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Loyal Heights Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 401 students

 
 

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Posted July 29, 2014

Absolutely the best experience we have had in school. We spent K-1st grade (top tier elementary school in Silicon Valley) 2nd-3rd grade in a high scoring Eastside school (Sammamish) and 4th-5th grade at Loyal Heights - the best overall. Who would have thought we move out of the suburbs into an inner city school and experience a school where the WHOLE culture (from the secretaries, lunch staff, and up to the Principal) was so positive and caring. Great involved PTA (though not as high tech as some of the other PTAs I have been involved with) but they work hard and are not exclusionary to working parents - you know how the PTA can get in the suburbs. Truly great leadership from the principal - great caring teachers and a student body of really a bunch of pretty nice kids (really reflects the vibe of the parents). Great school - wish my son went there from Kindergarten but I am extremely happy he finished elementary school there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

Very strong parent involvement & great teachers. My child is so excited to go to school each day and she is learning so much. She scored very high on the new district MAP test. She is definitely learning alot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

Don't sent your child here if they are an advanced learner. You will be very frustrated. I don't believe they acknowledge these kids or have programs to support them. Their ALO program is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

You couldn't ask for a better group of teachers. I believe all over Seattle Teachers who are looking for a new home are all trying to land at Loyal Heights. And thats due to the awesome kids and terrific parent support. Inew when my wife and I walked thru the school for the very first time my gut feeling told me this is the school. It's vibe that just carrys thru the hallways. Try it you will feel it to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

This school has great parental involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Fantastic parent and PTA involvement, wonderful teachers, very organized and neat school. This school has a very good anti-bully policy and has excellent after-school programs (music, drama, etc.) and Spanish and PE. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

It perpelexes me how a school that has such successful fundraising has no art teacher. No art teacher, just parent volunteers who come in only once per month. No art room, the kids do art at their desks which is restrictive. This school is way too focused on one size fits all academics & needs to be much more holistic in its enrichment programs. In comparison other schools in the area have art, music, drama, spanish etc. and great WASL scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

Strong school. Don't let the older building fool you! Great auction that funds non-core (e.g. music) instruction. Very good WASL scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2008

Fantastic, very, very strong school. My child tests as an advanced learner, yet we chose to stay at this school. The teachers do a great job of challenging advanced learners within the classroom in the ALO program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2008

Fantastic, very, very strong school. My child tests as an advanced learner, yet we chose to stay at this school. The teachers do a great job of challenging advanced learners within the classroom in the ALO program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2007

Parent involvement and community feel are beyond compare at this warm, neighborhood school. Be wary, however, of the school's mantra that they challenge every child with differentiated learning techniques. While our experience has been that the desire is pure, challenge has not been reality for our children. The fact that the school is philosophically opposed to any sort of 'pull out' program for advanced learners limits the ability to challenge some kids. The teachers are wonderful, but there is only so much that can be done with 28 kids in class, normal behavior and learning challenges mixed in, etc. However, for a child who needs a school that will provide exceptional tutoring and nurturing to 'reach' grade level, we can't imagine a better spot. Plus, events such as jogathon, auction and artists in residence really set this wonderful community apart from other elementary schools. Just ask questions re: advanced learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

A small elementary school with stellar parent involvement, strong leadership by a young principal, lots of after school programs and enrichment activities, including Artist in Residence, Art Docents and Young Author Day. We've been very happy with our experiences here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

L.H.E has high parental involvement and a lot of extracurricular activities easily accessible after school. My daughter loves it here. It offers Spanish, Music and great art programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

This school has a small-town feel: there are always parents around campus, and there are many grownups around who will know your child's name. Very strong parent involvement in the school - parents have made all sorts of improvements happen such as the installation of a climbing wall with mural, beautiful new playground space and a mural on the asphalt in the playground. Lots of after-school clubs: theater in the spring, writing, math, homework, science, fitness. The clubs are well-organized. Art is incorporated into may activities - there's a well-run artist-in-residence program and a very popular Art Docent program with an artwalk at the end of the year. Academics are generally good, although I wish certain great ideas were used across the faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2005

Loyal Heights is a fantastic school. Not too big, not too small. Excellent teachers, strong parent presence. Happy kids! My son has been there since Kindergarten and is in 5th grade now. I wish it went to 8th grade. We hate to have to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

My child began kindergarten at Loyal Heights this year. The school is very community oriented and I describe it to friends as a happy place to learn. The teachers and staff are warm and seem to know the kids personally. However, beyond the warm and fuzzies I believe the school is also academically challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

This is our reference school. We looked at others but decided to come here. We have 2 kids (K and 2nd) here. Overall, we love the school. There are 3 very strong K classes, each with a slightly different feel and emphasis. Best we've seen. An interesting mix of class strategies (single grade, multi-grade, looping) creates potential for matching a range of student needs. Tremendous parent involvement. Principal, teachers and staff work very hard and seem to work well together. They clearly care about the kids. Lively school, lots of art on the walls. We know several families with kids (including one of ours) who tested into Spectrum who have chosen to stay at LH. Advice to 'first-timers': no school is perfect (though this one comes close!) Select a school that looks good for your kid but especially for one you can get involved in and plan on doing that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

There's room for everyone at Loyal Heights. The quality of education is excellent. And there's lots of flexibility for learning styles. A wonderful parent community with very active and involved parents. Incredible fund raising contributes significantly to the academic program adding those extras that the school district budget cuts. A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2005

We have been at this school for 8 years now and the evolution has been amazing. The teachers, staff and principal have to be the best in the city-bar none. If you are looking for a school with a strong community (family) feel and strong academics look no further than Loyal Heights! The relationship between the PTA and the school is seamless -we are working together towards the same goal-to provide a quality educational experience for ALL kids. And it's working. We love Loyal Heights and being part of the Loyal Heights family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2005

I have a fifth grader at Loyal Heights and my daughter attended K-5 there, she is now a high school freshman. My many year involvement at Loyal Heights has given me a deep appreciation for the both the staff and the parent body. They are bright and hard working and consistently put the students first. They are always looking for ways to improve the teaching style and content. Both my children have flourished there.
—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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
84%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
Special education70%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female93%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Not low income87%
Special education50%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female100%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students95%
Female100%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
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%
Female86%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female89%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female86%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
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

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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%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
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 10%N/A8%
Special education 18%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/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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2511 NW 80 St
Seattle, WA 98117
Phone: (206) 252-1500

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