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McAlder Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 388 students

 
 

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Posted January 2, 2014

I used to work at this school back in 1979 - 1980. My position was Library Secretary/Teacher's Aide. I loved my job while I was there. My favorite things were reading to the kids in the library and being out with the kids during recess. Sometimes I would get asked "Where were you at recess". I responded by saying " Did you see a group of kids" they said "Yes" then I would say "I was in the middle of them" because I was shorter than some of the students. All the kids there were so great. I left after working there a short time because I was pregnant with my first child. I really miss working there.


Posted October 1, 2008

My daughter is in Kindergarten and her teacher does a great job at answering any questions i may have
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2008

Fantastic leader, great with the students and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2008

I love all the staff here at McAlder. They all go above and beyond for the students. All questions I have had on my childrens education have been quickly answered and if there are problems a situation is quickly found. I love that my kids are eager to go to school each day. I also love how they let parents be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

I couldn't be happier with the way this school is run. Kay Gallo is an excellent principal and all of her staff that I've interacted with are equally as impressive. They really take a personal interest in the kids and my girls have always had great things to say about their teachers. Jeannie Larberg is wonderful and has been such a positive influence in my daughter's lives that I'm forever grateful of her. I've had to waiver my kids in, as I'm on the border and I'm so thankful that my waiver has always approved. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

Office staff and K and 1st grade teachers are amazing. We have elected to attend another, vastly superior school out of district, however - bullying became unbearable last year, and communication between teacher and home was non-existent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

My daughter started here in 3rd grade and has said she feels she is learning more here than she did at her last school. She was a bit behind the other students when we moved her to the new school. She did very well on her 3rd Grade WASL. There are only a couple of things I don't like, one is the entrance to the school. It is not locked ever, nor are the back entrances. Someone could walk right into the school without being noticed as there is a door that is always closed that goes into the front office. I think this is a safety issue. There are also many portable classrooms. I do feel they do a great job motivating kids to do their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2006

This school is absolutely amazing! Great teachers/staff. I am amazed at how much my kids learn. i would deffinetly send them back if i could!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

wonderful school. Kids enjoyed all their teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

McAlder has a sense of caring and compassion for the children who attend. Emphasis is put on citizenship and accountability for actions. This school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2005

Compared to the school we came from in another state, I would have to say this school is lacking. It is unbelievable how out dated and non existant the technology is. There is very little communication from the teachers and principal to the parents. In a district with such expensive homes and thus high taxes, you would think they would update and modernize their older schools before building a brand new administration building. Makes you wonder where their priorities are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

My daughter is in her second year at McAlder. Our experience started with a late-summer email to the principle to inquire about full-time K. Her response was incredibly warm and encouraging. Her teachers have been very enthusiastic and fun, they are the reason she loves school! The principle, the office staff, and faculty are all very personable and easy to work with. And the curriculum is advanced but not so much so that anyone feels left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2004

I had the same incident occur with my daughter there about the lunch money and agree there could be a change there in the policy. However, aside from that fact I think that my daughter has thoroughly enjoyed her years there at McAlder and especially Mr. Was's class. I would like to see more sports offered to the children that are in 2nd -4th grade as well. There seemed to be sports offered thru the school for the 5th & 6th graders but none for those below. Besides that I found Sheila and the other ladies in the office to be quite nice and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2004

My son went to school here, in 2001. I would not recommend this school. The staff were completely rude. I remember my son forgot his lunch money one day, and he called home and ask me to bring it. (I work nights and was sleeping) I asked him is there anyway it can be paid for after school. I hear him ask. Then he says, if you don't come I will only get a juice and a granula bar. So of course I bring him money. This was about 1/2 though the year. He had never forgot his lunch money before this. That is just one example of how on caring the staff was. (my son was 7 years old) His teacher was very unorganized and sloppy. I also visited the school. Must of the time, I would hear other children swearing or calling their peers names.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

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 Students57%
Female65%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income30%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female81%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income52%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
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 Students71%
Female77%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income53%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female92%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income58%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female74%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income32%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
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 Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income84%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income84%
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income84%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
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 75% 63%
Hispanic 14% 18%
Two or more races 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Black 2% 5%
Asian 1% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 128%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 25%N/A8%
Special education 214%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 21N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 16N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 62%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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