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Alpac Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 533 students

Serving the communities of Algona and Pacific

 

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Posted June 17, 2014

Alpac has been a nightmare for our child. We have tried to foster a relationship with the staff, but have been consistently disappointed. Our child was forced to suffer at the hands of dangerous and disruptive students in the classroom...with nothing more than a "time out" in the Principal's office for the offending students. There were multiple occasions that reporting to the authorities was called for...and not ONE member of the staff followed through with reporting the situation. The new Principal is nice, but carries no authority or influence. Teachers are not supported by the administration, in house or from the district. Multiple safety hazards, real and potential, were brought to the attention of the staff with minimal response. The kindergarten class went on ONE local, two hour field trip, never had a music program, and essentially was ignored in the whole of the school agenda. Regardless of the "improved scores" of late, this school is sorely lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

This school is great! I love the Walk-to-Math, Walk-to-Read programs! They test each student and place each one in a reading and math class based on their level. Love this! It's not all generic. I have two boys that go to this school and both are in the top classes! The teachers are great. Hope it stays this way with the new principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

NNo lunchroom, kids eat breakfast outside before the teacher lets them in, teachers send homework home but don't check it, front office lady is clueless and rude. My husband volunteered to help in class and said teacher was very lazy and just handed paper after paper for the kids to work on but didn't check it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

The teacher in Alpac very excellent. I and all my family love Alpac school. Thanks Vivian
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

This school is horrible!! I switched my kids as soon as I could, the special needs of my daughter where pushed to the side because they didnt wanna do it, now she has an IEP and is doing great! They dont give the kids a normal social hour for lunch they make them eat within 15 min in the classroom, as well as breakfast they must eat within 5 to 10 min before school starts and do it in the classroom as well there is no lunchroom in this school!!! The teachers are un-prepared and totally chaotic. The staff in the office is unfriendly and the principal seems clueless and oblivious to life in general!! Would not recomend this school to my worst enemy!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2007

Alpac is a great school! We struggled at another school in the district to have our son's special needs met with no avail. Alpac actually came to us first within a few weeks of our son's attendance. He now has an IEP in place and is doing wonderfully. The music, library and P.E. programs are top notch. The teachers are caring and involved. The PTA is getting much stronger.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2007

The extra attention my son has gotten in order to catch him up with the other children his age has been nothing but excellent. Most of the teachers truely have your childs best interests at heart. I do agree the lack of socialization during lunch is a problem and have experienced the problems it causes first hand. I do believe that children should be able to be social during lunch and recess. Beyond that the activities and learning are far better then most schools I have seen offer. I would recommend this school for your childs learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2003

This school is the best I've seen. The teachers are top notch. The principal is awesome. I've noticed she knows most of the kids by first name. The programs available are awesome. The parent involvement isn't the greatest. The meals served are beautiful and nutritious. The extra programs (library, music & gym) are great programs! I'm so HAPPY to be a part of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2003

The school and teachers seem to be over strict, with no lunch room socialization during lunch, a normal break in the day, the children are forced to be extremely quite and do no talking during this time. Focus on Math skills is put on back burners for students in grades lower than 3rd, so a big shock is laid out for students that do not do well in Math when they enter 3rd grade. And there is so much wasted time during class, with breakfast being served, not before school starts at 8:30am but just as school starts giving students time to eat during the beginning of class, wasting the time of other students ready to learn at 9am. The school has some quality teachers, but time is not used to provide an optimal learning experience.


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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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
44%
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 Students68%
Female81%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income68%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited English65%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female91%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income72%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English69%
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 Students73%
Female72%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income72%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female81%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income68%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female72%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income64%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
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 Students73%
Female73%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income66%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female78%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income73%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female73%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income66%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
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 49% 60%
Hispanic 25% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 7%
Two or more races 7% 6%
Black 5% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 122%N/A8%
Special education 116%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 266%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 11N/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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Washington State Achievement Award (2012)
  • Washington School of Distinction Award (2012)
  • Washington School of Distinctinon Award (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:10 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
School Leader's name
  • James Riley
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (253) 931-4720

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Mt. Baker Middle School
Olympic Middle School
Auburn High School
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310 Milwaukee Blvd North
Pacific, WA 98047
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Phone: (253) 931-4976

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