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Arbor Heights Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 365 students

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Posted February 27, 2014

Our daughter attend this school years ago and the school was and still is filled with mold, you can not drink the water and apparently there was and is still no heat as the kids have to wear their coats or freeze. Back then the policy to not allow the kids to get their coats and still force them to play outside in the wet, cold weather apparently is still happening. The only 2 good things about Arbor Heights is they are finally going to tear down the school and build a whole new school. and Secondly, there is a different principal. The last principal was there for way too long and she carried a bullhorn around and was very self righteous. There are alot of mommy clicks at the school so be prepared. And the teachers teach at the class level and not at the individual level, meaning if your child is doing poorly or above average, you will need to go to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

I am so pleased with this school. We are new this year and my 2nd grader could not be happier. The staff are always smiling and working with kids and parents for the best education possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2013

all 4 of my grandchildren have gone or is still going to AH, I have been most impressed with the care of each student by all the teachers. I have one child with learning disabilities and have been equally impressed. Parent participation has been remarkable and shows this is a very happy environment and happy children make happy parents and in turn happy teachers. I do think the seattle school district could do a lot better with the lunch program, better food and not so many carbs more decent protein,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2012

My daughter goes to Arbor Heights and I am really happy. Two years ago there was a different principal and she was not good at all. A new principal came in last year after parents demanded it and she is excellent. The principal makes all the difference. There is lots of parent involvement. Very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

AS to the principal, She is clearly one of the best in the district. She does not let the kids cause trouble. I've watched her in action and her firm technique works! Alot of kids need guidance and discipline thats not bullying per the 1 star poster. I know she's leaving in 2011 and will be missed !!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

MY FAMILY LOVES ARBOR HEIGHTS ! WE HAVE ONE CHILD WHO JUST LEFT AND OFF TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. HE IS DOING GREAT AT THE NEXT LEAVEL THE 5TH GRADE TEACHER DID A GREAT JOB ON GETTING THEM READY ! NOW WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE IN K, ( MS.WEAVERS CLASS ) SHE IS A GREAT TEACHER, HE IS DOING GREAT,LEARNING AND MAKING LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS. LAST YEAR THEY GOT A NEW GYM TEACHER HE IS GREAT. THE OFFICE STAFF IS GREAT I'VE BEEN WITH THEM A TOTAL OF 5 YEARS ALMOST 6 YEARS AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM, TRACEY IS VERY GOOD ABOUT HANDLE ANY PROBLEM WE BRING HER WAY. I WILL AGREE THAT THEY DO NEED TO INFORCE DISPLINE MORE ON THOSE CHILDREN WHO DON'T FOLLOW RULES. THEY DO LET THE SAME KIDS GET AWAY WITH TO MUCH BUT OTHER THEN THAT THEY GET A A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

My child's teacher was fantastic. However, after seeing several poster boards go up about bullying I asked my child if they were having a problem with it in school. The reply "only when the teachers bully the bad students." I witnessed an incident where the principal was berating a kindergartener in the hallway on a Monday morning. That is inexcusable!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

The parents are very active and supportive. The majority of the teachers are great. The leadership is lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Our kids attended a lot of schools in Seattle, private and public. Arbor Heights is our favorite by far. The kids love it here. Great energy! Awesome staff! So happy with Arbor Heights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

After visiting most of the West Seattle elementary schools during the kindergarten tours, we were blown away with the incredible teachers and classrooms at Arbor Heights. We even toured some great private schools but kept going back to Arbor. Although this is not our neighborhood school, we decided to enroll our daughter at Arbor Heights this year. So glad we did because she is just thriving! She is learning, making friends, and is excited to go to school. The parent involvement is incredible and we feel very connected to the families and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

I found that little got done when bullying was involved. Teachers favored thier favorite kids and left many others behind. There where times when teachers would just turn their heads on students that where getting made fun of. If you where not a stay at home parent or had a part time job that and could let you devote many hours to the school your child didn't receive the same attention that the others did. Yes, parents are very involved in this school which is hard for the single parent who has to work; which meant that we got stuck with teachers that weren't as good as the next and put with others that where considered less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2008

Arbor Heights was not our first choice for kindergarten, but we have not been disappointed with being placed there at all! As of this school year, both kindergarten teachers are male. Both Mr. Larsen & Mr. Wilkie have an obvious love for kids and teaching. My son loves coming to school! Family and community are an important part to AH in addition to academics. We have always felt welcome and included in and out of the classroom!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

Arbor Heights is an above-average neighborhood-based traditional elementary school. Perfect size, not too big, not too small. All the staff seem to know all the students, regardless of grade. Grounds leave something to be desired, it's mostly asphalt, but kids don't seem to mind. Academic quality seems a notch above average. Parent involvement seems average. This school could use a larger auditorium/multi-purpose room, as the holiday programs are extremely crowded and standing-room only.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

I am really glad that my family switch from another school to be a part of Arbor Heights. They a great curriculum that challenges the children. They have a great staff and friendly parents that love to be involved with anything that needs doing. I had one child that was struggling and they recognized it and got him the help he needs. I also have another child that was excelling and they recognized her for her achievements. They Principal is certainly hands on and you see her in classrooms and being involved as well. they have great fieldtrips for the children and lots of opportunities for them to learn and grow. This school is top notch and should be modeled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2004

Arbor Heights is a neighborhood school. Most of the students live in the neighborhood and form lasting freindships. The staff really cares about the children and help them learn and grow. My children are in grades 3 and 5 and love to go to school. This tells me that they are very comfortable at Arbor Heights. The principal is not above the children, she gets down to there level and shows them that she cares.
—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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
15%
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 Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income67%
Not low income77%
Special education31%
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female88%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income76%
Not low income82%
Special education54%
Not special education92%
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 Students52%
Female50%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income27%
Not low income77%
Special education27%
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female83%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income62%
Not low income77%
Special education46%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students65%
Female71%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income50%
Not low income81%
Special education55%
Not special education73%
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 Students60%
Female64%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income50%
Not low income64%
Special education27%
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female80%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income57%
Not low income85%
Special education55%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female76%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income64%
Not low income76%
Special education46%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 60%
Black 13% 5%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 7%
Two or more races 6% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 113%N/A8%
Special education 121%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 240%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 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 57%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Nurse(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Hip Hop
  • Drama club

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Christy Collins, Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website or Facebook
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • After-School Hoops
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Dance club: Hip Hop
  • Drama club
  • School of Rock
  • Science club
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Arbor Heights will be rebuilt as part of the BEX IV Levy. Construction is expected to begin in July 2014 and be ready to open by Fall 2016. Arbor Heights will be housed at an interim site during construction. More information on the project can be found at seattleschools.org/bex-iv/arbor-heights.
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3701 SW 104th St.
Seattle, WA 98146
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