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White Center Heights Elementary

Public | PK-6 | 612 students

 

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Posted March 28, 2013

Be very careful if your child or a family member attends this school! My granddaughter unfortunately attends school here. She is special needs and has reported being touched by a boy at school - teacher & principal have told her that she is lying! She has NEVER disliked a school before this! Worst experience in her young 7 year life.


Posted January 13, 2010

Our school is suffering from the lack of leadership. Principal is more interested in being involved with the community than he is in being a strong leader of the school. District needs to stop enabling poor behavior/performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

Terrible! Has gone downhill in the last two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

Suffering leadership, the previous principal was very involved in all activities and classrooms. Not so anymore. Nice teachers, but not teaching to my sons capabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2007

I was quite surprised to find how friendly and helpful the staff at White Center Heights. My son is doing quite well in school and his teacher is absolutely nice. The diversity is great too and I couldn't be happier. They have a Playground Monitor to make sure your kids are safe and vigilant to any strangers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2007

I absolutely love WCH. My son has had a wonderful time going to this school, as I have also. The new facility is great and the teachers are very active in engaging with parents. White Center Heights is truly a gem. It's cultural diversity is something that is hard to find. All differences are valued with this staff which is also multi ethnic. I love WCH and even though I have now moved to Everett, a 35 minute to 1 hour drive depending on traffic, I still take my son to school there everyday. The principle is wonderful and he makes himself very involved and easy to access. However, he will be changing schools next school year. I only wish that we could have another one as great as him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

My children both are attending White Center Heights first is in 2nd grade and the second is in 3rd grade. They love their school and they also have jointed the Boys and Girls Club after school just on the north side of the school. I was at first worried a lot about their learning at the school because of the high percent of mixed races children there. Now, I could see the kids are making a lot of improvment but the test scores compared to other school are low. I would to see more teaching or help in reading and math for all of children to be sucessful during test time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2003

I currently have 2 children at White Center Heights. Both are involved in extracurricular activities, and are excited to tell me about their day. Having watched my kids grow in self confidence and self esteem is such a joy, and I know the teachers at this school have a big hand in this. I am very happy with my children attending this school.
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
8%
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 59% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
44%
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 Students57%
Female58%
Male55%
Black64%
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income60%
Not low incomen/a
Special education20%
Not special education65%
Limited English46%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female61%
Male45%
Black50%
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income56%
Not low incomen/a
Special education33%
Not special education58%
Limited English41%
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 Students66%
Female60%
Male70%
Black79%
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income65%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited English53%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female63%
Male54%
Black71%
Asian61%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White36%
Low income54%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited English47%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students49%
Female53%
Male47%
Black64%
Asian56%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White29%
Low income46%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English40%
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 Students51%
Female52%
Male51%
Black31%
Asian61%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income48%
Not low incomen/a
Special education20%
Not special education56%
Limited English37%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female48%
Male55%
Black23%
Asian74%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Special education30%
Not special education56%
Limited English26%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students53%
Female63%
Male47%
Black31%
Asian61%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income51%
Not low incomen/a
Special education30%
Not special education56%
Limited English37%
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 Students56%
Female55%
Male57%
Black17%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income51%
Not low incomen/a
Special education9%
Not special education66%
Limited English29%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female60%
Male38%
Black33%
Asian68%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Special education9%
Not special education62%
Limited English21%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 32% 7%
Hispanic 30% 20%
Black 19% 5%
White 10% 60%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Two or more races 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 137%N/A8%
Special education 118%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 288%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 15N/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 51%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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