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Balboa Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 59 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted July 31, 2014

Both of my children's teachers were far from great. The principal has no idea what she's doing, and has given me false information on multiple occasions, and this school has serious issues when it comes to bullying (they tell kids to "Toughen up" and fail to make bullied children feel secure telling an adult). I will be switching my children to a different school for this coming school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

Balboa has been a wonderful experience for my boys! Excellent teachers and leadership. They truly care about my children and are teaching them to love learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

Terrible school for children that need more help in the classroom. My child has been segregated, I was told I just need to plan on him repeating his grade, and his teacher said she isn't going to push him to do work anymore. This is a kindergartener we're talking about.... The counselor has been a huge help lately, but that's about it. The principal seemed to just be making excuses for his teacher's behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

If you like combination classes than this is the school for you, for there is a good chance that at Balboa your child will spend a great deal of their time here in these type of classes. Ofcourse the principal will try to convince you how wonderful "multi-age classrooms" are. The only thing that saves the day is the high quality and experienced teachers who over the years have learned how to better deal with having kids of different learning levels together. Also, the school seems to for some reason have something against field trips even though I'm sure they raise enough money in all the fundraisers throughout the year to pay for a bus ride. The campus itself is large, beautiful and in a quiet neighborhood. The school is older and needs serious updating as the gym is small and there are multiple portable classrooms. With some work, a little pep from leadership, and a change with the "way it's always been" thinking this school could be outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

This has the potential to be a great school. The new prinicple in 2010-11 is a far cry from the fabulous one prior to her. I have been extremely disappointed in her lack of social skills, as well as many other parents. The teachers and staff are wonderful, but when the head person is learning how to be in charge, it creates problems. Their test scores are also nothing great, but the opportunity for your child to excell is there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

As a grandparent, what I know is that the kids love going to school and that they demonstrate the ability to engage in long conversations about their interests. The school and teachers have given them the necessary skills to be excited about life.


Posted October 8, 2009

'its awesome'per Daniel[9yrs/4th grade] I like it because they have a montessori program.My children are above their grade level in most of their subjects. They go on many excellant field trips one of which they explored a dairy operation and a science museum the next day.The parents are very involved.My children are involved in Scouting,Awanas,Mindstorms,soccer and many other different camps.which I attribute to the teachers being highly motivated and mind opening attitudes.Daniel's Father.Thankyou.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

This is a great school. The teachers are very comitted and the principal is a warm, intelligent, caring person. The location is also very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Excellent Spokane school! Dedicated teachers! Caring staff! You can't beat the wonderful atmosphere at this small, northside school! Parent involvement is high with many extracurricular activities (bingo night, carnival, Santa breakfast...too many to list all of them!). Don't let the older building distract you...this school is one of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2003

The principal knows every child by name, as do the outdoor safety staff. Enrollment is low, making it a very close 'family' atmosphere. Teachers are excellent, friendly, and take time to learn students names and needs even if they are not that students teacher. A day never goes by that there are not several parents helping around the school. Although the district has cut extracurricular activity funding, a few teachers have put together programs on their own so students still benefit from those activities. Awesome school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2003

Stable staff, great teachers, coordinated activities, 4 classrooms have Montessori Curriculum, 10% minority enrollment, one classroom for Developmentally Impaired students,some ratings were 4's only because I did not want to go over the top in enthusiasm.The school was built in 1961 and has been well maintained. The district last year passed a 30 year plan for upgrading all schools and increasing maitenance, including technology and security. The neighborhood is above the median in income and stable.
—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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

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

All Students82%
Female75%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income79%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female75%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income69%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
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 Students75%
Female71%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income61%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income61%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students80%
Female92%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income70%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
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 Students71%
Female63%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income67%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female79%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income75%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female58%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income75%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
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

Math

All Students52%
Female50%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income56%
Not low income48%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female61%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income59%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
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 81% 60%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Hispanic 6% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 119%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 240%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 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 90%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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3010 West Holyoke Ave
Spokane, WA 99208
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