WHERES THE ADULT SUPERVISION?? Let me point out that my daughter has never ridden the bus before. THE SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE CALLED ALL PARENTS BEFORE LETTING ANY CHILDREN ON THE BUS. Sad to say there's more to what happened but will be dealt with through the board of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

Meadows is a school of hard knocks. Yes, there are some, and I mean some teachers that are exceptional, and some have no business being with children. The office staff is warm, responsive and professional, but the plight is that of its students. Sadly, it is the surrounding demographics that give over children that are missing guidance, discipline and support. There are many students here that need a lot of intervention and although the school does a good job at attempting to give these children special care, it cannot work unless the families step up. There are many incidents of bullying, harassment , anger issues, many kids have been held back a grade or two, and as much as we can blame the school system and point the finger, the root of all behavior and aptitude is what is learned and modeled in the home. Class sizes are over limits. My child's class has 29 students, and a few of the classmates are very troubled so discipline issues are huge. My child witnesses angry outburst, swearing, disrespect etc. On the bus home my child hears profanity, gets punched and kicked. How many times do I complain? Parents, teach your children well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Our school is a "Kids at Hope" School. This program teaches students to plan for their future, set goals and to believe that they can and will be successful contributors to their families and communities. The staff are dedicated professionals, who love what they do and strive to create safe, engaging, invigorating learning environments for their students. Our students are 20th century kids from all over the country. In part, because of our closeness to Joint Base Lewis McChord, we have a higher student turn-over rate than many schools. This makes for a diverse and rich student population, that always brings new faces to the Meadows community. We think that is a unique benefit to the social fabric of our school. Meadows, in addition to the daily subjects, offers a wide range of specialist classes, extracurricular programs and family support programs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 3, 2013

This is a wonderful school. My daughter has gone here for kindergarten and 1st grade and I am sad that we are moving away at the end of the school year. Both of her teachers were outstanding at challenging a very smart girl and her class sizes were incredibly small. The biggest her class got this year was 18 kids. All of the aids are great with the kids and they have lots of opportunities throughout the school year to learn lots of things hands on. I absolutely loved this school. I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

Wow, I am surprised by some of the comments here about Meadows. This is a wonderful school. All three of my students have attended here! I find the teachers to be caring and thoughtful. They work hard to know each child as an individual. As a volunteer in the building I see how hard the staff works and how dedicated they are to each family. I was hesitant to send my children here because of a prevailing attitude about them in the community, but friends told me to give it a try and I am so glad that I did. The Kids at Hope Philosophy that was recently adopted has taught my children to look towards their future! They also tell me of the importance of following the Meadows Mustang Motto. If this is the school of your attendance area, please give these people a chance. You will not find a better, more caring group of people!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

I am amazed at some of the comments written here. I wonder if the parents complaining have actually volunteered in the school to see all the wonderful interactions taking place. Teaching children respect & empathy begins at home as well as parents making sure their children are prepared for school by doing their homework, getting enough rest etc. mmm test scores are not all on the teachers. Volunteer -you can see /hear for yourself - the caring atmosphere from every staff member. There have been many changes over the years for the better I think. I love Kids at Hope. Just look at the world we all live in our children face things we never had to worry about. Meadows Elementary has been a nurturing envirionment for my children & I am so glad I didn't listen to the negative talk. I say make up your own mind - every school is going to have something you may disagree with. We love Meadows!!! Go Mustangs!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

The school is alright for Special Needs class. I was surprised someone was let go that my autistic son was used to. I feel sorry for Jimmy but he is a darn good teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2011

I think I agree with you , my son just started attending the meadows and he is mean now ,he is unhappy and withdrawn . Im really concerned this may not have been the best choice
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

When school lines were redrawn last year, a group of students from Meadows transferred to the school my children attend. The older students were mean, disruptive bullies who have made things very difficult for the students who were already attending the school. This just shows that Meadows doesn't teach students respect and empathy for others and now we have to suffer for their shortcomings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2010

My kids and I are very satisfied with the caring staff, activities, and atmosphere of Meadows. Teachers care about students and work before and after school to make sure they receive a quality education. It's a wonderful school and I would recommend it for everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

All the staff and teachers go above and beyond to make school a great experience for all the children and help them suceed in all ways.


Posted September 23, 2009

We have the best volunteers ever!!! Our school is a very close school with many who care about the kids. The teachers and parents go beyond their means to give the kids everything they can so they can get ahead in life and enjoy school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2009

My child has gone to Meadows for 2 years now and I would not send her anywhere else. I had heard various negative things about Meadows yet I have not experienced anything negative about this school. In fact it is quite the opposite. Meadows has wonderful, dedicated teachers who truly care about educating their students. The afterschool programs that Meadows has offered over the years have been free of charge and full of educational opportunities. Meadows is a shining star among North Thurston Public Schools and doesn't deserve the negative comments I have heard over the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2009

I have thoroughly enjoyed the years that my children have spent at this school! The staff and teachers are absolutely wonderful and very dedicated to the students. My son actually enjoys going to school now and even applies himself to his studies! For a kid who use to hate school, the enthusiasm he has now makes me overjoyed! This would not have been the case if not for the wonderful administrators at Meadows Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

This school has been through some battles, but it's finally turning around. The principal has fought to get quality teachers and get more support from the district and community. What a nice change to have someone who supports their staff and allows their staff to then support their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

After a couple of years of administrative turmoil, Meadows has stabilized. The staff at Meadows is very caring, genuine, and dedicated to each child's success. Many schools have to charge $ for after school activities, but Meadows offered an after school art class last year for free. The Monday Milers program is wonderful - no supplies to buy, kids just run, get healthy and learn about a continent along the way. The Passport Geography club was initiated in 2006. Meadows seems truly interested in its students success, both socially and academically. I do wish that there were more active parent volunteers. It just seems to me that we all should take some responsibility for our children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

I had two daughters attending this school since 2nd and 3rd grade until they went to middle school. Now some of the teachers were excellent in the school but were quickly overshadowed by the lack of experience and dedication of other teachers who did not seem to care enough for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2006

We had one teacher that was mediocre, and one that was great but has since left. Their enrichment programs are good, and they have decent parent involvement, but they are in dire need of a good anti-bullying program and diversity training there.
—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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
16%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
42%
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 Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income63%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female80%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income70%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
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 Students62%
Female63%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income57%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female74%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income59%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female63%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White25%
Low income46%
Not low income41%
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
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 Students63%
Female54%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income52%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female58%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income52%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female54%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income48%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
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 Students44%
Female41%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White35%
Low income38%
Not low income48%
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female76%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income67%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 60%
Two or more races 19% 6%
Hispanic 18% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 7%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 15%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 249%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 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Allison Shepard

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Lacey, WA 98513
Phone: (360) 412-4690

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