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Helen Haller Elementary School

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Posted June 17, 2009

Both my children had excellent experiences at Helen Haller for their first year being in public school. My son loved Mrs. Marcy who went out of her way to make sure my child - and every child in the class - succeeded in every area. Miss Grotzke is a fantastic and well loved Kindergarten teacher. My daughter turned out to be an above average reader, and again, the teacher went out of her way to continue challenging her. As for the leadership of the principal and the comments about 'it's not the Marines'....a little structure, consistency and discipline has gone a long way in making this school a success. Sure, he doesn't get it right at every turn, but on the whole an excellent leader and motivator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

My daughter in 3rd grade and she has being Bullied by her classmates. This has effected her tremendously. The school seem to have failed to stop this from happening. But I think the school is a great school and has a family type enviornment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

This is in response to the parent who submitted on Nov 18 08. 'Mr. Ricco,' as he is known, is probably the absolute BEST principal I have ever dealt with. My children loved AND respected him. His unconditional belief in the ability of EVERY child to learn and succeed was clearly stated and lived out in his administration. One of my deepest regrets in leaving the area last year was removing my children from Helen Haller and the positive influence of Mr. Ricco, and indeed, the entire teaching and administrative staff. Helen Haller is an exceptional school in every sense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

This school needs a clean sweep. the Principal has the worst attitude i have seen in a school. Its his way or the highway. He is rude to some kids and parents. His leadership is poor and lacks the skills that he needs to help troubled kids. This is not the marines.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

Some of the best teachers I've ever experienced - an example is Jane LaBelume. She is the best teacher I've ever dealt with. My children adored her. She loves every child like they are her own and she finds a way to get the best from each of them. On the negative side, though I thought the principal, was energetic and committed, he was very rigid and wasn't good at listening to or addressing individual issues raised about a specific child. His rigid stance resulted in our moving our children elsewhere to find a good environment for their education. A good man, but he needs to work on flexibility - this is school, not the marines.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2006

Extremely energetic principal who is building a first class staff and student environment. Very open to parent participation. School supports weekly specialists in P.E., music, library and science for grades 1-5. Very active PTO. Facilities could use serious upgrade--almost 30 years old.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

I have been very pleased with the Sequim School district. I think over all the teachers are caring, and supportive. It is a little like being back a few decades even in the high school kids tend to be respectful. It has been an amazing school district in which to raise my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2003

I am a long time ago former student of Helen Haller Elementary school. 1979 - 1982, I think it was. I am now almost 29 years old and found this site today. I remember my school days as if they were yesterday. I remember Helen Haller being a great school, with great teachers. I'd have to say it was the best school I went to in my school years. Mrs. Prince, Mrs. Lunderville, Ms. Monroe, Mrs. Craker, and Mr. Janell were my teachers. I'd love to know if any of them are still teaching. After 4th grade I moved to California, and I'd definitely have to say this was the best school I went to.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
40%
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 Students72%
Female81%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income61%
Not low income84%
Special education8%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female89%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income75%
Not low income91%
Special education25%
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 Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income54%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income75%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students67%
Female70%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income69%
Not low income65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
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 Students74%
Female69%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income65%
Not low income84%
Special education55%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female89%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income79%
Not low income96%
Special education64%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female75%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income60%
Not low income94%
Special education46%
Not special education79%
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

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
White 76% 60%
Hispanic 13% 20%
Two or more races 8% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 252%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 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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