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Custer Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 355 students

 

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Posted July 24, 2013

The school has some great teachers who have a lot of experience. The school also has a great special education program. However, the school is obviously very underfunded- the school isn't big enough for the amount of students (my son's classroom is one room split into a classroom and the PT department), they do have outdated technology, the Custer webpage is NEVER updated, and I'm not impressed with some of the staff (it's nearly impossible to get any info from the office). I've also NEVER met the principal out of 3 years of my son going to the school (and that woman never smiles). The school is also very unorganized prior to the first day of school. Last year we found out about the ice cream social only a day prior to the event. They never send out fliers anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

This school needs lot of improvement. First of all there is no standards or curriculum in place. Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Brown/James were up to the par (i.e, they knew what they were teaching and my kid loved to go to school for that fact.). When it was first grade Mrs. Siebert took care of the kids in her class, she is knowledgeable, great teacher and communicated well about the issues quickly. Second grade was worse here for my kid, the teacher did not teach any thing at all. All I saw was bunch of color papers coming home. so my kid literally didn't learn anything. Here comes third grade where all the math started out of no where, the teacher didn't teach much in the class but they have to do the homework to get the points. What does that say?? The new principal? forget about her I never saw her smiling back or saying hello.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

The communication between student/teacher, parent/teacher, principal/parent needed great improvements. Are child went here last year . They got a new principal that acted to not care to do her job or care about what was happening with are child . Are child had things going on with her health so she would miss some school so for her to get back up to where the other kids was not easy . The teacher did not seem to have a heart to that she worked her so hard it was sad . Are child wanted so badly to make her teacher happy but all the teacher would do was work her harder . Then are child mood became to weaken due to the kids there was so mean to her . I went to the school and they would not due any thing . She had to start seeing a Dr to talk about her feelings due what was happening to her at this school . We had to pull her out it was so sad to see my child go from loving school to worried and sad to go . We now have her in CVA and love it . I only give it a one because at the start we loved her teacher but as time went her teacher would be out more and would just not be so caring .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

This is a good school like most city schools if your kid goes here you need to be a part in helping you kid to be the best they can be cause school in under staffed
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Posted March 9, 2009

This school lacks many things! My child studies from old ripped up books, they have outdated technology, and the teachers are too lenient. If your child likes their teacher, the teacher is not doing their job. They do not assign enough homework or check it. I do not think they do a good job of preparing the children for Jr. High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

I have had a wonderful experience with my son at Custer Elementary School. The staff goes out of their way to help him. The possibilities are unlimited. There is a genuine care for my son's educational well-being. The lines of communication are open, and staff puts just as much effort as I as a parent, and my son as a student does. Excellent teamwork!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

This is a great school with unlimited potintial for your childs educational goals and needs.
—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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
35%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
14%
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 Students56%
Female59%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income50%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female83%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income71%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
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 Students45%
Female48%
Male43%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income38%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female67%
Male30%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income43%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students52%
Female72%
Male35%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
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 Students39%
Female38%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Low income35%
Not low income50%
Special education30%
Not special education42%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female71%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income68%
Not low income100%
Special education50%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female58%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income53%
Not low income67%
Special education50%
Not special education58%
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 41% 60%
Hispanic 26% 20%
Black 20% 5%
Two or more races 8% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 18%N/A8%
Special education 133%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 276%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 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 65%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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7700 Steilacoom Blvd SW
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