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Whittier

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4 stars

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Posted June 19, 2013

I really love Whittier! I have had kids at Whittier the last 7 years with one that graduated out of the school last year and this upcoming school year will have 3 kids in Whittier. We are looking to move and am desperately hoping we can stay near so my kids can still attend there! The staff is very warm and inviting and my kids have had some really awesome teachers! I am so glad we have been fortunate enough to not have to switch school thus far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2012

Very happy with Whittier! I have a daughter in 1st grade and a preschooler who both attend and love school! The teachers are caring and proactive in helping each student. Teachers want parents involved and push students to achieve their highest potential. PTA is very active along with the community as a whole. Whittier is an exceptional elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

My son loved the school and the teachers are the best. Everyone is very nice. The kids are well prepared for middle school. We miss Whittier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

We have been very happy with Whittier teachers, staff and principal. As a whole, they are very supportive and quick to address parent and student concerns. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

We have the best staff in Washington State! And we have an awsome student body as well. I feel safe dropping off my Daughter each school day. I know she is getting the best education that pierce county has to offer. Whittier has instelled a love of learning in my Daughter. She has loved each teacher and she has thrived there as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

I have 2 children attending this school. I wouldn't have it any other way. Recently my husband was offered a job out of town. He turned it down so that our kids could finish there remaining years at Whittier, they are like family. Everyone knows them by first name and truly cares about them! The atmosphere is loving,caring and appropriate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

I have 3 children who have attended or are attending Whittier. I love the community feel of the school. The PTA is very active and does a great job of non-intrusive fund raising. (Script sales, boxtops, etc). Every teacher that my children have had have been kind, caring, and capable. They take a real interest in their students. I have developed friendships with them through my children. The music program is fantastic! Mrs. Fellows knows every student's name! She remembered and called my youngest daughter by her name even before she attended the school. Mr. Forbes has been a visible principal - always outside before and after school, and roaming in and out of the classrooms. Unfortunately he is retiring this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

Whittier is a decent school... as with nearly any other school, some teachers naturally have more experience than others & have a better rapport with the students. Whittier seems to have an even amount of both. The principal, Mr. Forbes is very nice and is always out talking with the kids. The school has had a recent facelift and is in a very safe location. The only problem we have experienced is lack of communication from the school when our son has had behavioral problems. They tend not to let us know anything's going on until things have developed into a full-blown situation, then take disciplinary actions. One of the nurses also seemed to have an attitude- but hey, every tree has its crabapple. The PTA is always very active with student programs and, considering your other options, I would not hesitate recommending Whittier to anyone who's new to the area.
—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 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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students74%
Female78%
Male65%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income68%
Not low income79%
Special education46%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female84%
Male85%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income64%
Not low income98%
Special education55%
Not special education90%
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 Students68%
Female63%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income67%
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income80%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female76%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income67%
Not low income65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
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 Students78%
Female77%
Male77%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income68%
Not low income84%
Special education60%
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female87%
Male87%
Black94%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income84%
Not low income89%
Special education70%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female68%
Male65%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income64%
Not low income68%
Special education30%
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

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 58% 60%
Black 14% 5%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 18%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 18N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 54%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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