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Glacier Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 846 students

 
 

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Posted October 2, 2013

I have had three children in Glacier Park over the past four years and can confidently say that NONE of them has had a "dud" teacher. My son received a perfect score on the 5th-grade science MSP, and I give his teachers 100% credit. The Tahoma district is a funny dichotomy: District curricular leadership is exceptional, so teachers and administrators really collaborate and devote themselves to the notion that students should experience an outstanding curriculum across the board at every level. That means, happy, stimulated kids and high test scores. On the other hand, TSD struggles to get the community to approve construction bonds. That means the buildings are a mess, overcrowded and falling apart. Glacier Park is no exception, but they make it work anyway. Beyond awesome academics, the school offers before- and after-school enrichment clubs and sports, a visiting drama program, and one of the best music teachers around. The principal is fine, but the teachers are outrageously good, and kids just seem to love it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

School has wonderful supportive staff. Teachers vary. I love the emphasis on reading at every level K-5. Homework could increase a little to prepare students for middle school. New principal on board who seems to have a good handle on things. PTSA is wonderful. Hoping to see more parent involvement in PTSA in order to continue to provide excellent enrichment programs that kids thrive at at GPES. Definitely recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

My son attends this school and my daughter did also, and just graduated from Tahoma High School. My daughter had a very difficult time from 2nd to 4th grade. She was is the reading assistance program and struggled with reading. She graduated with a gpa of 3.6 and was accepted into the UW. She took mostly honors classes and now enjoys pleasure reading. If her teachers didn't intervene on her behalf at Glacier Park, who know what would happen. The school cares about each individual child. The only downfall is the lack of diversity in the school, both teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

Now that my child has been in the school almost two school years, we have realized how lucky we are. Where else can you find TOO MANY parents participating? Where we're almost fighting to help?!? With a dedicated staff, completely friendly atmosphere, and well rounded curriculum, it's the perfect school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2009

Love this school!! Fantastic administrative leadership and staff, high quality teachers and very involved parents. I have two children here and have always found that the teachers and staff are very approachable, always willing to listen and take appropriate action when necessary. Kids are involved and proud of their school...that says a lot!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

I have 2 students here - we love the school, teachers, principle, and all the extras. My kids enjoy going to school at Glacier Park - even when they are sick, they still want to go to school they love it so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

My 2 daughter are currently at Glacier Park. The principle and the Dean is wonderful. Very helpful. Staff and Paraeducators are great. We are so happy to have our children attend school here. Ms. Piece, 5th grade teacher, is one of my daughter's favorite. She's the best teacher who care about students and make learning fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

We have been very happy at Glacier Park - the principal is fabulous and we've been pleased with our teachers. We love the zero hour offerings too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

We're still new to the school and settling in. I like the school, but am concerned about some of the 'regulations' that they impose which are not in the guidelines. Also, the school seems overly concerned about scores. I'll submit another review later in the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

We have four children who go to Glacier Park and we love the school and the teacher involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2007

I can't say enough about this school. I had two kids who went here, and very sad that we had to move. My oldest son has ADHD and the special ed teachers were so amazing. He is in fifth grade now, and had accomplished so many things because of the dedication of the teachers. Everybody loves the principal, because she is fun, smart, yet know how to implement discipline. The big difference from other schools is the passion of the teachers here in teaching their students. There are a lot of activities, too (like the zero hours) where kids can learn a lot after or before regular school hours. Not to mention, the parents who are volunteering in this school. I always enjoyed to volunteer in this school because of the great relationship among parents, admin staff and teachers in this school. Students are very nice, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2006

GPES is a steller school. I have 6 years experience there with my 2 boys. The teachers are mostly amazing, some need personality checks. My oldest son has ADHD and came to the school in 3rd grade very far behind. The school worked with him and his needs with free tutoring and meetings with me and his grades improved tremendously. Now he's almost in high school with great grades thanks to the district's policy of keeping every child on track. Because of the school's excellent test scores, it has experienced a population explosion since we first arrived in 2001. They've had to set up portals in the school yard to accomodate the population growth. Somehow they've managed to maintain the same excellent quality of education people are flocking there for but I worry for how long. People are still moving out there faster than I can count. Still, a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2005

Glacier Park is a highly rated school for both its academics and social/inpersonal lessons. The teachers are fabulous and it is top rated by most parents who have children attending. My daughter is in Kindergarten and I am more than pleased with GP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

Good parent involvement, beautiful and safe facility. Lots of kids - sometimes kids do get lost with the number here. Great principle but teachers vary. Some are terrific. Some want no parent involvement and rarely send papers home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2004

I have been happy with the learning improvements my Son has made. His teacher provides valuable feedback on his progress. My only complaint is with Bus scheduling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2004

This is the best Elementary school in the district. They have the best WASL scores and the best teachers! The principal Emilie Hard is wonderful, supportive and understanding.
—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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students89%
Female88%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income64%
Not low income91%
Special education67%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female97%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income79%
Not low income92%
Special education80%
Not special education92%
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 Students83%
Female85%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income80%
Not low income84%
Special education47%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income93%
Not low income95%
Special education80%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female93%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income87%
Not low income90%
Special education53%
Not special education93%
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 Students81%
Female81%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income64%
Not low income83%
Special education53%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Low income100%
Not low income96%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Low income100%
Not low income99%
Special education93%
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

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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 83% 63%
Hispanic 6% 18%
Asian 4% 7%
Two or more races 3% 5%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 110%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 24%N/A8%
Special education 210%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 75%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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