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Orchard Heights Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 540 students

 

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Posted July 22, 2013

My daughter has been going here for almost four school years now and I've been less than impressed on several occasions. My son is immersed in the special education class here and I often questions some of the things we've been subjected to over the years. There's not a lot of options here so I am considering homeschooling until we can move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2013

We have had several bad experiences at Orchard Heights. I'm not sure if the school has just gone downhill in the last few years or what, but many of the parents we know in the area are now opting for home school or another school besides Orchard Heights. Both of our children were lost in their classes and got little help to stay caught up despite our efforts. Our 5th grader had a teacher who was verbally abusive to our son and spend too much of her time in on the internet or on her cell phone. Safety and security is another place where this school lacks greatly. There have been several instances of strange people coming on campus during the day and little is done about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2012

My daughter was in 5th grade last year. The teacher didn't care about the class; it was always out of control. We had to pay a lot of money out of pocket for camp. The school could have taken a lesson from other schools in the district. Other schools raised funds to take the burden off families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

So far, we have been very happy with this school and my daughter loves it (1st grade).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Teachers at this school work with the parents to better educate the students, the integrate the students with special needs with students that dont. Also have a ready for kindergarten class that helps parents to children 0 to 5 years old to ready them for when they do enter in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

We love Orchard Heights. The principal and assistant principal are amazingly involved. The teachers are all warm and caring. The school also teaches and emphasizes the 6 Pillars of Character which is highly effective in building a good student, child, family member and citizen. I especially appreciate this since or children spend so much of their day at school. I would give this school 5 stars except I personally feel that class sizes are too big this year (24 in my daughter's class).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

Both my children have attended OH since kindergarten. Our principal now for 2 years, Mr. LaRose, is a hands-on principal who knows the children by name, interacts with them, and is ever present. The teachers are caring, have a good attitude, and help all children attain their best including the remedial and gifted children. OH is in its second year of The 6 Pillars of Character, an enhancement to the curriculum which promotes respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship, trustworthiness, and fairness. It is used world-wide by schools, communitities, and non-profits. OH is a very family-friendly school, there are many well-attended activities you don't always see in other schools (silent auctions, family dances, Muffins for Moms, Donuts for Dads, etc...). If our test results have you hesitant, please call Mr. LaRose for clarification. Academically my children are doing great & I feel very confident that they will do well in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

I have a 6th grader and a 3rd grader at OH. The academics are good. The extracurricular activies are great and there are a lot of them. Music and 'Earth Friendly Studies' are very high. There does not seem to be a lot of art activity. The PTA is amazing and does a lot for the kids. We had a great music prgram by the 3rd graders a few weeks ago. Teachers seem very involved with their classes. Great field trips. I like the school, I wouldn't say there aren't things that could be improved. This is the new principal's 1st year and he has brought it a long way. More improvements coming!
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students72%
Female75%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income67%
Not low income78%
Special education40%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female78%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income67%
Not low income79%
Special education30%
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 Students54%
Female54%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income49%
Not low income61%
Special education20%
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income69%
Not low income86%
Special education25%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female74%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income70%
Not low income75%
Special education30%
Not special education87%
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%
Female86%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income69%
Not low income82%
Special education33%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female89%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income72%
Not low income82%
Special education47%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female79%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income58%
Not low income80%
Special education40%
Not special education76%
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 Students67%
Female72%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income60%
Not low income76%
Special education21%
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female80%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income69%
Not low income88%
Special education47%
Not special education85%
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 70% 60%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 248%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 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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2288 Fircrest Dr SE
Port Orchard, WA 98366
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