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Helen B. Stafford Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 28, 2014

I've been a teacher at Stafford for the last five years. I have worked all over Tacoma and I can say without a doubt that it is the best school I have ever worked at. A few of the reasons we have such high success is because every teacher works together. Unfortunately that doesn't happen in a lot of schools. Teachers feel they have to stick to their own grade levels. Not at Stafford. As a Kinder teacher I feel comfortable talking with 5th grade teachers and vice versa. We also have an amazing principal who doesn't micro manage us, she trusts us and she lets us teach. Every teacher goes out of their way to make each and every day the best day of our students lives. Stafford is a unique building, with amazing kids, amazing parents, and an amazing community. I feel very lucky to be a part of this amazing school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 11, 2014

The teachers and the principal are excellent, well above the national average. The front desk staff, particularly the lady that sits in the very front, is utterly incompetent. Do not ask for correct times or activities she does not know a darn thing and she is the most unfriendly person I have ever met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

Absolutely LOVE this school. The principal, Ms. Evans, is wonderful and the teachers and staff are truly great. Very forward thinking and innovative when it comes to dealing with issues that come up with students who are struggling academically or just having a hard day. They reward good behavior and have excellent and supportive ways of dealing with the bad behavior. We have a 1st and 3rd grader in this school and they love it here. Lots of learning too, of course!
—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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%

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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
19%
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 Students80%
Female79%
Male82%
Black62%
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income81%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English84%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female77%
Male69%
Black62%
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income70%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited English68%
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 Students85%
Female77%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income81%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English80%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female77%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian78%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income65%
Not low income64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English60%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female90%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income81%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
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 Students65%
Female70%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income62%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English46%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female89%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income63%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English46%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female58%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asian52%
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income47%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English29%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 31% 7%
Hispanic 25% 20%
White 21% 60%
Black 15% 5%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 125%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 252%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 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 45%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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School Leader's name
  • Cindy Evans

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1615 South 92nd St
Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: (253) 571-4300

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