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Clover Creek Elementary School

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Posted December 13, 2013

As this school does have some neat after school activities like Lego robotics. I rated them low because of their ability to teach my children, ability to inform parents that their student is falling behind and the lack of urgency when they see a child struggling. A whole year waisted with my kindergartener he was not grasping anything he was being taught, I went to the teacher conferences and they did not express a big problem until the end of the year. Then they wanted to retain him. As for my other child I was not informed of the severity of his ability to spell until I tested him at home and found he couldn't spell or read the simplest words. I'm very disappointed in the teachers and principal. My children were sad and cried everyday they had to go to this school. My 5 year old was bullied nearly daily as well as there are to many students per class. They could have called and showed a urgency to help my kids. They are teachers and most are parents too. Teachers are there to help their students not for just a paycheck so, show it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

The teachers in this school can be good, parent involvement can be better, the Principal.... lets just say an early retirement wouldn't hurt, if not maybe reconsider her priorities and morals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2013

This school has the same ratings as the last school my child attended and it SHOULD NOT!! it should be MUCH HIGHER!!! The teachers care about the children! 2012-2013 has been the first year reopened after remodeling and is awesome. Some of the staff are unfriendly and unwilling to help, which is aggravating! PTA is not good.....have tried to be involved and have filled out MANY papers saying I am willing but have not received 1 phone call or email to assist (feel like they took the money and ran). School does not celebrate ANY holidays which I very much DISLIKE!!! School work challenges my child and I love that they are not bored and comes home in a great mood each day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2012

My children have fantastic teachers who truly seem to care. I was worried that my children might not be challenged enough but the teachers have realized how easy some of the work is for certain students and finds activities to push and challenge specific children. my children love their teachers! I love just how much home work the children have. I thinks its so important for parents to be involved in 1 on 1 study time and reading! the new school is beautiful, with a great computer lab, library, etc... Im very pleased with school and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

Completely not impressed. Couldnt be more dissatisfied. There is a point when you can restrict parents access too much and they have found it and crossed it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

Remember if you as a parent are not involved in demanding quality education then whose fault is it?? We may have great teachers and yet not recieve quality education, because lack of parental involvment in holding schools, school board and administration accountable. The more you are involved the better the district will become. Research the facts about your school, and district do not just take someones word


Posted March 20, 2011

Great school! Teachers and staff really care about the students. Parent involvement is low. School was ranked top 5% of schools in the state for turning around student test scores. Staff really goes above and beyond do meet student needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

My kids love this school! The teachers are pleasant and dedicated. I find it funny that many people complain about this school and can't even correctly spell their rants. These are the same parents who didn't vote for the school levy. We are getting a new school soon and the scores for the WASL are coming up. The pricipal is involved in everything but not to the point of micro-management. The intra-mural sports is alot of fun and teaches great teamwork. I frequently get teacher handouts explaining what my kids are learning and how we can help at home. Great school and getting better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2009

I have one child in this school and am extremely happy that there are new bountries next year that we will not have to have my child attend this school. My daughter doesn't look forward to going to school because of her teacher. I have never seen a child still not comfortable with her teacher at the end of the school year. The teacher refusses to admit there is an issue. I feel sorry for all of the other children who must endure this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

I have 1 child in this school. We don't have a strong PTA and parents involvement is small. Would l ike to change schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

We have 3 children who attended clover creek. The Principal is great and is truly there for the kids! Over the years I have seen him among the kids everyday. The children know who he is and they seem to have a good relationship with him. There are many great teachers at Clover Creek as well! My oldest is now in junior high and will ask to go visit her old teachers! The Clover Creek staff seem to try and keep education fun for the kids. It has been a great school for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

I have two children attending this school. While I think the staff cares I also think the environment doesn't push students hard enough to greater success. Communication from the school is at best average. The property itself is less reminds me of absent landlords. Funding must be low on the list. The library is make shift and would do a poor village in a developing country proud. But here? In Tacoma?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

The staff really takes interest in your child and wish to solve problems quickly. the Principal Mr Garrick is the heart and soul of the school. Grounds are run down but new school to be built in 2009!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

Clover Creek is a great school there staff are very caring understanding and very good at what they do and they do a lot for teachers . I can't say enough about what the staff at clover creek has done for my family way beyond their duties . As a parent of two young active boys clover creek staff has been there to help me in my parenting in my children's life to help me teach them . So I would like to thank clover creek for all there help since we have been here . I rate this school 5 stars I wish I could give them a 10 and I do .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2005

My children have been attending Clover Creek for 4 years now. I would say the school is acceptable for the average student. There is a strong sense of community at the school that I really like. The academics, while adequate, are unlikely to stimulate an advanced student. All the Bethel Elementary Schools are affiliated with Bethel Rec which offers intra-district athletics for the older grades and offers baseball, softball, and t-ball for all grades right on the school grounds. My children love that aspect. The only real complaint I have is with the Parent/School communication. My son was called into the principal's office for what I thought was a rather serious matter that I needed to address, but I was never contacted. Instead I heard about the incident from a neighbor kid who saw him in the office. Other than that, I like the school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2004

That School is in dire need of district help. Why are children not learning? WASL scores compared to schools within 1.5 miles are 20-30% lower? Has the district left this school for dead? My children will be attending this 2004-2005 school year and am very concerned about what they are about not to learn! The school grounds, play equipment and blinds and windows are all in need of repair. I encourage parents of Clover Creek Students to question the staff and district of the medicore performance that the school has displayed in recent years. This school has big problems that need to be addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2003

All-in-all, I feel a strong knowledge base was built that allowed me to enter the Honors or advance courses in Jr High and High School. I had a successful athletic career in collegiate swimming. Currently I am a Naval Officer.


Posted August 26, 2003

My daughter attended K & 1st grade. Found it to be a very positive experience. I had alot of questions and concerns and I was never made to feel that I was imposing. This school has a very professional and caring staff!! We will greatly miss them all.
—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.

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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
79%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
50%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
14%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
61%

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 Students61%
Female68%
Male55%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income52%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female87%
Male62%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income67%
Not low income82%
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 Students63%
Female65%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income55%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female78%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income63%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students57%
Female67%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income50%
Not low income65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
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%
Female79%
Male56%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income64%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female83%
Male78%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income75%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female75%
Male63%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income62%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
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 Students41%
Female46%
Male38%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Low income38%
Not low income47%
Special education13%
Not special education47%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male59%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income64%
Not low income61%
Special education19%
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 57% 63%
Hispanic 17% 18%
Black 13% 5%
Asian 7% 7%
Two or more races 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 131%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 20%N/A8%
Special education 213%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 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 48%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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16715 36th Ave East
Tacoma, WA 98446
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