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Firgrove Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 617 students

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Posted April 6, 2012

We have had 6 of our children go through this school during the last 8 years. the teachers are great. the office staff and vice-principal are amazing and very personable. my only complaint is that we have had 4 different principals [each of the previous moved along to promotions]; the current one is doing an outstanding job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2008

I moved here Feb. of last year 2007 my son was enrolled in Firgrove from Memphis. I thought the office staff was wonderful. I don't understand all the negativity I just saw from the last few review I just read! They treated both me and my son with courtisy and respect. He completed his 5th grade there and is now into his 6th grade this year. I think it is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff keep me posted on daily and weekly things I need to know about my child. Via email or phone which is mainly email because it is more easier for me. But if I ever have a problem I can pick up the phone and there is someone always there to help me out! I give the school 5 stars! Believe me my sons has gone through some bad schools and this is not one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2007

I love this school! The staff, and parent involvement is unbelievable. I never hear a complaint from my child about her school. She loves it here. We got a new principal last year and I have seen great changes, including the front office staff! No complaints about the faculty, we can only hope that eventually the bond will pass and we will get a new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

We are new to Firgrove this year and we've been pleased with our experience at this school. Communication from the teachers has been frequent and helpful. Discipline issues have been dealt with quickly and resolved to my satisfaction. The PTA is outstanding! We've found everyone to be caring and friendly, from the secretaries to the principals to the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

I am not pleased with my family's experience with this school. The office staff make me feel uncomfortable and angry whenever I need to talk with them. I have no complaints about the teachers at Firgrove, however feel that their means of communicating could be better. Puyallup school district is a great place for our children. Too bad this school is giving it a bad reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

This school has amazing teachers who are very devoted to the kids! I do wish the school would put in the long promised new playground. The one we have is awful! The kids also need to be allowed to run at recess!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2006

The registration process and front office staff at this school are horrendous. They are dismissive, rude and out of control. I had family pick up the paperwork for me (single mom who has to work!) and they were treated very disrespectfully and walked away wondering if I could enroll her in a better school. I have read several bad reviews about the front office staff at this school, but wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. I was wrong. I was hung up on and dismissed yet again on the phone. The one good out come was I was able to speak with the principle who is working with me to get everything straightened out so my daughter can have a smooth transition into the new school. I can only pray that her teacher will be a good one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2006

Let's see what a new principal can do. We were not happy at all about last years principal. He seemed like a good ol' boy who couldn't take advice from anyone especially women. Great teachers have left so we will see if he ruined the school. The office staff is rude but they have the largest number of students in the state and with that comes a large number of parents so maybe that is just because of stress. I love most of the teachers though so I have to say the people who deal closely with the kids are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

I am not pleased at all with the overall safety of my children at this school. i have had numerous safety issues with Firgrove several that i could have taken legal action on. the office staff is unprofessional and not of moral standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

Great location, good teachers, no complaints!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

this is a great school.there is a lot of parental involvement here. very safe enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2004

this school is note a good school at all. My son hates it and it is very old. He crys to go back to Zeiger so i think i will remove him and take him back. Please don't send your child there.
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
67%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
41%
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

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
24%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students53%
Female48%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income45%
Not low income66%
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited English53%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female70%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income57%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English53%
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 Students32%
Female39%
Male26%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic19%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Low income27%
Not low income47%
Special educationn/a
Not special education36%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female76%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income53%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English21%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students18%
Female21%
Male14%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White22%
Low income14%
Not low income29%
Special educationn/a
Not special education19%
Limited English0%
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%
Female55%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income46%
Not low income64%
Special education7%
Not special education64%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female57%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income48%
Not low income72%
Special education7%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female55%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income50%
Not low income67%
Special education13%
Not special education67%
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 Students56%
Female58%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income53%
Not low income63%
Special education0%
Not special education65%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income56%
Not low income75%
Special education18%
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

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 45% 60%
Hispanic 29% 20%
Two or more races 11% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Black 5% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 112%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 261%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 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 70%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
American sign language
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Kristen Schroeder
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (253) 840-8948

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • STEM
  • 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
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • YMCA
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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13918 Meridian South
Puyallup, WA 98373
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Phone: (253) 841-8733

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