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Whittier Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 414 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 6, 2014

Whittier is a great school, and my child is very happy here. She is doing well academically and socially. Parents are very involved at this school, with a strong PTA (I really don't understand the reviewer who said most parents work and are not involved and use the school as a babysitter? Not true in the slightest, what an insulting thing to say to working parents like myself). Parents just raised a huge amount of money for the the PTA fund, and are welcomed at the school. My daughter has had good teachers, and like at any school some have been stronger than others. Her current teacher is amazing. We also have a strong principal and I've found her to be very receptive. Like all schools in North Seattle, Whittier is facing an overcrowding problem, but we are using creative solutions to address this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

They accept bullying. They pick on kids. Want a job at the school? No degree required, just look the other way at the bully teachers and you are hired. Compromise all integrity to work or volunteer there slowly you'll get used to treating kids badly. A recovering student


Posted January 29, 2014

Ten years ago this was the school to get your kids into. I knew parents at the top private schools who pulled their kids out of Seatte County Day and UCDC once they got into Whittier. No more. It has a negative culture that is about punishment, humiliation, and exclusion. Too bad. Also it is a mostly working class school and many working class parents look at school as free babysitting. The problem is the involved parents left, so most parents work and do not check up on the rude staff and burnt-out teachers. Or worse the burnt out over worked parents seem just as negative to their kids.. So they accept this type of mediocre education environment. While I choose this school for all three of my kids, if I was enrolling a child today, I would look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2013

I so agree with the above poster about administration being rude. I have found so much rudeness in that schhol, among some teachers, staff and certainly the office staff and administration. It's seems to be part of the culture of Whittier, at least part of Whittier. So disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

upset about the poor response and rude attitude from the admins. The admins promised to call me back regarding the matter caused by school or district before noon but never did. I ran to the school in person. My appearance made the administrator no choice but reported this matter to the principle. The principle said that was error caused by the computer's glitch, even though the accurate information was appeared on the district s website and the official mail sent from the district, and was confirmed by the district s operator when I called earlier. Another officer even reminded the principle that matter maybe a simple mistake by the wrong label attached but the principle ignored an idea. I wish I did record our conversation so to reveal her rudeness. I couldn t leave the school with an unfinished because the hard feeling my kid might be encountered when she was being excluded from the program and away from her old friends. After waited for 2 hours with two little kids had no lunchat the office, the principle gave a mercy and made a call to verify my kid s status and put my kid back to the right program. As simple as it seems that people with power plays the game.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Continued.. I simply asked for the solution since the school started the following day (the notification was sent out on Saturday so that left me one day only to get things straight before school started). She said it took a few days to verify my kid s status because everybody was busy. She even commented Parents took whatever the school gave . Couldn't she try to have more senses about the kid's feeling when the kid's friends and other parents see her walked to the different program! What if the kid cannot go back to the program because every spot was taken. The whole conversation made me feel that no sincere feeling from her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

My daughter and I both love this school. There is really good leadership from the principal, staff and administrative staff. I was a little concerned that the Spectrum program would be too academic but there is actually a lot of emphasis on creativity. Great PE teacher, amazing music program that really challenges the kids, and a lot or emphasis on creative writing and art. There is a lot of anti-bullying policies in place and it really shows. Students are for the most part respectful and nice, much more so than when I was in grade school! I have not actually noticed any difference between the quality of education between regular classes and Spectrum. - it seems like all the classes are above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Dont send your kid here if they dont" fit in the box" there is no support or understanding for "different" kids. The focus is way too academic with no personal/ social emphasis whatsoever. My artsy daughter is bored with the schoolbook extreme- not being creatively stimulated at all. Spectrum is like an elite club- the kids/ parents dont mix hardly at all. My kids need other kinds of growth not just good test scores!! My son is at Salmon Bay this year WOW what an amazing difference- I'm shocked and relieved- he is like a different kid!!! Trying to get my daughter in there now...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

With all there is to deal w/in modern education, our staff and leadership keep all the balls in the air. They are amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

Great school that tries hard! Safe, devoted to learning, high parental involvement, dedicated teachers, great kids.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2009

It's a great school with great programs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Outstanding teachers who really love the kids. Incredible academics and the best ever PE program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

I'm in my 7th year as a parent at Whittier and we've had our share of changes but some of the things that haven't changed are the most important: a solid core of dedicated, quality teachers who have been here for many years, an exceptional P.E. program and library, great parental involvement, a wonderful office staff and nurse, and so much more. It's a big school and may seem intimidating at first but if you jump right into the mix by getting involved you'll be able to fully appreciate how special Whittier can be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2007

Whittier is a school with far more potential than it achieves, though it certainly appears to educate our children 'well enough' when compared with other schools in seattle. Still, it's not as good as we parents fool ourselves into thinking! the principal's a great advocate for teachers, a tremendously patient worker with the often weighty pta and childcare people, and an unendingly compassionate problem-solver for parents, teachers and children. But the future vision and education of the children must come first -- above the pta, childcare and individual teachers' -- without less compassion for parents, students or teachers, but staying communally focused on the true goal: providing every child with the highest quality, safe, supported environment in which to learn with confidence and a vision for the future -- and recruiting more teachers with higher levels of education to teach our dearest lives' 'investments:' our hearts', bodies', hopes' and souls' treasures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Whittier is a terrific school mainly because of the teachers who are committed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

Whittier is a great school with a very active PTA that provides funding for a variety of activities, including Spanish for every child. The school choir is one of the best elementary choirs and it meets before school four days per week. They have performed at a variety of events, including Seattle Storm basketball games. The teachers are great and the principal, while young, seems to know what he is doing. There is on-site before and after-school care, as well as an on-site pre-school run by World of Wonder for Kids. My boys were at Whittier in kindergartent-2nd grade until we moved. Great school. I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2005

Amazing school - with a long wait list
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

There is a large parent involvement at this school. The community is very welcoming and the teachers are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

Leadership at this school seems disinterested in parents, perhaps intimidated by its strong PTA. Lots of excellent programs. Terrific gym program - skills-based, fun, not competitive. Overall an excellent school which well-deserves its reputation as one of the best in the district. Beautiful building, clean, safe. Parents are proud and pleased to be there. Children seem respectful. Ignore 'The Whittier Way' theme song - it doesn't say it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2004

Reputedly one of the best schools in the district, the Kindergarten program is terribly weak. It's built on the idea that real learning starts in the 1st grade. Nowadays, this is simply not the case, as so many kids attend preschool for years, or at least pre-K programs. Many children at Whittier spend their Kindergarten year twiddling their thumbs as the curriculum re-teaches them the ABC's they learned as three year olds. The Kindergarten program absolutely needs a complete overhaul. The well-meaning principal is a weak advocate for children. Too distracted with budgets and PTA matters, his talk doesn't measure up to his action when it comes to the kids. On the plus side there's before-school sports year-round, & the PTA offers good extra-curricular activities that kids can take 1 day a week for 5-6 weeks a year, such as Art (not part of the regular curriculum) and Drama.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students90%
Female94%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income73%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female100%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income64%
Not low income99%
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%
Female95%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female95%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
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 Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income75%
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income75%
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students98%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Low income90%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
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 77% 60%
Two or more races 8% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Hispanic 5% 20%
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 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 212%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 22N/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 38%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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1320 NW 75 St
Seattle, WA 98117
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