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Elk Plain Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 437 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 21, 2014

The parents are what makes this school enjoyable. The principle is NOT engaging, with dishearten office staff. The teachers are focused on teaching to MSP. The children love it but as a parent, I would like the teachers to expect more from their students and offer challenges that would lead to greater success for future learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

Good school for the lower grades but the teachers in the higher grades seem to be on auto pilot and don't assist the students. The principle really learns the families and works with parents to ensure the best possible out come for the children. The extra classes (music, art, dance and theater) are good and keep the kids engaged. One of the teachers goes out of her way to learn the children and keep them engaged, to the point that she helps them with homework before school even if they are not in her class. She will be missed as my children move on to middle school. If you stay involved with the teachers your children will have an amazing experience, if you choose to sit back and do nothing your children will not get the best out of it. Be prepared to go to many extra activities be it science fair, chocolates chimes and cheers, or plays every year but they are all fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2012

Worst choice for my son. Teachers were not understanding. It was excuse after excuse about how they couldn't provide information on the weekly report. Grading was very subjective. Office staff was RUDE and condescending. It isn't a great school. I would rather have sent my child to his neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

Both of my kids attended this school and I really appreciate the effort of the school to get the parents involved in their kids' education and activities. The reading program they have after winter break is a great program for the kids that offers incentive to read 1000 minutes. It really helps their reading levels improve drastically over the course of the 10 week challenge. The science and art program are top of the line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

I taught at Elk Plain for 7 years. I would still be there if we had not moved out of state. The teachers and principal at Elk Plain are very professional. I found them to be very open to different teaching strategies. Teachers receive specialized training to infuse the arts into academics. Most teachers work hard to explore different teaching techniques to meet all students needs. As one parent review suggested, a child will do well at Elk Plain if the parent is committed to volunteer work. However, a child will do well at any school if the parent is committed to the academic success of their child. Elk Plain offers an atmosphere where children can explore talents and abilities that extend beyond the academic realm.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 26, 2008

I love this school because they have dance and drama and music and every year each grade does a about 45 minute play with dancing and acting and singing and I love it!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2007

I think EPSOC has slowly gone down in rating. Parents are involved, but I feel that upper grade teachers don't have any heart in the teaching they do. They do the same thing every year just different students. Nothing has change in 6th grade for many years. My oldest has graduated from high school and my other kids still bring home the exact same homework and has to do the exact same essays she did when she was in 6th grade at EPSOC. Lets get a little creative. Different students need to learn different things not the same year in and year out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

I wouldn't put my kids in any other Bethel public school. Elk Plain SOC is amazing. The principle is very involved and knows everyone. The parents are all involved - required parent hours helps there - and the teachers are all very motivated to teach. My son adores his teacher and loves his specialist classes. The only complaint I have about the school is the fact that the kids ride transfer buses and often transfer at the middle and high schools. This can be overwhelming for a little one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2006

Our son-22yo, daughter-18yo, and daughter-14yo all went through Elk Plain School of Choice from the time it first opened. We all worked together-parents, staff and children to make EPSOC the best school and helped my children be the successful students that they are today. The oldest is getting his master's in teaching, the middle is pre-med and the 3rd in her freshman year of high school. We moved away 7 years ago but we have fond memories of the 'family' we had there. The teaching staff was phenomenal and truly cared about each and every child. The displays and productions put on were well orchestrated, again with the teacher's and parents working together from costuming, makeup, scenery, etc. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank-you all for everything. God bless you all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

Overall did not like the way were treated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2006

Very dedicated teachers and staff. Love to teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

EPSOC is a great school however the class sizes are on the large side, say 30 to 1. The specialist offered are enjoyed by the students. I enjoyed the 1st grade set up, there are three teachers and they team teach. The rules are the same in each class and the students have each of the teachers the same amout of time each day. It is a great set up. This year we have a new Principal and Wow! He is great. The kids respond so well to him. He spends time in the class rooms each week, he is an involved Principal and easily accessible by parents. EPSOC is a great school and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to be involved in their childs education. EPSOC has the right idea, parents and teachers working together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2006

This school is a great choice! There is an application and lottery system, but the benefits stay with the children for a long time! This school has 45 min specialist time and in additon to music (where they start learning piano in first grade), they also have dance, drama, and science. Most teachers team teach their clasess which means the studnets see the other teachers of that grade for specific subjects allowing the teachers to be more specialized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2005

Elk Plain Elementary is new to our family this year, but from what we have experienced, it is fantastic. My daughter is in first grade, and she is taught by 3 teachers. Each teaches their best subject, and each teacher is very concerned with the childs welfare. Along with general subjects, the child is able to experience seperate classes that include music, dance and drama. This truly is a school that encourages science and the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

In general this a good school, with a commendable focus on the arts and science. However, in pursuit of this focus, the school has forgotten that a sound body builds a sound mind and thus, choices for physical education have become severely limited, leading to a more sedentary student body. Specialist staff is outstanding especially the science teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

EP is a good school is more academic. They have large classroom sizes 28 Kids in a class. Childern that have needs which at times each child does they are not getting meet. I enjoy the parent involvement. Still in need of more parents helping in classrooms in the lower grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2004

EP is as high a quality school and education you're going to get within the public school sector. The principal, leadership, teachers, and specialists strive for excellence and are top notch. The required parent involvement is key to the school's and students' success. In my experience, students' potentials are identified, and students--with a high level of encouragement--are expected to strive toward achieving that potential. Difficulties in student learning and behavior are not first viewed as problems or disabilities, but as challenging opportunities for parents and educators to work together and find ways to help a child excel. Children attending EP--whether at the top or bottom of their class academically--are all better off than they would have been in a traditional environment. Those complaining about EP are often those who forget that the education of our children is a partnership between parents and educators. Their child's learning must be a parent's time investment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

The smaller size and close-knit atmosphere is important for child learning and development. Elk Plain cares about kids and their families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2004

I have found that a few of the teachers have a don't care attitude. For example telling a 3rd grade it doesn't matter if they pass the 3rd grade they will continue to be passed on do to over crowding. This is not my idea of a good education. Sorry that we ever left University Place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

Elk Plain is an excellent school for higher learning and teachers are very educated. Children learn a lot (be prepared for lots of homework). My child in particular has problems because of her shyness - doesn't seem like they really care to help her with this problem.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
24%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students80%
Female78%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income82%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female72%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income73%
Not low income66%
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 Students66%
Female67%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income47%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female67%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income53%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female83%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income59%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income75%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female82%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income81%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female85%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income88%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
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 Students80%
Female83%
Male78%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low incomen/a
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female87%
Male71%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low incomen/a
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
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 71% 60%
Black 11% 5%
Hispanic 7% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Two or more races 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 224%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 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 89%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Spanaway, WA 98397
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