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Dower Elementary School

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Posted November 18, 2013

Dower Elementary is a Kids at Hope school. We believe that all students are talented, smart, and capable of success. I'm sorry for those who have had negative experiences in the past. Our staff works hard to engage kids in meaningful learning in a respectful, responsible and safe learning enviornment. We invite families to join us in our family activities and in volunteer opportunities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 26, 2013

Great teachers, awful principal. My children were happy, and the teachers always made sure, that as parents we were involved. The buildings were fairly updated and facilities clean. I was not impressed with the principal. We called CPS on a separate set of parents because of some things they had done to my son, and I called the principal asking to discuss this with her. I called back several days later, and then a third time a few days after that. Not only did she not ONCE return my calls, when I asked her if she'd heard my messages, she brushed me off. I found out a while later that this parent had not only been a chaperone for 2 field trips, but had been allowed to get my son away from the other students and teachers. Fortunately nothing bad happened, but we changed schools IMMEDIATELY. Mrs Dawson doesn't take the child's safety seriously enough. She should be ashamed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

UNHELPFULL! Not only was the lady extremely rude but was extremely unhelpful in answering my questions. I called about enrolling my daughter into all day kindergarden and she acted like it was sooo hard to give me information to basic questions. If thats the kind of atmosphere my daughter will be around i want nothing to do with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

My son went to Kindergarten here 2 years ago, and loved it. We never had a problem and my son got lots of attention because of the small classes. Very understanding to military sitiuations such as helping my son deal with deployments and missing school when daddy was on leave or coming home. No complaints once so ever! Oh and I also loved how they got parents involved with the classrooms, I also took a free parenting class which included free dinner and child care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2010

I was new to the area and thought this was the only school in our district. I would not suggest this school to anyone. Within the first few days, my son would come home crying and upset saying that he "wasn't learning anything" . So my husband decided to sit in class with him for 2 days to see what was being taught. Upon entering the class, my husband was approached by 2 little boys asking was he "packing a gun". On the 2nd day, the teacher was not able to have story time because she couldn't control the class. At that moment, my son was disenrolled & put into a different district. In a matter of two weeks, he was reading, writing better, and spelling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

I have a pre-k student that goes to Dower. and i have never had a problem with them. Mrs. Madori has always had the utmost respect not only for me as the mother but for my son and my other child that is not in school yet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

I may be alittle bias about my opinion about the school I work for but I have worked for many other schools and the staff here has an extreme sence of belonging which trickles down to the students. I did not feel that at the other places I've worked in the past.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 13, 2008

I definetly agree with the parent that speaks to allowing the parents to be the authoritarian as necessary. It is true that the teachers at this school are ready to pounce at any given moment. I personally visit the school very frequently and reecognize that the teachers are VERY serious about their jobs. I say have fun and boost moral for both the teachers and students. The principal is great - she is genuine and energentic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2007

Both my 3rd grader and my 5th grader have had consistently excellent experience with teachers and activities at Dower Elementary. My third grader has had her motivation to learn boosted from her previous school where she was in 1st and 2nd grade, and she finds the learning experience fun with challenges she is motivated to handle ..which is a big change from her other Lakewood school. My 5th grader is very bright and he enjoys being around what appears to be a good population of other bright students in his class. The teacher has taken advantage of this bright class by having it take on lessons advanced for this grade. A number of other parents I have talked to are also gratified by their children's teachers at Dower Elementary. We are fortunate to have these teachers and excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2004

I feel that the teachers at this school treat a portion of the students with respect, and the other portion with disrespect. As a former student, I had personal experiences with disrespect from teachers. What I noticed was that with the portion who got poorly treated, they were good students; good grades, never disrespected the teachers... the only difference I noticed between the poorly treated students and decently treated students was because of their choice of friends and clothing. I feel that people should not be treated different because of what they wear, but how their attitude is. I'm not saying that all of the teachers are, um, 'unfair', but most of them were.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 17, 2004

My son has always made straight A's until we moved here and I put him in Dower. He hated going to school and his grades dropped. I hated seeing him so unhappy so I transferred him to another school. Immediately, I saw a big change in him. He was happy about going to school again and his grades went back up. I'm not saying the whole school is bad, but I wasn't impressed with the teachers he had.
—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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

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 63% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
38%
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

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
20%
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 Students53%
Female65%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income50%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female73%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income68%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
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 Students58%
Female73%
Male39%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income50%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female82%
Male45%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income62%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female91%
Male61%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income74%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
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 Students54%
Female57%
Male52%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income50%
Not low incomen/a
Special education21%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female91%
Male74%
Black91%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income79%
Not low incomen/a
Special education71%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students50%
Female57%
Male43%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income42%
Not low incomen/a
Special education14%
Not special education66%
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 32% 60%
Hispanic 22% 20%
Black 20% 5%
Two or more races 13% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 19%N/A8%
Special education 116%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 275%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 53%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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  • Kevin Brooks

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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7817 Dower Rd West
Lakewood, WA 98499
Phone: (253) 583-5240

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