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Posted June 10, 2013

We are extremely disappointed in Fawcett Elementary. Our child has been a student for nearly two years, and has Asperger's but is in Gen Ed, with an IEP. During his first year, we learned that the administration never formally followed his IEP instructions until they "accidentally" found it in April. After several apologies, we decided to give them one more chance. Sadly this year was no different; and the new school psychologist (who did not even know my child until 2 weeks before his IEP renewal meeting!) feels that she has sufficient info to not grant another one after one brief observation, despite his neurologist's, teacher's and our recommendations that he continue to have one. Additionally, she was lecturing and passive-aggressively bullying the other faculty attendees during this meeting, yet the principal did nothing to stop her behavior. I have never seen a school official treat other employees so unprofessionally and with such disrespect. From our perspective, it seems like they are taking away the IEP to either hide or diminish the school's oversight, not because of a lack of need. We will not be back next year, and will not recommend Fawcett to any other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

My 1st grader and 5th grader have been attending Fawcett since Oct 2010. This school is absolutely aweful! My 1st grader is advanced in reading and etc and is being held back so the rest of the class can catch up and isn't allowed to move on. My 5th grader is in special education and is consistently bullied out at recess by the general education students. He's hit often and innapropriate comments are often thrown at him. He's often punished for the bullies actions. The principal is often confused about what's going on or doesn't seem to care and often gives an "oh well" remark to the issues involving the students at her school. I reccomend if your a parent of a advanced student or a student of special needs do not go to this school. You can find a better school elsewhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

My son is currently attending Fawcett Elementary. I must say when I first registered my son at this school I believed that his teacher would be adequate enough to teach my child. But I am afraid that I have changed my mind. He is Kindergarten and I know it is an adjustment to be introduced in a new environment. However his teacher seems to be an ineffective teacher. She has implemented the same strategies when it is clearly not effective. I observed his classroom today and I must say he gets up from his table no often than his classmates. I have not witnessed once his reported disruptive behavior. I was asked to leave after 30 minutes of observation by his teacher. My son is being pegged and treated unfairly. I noticed her contact with my son and there were no kindness. I am considering transfering my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

I used to go to this school from 1st grade till 5th grade, and i ABSOLUTLY loved every day at this school. The staff is amaizing!! The teachers were very helpful, and i wish i could go back to fawcett but i'm going to high school next year... i always felt safe and welcome at this school, it was i great learning environment for everyone.


Posted June 29, 2009

When we first moved to Tacoma, and were getting ready for Elementary School i drove around to all the schools near my house and there are alot of elem schools near my home, Fawcett was the only one that made me feel comfortable. My oldest daughter started and finished her elementary years at Fawcett. And my youngest daughter is going on 3rd grade there. I really like the the teachers, and principal Mr. Edmond, I think they work hard to make sure the kids are safe and taught well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

When we bought our house 9 years ago right next to fawcett, i told my husband that our then 9 month old daughter would never go to that school and she would attend the school i did in the north end of tacoma.. Boy was i wrong, fawcett is our family!! we are so blessed to have such great stuff!!! keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2007

My son has been at Fawcett for 2 years and absolutely hates it. He is one of the more advanced children in his class but is afraid to participate due to the taunting and physical abuse that he suffers on the playground. His lowest score on his report card was a 94%, however his teacher had not one positive thing to say about him. Stating that he does not participate and has a hard time focusing. We have come to believe that this is due to sub-standard teaching materials, and the teacher having to focus more attention on the children with lesser abilities. It is a sad thing to see a child this brilliant slipping through the cracks because he has certain educational and parental advantages at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

My daughter has attended Fawcett for 2 years now and loves it. I really feel confident she is getting the best education she could receive. Fawcett has an excellent principal! Cindy Johnson is the best and really brought life to this school. She is very involved with the children everyday and they love her.


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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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
77%

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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
17%
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 Students53%
Female45%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income50%
Not low income60%
Special education31%
Not special education58%
Limited English50%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female55%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income44%
Not low income60%
Special education23%
Not special education54%
Limited English50%
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 Students52%
Female46%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian70%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income46%
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female68%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income56%
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students45%
Female39%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income43%
Not low income54%
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
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 Students74%
Female69%
Male78%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income69%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female81%
Male87%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income80%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female62%
Male61%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income54%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
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 39% 60%
Hispanic 17% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 7%
Black 14% 5%
Two or more races 10% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 113%N/A8%
Special education 113%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 16N/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 56%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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126 East 60th St
Tacoma, WA 98404
Phone: (253) 571-2064

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