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Posted February 17, 2014

I agree with the mother who just posted in jan of this year. The bullying at this school is absolutely RIDICULOUS. I have a child in KINDERGARTEN and has been bullied non stop and nothing is being done about it. Bringing up concerns at this school does absolutely NOTHING. As they just get shrugged off and everyone who works there acts like you're wasting their time. The safety at that school seems to be of NO concern as ANYONE could just walk onto the playground from the main street and snatch a child. Or a young child could just wander off. I constantly see school staff standing with in view of parents and STUDENTS smoking like its no big deal. And the office staff STILL cannot get my address or phone number straight even though I have written it down NUMEROUS TIMES and have sat there to make sure it is entered correctly in the computer. A week later they some how have a different addy and number. I would NOT recommend this school to ANYONE and my child will NOT be going there next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

I have a first grader and a third grader that Go to Arlington and I have had so any problems with the new principal Wendy Pye Carter and numerous teachers. There is constant bullying and the principal just puts the bullied in a room with the bully and makes them both apologize to each other. When my kids switched Oliver from Sherman they year before there was a period of 3 months where they had done the exact same worksheets already. Arlington was THAT behind. The teachers that I have dealt with don't know how to deal with children. Or parents for that matter. There are plenty of other schools in the area that are better. Choose one of those!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

We've had 2 really great teachers and 1 not so great one. The new principal is super friendly compared to the one before. She's awesome. I have concerns about the safety around the school. Someone needs to be watching the pick up area. There are too many close calls with the kids and speeders. Nobody says anything to the parents smoking on school grounds. And there was at least 1 small child that wandered off school grounds and ended up on a very busy street.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

Great school has changed a lot over the years one of the best schools in tacoma
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My only complaint would be that the principal doesn't really engage with the parents or the children. It's really strange. He does engage with his staff though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

This review pertains to the first grade program at Arlington Elementary during academic year 05-06. The teachers are truly devoted to their job; however school and district administration are not dedicated to the faculty. Our son is one of 29 students in the first grade, and the school has continued to accept more students into the class. We've spoken to the teacher-- she has no TA or other assistance for her classroom. During parent-teacher conference the teacher advised us the district and local administration has no motivation since the majority of the parents are apethetic to their kid's situation at school. The school has a high transient student base. Staffing is not expected to increase hence there is little likelyhood the student/teacher ratio will improve. Our son has been subjected to violence at school. Due to the teacher's overload we observed our son's academic progress was initially delayed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2003

This school definitely raised the standards for what I expect from teachers. My sons 3rd grade teacher Mr.Freeburg was an excellent example of leadership and success. He always pushed the students to help them excel and supported them in all areas. He was in contact with us anytime he had a question or needed our help at home. There was never any worries as to whether or not my sons needs were being met. Awesome teachers!
—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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
0%
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 Students22%
Female32%
Male13%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander20%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White26%
Low income19%
Not low income29%
Special education0%
Not special education29%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students36%
Female55%
Male17%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander30%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income26%
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 Students24%
Female19%
Male28%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income24%
Not low incomen/a
Special education0%
Not special education31%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students37%
Female43%
Male32%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income34%
Not low incomen/a
Special education10%
Not special education45%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students28%
Female38%
Male20%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Low income27%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education33%
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 Students38%
Female47%
Male32%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income37%
Not low income42%
Special education8%
Not special education49%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female68%
Male32%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income40%
Not low income67%
Special education15%
Not special education57%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students18%
Female26%
Male13%
Black6%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White36%
Low income13%
Not low income33%
Special education0%
Not special education24%
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 42% 60%
Hispanic 19% 20%
Black 16% 5%
Two or more races 13% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
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 11%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 259%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 13N/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

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  • Larry West

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3002 South 72nd St
Tacoma, WA 98409
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