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South Colby Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 457 students

 
 

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Posted April 28, 2014

This is the best school ever my kids go there best school in port orchard the principal Mr Pickard was also voted best principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

SOUTH COLBY ROCKS...... SMALL SCHOOL, SMALL CLASS, MORE ONE ON ONE..... GREAT TEACHERS AND STAFF.....BEST SCHOOL IN PORT ORCHARD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

We moved to Port Orchard from TX, and decided to move to this area based on reviews of the schools. We couldn't have been happier!!! We had 3 children enrolled into South Colby, two of whom are extremely shy, and on their first day of school (we moved in the middle of the year), they made several friends. Many of the students welcomed them, and some even wrote them Welcome to South Colby notes....ON THEIR OWN!!! Mr. Pickard, the principle is hands down the best principle of any school we've ever been to, and the kids LOVE HIM! He knows every kid by name in his school and cares for each of them. The teachers are great, and did a great job ensuring our kids felt comfortable getting acclimated to their new environment. If your moving to Port Orchard, you want to enroll your child in South Colby Elementary!!!! Mullenix is a great choice as well, but South Colby has more of a "family" feel to it! I can't say enough good things about this school, the Staff, and the students!!! Because of the environment fostered at this school, my children have blossomed, both socially and academically!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2012

I chose to send my son to this school based off reviews from this site. We live outside the area of bus pickup so we drive him every day so that he can go there. The teachers have all been amazing. The principal is very involved and accessible. Parents are very involved and welcomed. This school has been absolutely wonderful. My son will be in 5th grade next year and he loves it too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

My daughter was here for 3 years. She loves all her teachers. I hate that we are moving and have to leave this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

My son has been going to South Colby for three years and we just love it. My son loves going to school because the teachers are great, he enjoys music class, and likes to do the extracurricular P.E. and science classes when they are offered. The principal, Brian Pickard, is involved in everything from motivating the kids to helping patrol the pickup area after school. I have been impressed by this school from the very beginning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

As a student of South Colby, I notice how amazing it is. I came to the school as a new kid, but instead of people making fun of me, I realized how well behaved and nice they were. Plus, I have never seen any bullying there. The teachers you can tell really do care about my learning. They know that my education is important, and thats what I think is whats right. They really do prepare us for our future extremely well. Respect is the golden rule of life, and it seems everyone at south colby elementary school grasps that idea. Thats why I love this school so much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2007

This school rocks! Having attended it myself, my child now attends. We adore the principal, he is such a positive influence on everyone at this school, from students, to teachers to parents! We moved to this school from a less desireable school in the district, and what a difference it has made on our child! The vibe is incredibly positive, the environment is awesome, the teachers are all helpful and happy, and they make learning fun and exciting at this school. The total experience is favorable and S. Colby gets a huge Thumbs up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2007

An absolutely great school with a positive learning environment. The Principal leads by example and expects no less from the staff. It's a warm and welcoming school. To the Staff who may read this: Great job, keep up the good work. It's appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

Parents should contact and visit schools directly to learn and see the true facts first hand. The general information you provide related to all schools is very inaccurate, negative, and misleading. South Colby, as reflected in it's scores, is an outstanding school due to dedicated families, students, and staff. They are close knit family working together. Washington's WASL is not a standardized test. It has specific and challenging high standards in math, reading, writing, and science. Trends in all areas are demonstrating positive growth. In WA and the United States public schools educate and take in all children. Public schools are a reflection of our communities and society in general. I am proud to be the Principal at South Colby!
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted March 20, 2006

This school has been an incredible experience for our children. The teachers are the best in the district and they are on the cutting edge of teaching. My kids are stimulated and both are at the top of their class. The only drawback at the school is the building, it is old and we are in desperate need of a new facility. But what goes on inside is more important than the exterior. The principal is incredible, he fosters a community/family environment. we are always welcome at the building and our comments are listened to and appreciated. He was also voted Principal of the year in our state in the past.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

My daughter had Mrs. Warmedahl for kindergarten and she absolutely loved her! She is a very wonderful and caring teacher. My daughter learned so much in her class, I was very pleased to see my daughter reading complete sentences by the end of the year with no hesitation! South Colby Elem. is all about working together and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2005

I am a substitute teacher, and have taught in all of the area schools, and South Colby is (by far) my choice for my daughter to attend. The teachers and administration are truly a team, and the atmosphere of respect is palpable. Teacher collaboration, multi-age classrooms, peer mediation and peer tutoring all help to create a real family and community feeling in the school. Family involvement is a priority with the South Colby staff. Last year, I believe 98% of parents participated in the quarterly parent-teacher conferences. Families are invited to all school assemblies, as well. Students have regular music classes with an excellent teacher and great equipment, and the opportunity to participate in extracurricular orchestra and/or choir. There are after-school sports activities and a very involved student government as well. Teachers receive up-to-date training and are encouraged to utilize their learning and new ideas in the classrooms. GREAT teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

I would hav to say that I'm grateful that I went to South Colby throughout my elementary education. Their teachers have a willingness not to let the students give up, and also teaches them discipline that enables students to have good studying/schwoolwork habits (benefiting them in their future achedemical career). I also would like to compliment on their programs that help children who aren't as 'fast learners' as others. The teachers are kind and make it seem that the students are as equal as any other person attending the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

I have been a parent at South Colby for 6 years now.My last child will be attending the family school for the last year, but I will never be leaving.To Brian Pickard(Prinicpal)and to all of the wonderful teachers and the rest of your outstanding staff, I have so very much enjoyed these 6 yrs.Along with all of you, I have made some true and lasting friendships with other parents and students. Brian, you and I did not always see eye to eye but you never said aword to me if you knew I felt very strongly about a topic. That is what has always impressed me about you and South Colby, from students to parents to staff you have always been there to listen, have always offered a suggestion but would never TELL someone what to do. You have built a school of high standards,respect for others and a family with high regards for each other. To all of you; I Thank You . (I'm still not going anywhere)
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

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

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income89%
Not low income90%
Special education62%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income83%
Not low income84%
Special education54%
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 Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income47%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income53%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female82%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income29%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
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 Students87%
Female81%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income91%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income91%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female88%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income91%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
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%
Female77%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income56%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female90%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income63%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
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 82% 60%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 224%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 17N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 46%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Port Orchard, WA 98366
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