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Brookside Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 90 students

 
 

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Posted June 22, 2014

This school had saved my son who has ADHD. He had transferred from another school in shoreline wa and had not progressed as well as at Brookside. Teachers are caring and take the time with each child. They have a special program that all schools need to see and have in their schools. Not just them! The school system has failed my son till Brookside. Thank you Brookside keep up the good work with the special needs program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

I think Brookside is an excellent school. My Child has enjoyed every year with each teacher. The music and PE teachers are fantastic. All the teachers are deeply invested in educating the kids. The safety squad could use a little more supervision due to the student officers not always making the best decisions. I do agree that the kids whose parents can volunteer and are involved in the PTA appear to get special treatment, What can you do...that's life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

The students are engaged, motivated and happy. Teachers communicate well with the students and parents. Parent participation is very high in class rooms and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

Brookside has some good teachers, a stellar librarian and P.E teacher and a decent PTA community. The incompetent principal and school district are what muddy the waters. I'm not impressed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Nice school, nice teachers. Minimal bullying, quite a bit of parent involvement (moms & dads, including those that work), the librarian & PE teacher are great. The negatives: 1. The bus drivers are aggressive & block the fire lane daily (safety hazard). 2. The parking lots/walkways are not cleared of ice/snow in the winter. This caused injuries to several students, plus a car accident in the drop-off lane. 3. There is a clear preference shown to parents who are part of the PTA. 4. Pick-up for kindergarten 1/2 day program is confusing. We were told to pick them up in front of the school where all of the "visitor" spots are. That is also where the buses & school admin park (in the "15 minute" spots). There are no parking spots left for parents to use. So we either have to arrive 20 minutes early & sit with the buses blocking us in or arrive late & park behind the buses in the fire lane or park down the street. Now they have signs up saying "no cars allowed when buses present". 5. Afternoon pick-up is crazy. Parents aren't allowed to turn directly into the pick-up lane - we have to drive down the dead-end road, turn around in a privately owned driveway of one of the school neighbors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2013

My son was bullied at his old school and we moved to LFP to seek a better district and elementary school. Wow, are we glad we did. We love Brookside. My son's made several friends and bullying is not part of the culture at all. Brookside is such a wholesome school, it's the kind of place you send your kids to because you have a dream of them being innocent and learning and doing sweet fun educational things until they're ready for the more complex world. I love that they raise salmon from eggs and then release them into the wild, raise caterpillars into butterflies, etc., science is big there -- not to mention all of the music classes that are part of the curriculum. And the extracurricular offerings are out of this world. I mean, they offer Arabic class. I have two kids there and it's been an outstanding experience. My kids were ESL and a bit behind when they entered, but Brookside helped them get up to snuff in just a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2013

We've had three kids go through this school; one k-4, the other 3-4, and the third is finishing K. The teachers we've had have all been TOP NOTCH...can't imagine getting better folks, private or public. Mr. Rogers, the library, and Matt Alford, PE teacher, are also amazing. There is reasonable economic and racial diversity - I would guess it mirrors or is more diverse than the neighborhoods which draw to it. This is something we like and is one reason we're not at Evergreen or Kings. The older kids have now moved to Kellogg (middle school) and to the Hi-Cap district program at Brookside, but they both miss Brookside and visit their old teacher regularly when they're picking up baby brother at Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

This school is great! My son has autsim and ADHD....the teacher he has had in the past two years has been totally AWESOME! He used to come home from school totally depressed when in a different school, now he comes home energized and happy. I will miss this school when he moves to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2009

Brookside is a bit more traditional than some other schools, but they do a great job! I have never seen such a great group of teachers. Personally, I prefer the tried and true, traditional model of schooling. I love that Brookside uses spelling books from 1983, when spelling and grammar were still important and kids didn't rely on MS work for corrections. And that they use math worksheets to practice and memorize times tables, and that kids cant wear head phones, text, or wear hoods and hats in class. The PE teacher is also fantastic! And there are so many after school activities you literally have to pick and choose which your child can do - and most are free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

I am amazed that that no one has noticed the negative aspects of this school. If you love outdated lessons and teaching styles, punitive discipline, an incredible over use of paper, worksheets and a sterile environment, then this school is for you. This school lacks emphasis on creative and experiental learning. There is little diversity in this school. There is great parent involvement as it is in an affluent neighborhood, with many (moms) that are not working during the day. As far as public schools go, it is fine, but certainly not the haven that many parents seem to think it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great community of kids, parents, teachers and staff working together to provide a strong learning environment! Supplemental art and environmental education, too, plus a variety of afterschool programs onsite.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

What isn't fabulous about Brookside?!?! The teachers are PASSIONATE about teaching - Mrs. Travis in particular, the All-Day Kindergarten teacher is fabulous! We all love her! On the first day of school, she sends home a care package for the mom's which contains a teabag, piece of Dove chocolate, a poem, a kleenex and a cotton ball to hold in your hand while reading the poem, which represents the gentle spirit of your child! Then, the kids also get a care package with a poem, and items that tie into the poem (i.e. smarty candy, a hershey's hug/kiss). Mrs. Travis phones your home that night to check in and see what each child's experience was on the first day of school. Our twins love Kindergarten and Mrs. Travis and are up, ready for school at 7:30 each morning, dressed and all, ready to catch the bus because they love going to Brookside SO much! We chose to live in Lake Forest Park because of the reputation of this school district and my husband and his family all went to Brookside which has an excellent reputation! I can't even imagine being in a better school than Brookside - it is TOP NOTCH!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

This is a fantastic little school. Terrific teachers, great community feeling, great parents, and wonderful kids. Academics are top notch, and I love how 6th grade students change classes, and go to camp. Ms. Paden and Ms. McGilvray are just fantastic teachers! Strong leadership in the principal, great office staff. Very organized and efficient. Feels very safe and comfy. I give this school at 10 out of 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

Level of parent involvement is incredible. Academic programs are exceptional. No sports but music, art and reading/writing workshops.
—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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

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

All Students76%
Female72%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income59%
Not low income82%
Special education42%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income53%
Not low income85%
Special education50%
Not special education83%
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 Students72%
Female84%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income47%
Not low income79%
Special education17%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female87%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian58%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income58%
Not low income78%
Special education28%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female76%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian58%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income42%
Not low income71%
Special education22%
Not special education75%
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%
Female82%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income64%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female87%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income64%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female82%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income71%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
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%
Female94%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income60%
Not low income91%
Special education36%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female94%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income67%
Not low income93%
Special education36%
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

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 65% 60%
Two or more races 13% 6%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 7%
Black 2% 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 10%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 216%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 17N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 66%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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17447 37th Ave N.E.
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
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