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Browns Point

Public | K-5 | 460 students

 
 

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Posted March 21, 2014

Browns Point is the best elementary school in the Tacoma Public School District in my opinion. It is an older school that is rich in traditions, but open to new trends. Some of the traditions include the 1st grade play, 3rd grade field trip to Northwest Trek, 4th grade Heritage project, and 5th grade Camp. The teachers are excellent, most have years of experience and advanced certifications, and they care about their students and their craft. The halls are always decorated with student artwork and writings. Classrooms are roomy because half of the school used to be a middle school, so there is a full size gym, music room, and a large library. The new principal is energetic and friendly, and he likes bringing technology into elementary education. He updated the website this year! My children started in kindergarten and have had a well rounded education in reading, math, writing as well as PE, library, music, art, and several field trips. The school also has the Highly Capable classes (JAWS and SAIL). The PTA sponsors WatchDOGs, the Science Fair, Art Docents, and parents volunteer in the classroom, all of which make this a stand out school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

Both my children attend Brown's Point. I can't say enough great things about it from the incredible teachers, to the caring staff, the friendly school climate, the robust PTA, the famiiles etc. The principal is not as warm as others I've met but she is fully present and is truly caring. I moved my kids from a private school three years ago into Brown's Point and that was the best decision our family has ever made. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

I love this school, my child's learning is outstanding, she is an outstanding and smart student. I owe it to the three years my chid has spent at Browns Point, she has had 3 wonderful teachers. This is the best elementry school in the Tacoma School District, hands down. The only complaint I have is some of the kids that attend that school are very snobby, stuck-up, and not well behaved. It amazes me what 'rich' parents teach their kids to say and do to other kids. Its very sad......'Claim to be Christian' but your kids are judging other kids, which is against the bible. 'Thou shalt not judge'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

This is an excellent school with incredible parent participation. While the faciltiy is older, the classes have huge space. The teachers are caring and attentive and the kids are well mannered with very little discipline issues. 4 of my children have gone or are currently enrolled and I cannot say enough good things. The PTA in this school is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

This is an above average public elementary school. Is it stellar, no, but that is more a problem of district standards than ineffectiveness at the school. While Mrs. Thomas may not be the warm, fuzzy type, she is present at everything and takes her job very seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

I disagree that Mrs. Thomas is not hands on, I have a student who has had some challenges staying on track, she has always been at meetings and called me with concerns. Only complaint I had was with one teacher. My son had an excellent teacher and the following year I was a little disappointed. However, all around I would say it's a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

Browns Point is a good school. Some of the the teachers are exceptional but not all. PTA and parent support is strong. Principal Thomas is not hands on and you will very rarely see her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

This is a GREAT school! I went to this school as a child and my children now attend. I recommend this school to anyone looking for a good school for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

Borwns Point Elementary is amazing! All of the staff, teachers and PTA make this school what it is today. I would not send my children to any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

Both my children attended Browns Point from K to 5th grade. We loved the school, staff and teachers. We could have moved anytime but chose to stay in this school and neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Great school, tremendous parental support. Dedicated teaching staff with noteworthy music and PE activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

Wondeful school! great teachers! Awesome PTA! very high WASL scores!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

This is school is outstanding in all aspects. Consistently high WASL scores; wide variety of extra program addressing art, science, technology, foreign language, etc. Parental involvement is over the top - has one of the largest PTA's in the state. This school is filled with a staff that understands the power of gentle correction, encouraging words and pushing a students limits for growth not for competition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Browns Point has consistently scored at the highest levels in the WASL's. They have a large PTA membership with deep parental involvement and community building. The teaching staff works hand in hand with parents and PTA to provide an enriching education for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2005

Brown's Point is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are caring and welcoming. My children started midyear, and were welcomed wholeheartedly by students and teachers alike. Real learning takes place here; my son has many project-based activities, which is much more stimulating than what he was offered at his other school. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2004

Browns Point is an excellent school with exceptional parent involvement. We have 3 daughters that attend ages 10, 8 & 6 and we are very happy with the education they receive. Of course you get out of it what you put into it and my wife is very active at the school. She has been involved in PTA for 4 years and she signs up to help in the class rooms of our kids. She also started a kids running program that has been welcomed at the school by the staff and students. We feel we have a good overview of the school from outside as parents and inside as volunteers and the school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2004

Browns Point has been a wonderful environment for my daughter. We made the move from private to public and have never looked back. The staff and teachers have worked hard to meet my child's needs and she is thriving! We feel so fortunate to have found Browns Point and recommend it highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2003

I have two children who attend or have attended Browns Point. I have always felt like a partner in my child's education at this school. Parent involvement in the school, both in the classroom and in PTA/extracurricular activities is much higher than in other schools I have compared through conversation with friends. Teachers have always been open to suggestions or ideas I have had for my children. The administration office staff has always been extremely accessible, helpful and genuinely kind. I have found the teachers to be professional and forward thinking. Our experience has been very positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2003

I am the parent of a special needs kindergartener in Ms. Nelson's class and this has been the absolute best year! I have 2 grown children and this school as a whole is the best I have seen. My son has been welcomed with open arms throughout the school. The teacher even called on her lunch time the first day to let me know my son was having a good day because she knew I was nervous. This level of dedication has not changed in any way and I am so excited that we are a part of the Browns Point elementary family. Thank you to all the staff and families for making it such a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2003

I have had two children who attended this school. Brown's Point is not strong in special education. This school lacks certified special ed teachers, school has a strong 'whole language' bias to teaching reading, and teaching methods are outmoded and not researched-based. I would avoid this school if your child has any special needs, although I believe Mrs. Thomas is trying to change the entrenched, elitist culture of this school. (The quality of special ed services vary widely between schools in the Tacoma Public Schools, so parents need to visit any program proposed for their child. and make sure the progam will fit their child's needs.)
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

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 Students77%
Female73%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income71%
Not low income78%
Special education73%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income64%
Not low income93%
Special education60%
Not special education95%
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 Students68%
Female67%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income59%
Not low income70%
Special education30%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female76%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income55%
Not low income88%
Special education53%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female84%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income55%
Not low income77%
Special education59%
Not special education74%
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 Students76%
Female82%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income53%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income67%
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female84%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income67%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
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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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 62% 60%
Two or more races 15% 6%
Hispanic 8% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Black 6% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 15%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 222%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 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 15N/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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1526 51st St NE
Tacoma, WA 98422
Phone: (253) 571-7600

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