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Marvista Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 85 students

 
 

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Posted April 8, 2014

This Office staff at this school has little concern for students with actual learning disabilities. They tend to put things on the back plate based on students age. With little concern that with out receiving the help they need they will just continue to fall furthered behind. It was brought to my attention that my daughter was far behind the rest of the class in Kindergarten even though she was receiving the max amount of one on one help from parent volunteers. I was told that they did not have summer school for kindergartners. She is now in first grade and has received intervention since the beginning of the year and has made improvements but non the less still behind. At the beginning of the year I told the teacher she has dyslexia and needs testing for SE. She said the process takes a long time. When they refused based on age. I went to the Head Director of SE. Signed the letter and she will be tested for SE. I also got a specialist to evaluate her and confirm that she has dyslexia. This school councilor refuses to ask teachers to read up on learning disabilities. If they did more students could get the help they need to succeed. My advice do not stop until you are herd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Marvista Elementary School has high standards which they set for their students. I like the group support that I get there. If I have any trouble with bullies of school work, I am sure to get the help that I need in a timely fashion. I feel that every school can improve periodical. I think that we could use more peer group times or day for 3rd and 4th graders. I also think that the anti-bullying rules and education on it should be implemented more often, beginning with kindergartners on up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

This is a beautiful school, recently remodeled. So far the teachers have been great, the resource teachers especially good. We've had a couple different principals, we really enjoy the one we have now. The parents seem active in the PTA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

The staff, teachers, PTSA, and parents combine to provide a great environment for our children to go learn and have fun. They have addressed the one issue we had when our daughter started there 4 years ago when they replaced the old building with a new one offering a state of the art facility to go with the rest of the good things. I wish every school could be like this one. We have 2 in school there now and another that will start in Fall of 2012. The PTSA just raised over $100k towards supporting the school during their every other year auction event.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Great teachers, highly involved parents, beautiful neighborhood and school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

My son truely enjoys Marvista, the teachers, environment, friends and community support. The PTSA does a great job of representing the parents, teachers and students and ensuring we stay connected. The Auction is a wonderful way to support extracurricular academic programs that the School district doesn't have the funds to support. Programs like Arts Block, Band, Marimba, Chess Club, Math Club, Circus Club, Accelerated Reader and Math Programs, Camp Waskowitz, Sports fields, laptops, library books, etc. As much as people feel the auction can be overwhelming, it only goes back to supporting our greatest assets, our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2009

I first must say that upon enrolling my daughter in our neighborhood school Marvista I felt really apprehensive. I felt alot of concern that the school didn't have a very diverse student body, but also didn't boast a diverse teaching staff either. Surprise, surprise! Although, I would still argue that diversity is part of the learning experience, my daughter has had the best first grade experience with Mrs. Adlum (WONDERFUL TEACHER!!) She also loves the librarian and has made so many really cool friends! This school for my family has been awesome. Oh yeah! the academics far succeed the other elementary school that my eldest child attends. I really like this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Academics are above averag. Too bad PTSA doesn't promote more family activies such as dances, movie night, carvinals ect. Seems to me they are more into the auction which is for the adults then doing things for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2008

Great school! Great parent involvement! Great school administration! Auctions earn money for things needed that the school district cannot provide. This little elementary school's auctions earn more than local private schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2008

Looking forward to the opening of the new school!


Posted March 7, 2008

Some people seem to say the school has 'changed' since the boundaries changed. If you look at the consistently high test scores and continue to see the excellent teachers, I am very comfortable to have my children at this school. They continue to give our family top notch service, especially the office staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

The school has the best academics and professional staff I have heard of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

While academics and the parent involvement is high, the principal, receptionist, and the nurse fail to meet general standards, such as professionalism, communication skills, and respect for everyone. My child had verified hearing issues that were presented and yet neglected here from both teacher and nurse. Safety was a concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

Marvista is one of the main reasons that we moved to Normandy Park. The staff is absolutely awesome and the parent involvement - in my opinion - is unparalleled in any public (or private) school in the country! My children echo one of the earlier comments that stated - each year my children tell me they have the absolute best teacher! What a wonderful comment to hear year after year from your children. I highly recommend Marvista to any and all children and their parents! - Forever Marvista Cheerleader!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2006

This school could improve in many areas. So far we have found many of the people working at the school to be hard to communicate with. Also, the school seems to have a high turnover rate which is difficult to say the least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

Our daughter is attending private school after being at Marvista for K-4. The teacher discouraged her love for math and refused to teach her new things because ' she was too far ahead'. She was made to do other classwork while the others did math. The teacher changed the rules to be more relaxed for other students on tests so they could try and catch up to her a little more. Little parent interest in participating in their child's education at home. My child learns more in private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

I have three sons who currently attend Marvista. Each year they tell me that they have the best teacher in the world. The play and sing music, participate in chess club and math club. They build bridge models and read and read. Although there is no support from the Highline School District for Marvista it remains the lone shining example of success in a public school solely because of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
92%

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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students79%
Female77%
Male80%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income65%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female95%
Male82%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income68%
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
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 Students78%
Female86%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income68%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female82%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income63%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female86%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income68%
Not low income82%
Special education30%
Not special education82%
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 Students76%
Female76%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income58%
Not low income88%
Special education21%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income61%
Not low income93%
Special education21%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female91%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income67%
Not low income97%
Special education29%
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 Students66%
Female72%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income43%
Not low income76%
Special education15%
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female84%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income50%
Not low income88%
Special education31%
Not special education84%
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 58% 60%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Black 12% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Two or more races 6% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 15%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 237%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 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 37%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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19800 Marine View Dr SW
Normandy Park, WA 98166
Phone: (206) 631-4200

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