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Rosa Parks Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 766 students

 
 

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Posted August 12, 2014

Rosa Parks continues to be significantly over crowded. 700 students are expected to attend in 2014-2015 in the school built for 480. Classes are huge. Many are 28-30+ students. Due to overcrowding, PE classes are doubled, meaning 60 students in the small elementary gym. Recess is overwhelmingly chaotic. Most students eat lunch in their classrooms. The school tests well due to high SES of the parents in the neighborhood and not necessarily the result of effective teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

My daughter started going to this school in the middle of the school year. She used to go to a low ranking school in Bellevue. I was scared if she will be able to catch up. Also, my fear was how the class teacher would work with her since she was joining in the middle of the year. To my surprise, the teacher not only embraced her well but also worked with my daughter as if she joined in the beginning of the school year. Also, my daughter started to love the school as she is getting the work for her caliber. There has not been a day when I've seen her not excited. I really appreciate the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2012

As a former student at this school, I can honestly say that Rosa Parks Elementary really is the best of the best when it comes to Public schools. The staff is friendly and helpful to everyone and they really care about the students here. The drama department is also fantastic. I came into the school as a very shy third grader the year it opened, and have now grown into a confident actress with good social skills. This school promotes good behavior that the students demonstrate every day. There is very minimal bully behavior because most of the students are really good kids. I cannot say enough about how great this school is, but if your child is having a hard time in their elementary school, please consider transferring here! :) I can almost assure you that they will love going to school and look forward to learning new things here!


Posted January 6, 2011

Our sixth grader has been at Rosa Park since she started second grade (the year the school opened). We couldn't be happier with the school, especially since she was going to another school in the same district before Rosa Parks opened, and we can see the difference between a good school and a great school. The school puts an emphasis on the performing arts, which has helped our shy daughter develop into a confident, creative young woman. We often say that she is getting a private school education at a public school. We love Rosa Parks and will miss the school community when she moves on to junior high next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Its a great school with an awesome Principal, awesome PTSA and awesome teachers. Its has a big focus on Music, Art and Drama. PTSA runs many in-school and after-school enriching activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Having paid for private education for my daughters for several years, as well as home-schooled one of them for 2 1/2 years, I have very high expectations from teachers, schools, and staff. Rosa Parks is the best! The teachers and staff are incredibly dedicated, and teach the students to 'think outside the box'. The school has a very strong arts program. Rosa Parks Elementary is the proof that going to school can be a whole lot of fun! The principal and teachers love what they do, and it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

Some of the previous reviews are based on some false information. The Boys and Girls Club has always been on site and will continue to be supported by the principal as a necessary component to the community. The idea that the school is far down the list for portables is clearly false as the school now has 2 portables adding an additional 4 classrooms to the school and even more space for the Boys & Girls Club. The office staff is extremely warm and competent in all situations I have witnessed, which isn't always easy given the diversity in the community in language alone. The staff always adheres to the philosophy of 'work hard, play nice' and it is evident in the level of school work displayed throughout the school and in the Courage Assemblies led by the principal. This is a school with heart and brains.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

I think the 'growing pains' that other reviewers cited are typical of most schools in the Lake Washington district. The school is seeking to accomodate a growing student body amidst budget cuts. The loss of the Quest program was unfortunate but the Boys and Girls Club is still on site. My daughter has been at Rosa Parks for three years and has had absolute top-notch teachers every year. My son is in his first year at the school and I have noticed a definite lack of parental involvement compared to my daughter's classes. Hopefully, this is just an oddity with this particular class and not a sign that the neighborhood (and school) is changing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

With the school at capacity in it's 3rd year, Rosa Parks has already lost some of it's unique qualities and 'vision'. The Boys & Girls Club has left and so has the Quest program. RP is years down on the wait list for portable classrooms and the multi-purpose field has sat marked as unsafe for nearly 3 years. There is a substantial wait list for all day kindergarten with no expansion on the table. Volunteers are lacking and the consistent parents who do get stretched thinner each month. The teachers are very capable and loving and we'll see if leadership improves over this next year. The PTSA does provide good after school activities but is also going through growing pains. They are a great bunch. Between Redmond Ridge and now Redmond Ridge East barely developed it is questionable how the jam packed school will accomodate these family owned homes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

It's a nice school but that's about it. It's a public school and curriculum driven. If your child is a different style learner, most likely the teacher will label the child as having some type of learning disability. Don't get me wrong, they have 'some' of the best teachers but unfortunately, not all. We have experienced both, one kid have had the greatest teacher and the other kid, had teachers who are simply not motivated or lacked patience and training. As far as friendly, welcoming atmosphere, the office staff and I.A.'s are great but as far as others, it all depends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Rosa Parks is having some growing pains as the school is coming close to capacity. I agree with others, the teachers are amazing, loving and very talented. Unfortunately, when a real issue occurs at this school the leadership is lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

Rosa Parks is now in their second year, and already have a wonderful sense of community and an incredible PTSA (parent support). Their WASL scores were excellent. The teacher's and staff are all so excited and happy to be a part of this school - their energy and positive attitude is contagious. :) The kids have so much fun with the integration of the arts within their challenging academic curriculum. The principal - Mr. Newport - is such a cool and wonderful guy! Love him! If you are new to the area and looking for a wonderful elementary school and community for your family - this school would be an excellent choice. We have two boys who currently attend Rosa Parks and we can't be happier... it's a wonderful school and a beautiful, caring community. Best of luck to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Is a great place for children, parents and community. The staff support daily communication of all the activities and it seems to be a successful place.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

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n/a

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students90%
Female93%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
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%
Female80%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special education55%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
Special education55%
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income83%
Special education64%
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

Math

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Low incomen/a
Not low income99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Low incomen/a
Not low income99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
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

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Reading

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Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
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 46% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 43% 7%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 16%N/A8%
Special education 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%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 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 65%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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22845 NE Cedar Park Crescent
Redmond, WA 98053
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