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Lafayette Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 524 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted January 8, 2014

I am a parent of 2 current students at Lafayette Elementary. Both love the school. Parental involvement is very high. The teachers are great, most with years of experience - it shows. It is an excellent elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Cool school in a walking neighborhood. Love, love love our 1st (Ms. Rowlette) and 3rd (Ms. Bell) grade teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

We love our school! We have great teachers and awesome parents. I wish we have better principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2013

honestly after 2 kids going from k-5 at Lafayette and seeing the unfortunate leadership changes - I would say a lesser school wouldn't have made it through the over crowding and repopulating of the school. The glue that holds this school together is the parents - supper concerned and supportive. There are experienced and highly dedicated teachers. We only had 2 in 12 that weren't great. Kids learn what they should in a supportive community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2013

We have a kindergarten student who started at Lafayette this past fall. The school faculty and PTA have been nothing short of welcoming, genuine and professional. We've been very pleased with our daughter's teacher and, although disappointed that the leadership is changing, I don't fault the school for this. If you read through these reviews the most frequent negative comment is about a principal that hasn't been there for over a year. It's really not right that out-dated information is negatively impacting the ratings for such a fantastic school. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be assigned to such a great school and I can honestly say we haven't come across one case of "elitism". A school is as good as you make it. Reach out and be involved and you will have a better experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2013

I am a grandmother of a child who will enter Kindergarten in the Fall and lives in Lafayette's neighborhood school area. I understand the school has undergone a leadership crisis over the last couple years with one Principal after another, the current one leaving soon. I was distressed at some reviews. Comment on lots of bullying, but in particular one or more comments indicating an elitist attitude: it's our school and if you don't like it as is, you may go elsewhere. What on earth is this? I hope it is not a majority view. Lafayette could use some attitude adjustment and people wotj power like the PTSA need to welcome new people and listen with an open mind to concerns. The school needs to fit the children, not the reverse. It is PUBLIC. It does not sound an appealing place to send a 5 year old if a couple of the comments reflect parental attitudes.


Posted January 9, 2013

Where do I start... 1.We were told in 1st and 2nd grade to study for the MAP test so we can boost the school score. They provide websites with similar problems. 2.Our teachers (aside from our young 1st grade teacher)seem burned out and have no emotion with the students. 3.My wife (who assists in the classroom often) is frustrated with their lesson plans. 4.My son who ace s his spelling test is not allow to receive harder words. 5.Bullying is everywhere and they dont have resources to monitor over 500 students. 6.They have been through 3 principals in 1-2 years. 7. I have a feeling that the spectrum program is the reason for the high scores. Without those stuednets, the school would rank low. Do yourselves a favor and look into private school or Alki or Schmitz park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

Lafayette is a GREAT school, so what's with all the 1 star ratings? I could understand a few low scores... you can't please everyone. But the volume of '1 star' ratings here smacks of an organized attack by a single person or small group. I have 2 daughters attending Seattle public schools. The oldest went to a different elementary school. She recently attended the science fair at Lafayette with her younger sister and she expressed amazement at the superior community participation and sophistication of projects at Lafayette. Then she absolutely fell in love with the 'Harry Potter' themed class room. By the end of the night she was literally upset, because while she had enjoyed her own elementary school experience, seeing Lafayette had made her a bit jealous. Check out the school for yourself. If you're sending your kids to school for a quality education Lafayette is an excellent choice. Our youngest loves the school. And as a parent I love seeing her score well above average on state assessments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

Yes, not every school is a good fit for every kid. But, to blame Lafayette for the over-enrollment or District-wide problems is un-informed. Nothing would make the staff and parents happier than having less kids at the school. But, the principal has nothing to do w/ enrollment. Yet, given the huge burden of an extra 110 students, she has done an amazing job. It's true she's not 'touchy-feely', but she fights for every penny she can get from the District to improve the experience our kids have there. I can only hope the new principal fights as hard! I have one kid in and one not in Spectrum. Kids rarely talk about it, nor do the teachers or staff. A few parents talk about it, but the Spectrum program represents only 1/3 of the school. It does not define the school. I have been at the school for 6 years - it's a wonderful school, w/ great parent involvement. My kids have never had any disciplinary action taken against them, and any shift in the discpline I would attribute to the Asst. Principal (who is also leaving). The majority of the teachers are top notch. In fact, one of their 2nd grade teachers (a non-Spectrum teacher), is one of the BEST in the District!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

disappointing, disappointing, disappointing. lucky enough to be able to withdraw and enroll elsewhere. seattle public schools are awful and lafayette is no exception.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

Our kiddo had a good experience there, briefly. She's a sunny kid who made some friends at the school and would do well anywhere. But we feel that she was lucky to stay out of the radar of the principal, and this year we've enrolled her in another nearby school. We were unsettled by the treatment that the principal meted out to children. Yes, I know that many high performing environments are like that, and that capable people who are disciplined and berated beyond "reasonable" limits for their faults by highly demanding superiors do excel. An unkind and dispiriting series of disciplinary actions against a frend's child made up our minds, along with the wealth of good elementaries in the area. Academically, Lafayette is as good as others, but on a personal level we feel relieved to be out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2011

This school may be the "best elementary school in the district" but when you have a district filled with failing schools, budget cuts, and an embezzling superintendent, that isn't saying much! SEVERELY overcrowded school. Disciplinary action is over the top yet preventative action is lacking. Even the best teachers are given the short end of the stick with a full class and no aide, and the worst teachers are bound by tenure and not going anywhere. Excellent parental involvement, but really, what choice do parents have with such overcrowded classes? The idea of neighborhood schools sounds great, except they have closed so many other schools in the city and added so many out of neighborhood students that it dilutes the effectiveness. This school is getting worse by the day. We were lucky enough to remove our child from this school and go private!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2011

We found Lafayette to be a rigid institution with a 'my way or the highway' principal and a preponderance of old school style teachers who seemed to relish taking disciplinary action at the slightest provocation. So happy to be out of there and in a school with a caring, accessible principal, a friendly, inclusive staff, committed teachers who don't freak out when five and six-year-olds act their age, and a parent community that isn't competitive and obsessed with getting their kid into Spectrum by any means possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

I'm really disappointed with this school, cold principal and staff. Very limited after school activities and a cliquey parent group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

My kids have attended Lafayette for 5 years. I have one in Spectrum and one in regular. I have been happy with both programs. It does lack on creative learning, but covers reading, writing well and math very well. Kids are a bit stressed which I don't like at all, but the kids are learning the basics which they don't at other schools. My kids have great study habits, great friends and really nice families. Fundraising supports school tutors, teachers and playground improvements. Great additions are the school Play, music program and school Play.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

Unfortunately, I can't give this school 0 stars so I'll give it 1 for the new assistant principal. Lots of super-competitive children and parents. There are some OK teachers here but, really, most are average and bowing to a principal with test scores on her mind. School work is harsh and creativity is minimal. I am looking around for a new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

Does not live up to its reputation. Large student teacher ratios with a 2-year K-1 population bubble that has created strains on personnel and resources. Emphasis placed on testing (presumably for the $ and recognition those scores represent) and the Principal is difficult - doesn't seem to understand elementary-age children. With a handful of notable exceptions, teaching staff is barely adequate, both in skill and in numbers. Lunches, recesses and other scheduling is too frenetic without enough oversight. Security is questionable. Fairly antiquated corrective action approaches, e.g. multiple-day punishments for younger students. Massive amounts of fundraisers. Bright spots are the new Vice Principal and great families. Make sure you pursue other options if you have them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

I have two students at Lafayette -- three years experience with this school -- and it has been nothing but the best pleasant surprise. The principal is highly involved, a great candid attitude and accessible to parents. There is an incredibly active parent and PTA base, for which - as a working parent - I am very grateful. My kids are performing at levels way above their class grades and they have been helped there by diligent and interested teachers who have gone out their way to make school interesting for them. I am grateful day in and day out for this school and know to cherish it as once my kids are out of Lafayette, it will be a more difficult public education. I wish the school had smaller classroom size and more spectrum availability but you can't blame the school -- that's our current U.S. economic situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Rock-solid, caring staff with a balanced focus on academics, teacher have creative projects to engage kids beyond rote memory of books, strong committed PTA, friendly families and wonderful student body. Building is a bit dated, and nutrition plan is getting better and much better than most district and American public schools, however there is room for improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

I love this school! My children have been here for 6 years of education and I would have to say that they have really flourished in this rigorous traditional educational environment and are leaving very prepared for middle school. I have found the teaching and administrative staff to be very professional and enjoyable to be around. I am always pleased when I talk to the teachers to realize how in touch with my child's learning they are. I volunteer at the school as much as possible and see many other parents there. I think the parent community and PTA are very responsible in meeting the needs of the kids when the district falls short.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

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

All Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income64%
Not low income90%
Special education40%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income68%
Not low income85%
Special education40%
Not special education86%
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 Students79%
Female68%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income61%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income67%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female80%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income61%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
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 Students84%
Female88%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income42%
Not low income91%
Special education50%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female94%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income67%
Not low income91%
Special education50%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female86%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income50%
Not low income88%
Special education60%
Not special education86%
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 72% 63%
Asian 12% 7%
Hispanic 7% 18%
Black 6% 5%
Two or more races 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 115%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 21%N/A8%
Special education 29%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 20N/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 69%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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