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Edison

Public | PK-5 | 478 students

 

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Posted February 12, 2014

My son loves it at edison the teachers are really involved and my son loves what he's learning there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

@10-27-12 post Four different parents observed what happened at the playground that day so, I am sure that a few people do know what happened. If you are receiving better communication today--- it is probably in part because all of the negative response to that over-the-top teacher at the playground. So a I am for them no matter what is not as constructive as getting teachers to be better communicators ( which often happens in response to criticism.) Also if you are going to state how wonderful a school is it might be a good idea to proof-read your response. I do not critique a few typos but 11 misspellings in one paragraph, I mean good lord!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

I love this school both my children are close with every teacher they have had and I also made great friends with my children friends parents. great involvment with parent volunteering. If my children ever have reached a problem in school there teacher or principle was always quick at contacting me either by phone or email as soon as an issue has occured. for the parents that want to have a sour attitude about the teachers or with the school period are usually the ones that don't have much involvment with the school or there child is the problem and has to point fingers at others. The issuse with the teacher and parent conflict at the begining of the year noone knows what truely happen so just because you hear somethinig it always gets miss interpertated so you can't really judge anything by that day. Have you ever heard of any other issues of a parent teacher conflict no so let it be. Edison one of the top elementary schoold for high reading and math classes and since my children have been in kidergarten they both been in the top math and reading classes. Also the school is very well funded. For parents the school has a 100% open door policy so if you want to spend the day do it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2012

The School needs to do something about that teacher with no communication skills attacking parents at the playground on Sept. 6th.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2012

Many of the teachers at this school seem to be starting this year off very angry. There seems to be some kind of trickle down attitude problem here. I believe that the superintendant should do a review here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

I can't say enough about Edison! My son has been going for the last 3 years and every teacher was the best for that grade. He loves his school and all the staff, he has learned so much. If ever a problem the situation was handled appropriately and quickly. I can't wait till my other children are old enough to go there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

my children started here at the end of last yr (3-2010), I felt good about it at the time and there current teachers seemed really nice but since the new yr started and they are in new classes I have had nothing but problems. my children come home upset and they don't want to go to school... this bothers me because my children have always enjoyed going to school until they started at Edison. I have alot of problems with the teachers not communicating with me and always putting my children off when they come to them with issues. This is a big problem!!!! I'm thinking about transferring them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

My son started at Edison two weeks ago and we're incredibly unhappy. The curriculum is behind what my son was doing previously; the teacher yells at the disobedient class and the children are rude and use foul language. We were not made to feel welcome and I am taking him out and putting him in a school that cares about community and involving the parents in everyday life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

Edison is a shining light in this neighborhood. Over the past few years I have come to know and love many members of the Edison Elementary family. Edison is warm and wonderful school. Through the active participation of families and the love and dedication of great teachers, principal, and staff Edison children not only learn academics, they learn that they are responsible for themselves and everyone around them. It is obvious in the energy that flows throughout the building that these children are loved. It is evident in the bright and loving eyes of each child that attends Edison that they know that they are safe. I have been very blessed to be a part of this great family. I hope everyone else feels the same. P.S. Mrs. R.Johnson,Miss Fisher,Mrs. Kirby,Miss Keys,Mrs. Keel,Miss Baxter,Mrs. Coley,Mr. Tolwe, and Mr. Hitchcock- We Love You!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2004

At this school they try very hard to promote ethnicity. However, pledge of allegiance states 'one nation'. Our children have been raised to believe that there are no color boundaries. If they are going to teach history, it should be for all ethnic backgrounds. Most of the teachers at this school are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2003

I LOVE Edison Elementary! We transferred our 1st grade special needs son to Edison 2 years ago. (Previously our son had been in one of Tacoma's highest rated public schools, but they were not effectively meeting my son's special needs.) Edison staff are committed, caring and have the most up-to-date teaching methods for reading. Their 'Walk to Read' program ensures that each child is taught reading at their level and is allowed to progress at their own pace. Look at the gains this school has made in test scores. My special needs son made > 2 years' progress in reading, writing and math in one year on standardized testing. This is THE BEST school in Tacoma for special ed, and Ethel Trawick is THE BEST principal with THE BEST team in Tacoma. My severely dyslexic son can read -- he now has a chance at a future. THANK YOU, EDISON ELEMENTARY!!
—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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
44%
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

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
26%

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

All Students50%
Female56%
Male44%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income48%
Not low income64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education54%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female82%
Male51%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income63%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English46%
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%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White41%
Low income48%
Not low incomen/a
Special education0%
Not special education62%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female64%
Male35%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income45%
Not low incomen/a
Special education23%
Not special education55%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female56%
Male32%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White41%
Low income42%
Not low incomen/a
Special education15%
Not special education50%
Limited English15%
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 Students32%
Female28%
Male36%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White35%
Low income31%
Not low income40%
Special education10%
Not special education35%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female61%
Male50%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income56%
Not low income50%
Special education30%
Not special education59%
Limited English17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students28%
Female17%
Male38%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White31%
Low income27%
Not low income40%
Special education30%
Not special education28%
Limited English0%
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 37% 60%
Hispanic 23% 20%
Black 19% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 7%
Two or more races 8% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 123%N/A8%
Special education 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 254%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 15N/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 34%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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5830 South Pine St
Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: (253) 571-1700

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