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Sherman

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Posted March 25, 2009

Sherman is a wonderful school comprised of caring staff and students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 1, 2008

This is my ninth year at Sherman Elementary. I have taught grades 3-5 at various times. We have, in that time frame, gone through two principal changes and the deaths of both a student and a teacher (in the same year.) This along with the normal changes a school goes through, Sherman has gone through extraordinary challenges. However, what does remain is the commitment my colleagues, principal, parents and the students have for working hard to become the best they can be. We are dedicated to not only the development of students as world class learners, but also as world class people. We realize that not only do we teach math and curriculum, but we teach human beings. I am honored to be considered part of such a great staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 18, 2007

Sherman has been a wonderful change for my family. The teachers and staff really care about my students and the communication is there for all. Education is definitely on the front burner. The school is really focused on making successful students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2006

In my four years at Sherman, there has been a lot of change. One thing that stays the same however, is a strong focus on academics. This focus comes from the Principal, the staff and the parents. Although, as a family, we haven't always had the 'perfect' fit with teachers, they are all very dedicated and our overall experience has been great. It's simply a matter of finding one who's teaching style matches your child's learning style. We were graced with a new Principal last year, and she remains with us again this year. Under her strong leadership, I only see Sherman growing and becoming an even better place to set our children up for a bright future. I encourage any family that sets high academic goals for their children to enroll at Sherman, I have two children there now, and the third will start soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Our daughter has been a student at Sherman for two years (kindergarten & now just finishing 1st grade) and so far we are pleased with her progress. Her reading ability is impressive and we appreciate that art, music and PE activities are incorporated into the curriculum. We have found her teachers and principal to be open and receptive, even when we had criticisms or questions. One of the most impressive qualities is the parent support - wow! Always great turnout at meetings and activities. I have heard other parents express concern about teacher quality, but that has not been our experience. In particular, I'd like to give a shout out to Mr. Stanley, Sherman's all day kindergarten teacher - a truly superb and talented teacher. We considered Washington-Hoyt because of its reputation, but Sherman is our neighborhood school. It's proven to be a good decision as Sherman is top-notch. Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

I have two children at Sherman. We have been at Sherman for four years now and overall have enjoyed out experience. We've watched the school go through some tough changes, the staff and the families of Sherman are wonderful. I'm an delighted to see where the school is heading, and am confident that we as a community will reach our goals in providing an outstanding education for the Sherman students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

I currently have two children attending Sherman. I have mixed reviews of teachers. They do have a few motivated teachers with high expectations. However, they also have a number of teachers with low expectations of children. Chose your teachers wisely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2005

I have a grandson who is in first grade at Sherman. I am completely impressed by the growth he has made this year in reading and math. His teacher has done a superb job of heading him in the direction of becoming a lifelong learner. He loves school and has made many friends. The principal is very visible and enthusiastic and supportive of the students. The parent involvement is excellent. There are many extracurricular activities for students at all grade levels. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

As a few other parents have already stated there are a few good teachers but they are over shadowed by a few that really need to improve or find another career. The teachers yell (one comes to mind who yells constantly) at the students and punish all for the acts of one by taking away what little recess they are allowed. This not only teaches those who behave a life lesson that there is no point in behaving because it doesn t matter how you behave because as long as one is misbehaving everyone gets punished. The school needs to implement a regularly scheduled recess into the curriculum, after all don t teachers and employees get schedule which is required by law ? As has been said before, the principal tends to white wash the problems going on with the teachers due to her not wanting to rock the boat. The facility itself is beautiful. Though security needs to be tightened I have yet to be stopped for just walking in and never questioned as to why I am there. I would recommend if thinking of enrolling your child here to check out the teachers before hand and plan which teachers you would like your child to be instructed by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2005

I have a 5th grader and a Kindergartener at Sherman. My oldest has had some struggles in school with reading. With the help of the principal and her 4th and 5th grade teachers she has made great improvements,including passing the WASL exam. All of the staff are very caring and helpful with the children. My youngest is in the best kindergarten class I have ever heard of. He is already reading and it is only January. The principal has made tremendendous strides with leadership and any bullying problems. The staff is united and this has been the best school year so far. I would recommend Sherman to any parent. Sherman has an artist that comes in and is working with every classroom. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2005

For the last three years my child has attended Sherman. The experience has been for the most part rewarding. The staff that I have had contact with are motivated and have a desire to make the students experience enjoyable and productive. The administration at the school has made great efforts to improve the school over the last several months and the atmosphere around the school is very positive. The PTA is very active within the shool and has made many contributions to improve the school. Overall I have found Sherman to have a staff that wants this to be a succesful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2004

My children had a good experience when we moved here in 2001, deteriorating in 02/03, going into 2004. There are only a few good teachers in the earliest grades. Bullying is a serious problem there, with absolutely nothing done by the administration about it except to put up posters. The counselor is wonderful, but has no influence over the administration. I removed my second child from that school and would never recommend subjecting a child to punitive atmosphere and lack of recess, and terrible amount of yelling that is done there by the adults/teachers. This is a beautiful facility, but the faculty truly needs to be retrained or to change their basic philosophy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

It's a lovely looking school inside and out. It has some good teachers and some that need a class themselves on their behavior. If your child is a person of any color I strongly advise parent involve on a bi-weekly bases. The PTA is the best I have ever seen. They have great afterschool activities, on site before and after child care. The k graders have great teachers! The principal needs a little more backbone when adressing and solving some problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2003

Tested very low on WASL scores for the 2003 school year. Some good teachers, some not so good. Nice facilities. Administration is cooperative in helping your child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

I was a Student there From K-5, I went in to 6th gread last year. It Is a really butiful school most of the teachers where great but some I dis-liked much. The parent invalving could be better and the princabel is Very nice!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 26, 2003

This school has several excellent teachers and a few who could improve. The principal is very nice but does not like to 'rock' any boats. Highly recommend this school for K-2nd but be cautious with teacher selection for remaining grades.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
32%
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 Students62%
Female60%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income50%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female80%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income77%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
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 Students45%
Female48%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income36%
Not low income54%
Special education8%
Not special education56%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female76%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income40%
Not low income96%
Special education25%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students56%
Female56%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income42%
Not low income69%
Special education18%
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

Math

All Students77%
Female84%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income70%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female84%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income65%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income60%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
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 67% 60%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Black 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 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 229%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 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • School of Distinction (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Connie Wick
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (253) 571-5484

Programs

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Unicycles
Girls sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Unicycles

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
  • Very active ptsa that sponsors and supports academic and enrichment opportunities for sherman students.
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  • Sherman is one of 37 elementary schools in the Tacoma School District. I congratulate the hard work and effort put forth by all of our students at Sherman and the staff who work with students daily. Sherman continues to demonstrate strong academic success and works to achieve greater success each year.
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4415 North 38th St
Tacoma, WA 98407
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