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Madison Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 270 students

 

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2013:
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Posted yesterday

Pros * After school enrichment classes. (Art, Choir, Drama, etc.) * Computers and iPads in all classrooms * Cute building * Emphasis on safety. (ID s checked, single door entry into school, adult crossing guard, etc.) * Good communication from school (Email, newsletters, etc.) * Monthly assemblies * Organic Food Cart with Chef! * Organics/Recycling program * Parent volunteering * Positive atmosphere in the building * Principal is visible and interacts positively with students * School gardens for students (Vegetable and Native Plants) * Small school * Strong sense of community * Student discipline handled respectfully * Teachers & Aides are kind * Teachers and principal know all the children by name * All the advantages of an alternative school except volunteering is optional, and your child WILL learn how to read Cons * Parking is limited (Arrive early for school events!) * Can t enter the school from Legion Way. It s a long walk if you have to park in the street. * No Passport program * Principal is only part time * Some district programs are placed at Madison at the expense of classroom space
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2014

Based on the recommendation of friends who live in Olympia we rented a home near Madison. Before moving we left the principal a VM. He responded the next day. He made us feel comfortable with our choice and encouraged us to contact him again if we had more questions. We have been at Madison a year and still find him approachable and helpful. We agree with other parents who feel Madison should have a full time principal. There is a growing concern that this principal will soon leave Madison to get a full time position at another school. This would a great loss to the Madison community. Teachers, aides, and office staff are kind and friendly. Our daughter improved in reading and math with the help of her fourth grade teacher, Ms. Starr. The school has a novel way of encouraging children to use cursive. Those who complete a Cursive Packet are given a free ink pen by the principal who also teaches them how to fill and use the ink pen! Our daughter received her ink pen in January and has been using her ink pen every day. We have been very pleased with Madison. We are glad we moved into the neighborhood and made Madison the school of choice for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

Madison is a very good school. Many families rank it way above any other school in the district, especially those alternative learn how to feed chickens schools. My son is very happy at Madison. He can read, is above grade level in math, and has lots of friends. The teachers and principal are outstanding. There are many fun programs for kids at Madison such as the Garden, Drama, Chess, Choir, Comic Club, Robotics, and Art. There are monthly assemblies with stories and songs. The principal handles student discipline respectfully. Students feel comfortable approaching him with their problems or concerns. Parents find the principal positive and approachable. We know cares about the school and the children. I agree with the previous poster. Madison should have a full time principal. Don t be put off by the overall Great Schools rating. It uses only state test scores and does not include parent ratings. Madison is a small school, so just one student absent on test day and another opting out of state tests will bring down the school's overall scores by up to 10%! (In each case the student gets a zero , and so does the school.) Enroll your child at Madison today. You won t regret it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2014

Madison is a fabulous school. The principal Mr. DSK makes learning fun. The teachers interact with parents, the school has a great playground and garden. There are many parent volunteers and a active PTO. Anyone who tells you am Madison isn't a high performing school hasn't been there recently. Believe me I am one of those picky parents, was planning on putting my son in private school until I went to the Madison open house. It'd like a private school, very small 200 or less kids for pre-k thru 5th and the office staff literally knows every child's name! Free all day kindergarten very every in district child. Fun reading, music and art programs too. Don't listen to those who tell you to enroll at Lincoln or ORLA. Check Madison out for yourself. You want want to enroll anyplace else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2014

Madison is an EXCELLENT school! Our children had attended another (more affluent) school in the district. Because of lack of space we were told to return to Madison. At first we were very upset, but we soon got over it. Our children were quickly embraced by Madison staff and students. We felt welcome and at home right away. Our youngest son started at Madison a non-reader, but is now reading ABOVE grade level. He also loves to read just for fun! The end of year assembly was wonderful. The children were well behaved, respectful, and sang beautifully while the school principal, Mr. Spatola-Knoll, played guitar. The principal and teachers also recognized the children for their accomplishments and families for their support over the year. (He was SO funny!) The children LOVE the principal, and you can see he enjoys his work. But the district has him working only half time! It would be AMAZING to have him there full time. (I have asked the district to get Mr. Spatola-Knoll at Madison full time, but haven t heard back.) Forget anything negative you might have heard about Madison and get your child enrolled right away! (And tell the district you want Mr. DSK to be a full time principal!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2014

After trying the ORLA programs for kindergarten and seriously considering Lincoln Options, we decided from a sense of obligation and commitment to public neighborhood schools to enroll our boys at Madison. Our experience there has been so much better than we hoped and we are all very happy with the choice. Mr. DSK (the principal) is a committed educator and a jolly presence for the children, the staff is a mixture of older experienced teachers and younger enthusiastic new teachers. There is a very dedicated group of parent volunteers and the PTO is active. The student body is ethnically, racially and socially diverse (a rarity in the olympia school district) and my boys love being a part of it. I only see this school improving in the future and our family is very excited to be a part of that going forward!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2014

This school is AMAZING! The staff are a pleasure to work with and care a great deal about each and every child. This was my first year working at the school and I it was impressive to see how all of the staff (principal, admin, custodial, teachers ... I mean everyone) pull together to meet the needs of each child. This school rocks!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 9, 2014

When we were looking for a school for our son we were told by friends to get him into one of the district s alternative programs or to home-school. Whatever you do, they said, don t put your boy in that school. But Madison was so conveniently located to where we were living. It was also our neighborhood school. We felt guilty abandoning our neighborhood. It just didn t seem right, so my husband and I decided to meet the principal and make up our own minds about Madison. The new principal (Mr. DSK) met with us right away. He was very patient answering our questions. He also gave us a tour of the school. The children and staff we saw were friendly and happy. We had also been told that Madison was messy, but the building and hallways looked clean and tidy. We decided to enroll our son and haven t looked back. He has lots of friends, enjoys going to school, and his reading is improving. He enjoys recess and the garden, and says a chef comes into the classroom to cook meals for the class! We will have a kindergartner next year and we will place him in Mrs. R s full day kindergarten class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

we love this school and the teachers. my son is very happy there. and they have great teaching methods.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

We have had a good experience at Madison -- two benchmarks I use: a) does my student look forward to school and b) does my student continue to enjoy learning? The answer has consistently been yes for over three years now. That speaks volumes to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

All schools in Olympia School District are high performing. This school stands out as a great neighborhood school with dedicated teachers and new principal leadership (as of fall 2013). Teachers are interested in student progress and parental input and involvement is welcome. The school has an outstanding garden program that is linked to classroom learning. Madison is a great reflection of the community we live in and I am proud to send my child here. My daughter learns so much about her world from all the perspectives that her classmates share with her. Parental involvement is growing as more families invest in their neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

Madison's staff, involved parents, and community have made this a great place to receive a well rounded education. There's the readings groups, musical, garden and dedicated classroom teachers that enhance the learning experience. My two kids love it here, and I love it as a parent. Even the office staff knows each child's name. It truly is a great community school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

Madison has improved every year my son has attended - it keeps growing with better programs for students and families, more funding and parent support like the performing arts programs, art club, writing club, garden club, YCare before and afterschool (my son loves it there), small reading groups tailored to each child's need/level and plenty of educational activities around the garden/ environment. Schools are what you put into them...and the more parent support the stronger Madison gets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2013

I'm very surprised anyone would say this school is terrible. My daughter is now in high school but she spent her entire Preschool through 5th grade at Madison and she loved it. The students don't care for the Principal being she appears to talk down to them, but she talks to everyone like they are 6-years old. A new Principal starts in September and he is great. Expect this school to out perform others!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

This school is terrible!! we moved and had to transfer from SouthBay Elementary. At SouthBay, the teachers respected each child and family free from judgement. Madison fails at making students and families welcome and unique. The principal is a joke! I don't know why she is there, if you have a problem she takes the teachers side no matter what. They are so concerned about looking like a good school that they have put the children and families aside. I have gone to the superintendents office twice now with nothing done. I wish I had another option because my kids would be gone!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2011

Madison is a very unique school. It's very small, with only about 180 students in 8 K-5 classrooms. In addition to tenured and dedicated teaching staff, they also have a reading specialist, a special ed teacher and many paraeducators, who are all wonderful with the kids. Madison is proud of it's great Madison-Avanti Giving Garden, constructed in the Winter of 2010. It has blossomed into a wonderful partnership with Avanti High School, where high school students mentor the kids. The Thurston County Foodbank helps run the program as well, and supports a monthly Farmstand where kids can "purchase" green produce. The school also has a Cooking Cart program, which allows the kids to learn nutrition and food prep first hand. Right now there is a huge fundraising project underway at Madison to replace some of the aged playground equipment. The goal is 35K, and there is about 70% of the funds secured, which shows how strongly the Olympia community supports the school. Kids also participate in a fitness program titled Track Stars. Madison does an excellent job at ensuring that children do math and reading at the appropriate level, but it also doesn't loose sight of the whole child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2010

To address the post about students transferring out...yes, there are kids that transfer out to Lincoln's options program....but there are kids all over the district that do because Lincoln's program is so different from other schools in the district and appeals to many families in the Eastside neighborhood. Madison is not perfect....no school is perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

I find it very amusing that the most recent reviews state what a wonderful school Madison is in everyway! Why are students transferring out of this school to other schools farther away--but in the same district? There are children who live across the street from Madison who have transferred out! The staff at this school meddle in the parents personal lives, and are extremely judgemental of children and or parents who are different to their stereotypical "ideal" of what a child/parent should be. The principal actually once called Olympia police on an unruly 1st grader. The school district had a meeting recently as to why students are transferring out of this school. Their solution? Expand the boundary lines in the district so children will be FORCED to enroll at Madison. Well, you can't put icing on a burned cake. Find out WHY parents are so unhappy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2010

Madison is a great smaller school. An amazing Preschool, and has recently shown off its community spirit with the overwhelming support and participation with the new children's garden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

My daughter attends Madison and I love this school! The ratio of student to teacher is lower and then get a lot of extra funding. I feel that because of that there is a lot more 1on 1 time for students. The other great thing about Madison is the reading program. Every student in the entire school is sent to the reading group for the level they are at in their reading. That means kids are not being held back or forced to read at higher levels than where they are and getting left behind. The parent and community involvement at Madison is amazing! I feel like it is our own little community. There is a new garden project that has taken off that is getting huge support from not just Madison families but the surrounding neighborhood as well. This is going to creat an outdoor eco system classroom.
—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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
30%
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 Students74%
Female73%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income83%
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female100%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income92%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
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 Students55%
Female47%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income43%
Not low income63%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female67%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income50%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students49%
Female60%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income50%
Not low income47%
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
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%
Female55%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income60%
Not low income68%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female82%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income100%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female64%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income70%
Not low income68%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 60%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Two or more races 10% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 132%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 251%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 11N/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 60%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Gayle Mar-Chun
Fax number
  • (360) 596-6301

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1225 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
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