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Cherrydale Elementary School

Public | K-3 | 334 students

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Posted May 27, 2014

I was very disappointment in school and school district. Students with special needs are treated very poorly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

Both of my children attend Cherrydale, they love learning, and look forward to seeing the staff everyday. Cherrydale's staff goes out of the way to personalize things for both students and parents. They are warm, inviting, and very approachable. We have been impressed with the principal as she is present in both the classrooms and around the school. Her involvement means a lot to us! The PTA is wonderfully active and plans all sorts of enjoyable activities for families. All in all, we feel so fortunate to have happy kids getting a top notch education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

We love Cherrydale! My kids have had awesome teachers and have learned so much. There have been lots of extras that have made their experience even better like Mileage Club, Cheetah Leaders, PTA events, field trips, concerts and holiday events. PE does creative things like Geo-caching, the music teacher is awesome and enthusiastic and the librarian is super. The support staff is fantastic and make the kids and parents feel right at home. There's no part of school that my kids don't like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

We are a military family who moved to the area this school year -- and I could not be happier with Cherrydale! My child's teacher has been wonderful, and the principal has welcomed me and my family into the school community. The principal has always answered questions and always seems accessible -- and the office staff goes out of its way to make the public feel welcome. Cherrydale has been a great experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

Cherrydale is a basic primary school. It really doesn't do more than teach to lowly standardized testing and teach to the lower third of the class. No child is chllenged here. The school has a pathetic music program (kids sing to prerecorded songs with kids already singing on them!) and no art classes. PE may be the best thing going for this school. New principal this year but it is same old same old for Steilacoom School District. So sad for the kids.


Posted May 24, 2011

Great School and Great Kindergarten Teacher. The staff is also very helpful. We love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

Cherrydale is a cute school but the teachers are terrible. Only 1 teacher in 3 years was decent. They have too many kids in a single class or teachers just don't pay enough attention to children needing help. One teacher at a conference told me that out of 100 kids, 99 of them were doing better than my child! She also said the children learning English as a second language were at higher levels than my child. First off not a good way to say you think my child is stupid! She had my child tested for special education classes and of course I was told my child was fine special education wasn't needed. I would tell her to ask the teacher for help when she did not understand something and the teacher would say to ask another student. Who gets paid to teach my child, the teacher or your kids?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

My oldest daughter, now in 6th grade, had a wonderful experience here, but since my youngest, currently in kindergarten, has been attending, I think the leadership has gone down hill. The kindergarten class sizes are too large and it's difficult to get answers for basic Q's from the principal. The PTA is awesome and very organized. They add a lot to the over all experience. The speech therapists are awesome. Don't care for the office staff, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

I have a son, who attended Cherrydale last year. The campus did not meet my expectations. The staff were very rude to my son. In addition, the learning environment was quite uncomfortable for him. The students were very mean to him and his teacher did nothing about it. I do not recommend this school for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

Cherrydale is a wonderful school.Both my kids attended Cherrydale and the staff and parent involvment is outstanding.I could only hope all the other schools my kids attend in the future could measure up to Cherrydale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

They were introduced to my oldest boy when he was 5 and his speech was completely not understandable. Now he is in the 3rd grade and because of his teacher, therapist and staff at Cherry dale is schooling is much easier for him. He is no longer in any assisted classes and doing very well. They were a great assest in our life and have done so much for my family. We are deeply appreciative to them for everything. Thank you to everyone at Cherry dale for everything you have done for Kyle and Andy we will for ever keep you close to our hearts. Thank you The Castro Family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

Cherrydale is the finest private school fund with public money in Pierce County. The school is a primary school meaning there are only three grades K-2. The ethnic make of the students very much reflects the neighbor where the school is located. My grandson attend this school and I could not ask for better environment for the start of his education. The staff of this school is best I have see at making sure each student feels wanted. This staff also had several teachers who have taught their whole career in this school. Must great place if the staff does not want to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2004

Cherrydale is a wonderful school with a wonderful staff. I love this school for my daughter I couldnt ask for anything more in a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

Cherrydale Elementary continues its quest to teach to the lower and middle levels of academic achievement. By neglecting the gifted children, they have lost substantial revenue as a result of those children transferring out of district. Consider this school if your child does not require academic challenges, extracurricular activities, and a life-long love of learning instilled and provided by the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income56%
Not low income78%
Special education38%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female83%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income62%
Not low income84%
Special education31%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 60%
Hispanic 13% 20%
Two or more races 10% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Black 6% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 232%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 16N/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 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Reward School (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:05 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Nancy McClure
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (253) 583-8478

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
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
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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1201 Galloway
Steilacoom, WA 98388
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Phone: (253) 983-2500

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