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Apollo Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 576 students

 

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Posted August 24, 2010

Apollo is an excellent school where the teachers, staff and students are all part of a larger "family". From all the events that my daughter has attended, I have been quite impressed with the level of involvement that the PTA and staff have had with the kids. I was also part of Apollo's 1st annual multi-cultural day which was very well-attended and memorable for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2010

Wonderful school but facilities are lacking. As a parent, I hope the Issaquah School District steps up to rebuild this school. Great teachers, dicipline, prinicpal. Very community drivin school with wonderful kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Apollo is a great school--the teachers are wonderful, the staff is supportive and the PTA and parents are generally very involved --which all contribute to a great education for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

My daughter is a first-grader at Apollo and she receives a first-class education there. The teachers are all very familiar with the kids (from all the classes) and their individual needs, and my daughter learns in a very safe and yet challenging environment. As with any school these days, funding is a challenge, but the active PTA does a good job of trying to fill in the funding gaps. An excellent principal leads what is a hard-working and dedicated staff, and overall, Apollo gets high marks for being the hardest working school in the Issaquah district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

Apollo is an older campus located in the less affluent area of the district. Some of the children start Kindergarten without speaking English well or at all, and there isn't as much parental involvement as some of the schools in the district. The result of this is lower test scores, but I feel it would be unfair to judge the school based on WASL scores only. Apollo has dedicated teachers that present the curriculum well. Issaquah SD has finally adopted Everyday Math to replace Math Trailblazers. This can only be an improvement. There is an after school art class that my boys love. There is also a relaxed, low-key environment that is missing in the schools in the more affluent areas. There is a lot of new housing going in, so that should help with fundraising for special programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

Academically Apollo is solidly average, but, compared to other local district schools, the 'extras' are poor. PE, music, and art are very basic. The parental involvement is not broad enough or deep enough to raise the level at this time. The before and after school activities are very basic. The surrounding area is changing socioeconomically, so perhaps the parent involvement and expectations will increase and help improve this average school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2003

New principal this year. We loved this school. My youngest graduated last year. Great special education programs and staff. Warm and welcoming school with firm but fair discipline. Dedicated to learning for all students. Full-day gifted as well as gifted pull-out. An excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

With combined efforts of the teacher, staff, and PTA, Apollo has a 'one big happy family' feel to it. There is always some exciting activity to look forward to and the kids are the bennifactors. As we are about to split in two as a new school is being built, it's going to be hard to say goodbye to our old friends.
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students81%
Female76%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income53%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English50%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income60%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English60%
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 Students83%
Female84%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income57%
Not low income89%
Special education20%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income62%
Not low income91%
Special education30%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female91%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income71%
Not low income89%
Special education30%
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

Math

All Students78%
Female82%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income52%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income76%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female79%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income45%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
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 49% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 31% 7%
Hispanic 13% 20%
Two or more races 5% 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 112%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 222%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 16N/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 59%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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15025 SE 117th St
Renton, WA 98059
Phone: (425) 837-7500

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