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Sultan Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 496 students

 

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Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

The teachers at Sultan Elementary are wonderful. They really seem to care about the students. Mrs. Anderson, the school principal is very involved with the students and she is easy to talk with. We recently enrolled two our boys because homeschooling was no longer working. One of our sons learns very quickly and rather than letting him sit in class and be bored, as I believe many schools would have done this late in the year, the teachers and Mrs. Anderson worked hard to get him into a class that challenges him more. On their first day of school both of my sons came home with welcome letters from all of their new classmates. SES is wonderful learning environment with teachers that really care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

My daughter has spent Kindergarten through 5th grade at this school with great results. She has enjoyed her classes, especially since entereing the advanced excel class for 4th and 5th grades. It was more challenging, which kept her interest, and the teacher was terrific for this class. All the teachers genuinely care about their students and work hard to not only teach them but nurture them when they can. The PTO is a strong, supportive, helpful, creative group, though the number of active members has varied over the years. New parents are warmly welcomed and it isn't at all like a clique as in some schools. There are many activities and events throughout the year, which helps the kids feel like they are part of the community as well as the school. For a few years there were an excessive number of assembiles, but that has been changed to allow more teaching time in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

I have children at Sultan Elementary and I like the school. I think the teachers work hard to challenge the kids, keep them performing at standard and generally care about the kids. The teachers union is strong which is frustrating sometimes but overall the school is good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

I have had at least one child at SES for the past 8 years and overall it has been a much better experience than I ever expected. The teachers are among the most dedicated staff that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. The parents that are involved are fantastic. I just wish that there were more parents that took the time to get out there and be involved. LOVE that there is a Watch D.O.G. program at the school. Do I wish that there were more afterschool programs offered, yes? But my children are learning more and more everyday!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

Sultan Elementary is a great school and place for families. It has highly educated and dedicated teachers and good leadership in the past three years. Scores have been rising on the WASL and MSP in Reading, Math, Writing, and Science. There is a new energy at the school, and a welcome atmosphere. Parents love coming to spend their day volunteering in classrooms. It is a great community school that has gone through many changes in the past three years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

Sultan Elementary is an excellent, up and coming elementary school. The community is genuinely diverse, both socially and economically, and is sincerely devoted to the education of its children. The principal works very closely with the teachers and parents to make sure school needs are being prioritized and met, and recently standards have been improving across the board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

i find that every school goes through ups and downs throughout the years, and sultan ele. is in it's down years. They teachers are good, not great. The principal is out of touch. I've found it frunstrating to be a parent at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2007

This school has a long ways to go before becoming the school it should be! Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers were great at keeping parents up to date with information and asking for help; however this year has been a down turn to that. No communication from the school, teacher, or principal. Last year I had to have one of the teachers talked to by the principal about appropriate videos in the school. Apparently during recess hours he did not have good judgement to what that was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2006

Awesome and dedicated teachers though they have little support from administration to do what is best for their students. Administration seems to always be guggling teachers which makes it hard for teachers to feel irreplaceable and comfortable in their environment. This can impact negatively on the way they are able to feel connected with their students and teacher confidence in themselves. Administration needs to back off and let teachers do the job they are so very capable of doing. Most teachers at this school have been there for years and have the comunity and their students best interest at heart. most administration in this district seems to be using current jobs as stepping stones to climb ladders without considering the affects they have on students / teachers and community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

Sultan Elementary is a fabulous school. They have a great reading program in all grades, and the teachers are really caring. The unicycle program adds a unique and fun activity for students to strive towards. I have felt very comfortable with my son in the school for the last 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

SES is considered by it's staff as an 'unusual strong union school.' The union seems to seek out advantages for the staff (i.e. more 'planning' benifits). The school is driven more by staff than administration or student needs. Staff does little to work with the parent groups and feedback on students maybe difficult for parents to obtain. Parents are apathic with few involved on committees or the PTO. Each of the 3 major operational groups do not seem to work well together. Though one on one, many good relations are formed. A teacher may work well with a parent, though when union issues are crossed the teacher often feels forced to side with the union. SES is like many schools, whose parents I have talked to, though all will agree that the union in this school seems to be the driving force in many decisions.
—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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
43%
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 Students65%
Female58%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income58%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female70%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income67%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income72%
Not low income75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income79%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students60%
Female65%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income49%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
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%
Female79%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income72%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female67%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income61%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income78%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
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 82% 63%
Hispanic 16% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian 1% 7%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 149%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 211%N/A8%
Special education 28%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 17N/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 65%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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501 Date St
Sultan, WA 98294
Phone: (360) 793-9830

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