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Pioneer Valley Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 103 students

 
 

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Posted January 29, 2014

This year Pioneer valley seemed to have turned a new leaf in their sped services. My child recieves both behaivioral and co native so. ed services. I've sen great improvement in both his academics and confidence. I feel like my child is important to the school this year. Last year I did not feel that way at all. So I'm glad to see improvements in school attitudes and structures for special needs kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

As far as the school goes it's the parents, principal and staff (teachers) that make a school work. We've been attending this school since 2009 and am highly discouraged by the processes the principal has in place to address issues. Teachers have overall been great with the exception of Mr. Marquart, there is something off about him. Going to back to school night last night there were a lot of teachers that left and appeared to be a lot of unhappy teachers that stayed behind. Mr. Rushing was NO help and couldn't answer any of the questions that I asked him. Mrs. White in the office is always amazing to talk to and so friendly however Ms. Jones is awful. I think the school has lost some great teachers. 1st grade parents weren't given the notification of the teacher change prior to last night either. It was just a SURPRISE as we entered the school that no one had the teachers they were assigned because of the very clear changes. The transition/change could've been handled better. Can't wait to be out of Pioneer Valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

I have a handicapped child. It was so difficult to get the accommodations he needed. Once he was hurt at school for lack of a teacher failing to follow his care plan. Thompson was 200% better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

I have felt nothing but judgment from the teacher's and office staff, the pick up line after school is ATROCIOUS, no one enforces the rules of the blue line, people pick up their kids where ever, and then come tearing out of the line, I have been almost run over twice trying to leave the parking lot after getting my kids. I had a woman, who I guess thought driving 15 mph in the parking lot to get to the pick up line, was to slow for her, so she went speeding around me and got in line RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!!!! The whole pick up line is just sooooo messed up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

I enrolled my son here with very high hopes. My daughter attended Pioneer Valley and did very well there but that was 11 years ago. She just graduated an honor student from GKHS 2010. I could blame it on the over crowding or lack of funding but my son had a great 1st grade teacher. This year my son's teacher lacked the patience. I noticed a general attitude of 'being bothered'. I witnessed it with other children with similar quirks. Maybe she has frustrations of her own but we look to our schools for guidance and comfort. On a postive note, I do believe that the special programs that are offered need to be incorporated in the regular curriculum because it made all the difference in his learning. Because we entrust our children to these individuals we should feel like celebrating and not have regrets because our choices are limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I love this school. My daughter writes notes to her teacher almost daily to let her know how much she loves her. We've not had any problems on the playground (an occasional tiff between friends that is solved amongst themselves I wouldn't count as an unmanagable problem - that is part of learning and problem solving). I'm curious about the statement that NO one cares about the children. I disagree and would encourage that parent to make contact with a teacher and/or principal to have their issue resolved. If they have knowledge of these things taking place, try to solve the problem rather than adding to it. I appreciate the balance between academics and a real care and compassion for the students' well being. I'm grateful to have Pioneer Valley as my daughter's school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My grand daughter is currently finishing up the 5th grade with Mrs. Best. I have the utmost respect for this particular teacher. Mrs. Best donates her own time after school to assist students struggling in math 2 days a week. She goes the extra mile to make sure her students succeed. The staff overall at Pioneer Valley is friendly and helpful. I'm proud to be a Pioneer Valley parent. Teresa Thurston
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2009

I have had my child enrolled at PVE for 3 years and have not had any problems. The teachers have been caring and helpful. I am shocked at the bad reviews here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I was very wrong about this school. I cannot believe the general attitudes of teachers and staff at Pioneer Valley. Don't expect the school to take care of your childs needs. Don't expect them to respect the confidentiality that goes along with your childs academic progress, physical demands, or limitations the child may have. This will be talked about on an unprofessional level and your child may also become gossiped about around other parents, by the staff. They will also do nothing about this as well, and i guess is an accepted part of their core values and morale as a school. The kids in the classes are able to get away with a tremendous amount of hostile behaviors towards each other~ cussing and verbal abuse are common, and nothing will be done about this either. There is no one truely there for the best interest of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I have had two children attend this school, and both have passed the WASL testing with flying colors. My youngest is in 6th grade, and has a tremendous teacher that is strict, and ensures ALL work is conpleted. My oldest is now in Jr high, and has excelled in higher learning classes, which is a direct result of the caring faculty, great learning environment, and teachers at PVE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

I really disliked Pioneer Valley because my student had a teacher that was rude and was gone at least once a week !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2007

I haven't taken my son to many schools, but I do know that he thinks highly of his teacher, loves to learn, and has many friends. That to me is worth putting up with a few petty rules such as a dress being too long. As far as the staff, they have only been courtesous and respectful to me and my wife.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2007

As the parent of 2 PVE students (3rd & 6th grade, both who have attended since kindergarten) I am very happy with the teachers, staff and parents at PVE. We like the uniforms, makes it easier to get dressed in the morning. I was very surprised to read the bad reviews here. While I know everything is not perfect at PVE (overcrowded, etc.) I can't imagine someone being so disappointed with the school. We are looking to move out of state and I hope we can find another school with staff and teachers as caring as those at PVE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2007

I have been very happy with the administration, staff and students at PVE. I have been constantly impressed with the dedication the teachers have provided my children through the years. If you are looking for a school with high achievement, look no further, our PVE teachers are top notch with a desire for their students to learn. We couldn't be happier! PVE's PTA and parent support is amazing and continues to radiate through our school. Indeed we do wear uniforms, but quite honestly it is less of a hassle each morning and more cost effective and needless to say, the kids look quite dapper in their red, blue, gray and white!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2006

I chose this school because of the high ratings. However, I have never been more afraid for my child's safety and education. The attitude from the faculty is one of aloofness and disregard. I thought the idea of a dress code was great. However, I found out that a female student got in trouble for wearing a skirt that was too long. I have started talking to other parents about these problems. I am going to remove my child as quickly as I can. Don't be surprised if this school makes the headlines
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

This school has been wonderful to my children, they have really good teachers. The teachers care about the children and help them through troubles the kids might have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

I have two children that attend Pioneer valley and I am very pleased with the academic program that is offered here. They have a great staff and are very welcoming every time I visit. Also, the principal makes the school far above the rest! He is fabulous and keeps things running very well. I can see a brighter future each year as he leads the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

We have had our daughters at this school for the last 3 years and they have had an excellent education. The teachers they have had worked one on one with them in thier problem areas and have listened to our suggestions concerning their learning process. While looking for a new home to move to we have been comparing the schools to Pioneer Valley because we want our girls to continue on at another school learning the same great education that they have been learning for the past 3 years. The staff has been friendly and is very cooperative with all situations also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

I continue to be very pleased with the faculty supporting our school. My grand daughter is currently finishing up her kindergarten year with Mrs. Nykriem. The class has been a delight for the students and for myself; as a once a week onlooker and helper as needed. Mrs. Nykriems enthusiasm, high energy level, teaching skills and warm personality endear her to parents and students alike. She provides a warm inviting grandmotherly presense while maintaining classroom order and high student achievement levels. Students who love coming to school and enjoy their teacher are eager to learn. Mrs. Nykriem provides the warm rich atmosphere these young minds need to thrive in. School enrichments offered here such as having an author visit, donuts with Dad, muffins with Mom, holiday and fundraising events all well supported by the Principal and asst. Principal. Help make this school an excellent learning experience and solid educational foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

I am a Grandparent parenting a returning student to Pioneer Valley . Having just come out of the EECAP program there for the past 2 School years. I have had the opportunity to interact with several faculty members who truly care about the students individually. Ms. Spruell and Ms. Richison layed the best foundation for education any parent could hope for. When I mentioned in passing that Amanda would like to learn to dance ,I recieved a call from one of the Schools faculty. Telling me how ,where, & when I could find reasonably priced dance clases for a 4 yr. old. Classes that Amanda continues to take. The teachers spent time talking & LISTENING to the kids & reported regularly & acurately the progress, needs, or secret 'worlds' not always reported at home i.e. favorite [ girl friend in class, favorite boy etc. ]. Parent & family member participation is strongly encouraged & appreciated ! My grand daughter always looked forward to going to school. This year, to date we have met with her Kindergarten teacher for the 2003-2004 School year. Amanda was put through her entry 'tests' by the warmest kindest Teacher. Mrs. Nykreim had projects for the parent to do while the student tested. { Very refreshing }. She also sent home EARLY school 'homework' for parent & child to do together each day, like an advent calendar leading up to the first day of class. Counting, number recognition & writing practice. Amanda is thrilled to have homework - that means she's BIG. She also sent home a shoe box for the student to decorate & keep for future 'reading' booklets that would be coming home. I was pleased to see the continuing effort toward solid reading skills that were already begun in their preschool there continuing. The principal is personable & the teachers care! I am very pleased to have a student attending Pioneer Valley. And very pleased with the student uniforms as a dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
23%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
60%
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%
Female54%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income62%
Not low income53%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female76%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income71%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
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%
Female66%
Male67%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income54%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female76%
Male69%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income73%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students65%
Female74%
Male55%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income65%
Not low income66%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
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 Students63%
Female73%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income54%
Not low income72%
Special education9%
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female79%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income68%
Not low income74%
Special education18%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female79%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income58%
Not low income87%
Special education36%
Not special education78%
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 Students60%
Female57%
Male63%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income50%
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male60%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income66%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
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 66% 60%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Black 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Two or more races 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 241%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 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 77%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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7315 Eustis Hunt Rd
Spanaway, WA 98387
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