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Louisa May Alcott Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 91 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 25, 2014

The teachers are really strong. Principal is very present, although there will be a new principal in Sept 2014. If you have a child that is truly gifted, I would recommend the Bellevue school district instead. Parents in LWSD push their kids in the gifted program, sending them to test prep programs so they can get in to the program. The gifted program called Quest fills up with these children rather than children who are innately highly capable. The program is very small for a district this large. Alcott also has a mix of students at various capabilities and strong support services (e.g. OT, Para Ed.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2014

Pros: -The kids generally come from well mannered, well educated families so it creates a nice atmosphere Cons: 1) Your child will learn nothing if they are in 1/2 day Kindergarten here. Seriously. Okay, maybe a few songs, etc... 2) Grades in music are based on perceived level of interest/facial expressions. LOL! 3) Test scores for Alcott are skewed high because of the Quest program there and not actual level of instruction by teachers. 4) Quest program is harder to get into than 95% of other G/T programs in the country and around the world. My child was both at G/T student here in the states and abroad. Unfortunately LWSD requires 99% in all test scores and encourages test prep. Most districts (like Bellevue) do not want kids to test prep but rather test out their natural abilities. LWSD requires testing to be done 1 year before entrance into Quest unless they are in 1st grade and then they can get in next semester if they qualify. Bellevue tests the summer before the G/T school year. As a result, my child sits around and reads entire books while at school and finishes his homework at school so I never see him do it. Wish, for my kid's sake, we lived in Bellevue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

We moved from Renton to Redmond in order to participate in the superior quality schools in Lake Washington School District Alcott surpasses all expectations. Thank you :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2011

Wonderful school. Incredible teachers, wonderful parents and parental involvement. Great curriculum. Academically minded parents and great cultural diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2010

Wonderful place to learn and thrive! Great environment. the staff, teachers and the leadership of the Principal make the difference! Lots of After school activities, outstanding PTSA effort. The gifted program QUEST is an excellent/challenging program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

Great school! Wonderful programs to encourage learning. I am shocked at how well my child is learning in this wonderful environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2005

Wonderful, loving staff! We have four children, and have been in four different school systems, with two of the children having special needs. Thanks to all the phenomenal resource staff and the teachers here, who have amazing talent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2005

Don't be fooled by the assurances at Kindergarten Orientation: there are significant differences between the curriculms of the half day and all day kindergarten. The half-day kids miss out on reading incentive programs and additional academics, not just nap time, lunch, gym and extra recess, as we were told at orientation. My son is VERY bright but we still have to spend about 2 hours a day (sometimes MUCH more) covering what he's missing academically from being in the half-day program. Unfortunately, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! That should not be the case in a public school, but it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

I am concerned about all-day kindergarten classes for a fee are being offered in public school where paying students are getting a better education than those who cannot pay.
—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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

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

All Students89%
Female90%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low incomen/a
Not low income90%
Special education27%
Not special education95%
Limited English67%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
Special education36%
Not special education97%
Limited English75%
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 Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female95%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian98%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
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

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
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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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
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Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
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 48% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 43% 7%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Two or more races 4% 6%
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 18%N/A8%
Special education 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%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 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 51%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Redmond, WA 98053
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