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John Muir Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 415 students

 

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Posted April 13, 2013

Both of my children (4th & 2nd grade) have been attending JM since Kindergarten and are both happy and learnng well due to the excellent teachers, support staff and strong leadership of Principal Mrs. Awnie Thompson. There are a few ELL students and the school has staff that speak Vietnamese, Chinese, Somali, Spanish to name a few. Although, the test scores are low, this school is one of the most diverse - racially,, culturally and socio-economically which brings about more awareness and respect for each other and our world community. They have a zero tolerance anti-bullying policy and are hyper-sensitive in solving any type of bullying (even silent bullying). They have an awesome art program and physical education program, and Spectrum (advanced learning) program. At JM there are after school programs provided through Powerful Schools for a minimal cost. There is also onsite before and after school care provided by Kids Co. The teachers and staff are just as diverse as the student body. Strong PTA and parental involvement. Don't judge a school just by test scores alone! Take a tour and see how happy the kids are learning and getting along.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

We have a first grader at John Muir and my wife and I have been very impressed. So far we have had two excellent teachers, both experienced and dedicated. There is excellent community support and an active PTA. The principal, Awnie Thompson, is exceptional and she is highly involved from my interactions. Additionally, we are happy with the diversity of the school, the spectrum program, and the community overall. While test scores are low for this school overall they are improving year over year in the setting of a very socioeconomically mixed population, which I think is evidence of the good teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2011

I have three children at Muir and love the school and the caring staff. The teachers go the extra mile and the principal and office staff are great at communicating with parents. The school does a lot for the community and is very diverse. My children love Muir and so do I!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

I'm a parent of multiple children at John Muir and I haven't got a clue what the prior parent is talking about. My kids are scattered in classes with different teachers at different levels. Each is having a great experience at Muir--not only are they learning but they are enjoying school more than ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I am really disappointed about the leadership of JM. Since my daughter has started at JM we have seen very little academic learning/structure in the classroom. There are few teachers that provide solid foundation if you are lucky to get one(1) of them.Our experience has been that the lack-of-quality education does not extend to All classroom, which says alot about diversity. There a few teachers that lack quality experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

John Muir is an exceptional school. As a parent with public school teaching experience, I strongly believe my child will be challenged and engaged at John Muir. I was so so confident of our experience at JM that we bought a house in the neighborhood so we could walk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

I have two kids that attend John Muir, and I also came out of cluster. I love it. The entire staff are so wonderful and I cannot leave out the volunteers either they are so wonderful. The only way that I would change schools is if this school closed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

We came from out of cluster to go to John Muir. What we love about it is that the teachers challenge all the kids no matter what level they are at. We feel like the teachers do a great job of balancing focused learning with fun for the kids. Great principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

I have been really impressed with John Muir ES. It happens to be our nearest elementary school and both of my sons are in the Spectrum program, so it is really a treasure for us to have such a nice school so close. The amount of teamwork shown by the staff is impressive. They share information about the students and make sure each is getting what the need. The writing program seems particularly effective, but all subjects are keeping my boys engaged and learning. And let's not forget the art program and the PE programs, both have gems for teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2004

My daughter has had 6 great years at John Muir starting in kindergarten class of 1998 with Mr. Pitre. The experience I appreciate the most is the fact that my daughter was not accepted into the Spectrum/App program but the teachers were so insighful that they worked with the principal to allow high achieving regular students a seat in the Spectrum/App classrooms. My daughter has had the awesome benefits of being with Mrs. Superfisky (3rd grade Spectrum/App), Mrs. Broder (4th grade Spectrum/App) and Ms. West (5th grade Spectrum/App). She will be graduating this year-class of 2004 and I will miss this school terribly. Thank you John Muir!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2003

Muir has high quality programs for all students (regular ed, special ed, Spectrum, ESL)! It also has an onsite daycare (Campfire Girls and Boys Club Kids Corner) and is one of the four Powerfuls Schools (which offers: Tutors for reading; Buddy/Mentors;Afterschool Classes such as for Technology, Karate, the Arts, etc.; Powerful Writers and Powerful Authors ~trained professionals that work with both the teachers and students in the classroom). It also has a wonderful learning environment, with rich diversity!


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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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
57%
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 Students68%
Female67%
Male68%
Black49%
Asian72%
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income51%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English39%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Black54%
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income63%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English31%
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 Students55%
Female54%
Male56%
Black26%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income42%
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English28%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female76%
Male49%
Black45%
Asian68%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income51%
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited English28%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students48%
Female57%
Male40%
Black19%
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income35%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English28%
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 Students53%
Female63%
Male41%
Black32%
Asian63%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income37%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited English9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female66%
Male41%
Black36%
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income40%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female57%
Male52%
Black29%
Asian63%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income40%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English18%
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 49% 5%
Asian 22% 7%
White 20% 63%
Hispanic 7% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 154%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 211%N/A8%
Special education 28%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 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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3301 South Horton St
Seattle, WA 98144
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