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Fern Hill

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Posted November 7, 2012

I can't stand this school, my children have been bullied, there has been a scavies outbreak, and the other children here are out of control saying completely inappropriate things all of the time. I would not recommend this school. I think that some better parenting needs to take place with the children who attend here. The academics is about average for a public school I would say. If you are thinking of going here I would advise you to have a close open line of communication with your children every day. You never know what any given day might have held...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

My son has been coming to this school since kindergarten and I am starting my other son in the fall. The principal here has changed this school around! She is a wonderful person, whom the students and parents respect and like to be around. The teachers love their students and take extra steps to help them succeed. The activities for the families are so much fun, we have been to nearly all of them!! We love our Fern Hill family!!! R.N.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

I believe this school tends to all students needs. Some of the teachers tend to the parents needs such as Teacher Missy, she has taken extra steps in helping me. She is kind, has a warm smile and is available after school to talk to parents. I enjoy my after school visits. Sincerely, John
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2003

Fern Hill is a wonderfully diverse school population. The teachers are warm and compassionate and the principal takes such an active role in the students' lives and academics. I have personally experienced the principal taking steps towards positively rewarding behavior that needed adjustment (in a child that I took care of). He actually played ball with him as a reward, since that was something this child looked forward to. I have also seen the teachers taking the extra steps to improve reading and math, and doing so in there own time. The one area of improvement that I can see, is in parental involvement. Namely, that there is a general lack of it. Let's beef up the PTA and get involved. It makes a huge difference in the children s' overall school experience.


Posted September 9, 2003

I feel that this school just tends to process the kids through. Not much attention or help is available to struggling students. Not much emphasis on parent/school cooperation in student interactions. I think this school has a long way to go before it reaches my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2003

I feel that the principal and the teachers don't do a good job at all of addressing issues with the students or notify the parents when the child is having problems within the classroom especially when it invovles academics. I also feel that the school doesn't make much effort to give children extra help when neede or make sure the children follow high standards.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
48%
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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
20%
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 Students63%
Female64%
Male61%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income63%
Not low income62%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English46%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male74%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income74%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English55%
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 Students72%
Female70%
Male74%
Black60%
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income73%
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Black50%
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income65%
Not low income62%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students54%
Female63%
Male44%
Black60%
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income57%
Not low income46%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
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 Students61%
Female57%
Male65%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income58%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income72%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female54%
Male62%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income56%
Not low income61%
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

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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 36% 60%
Hispanic 24% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 7%
Black 12% 5%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 115%N/A8%
Special education 13%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 247%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 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 16N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 55%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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