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Chester H Thompson Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 625 students

 

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Posted October 28, 2009

My son is currently in 2nd grade, and we've loved every moment at Thompson. From the first day of Kindergarten, I;ve felt that the teachers have supported my son in both academic and social areas. The office staff and principal are friendly and attentive; the teachers are dedicated and aware. The PTA seems to always be lacking in communication, but they do great things for the kids. I am proud that our family is a part of Thompson!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Thompson Elementary has a great staff. The principal is strict, but in a very caring and wonderful manner. The teachers work well with parents and includes them in their child's academic process. If there is a problem, they contact you immediately instead of letting the problem get bad before they call you. Everyone I met there is friendly, helpful, and has a great attitude. I would highly recommend this school if you are in the area.
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Posted May 12, 2004

I am extremely happy with Thompson Elementary. The teachers care about the kids, and the school has taken drastic measures to improve the education that the students are receiving. It is a wonderful school. My kids love Thompson, and they love to learn. They have been extremely fortunate to get two of the best teachers in the world, and my kids are just thriving. The take home reading program is absolutely wonderful, and has really made a difference with my kids. Thanks Thompson for giving my kids the best!
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Posted June 16, 2003

Teachers stay in touch with parents and let them know what is going on in the classroom at the end of each week. The principal is quick on her toes and is supportive of the Teachers and the students. The parent involvement could be more. I do see quite a bit though. Overall, this School is great. It has an afterschool program as well. I think that is great for the children and parents.


Posted May 24, 2003

I am currently a volunteer for the after school learning center and I would like to see more parent involvment, such as volunteering, etc.


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.

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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
8%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
45%
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 Students44%
Female48%
Male39%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander42%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income40%
Not low income54%
Special education9%
Not special education49%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female80%
Male50%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income65%
Not low income74%
Special education8%
Not special education77%
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 Students58%
Female53%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income57%
Not low income58%
Special education16%
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income57%
Not low income79%
Special education16%
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female73%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income52%
Not low income75%
Special education21%
Not special education66%
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 Students48%
Female60%
Male39%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander36%
White52%
Low income46%
Not low income52%
Special education0%
Not special education57%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female66%
Male49%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander36%
White63%
Low income54%
Not low income61%
Special education0%
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students39%
Female40%
Male39%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander28%
Hispanic28%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander0%
White59%
Low income33%
Not low income57%
Special education0%
Not special education47%
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 Students51%
Female56%
Male46%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income44%
Not low income66%
Special education6%
Not special education60%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female66%
Male51%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income57%
Not low income63%
Special education13%
Not special education67%
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 47% 63%
Black 20% 5%
Hispanic 16% 18%
Asian 7% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Two or more races 4% 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 141%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 20%N/A8%
Special education 218%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 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 72%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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