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White Bluffs Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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Posted August 15, 2014

Complacency. It is pervasive in a majority of parents and some teachers. When I read assertions of greatness, all pros and no cons, in these ratings at this site, I think complacency. Public schools do not get enough of the funds to the classroom. It all starts and ends with us taxpayers - if we don't force the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), www.k12.wa.us to greatly up its game, the public schools will continue damaging for life its students, our children. The classroom teaching materials stemming from OSPI are lousy and contain material created solely such that only public school students would know the secrete code, forcing the teachers to teach to the standardized tests, making outsiders test poorly as if Washington students are superior. They are not. Akin to a police officer incapable of writing citations, I found Ms. Stredwick a teacher unwilling or unable to grade children's work, and worse. Ms. Stredwick as not unique. We are not adequately represented when the politicians sit down at the bargaining table with the most powerful unions in the US - the teachers unions. Let's start talking up to our students rather than down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

White Bluff is an amazing school and expierience to endure. Although other schools in the district have fair quality, WBE is by far the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2011

Have had children attend White Bluffs since opening day. Great school with lots of energy! Don t let negative comments on the Principal discourage, they are dated to prior administration. New principal started in Fall 2010 and is FANTASTIC. Very energetic and has great communication with both parents AND students. Not enough words to describe the wonderful teaching staff; my experience with classroom and specialist have fantastic academically. White Bluffs has a great culture of supporting social awareness as well as community involvement. Including Anti Bully Week, Drug Free Week, support to Cancer Center families during the holidays; Coats for Kids; fundraising for the local food shelter and national relief organizations to name a few. PTO is another story. As indicated in other postings their financial expectations of parents are too high for a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2011

Our son attended this school for 3 years, up until we had to move out of state, and it was an amazing experience! The teachers and administration at this school are just stellar, the new principal has revitalized the school. The teachers allow kids to be kids, to learn and make mistakes, and to challenge themselves. My son s reading level accelerated in first grade and then continued to soar above elementary level in 2nd grade. The specials teachers are outstanding! Wonderful parental involvement and commitment to education We will truly miss White Bluffs and everyone there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

great parent support and good teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2010

Wonderful school! If you are lucky to get Mrs. Lipp for Kindergarden, you're in for a soecial treat! My child left Kindergarden with a mid level first grade reading capability. Amazing opportunities at this school including Spanish for all grades, after school. I was a bit taken back by the income levels, and people were a bit snobbish. However, I was willing to get passed this because of the education provided. Over all.....a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2009

White Bluffs Elementary is a fantastic school! My kids have had outstanding teachers there for the past two years and have been challenged academically. The support staff is also top rate. I would highly recommend this school above any others in the Richland School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

We are fortunate to have such a loving and supportive faculty and staff for our children. The teachers are excellent and showcase their talents with great special projects. My children receive individualized education, in a safe environment. The activities- music programs, circus club, chess, etc, give ample opportunity to all students to feel involved. The pricipal is fantastic and dedicated to student achievement. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

My child was much more academically challenged at her previous school. I was very disappointed at the cirriculum and have felt the need to supplement at home with additional work. I also felt uninformed on what was happening at the school, my child was even allowed to go on a field trip that I knew nothing about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2008

Very poor principal leadership. Would rather pass children who weren't ready for the next grade despite parents concerns. High financial expectations from teachers due to economic status of neighborhood. Don't expect any extra support for children with ADHD and or learning disabilities...you will need to enforce your students rights. If your child has below average scores or learning disabilities, be diligent and put every request in writing or it will not be followed through with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2008

Principals interaction with students is below average, not sure he shouldn't be more of a high school principal. Teachers are friendly, as is the office staff. A lot of fun stuff for the kids to do...makes learning more interesting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

Great parent interaction and support! Pretty great teachers! Lots of fun activities for children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

School lacks principal leadership and interaction with students and parents. Mostly average teachers, a few that are fantastic. Lots of activities for students. Great Parent Involvement. Good school for students whom are average or above average intellegience. Poor for students with severe disabilities, especially those whom are labeled autistic, behavior disabled, emotionally disabled!
—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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
53%
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 Students87%
Female90%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income74%
Not low income89%
Special education64%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income63%
Not low income92%
Special education50%
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 Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income70%
Not low income88%
Special education54%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female93%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income65%
Not low income86%
Special education39%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income65%
Not low income82%
Special education46%
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

Math

All Students83%
Female83%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income47%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income59%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female92%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income59%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
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 86% 60%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Two or more races 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 18%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 212%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 21N/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 60%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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