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Schmitz Park Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 327 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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Posted Friday, August 22, 2014

Over crowded. Very poor leadership. Read the school report card, staff and parent "grade" for leadership consistently dropping over the last few years. Parent complaints about principal mostly ignored. Parent concerns voiced to principal gets your child targeted for discipline. Only good thing is most teachers good but the best ones leave for other schools. Now my child out of there I'm very relieved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2014

This is an incredibly overcrowded school. There are 12+ portables. Very uneven teacher quality, first year teachers are consistently hired. Overall there seems to be more interest in achieving high standardized test scores than any creative or inspired teaching. The active PTA is the best thing this school has going for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is a great school. The only issue I can think of is that it could be more ethnically diverse. The staff and principals are great, the expectations high, the PTA does wonderful things and raises large amounts of funds to add all types of before and after school enrichment programs. Haven't had a single bad experience there in 4 years. No complaints at all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

This school used to be a great school until the new principal got rid of every old teacher that dared not to agree with everything that he tried to do. Teacher that were working at the school for decades were pushed out and the principal brought his own crew. I didn't think that this kind of Stalin style purges could happen in the schools. I though that's something that politicians did. It has actually been very disturbing to watch great teachers being pushed out. The teachers that didn't want to leave on their own were set up by the assistant principal and pushed out that way. Very, very disturbing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

This school has the family supported Singapore Math curriculum unlike nearly all of the Seattle Schools. The PTA is powerful and demands a lot of time and $ from families. Its often called a "public private school" by locals. The PE program was superior, but has declined in the last few years . (The program swung to strongly favor girls.) The school is now so crowded, there are 14 portables on the property. A new school is slated to be built in 2016 blocks away. The school currently sits on acres of woodland, and classes are frequently guided on hikes through the woods. Kids get a broad education. Increasing extracirricular activities (like dance class) steadily reduce classroom time for core studies, which may or may not be good. The teachers are first rate, and to ensure this, poor performing teachers have been fired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

It's a great school, with wonderful teacher's and wonderful students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The teachers are engaged and creatively gifted. The staff is helpful beyond my expectations and we come together as a community with a common focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2008

The programs are wonderfull! The P.E. programs are great because they allow to do the most unusual things, like learning how to unicycle and juggle. They really incourage you to do new things. But some students are rude, though I just ignore them. Some teachers can be a little confused with things, but other than those things, I encourage you to go to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2007

Schmitz Park has been an incredible learning experience for both of my daughters. I have been very impressed with the level of instruction, the amount of nurturing and compassion that the staff and parents share. I only have positive things to share!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

They offer some good programs like Read Naturally, Passport, Music and PE. There is alot of parent involvement. The teachers are dinosaurs-they aren't up to date with new teachings. I had a hard time communicating with the teachers about my child. They weren't open to what I had to say. Also the environment was strange it felt like I stepped back in time to the 1950's. Individuality was not promoted-if your child's a square peg they would fit in fine. I like individuality and diversity so I left this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

My son is now is 1st grade at Schmitz Park. I have nothing but good things to say about the school, other than the fact that the class size is a tad large. They have great PE and music programs, and he's really learning-and, more importantly, enjoying learning-at a fast pace. He loves his teacher, respects the principal, and has made lots of friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

This school may not look great from the outside, but it has incredible community support behind it and a good heart. The playground is being updated to include a grassy area which will add alot. The Passport Program (geography) is amazing, the Read Naturally program is also a great success. I have not yet experienced the Larson Math program, but it looks good too. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

My brothers and I went to this school when we were little. It is nice to see that 20-24 years later it is the same P.E. teacher and I think The same libarian. from when I went there as a little girl. I liked the fact that my son had a homework packet every week to do at home. Every month they have the passport check, each student in each grade is to locate differnt countries on a map. If they succeed they get their passport stamped. I dont think I learned about foreign countries in school till I was in the third grade. The students parents are highly envolved in this school. If it wasnt for them we would be in trouble. The music Teacher does a wonderful job putting on a musical each year, and many assemblies (Veterns Day,Christmas,Martin Luther King etc.I give this school an A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2003

Dynamic, energetic, thoughtful principal who sets the tone for our excellent school. Wonderful, dedicated, talented teachers. Lots of parent involvement in all phases of the school. An exceptional environment for learning -- warm, inclusive, friendly. Don't let the physical plant deter you. This is a great place for students, families and the community.
—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.

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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
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%
Female85%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
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 Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low incomen/a
Not low income78%
Special education23%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low incomen/a
Not low income85%
Special education46%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female87%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low incomen/a
Not low income81%
Special education31%
Not special education90%
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%
Female81%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income60%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female100%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income90%
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female82%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income60%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
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 76% 60%
Two or more races 8% 6%
Hispanic 7% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Black 3% 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 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 213%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 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 44%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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