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Grant

Public | PK-5 | 394 students

 

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Posted August 12, 2012

I have four kids who go to this school. We love the parent involvement and the arts focused learning. My kids go to school and rarely come home having had a bad day. Jennifer Cooper is a great principal and knows each of my kids and has handled any problems that come up with great leadership and respect. My only negative is that there are some teachers still on staff who really should retire as it is clear they don't have the patience and endurance to keep up with the kids anymore. The younger teachers are just fabulous and have had great experiences with them as a parent. My kids have really enjoyed learning from the younger teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2012

We didn't have a good experience at Grant and ended up changing schools half way through first grade. There was a lot of bulling and the teaching staff was ok. Our son's Kindergarten teacher left in the middle of the year with no reason expressed and his first grade teacher was a formula teacher. Our first report card was identical to every other students and I didn't like how much homework was given daily. It created issues afterschool when my child just wanted to play. I do like Jen Cooper and hope she makes changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2010

Great families, involved teachers. This is more than a school -- it's a real learning community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

As a former Grizzly, I will soon be sending my daughter to Grant. I am encourage by all the wonderful reviews. I also remember Grant being a great, wonderful place to learn. I am so happy to see that Grant is still greatly involved in the Arts. I will never forget my first orchestra class with Mr. Johnson so many years ago. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

This school changed my childrens lives before i moved them to Grant they hated school and they are learning so much and are excited to go to school everyday.the staff truly care about each child individually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2009

This is the best elementary school in Tacoma. Great teachers and a fresh approach keep it interesting for the kids while supplying a solid foundation in the basics. Adding in the arts focus makes it one of the most desirable schools in Tacoma.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2009

I myself went to Grant along with my 6 brother and sisters. I have nothing but great memories from that school. I now am a mother of 2 boys who first tried another school and were not happy. I transfered them to Grant and have been overjoyed to raise them in the school I was raised in. The staff are very friendly and patient. The neighborhood is safe, and there is a overwhelming sense of family when you are there. Everyone looks out for everyone. Grant offers over 40 art classes and after school clubs including an in school daycare for us working moms. How convienent can you get! I encourage any child to attend this wonderful school. GO GRIZZLIES!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

I am constantly amazed at the way arts are infused into the curriculum at Grant-- you would never think of a dance studio as a place to learn about clouds or the state of matter (as well as a great way to refresh the kids minds and bodies). Going into the school my biggest fear was that math and science would be pushed aside that is NOT the case. While other elementary schools don t offer ballet, tap dance, violin, ceramics, drama or visual arts, Grant does!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

Grant Center for the Expressive Arts is an excellent school. Not only is there a strong focus on reading and math, you'd be hard-pressed to find a school that focuses on the arts. They have a wonderful curriculum that embeds many forms of art such as visual, theater, dance, music and so much more. The teachers are involved and wonderful and the parent participation/involvement is very high. This school went from near closing a few years back to rapidly growing and waiting lists. The principal is a fair and honest leader and inspires the children to do great things. The school offers a variety of before and after school enrichment classes that are teacher and volunteer taught ranging in subjects such as hip hop, creative movement, science, art, tap dance, ballet and more! This school offers a very well-rounded education and a great mix of cultural and socio-economic diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

I have been extremely pleased with Grant in terms of parent involvement, enrichment activities, and academic progress. I am concerned about math and science, but this is a district curriculum problem, rather than school specific. We have a new principal this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

My children have received a top notch education so far and are getting plenty of enrichment activities. I thoroughly enjoy this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

I loved Grant when I went there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 17, 2005

This is a FANTASTIC school! It has a real sense of community among the teachers, staff, parents and students. Since it is a school for the performing arts, the students are encouraged to take part in many different electives ranging from jewelry making and ballet to baseball and guitar. I would reccomend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2005

Grant is a fantastic school, offering a wide assortment of programs for children encouraging learning through the arts. Parent involvement is high. One concern we have is the math program, which is used throughout the Tacoma school district. We would like to see more math homework and science homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

We have been at Grant for three years. One child will move to 3rd grade next year and the other to 1st. Our experience has been exceptional and we love our school. Our principal is gifted at working with children from all types of backgrounds. Her leadership and guidence creates a family atmosphere where learning is fun and all are welcome. The teachers truly care about the children. Each one that I have interacted with is truly committed to the school as a community. This is a magnet school with an emphasis on the expressive arts. The school encourages high parent involvement. If you and your child want to be part of a caring, active, educational community and get exposure to the expressive arts, this is your school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2005

Achedemics: My son thrived at Grant. Their ability to somewhat cator to students needs and learning methods was great. He came out an excellent reader (testing well above his age) and received an award for his 4th grade WASL testing. Grant is focused on art and music, much moreso than sports. If your child enjoys art and music, Grant is definitely the place for them to go. The PTA program at Grant is not the best. The PTA push for membership in the beginning, but then do not communicate much once you have joined.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
37%
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 Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income39%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female74%
Male61%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income57%
Not low income74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
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 Students72%
Female74%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income65%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income80%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female68%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income60%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
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 Students80%
Female73%
Male87%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income74%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female93%
Male81%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income78%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female70%
Male71%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income56%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 60%
Two or more races 11% 6%
Black 9% 5%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
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 10%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 233%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 68%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Cooper

Programs

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  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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1018 North Prospect St
Tacoma, WA 98406
Phone: (253) 571-1402

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