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Graham Hill Elementary School

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Posted October 12, 2010

Graham Hill welcomes everyone and believes every student is capable and valuable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Great parent group, supportive environment, lots of extras like partnership with PNB, Audubon, FT music teacher, Powerful Schools, gardening program, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

Outstanding staff and nurturing environment for children to flourish!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

Principal Morningstar did an exceptional job this year - the future is brighter around here with her sense of calm determination & confidence. No nonsense, equalitarian, communicative leadership style. Her newsletters were a great means of communication and her presence before & after school were a great opportunity for the kids and parents to approach her and observe how she handled things (effectively & consistently). The counselor and music teacher are both exceptional, going far beyond what is required of them and really creating a sense of community by putting on all-school evening events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2007

I bet everyone who has posted so far is in the montessori program. That's just how it is. I doubt dual programs work flawlessly anywhere, but they definitely don't here. It lacks a feeling of 'whole' community. The montessori program is great & the nontraditional program (for a diverse program in the Southend)is good too, but the montessori [program] feels exclusive. That said, the new principal is no-nonsense & can-do. To her credit, both lousy traditional-program teachers left/retired midyear! Also the montessori does lots for the school (with their money & parent involvement). All kids seem really happy here & the counselor is fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

Graham Hill has been called the jewel of the South End. It certainly proved to be that and more for my family. Principal Morningstar is a capable and outstanding leader. The staff is excellent. The playground is beautiful. The school seems to have become stronger, more cohesive and energetic since winning the fight to stay off the closer list. I think it will continue to blossom,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2006

Our daughter has been at Graham Hill for three years. It was been a wonderful experience for her. Superb teachers. Wonderful music program. The facility received a $5 Million expansion 2 years ago with new library, computer lab and classrooms. Not a portable remains. Parents are engaged and supportive. We have a new principal starting this year who has a great track record in elsewhere in the district. We are extremely positive and excited about the future of our daughter's education and for overall Graham Hill community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2006

It s no secret that Graham Hill has an extremely involved and dedicated PTA, which has worked to build, maintain, and innovate to the clear advantage of the entire school. The whole school has a fantastic music program, a young authors program, and an ESL program. We re expanding our program for autistic children. Our families have invested of themselves to conceive, fund, and build a world-class playground, a model in child-centered design. We have a brand new renovated building worth every penny of the nearly 5 million dollars in taxpayer funds. These costly improvements tell our kids every day: We care about you all, and we want you to be in an environment that s conducive to your best learning. Graham Hill has retained nearly all of its teaching staff in both of its successful programs, despite the incredible turnover in leadership over the past 7 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Graham Hill is great. It has a wonderful ethnic and economic diversity of students and two different programs, a regularly structured program and a Montessori program. The teachers are really great and dedicated. Parent involvement is great on the part of a core group of parents. Of course, there are plenty of parents who wouldn't show up if you paid them, but the core group does a great job in writing grants and getting things done. The district has assigned new principals practically once a year, and that has been an issue. The music teacher is totally awesome. The school takes advantage of many enrichment and grant programs such as Discover Dance and writers in residence, etc. The core parents worked hard to raise money and do the heavy work on a new, wonderful playground. We love Graham Hill, our neighborhood school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

My daughter is in the montesorri pre-k program and loves it. There is a little bus that returns her home around noon. The bus is only for the 3 &4 year olds and has child safety seats on it. The preschool classes are mixed with 3,4 &5 year olds. We are concerned that the PTA seems strained and rather conflicted. There seems to be some tension regarding the montessorri program at the school. There is also some tension around the current principal.
—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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
49%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
25%
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 Students45%
Female53%
Male38%
Black30%
Asian56%
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income35%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
Limited English25%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female73%
Male46%
Black47%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income52%
Not low income75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited English30%
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%
Female51%
Male54%
Black44%
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income32%
Not low income84%
Special education18%
Not special education60%
Limited English8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female78%
Male58%
Black61%
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income58%
Not low income88%
Special education36%
Not special education77%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students65%
Female73%
Male54%
Black52%
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income53%
Not low income84%
Special education36%
Not special education71%
Limited English25%
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 Students62%
Female68%
Male50%
Black43%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income52%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female56%
Male78%
Black43%
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income42%
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students65%
Female62%
Male72%
Black52%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income48%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
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
Black 38% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 7%
White 21% 60%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 121%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 260%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 17N/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 52%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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5149 South Graham St
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: (206) 225-7140

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