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Ridgewood Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 568 students

 
 

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Posted June 28, 2013

Ridgewood has kept the love of learning alive for both of my children. Like any business, experience of the staff (admin & teachers) can vary drastically. With few exceptions, our family has had a positive experience moving through the grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

My son attended this school for two years. The first year his teacher was horrific. I had to take my child to a tutor. The second year his teacher was phenomenal. There is a huge focus on the highly capable program. For average students, it's hit or miss. Don't expect much from the administration- they are pleasant, but are just going through the motions and are worthless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

I never see School like this. I have 2 boys there and I am so happy for this privilege. All people there are amazing, respectful, sweet and the best of the best. Thank you for love my boys
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My son has never been in a school like Ridgewood before. The teachers are extremely committed to helping each child reach their potential. Ridgewood also has different structured classes, which was not the case in Michigan; which is where we moved from in 2006. Ridgewood is set up, so that students spend two years with the same teacher. This, I believe, the best way for a child to get all they can from their teacher(s). My son has been attending Ridgewood since Kindergarten. Even if we were to move out of the distrrict that Ridgewood is in; I would either have him ride the bus to school, or I would drive him myself. That is how much I believe in the school; the curriculum; and everyone on the staff at Ridgewood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2009

Ridgewood is an awesome school! The staff is hard working and they really care about the kids. The school's PTA is supportive and goes the extra mile for the teachers and the students. The areas where the school could improve is the services if offers students who are struggling. All academics are taugth by the teachers because Ridgewood does not employ Instructional Assistances or a Lap program. This can be difficult if your child requires extra assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

My children attended Ridgewood through. The quality of the teaching is hit or miss. The school district's agenda seems more important than anything else-including meeting the needs of the student. Kent's priority seems to be on the superficial-not substance. I'm disappointed with the school and the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

Both of my boys have attended Ridgewood. It's the best grade school around. Not only have I been impressed with the staff and teachers but I know other parents who have praised them as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

Ridgewood Elementary has a dedicated staff and supportive PTA.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2006

Both my children have gone to Ridgewood since they were 5 years old. Ridgewood is a school where the school district comes first. Each child is encouraged to do their best to support the school agenda. The teachers are whipped by the school district. The principal is an administrative patsy and serves no valuable purpose for the children. The Kent School District and Ridgewood have been a complete disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

My child loves going to Ridgewood Elementary. The teachers seem to love what they do. The school keeps the children up to par with the latest in technology and is always trying to make sure that they are ready for the next level. Our working with our child at home has also helped him to catch on even faster reinforcing what the teachers are doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2003

With the new principal, Lori Toth, returning for her 2nd Year at Ridgewood; things have gotten a lot better. She has really made the kids top priority! She is really adiment about making sure the kidlets have uninterrupted block of study time. This is the time when there shouldn't be any interruptions (unless of emergency, of course). The communication with the PTA and her willingness to support PTA is outstanding. She is a very visable person and persons-person. I think Lori has brought to Ridgewood a lot of positive energy to see the big picture of the future. From the impact of new housing going up around Ridgewood Elementary and Northwood Jr High to the changes being made at the Jr and Sr High Schools (9th grader attending high school beginning 2004/2005 school year). She is a very hands on principal, who treats everyone (and I mean everyone) with respect and dignity. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2003

This is our first year here at Ridgewood and so far I have been very pleased. Everyone seems to keep the parents informed and the teachers commmunicate with each other to ensure the children are on the right track. They offer many activities that broaden the learning scope and help enrich our children's lives. I am very pleased with Ridgewood!
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
32%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
90%

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 Students76%
Female77%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income38%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female92%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income52%
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
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 Students73%
Female70%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income45%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female73%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income64%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students77%
Female82%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income71%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
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 Students74%
Female67%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income54%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female86%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income71%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female69%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income54%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
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 Students82%
Female89%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income58%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female93%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income68%
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

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 46% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 7%
Two or more races 16% 6%
Black 8% 5%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 17%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 218%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 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 50%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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18030 162nd Place SE
Renton, WA 98058
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