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Shining Mountain Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 475 students

 

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Posted May 7, 2013

Shining Mountain has very large class sizes (30+). At the begining of the school year it can take six weeks for them to make class adjustments causing stress on students that they move from one class to another. The principal as well as district administration tend to tell you what you want to hear, but don't back it up with any type of action. Parent involvement is horible although the PTA works hard to help. They also will not allow any student to ride their bike to school, even though there are 350 homes connected to the school via private roads, and they have a bike rack. The only thing I have seen good about this school is that they have a incredible brand new building and the PTA works very hard to help students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Muy buena formacion . Estoy contenta de que mi hijo este dentro de esta institucion pues a avanzado mucho ..y le doy las gracias a quien a colaborado con su educacion
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

Shining Mountain has the most involved staff my children have had the pleasure of being taught. The principal is also very involved with fire drills being more organized then I can ever remember even from my old schools growing up. The kids all are eager to get to class and my children are definitely no exception to that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

Well to start with the PTA is amazing! Along with every single teacher. Shining Mountain really goes ABOVE and BEYOND and not just teaching our kids, but for anything! They are there for them with encouraging words or just someone to listen to our little ones when they need someone to talk to! Staff is always friendly and helpful! Wishing my boys don't grow up, or all the teachers/staff move with them (i.e middle school, high school)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2012

Shining Mountain is a great school and has really made an effort the past few years to become even better. Recently recognized as a "no excuses university" school, it is showing improvement and that every class is making efforts to help ALL students succeed (no excuses!) we believe in academic excellence for all of our children and are willing to do whatever it takes to get there. I have worked in over five different area schools and I am so impressed with the commitment to the students that Shining Mountain has, I hope to be here for many more years!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2011

I am so proud that my children go to Shining Mountain. The teachers are awesome at keeping communication open between home and school.My kids love their teachers and they WANT to go to school every day and are proud of what they learned. If my kids are excited to go to school and excited about what they are learning, this school and these teachers are doing something very right. I read below that it is hard to speak with the Principal. I disagree strongly. The Principal is outside saying goodbye to kids almost every day. I have seen her in classrooms and walking in the hallways and she is always friendly. I would say if it's hard to find time to talk to her, it is because she is busy doing her job and as a parent I appreciate that! For the parents who are complaining about the school, I would suggest talking to the teachers and staff at school. They can't help you feel more comfortable if you don't tell them your concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

I really wish the person who posted about movies all day had contacted me, the teacher. Instead of there being a misunderstanding, I could help clarify what is happening. Students brought pg and g movies in for their lunch time only. So they watched a movie for about 15 minutes at a time during their lunch. That was the extent of the movie watching. The students were working throughout the day focused on the standards for 5th grade which we referenced regularly. I'm truly sorry that you felt like they did not work. Please, in the future no matter who the teacher is, ask questions to clarify for understanding.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 9, 2011

I have been lucky to have good teachers who give children challenges and/or give the attention needed to those who need extra help. The principal is always in a meeting so it is difficult for parents to speak with her. I have noticed this with several other staff members as well ie) social worker, speech therapist. I have also seen the principal ignore what a student is telling her during a family school function. I do not know what the PTA does around this school. Several parents have said they are PTA members but never have been called to help volunteer. Thank goodness we have the opportuniyt to volunteer in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

This is by far the most awful school my child has ever attended. He is currently in the fifth grade. Instead of doing school work the children are watching movies most of the day. The movies are non educational and are not always appropriate for school. I am not informed by the teacher what movies are being watched, nor am I asked for permission to watch these movies. I believe the teacher is not doing his job. Very bad teaching staff and district. If you want your child to be successful attend a private 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.

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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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%
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

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
14%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students62%
Female64%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income56%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female64%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income58%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
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 Students52%
Female60%
Male47%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income43%
Not low income65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female80%
Male56%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income57%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female80%
Male53%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income55%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
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%
Female78%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income54%
Not low income79%
Special education10%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female70%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income51%
Not low income79%
Special education20%
Not special education72%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female68%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income51%
Not low income67%
Special education20%
Not special education65%
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 Students56%
Female54%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income45%
Not low income73%
Special education8%
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female68%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income55%
Not low income85%
Special education39%
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

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 59% 63%
Hispanic 14% 18%
Black 12% 5%
Asian 8% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 131%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 20%N/A8%
Special education 211%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 14N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 74%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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