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Christa Mcauliffe Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 533 students

 
 

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Posted May 9, 2013

McAuliffe is tremendous! True, there are stellar teachers and a handful of inferior ones. Principal Howden has made great strides toward more differentiated instruction instead of the "one size fits all" approach where the gifted kids are bored & the remedial kids struggle to keep up. I really can't say enough good about the principal. (I completely disagree w/anyone who would call the administration a "disaster.") Howden is by far the best elementary school principal I have met, and I have now had experience with five principals at four elementary schools. He really loves the kids, and it shows. If there's a fundraiser to raise money for a child with cancer (or some such cause), he will do things like let the class that raises the most $ dunk him in a water tank or spray him w/whipped cream at an ice cream social. Not an "uppity" bone in his body! Character is emphasized as much as academics, but I can honestly say from experience that McAuliffe's work is on par w/my child's gifted ed. And the PTSA is phenomenal! They put on the best programs I have ever seen by parents. Their dedication and ability to execute on it is unmatched by any other PTA or PTO I have encountered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

Half day kindergarten is awesome. I had my doubts but I was convinced otherwise by February. These little kids learn just as much in 3 hours a day as the full day kids all day. The teacher is one of the best I've ever seen. Caring, attentive, all the kids love her. Yes, second grade is tricky in a way that there definitely are teachers you don't want to have and of course you cannot pick your classroom. All in all a good school, but only for the under average kids. Even average kids get really bored with the curriculum. Most of the teachers are helpful, though. The administration is a disaster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

I can't say enough good about this school. No school is perfect, and there are a handful of teachers you really hope your child *doesn't* get (especially in second grade). However, most of the teachers are very strong. There is a huge emphasis on character and civic responsibility, which the kids really take to heart. They love getting rewarded by the principal with certificates and prizes for good citizenship. My child also attends a pull-out gifted ed program, but I can honestly say that at times her McAuliffe teachers have challenged her every bit as much as her supplemental teacher. Parent involvement is astoundingly high. We are moving to another state where the parents & district administrators are constantly patting themselves on the back and are quite arrogant about how great their district is. Meanwhile, I long to return to McAuliffe where the staff, no matter how good their test scores, keep striving to do an even better job. Most of the staff is deserving of praise, yet they are humble and appreciative of parents and students. It is truly a gem of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

My daughter attended this school during grades K-5. She was very happy here, felt secure and did very well. Unfortunately, we had to relocate to the midwest. I always felt McAuliffe was special, I now know how fortunate we were to have been able to attend this wonderful school. It has a warm and nurturing environment, while at the same time skillfully challenges the students. (For example my daughter's current 7th grade class recently read a book that at McAuliffe was read in 5th grade! Her current teachers are amazed by how much she knows before they teach it here.) Most of staff at McAuliffe truly are concerned about their students success. My only negative thought is that the school seems too focused on doing well for the WASL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

My son hated kindergarten at McAuliffe. The teachers made no effort to give him more challenging work even after I asked them to. He felt horrible and bored all year long. Fortunately, he loves his first grade teacher. She is accommodating to his academic needs (and to the other advanced kids in the class). Many teachers dress in tight, revealing clothing. On my son s first day of school (kindergarten), no one was there to help him get to class when he stepped out of the bus. I am sure glad I was hiding and checking on him that day. The kids line up outside the building, and the lower grades are in the back, so if you just want to drop off your kid, he or she needs to walk all the way around the building (it rains a lot here in WA) to get to class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2005

The academic programs are stellar and really challenge our children in very beneficial ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

My two children attend McAuliffe and it is a good school. I think you will find outstanding teachers, and not-so-outstanding teachers at any school anywhere, and this school is no different. It is very pricey, for public school. The fees for this and that seem endless, and students provide pretty much all supplies, including copy paper and kleenex.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

McAuliffe is an excellent elementary school. For the five years my child attended, I found a caring, involved principal, good staff, and a modern facility. The tradeoff for us was having my child in a very politically-correct school with strict rules for what the children can and cannot do, and those rules often seemed unnecessary and over-the-top. Having moved to a small town with a smaller school where teachers are much more personable with the parents and students, and children are allowed to be children, my child has blossomed and enjoys school much more. I also felt that McAuliffe's desire to have students excel at WASL and ITBS testing became too much a focus for the kids, including such things as high-sugar snacks before tests to give the kids a 'boost'. And while the school is in a high-income area, Field trip fees and expected contributins were too high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2004

I am a parent of a past student(s). I can say that the success that my childre have had is directly related to the education they received at Christa McAuliffe. Our youngest daughter just graduated from High School with a High School diploma as well as an IB diploma. She ranked 7th in her class. We owe her success to the foundation received at Christa McAuliffe. We appreciate the wonderful staff and teachers who guided her and taught her the years she attended there. The schools in the Lake Washington School Dist. are an excellent model for a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

McAuliffe Elementary is a wonderful. The principal is outstanding and the teachers are wonderful. There are a tremendous amount of parents that volunteer their time and the school is very welcoming. My daughters love their teachers and going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
63%
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

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

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

All Students88%
Female87%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
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

All Students95%
Female100%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
Special education64%
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female97%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Special education64%
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Low incomen/a
Not low income97%
Special education91%
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 Students88%
Female84%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female91%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
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 education99%
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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Special educationn/a
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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 63% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 7%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Two or more races 3% 6%
Black 1% 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 13%N/A8%
Special education 19%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 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/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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