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Cougar Valley Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 520 students

 

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Posted September 21, 2013

My daughter attended Cougar Valley for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. We have since moved to Virginia and the difference is staggering. She was at least a year behind and her math scores, in particular, were very low, even though she was a steady average at Cougar Valley. The teachers here raised red flags that I doubt teachers at Cougar Valley noticed at all. Though the staff was nice, it's a mediocre staff at best and I regret sending my daughter there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

Cougar Valley Elementary Teachers and Staff are wonderful! They encourage parent involvment as well as implementing the required standards for education in their classrooms. Their communication is wonderful with Parents and I look forward to several more years of exciting school events, parent involvment and a wonderful PTA Board!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

This school is terrible. My son started Kindergarten here. This was my first child to attend school and they cared nothing about helping us feel comfortable as a family. My son was bullied on the bus within two days of the start of the school year. Nothing was done. He wasn't eating his lunch at school and when I called over and over again to ask what I could do (since they were doing nothing) I would hear things like, "Write him a note." "They only have 20 minutes and kids like to talk..." My son would come home hungry and completely worn out from iut. The teacher was very rude... The principle was the only male on the staff. We pulled him out within a week and homeschooled till we moved away from the area. They can't even afford to give kids proper homework and ask the parents to PRINT it out at home........ ??? Terrible school. I would suggest families request another in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

I think that the teachers at this school are some of the most caring, wonderful, and brightest people I've ever met. We've spent time at other schools being in the military and we've never had problems with the other schools. But coming here we were blown away at how much more the kids learned here. The teachers really reach out to each individual student and challenge them to grow intellectually. We moved to this school district in the middle of the school year and the leaps and bounds that they progressed from the beginning of the year just blew our minds. Our favorite teacher was Ms Lisa in kindergarten. She is wonderful and I think if you looked up kindergarten teacher in the dictionary you would find her picture. I've never met anyone with more kindness and patience than her. Everyone at the school is great though!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

Cougar valley is a wonderful elementary school. They are very hands on with there learning and have a real love for what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2007

a great school with tons ways have fun and learn new things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2007

I have 3 kids at Cougar Valley, and after having attended many other schools, we applied to this one from outside the area, because of the high praise we had heard. It was all true! The teachers are great and very helpful. Parents are always welcome at the school, and many parents are very involved. Some of our favorite teachers are Ms. Lisa (K), Mr. Ecklund (P.E.) and Ms. Lauro (6). There are so many fabulous teachers, these are just a few that we have been able to get to know, and we feel really love being teachers and love our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2007

Cougar Valley is one of the best schools that I have encountered. We are a military family and have moved quite a bit. Also my daughter is Special ED and they have gone above and beyond to help my daughter succeed. We came from Hawaii and she couldn't even read, now she is able to read like a champ and is a whiz in math. The teachers and staff in general are compassionate and take the time to get to know the students and their families. I would recommend Cougar Valley to anyone who wants their child in a great school enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2005

We move quite a bit due to being in the military. We have 3 children so have seen a lot of schools. My children went to this school for 3 years. I volunteered there and got to know the teachers. I have never seen such a school care so much for their students. They truly want each child to succeed and if they are not doing well, they work with these students. Parent involvement was good. Extracurricular activities after school, such as the kids circus in the gym, festivals, camp for 5th graders, music recitals, bingo, etc. were fun and always a great turn out. Music and art were available. They had classes for parents on how to help your student suceed. My children were very sad to leave this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

I was disapointed with the quality of education, and the treatmen of my child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

The best we have experienced in atmosphere, learning, teacher quality, and parent involvement. Outstanding PE, Learning Specialist, Band and Music staff. Both of our children have thrived in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2004

Cougar valley is by far the worst school in the Central Kitsap area.
—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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
57%

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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students79%
Female75%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income72%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female83%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income83%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
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 Students68%
Female63%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income57%
Not low income74%
Special education27%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female87%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income81%
Not low income79%
Special education46%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students54%
Female67%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income33%
Not low income66%
Special education18%
Not special education63%
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%
Female70%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income57%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income65%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female76%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income62%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
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 Students67%
Female68%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income52%
Not low income75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female82%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income70%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
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 71% 60%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 11%N/A8%
Special education 118%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 227%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 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 56%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Chris Visserman

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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13200 Olympic View Rd NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
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