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Island Park Elementary School

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Posted June 24, 2014

What I like about Island Park is how everyone was so joyful and the teachers were amazing. This school has given my child wonder adventures with new exciting challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2013

Amazing teachers, great parent involvement, extra help one on one, inspiring music teachers, varied curriculum, arts, field trips, plenty of opportunity for community activities. We left a small private school to come here and we could not be happier. Parents contribute financially to provide kids with extra help and classes. It's a great place. The Principal is very involved and cares about the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

This is our first year here. We just moved to the island. The teachers are wonderful. They are amazing. My child's classrrom had an aide which also helped one on one learning. I'm not impressed by the admin staff at all. Front office is very rude and principal has been unapproachable. We are sending two children to Island Park next year because the teachers are so wonderful. I am holdding my breath that the admin and principal change their attitudes. At our last school the principal greeted everyone by name in the morning. Nothing like that happens here. The academic standard is very high here. If that is the most important thing than this school is for you. If you want an overall caring staff...look elsewhere. The teachers are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

We are a new family to Island Park. My daughter arrived mid-year, 3rd grade. We were both welcomed and we found the teachers, staff and parents to be caring and helpful. Teachers and staff have gone out of their way to tell me how special my daughter is. I am certain I am not the only parent that is made to feel that way. My daughter participated in "Girls on the Run" which was an excellent program promoting physical fitness and ending with a 5K - it also taught life skills appropriate for elementary grades. Two teachers volunteered their time after school and they were there at the race. The Principal was also there to cheer the girls on and gave each Island Park girl a "high five". This is a wonderful school. Many family events and opportunities to volunteer at the school if you can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

We have been thrilled with Island Park Elementary School. Dr. Loorem is an inspiring and caring leader. The teachers are wonderful, the classes small. Island Park has the Hand-in-Hand program which allows one extra teacher per grade. This teacher pulls out children who need extra help or an extra challenge. They help wherever the classroom teacher needs an extra hand. They are outside at all the recesses which means problems on the playground are seen and handled very quickly. The parent involvement is outstanding. From the PTA to in-the-classroom volunteering- it seems that everyone is helping out in some way, and happily. There is a real sense of community at Island Park. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend Island Park Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

My daughter completed Kindergarten here and is about to start first grade. We are sending her here from out of district because it is such a great school. The large parent involvement allows for more opportunity for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

We are new to the school this year, enrolled a child in kindergarten. We are very impressed with the leadership, good communication and caring staff. Bravo, inspires confidence overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

Island Park is a wonderful school with a great sense of community and open welcome to all types of children. There is an ERR program and ESL and a full time school counselor. There is a fantastic music teacher and program as well as art. The parent involvement is very high. As in all public schools the teacher needs to teach to all kids in the class but there is plenty of special help for kids of all abilities and children can excel. There are quite a few extracurricular activities and good programs at the school to support working parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Island Park is excellent! They have a great staff, active parent involvement and a rich diversity and breadth of programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

This school is just okay. The teachers are great but they can only do what the district allows and provides. That means that teaching has to cater to the lowest common denominator in my opinion. My daughter loved learning and was on her way to a good education when we moved here. She lost all interest in school. Nobody pushes you because they can't. The math program is lacking because they must teach to the level of the lowest in the class. I am sure some students do fine with that but my daughter needed the extra push. The school and grounds as well as playground equipment and such need to be completely revamped into this decade or at least the last one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

I am a former student of this school and absolutely love the teachers. Although the principal tries to give support to her students, NO TOLERANCE policy has made her a dictator. I am currently a student of islander middle school and I can't even walk across the street without an adult. There is something called crossing line between discipline and utter confinement. Everytime a new fad begins within the first few weaks there an exuse that allows them to be confiscated. Baseball, tennis balls, mighty beans, top raman, popcorn, jawbreakers, whispering in the lunchroom, currently turning soccer lovers field into a parking lot,taking plast knive because of quote 'saftey against violence', you cant wear masks like you used to at halloween. AND another thing I spent six years and did not learn a single musical note and passed along with countless others. Please send kids elsewhere!
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

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

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income80%
Not low income93%
Special education83%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female98%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income80%
Not low income98%
Special education92%
Not special education96%
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 Students79%
Female78%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income83%
Special education43%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female90%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income84%
Special education57%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female83%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income82%
Special education43%
Not special education86%
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 Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Special education50%
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
Special education50%
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
Special education67%
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

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 63% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 7%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Black 2% 5%
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 19%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%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 14N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Nancy Loorem

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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5437 Island Crest Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 230-6280

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