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Brookdale Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 448 students

 

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Posted April 22, 2014

My kids have been at Brookdale for 3 years now and every year seems to get better and better. They have a new music teacher that has made music fun and interactive for all the kids. Test scores have been improving but what I find the most important is that the staff cares about the children as a whole, not just specific to subjects tested on. The PTA is small but growing, they really focus on providing great opportunities to the kids outside the classroom as well as encouraging family time such as family craft night and movie nights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

My daughter is in her second (and last) year in the Excel program here. She loved it here last year and found the transition from her home school to be a positive experience. However, this year the program is vastly different than it was last year and she is not learning as much. The staff as a whole seems to be very student centered, truly caring about the kids and wanting what is best for them. The parents, unfortunately seem to come to events that involve free food, but getting them to volunteer is very difficult.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2006

As a mom of students who have attended Brookdale for a while now I must say that it seems like there is way to much pressure on learning for the WASL rather than learning for life. I feel academics are very important but I would have to say that so is the fun of being a child. The staff is fantastic don't get me wrong. I just feel that schools now days are more worried about numbers than the days when parents were in school when the worry was teaching kids to be successful. There is a decent amount of parent involvement when the call goes out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

I am not impressed with this school. My daughter is in her second and last year at this school and we have not been happy. They do still have a music program but like much of the staff she has been doing things the same way for more than 15 years and sees no need for change. Some teachers do not want parents in the classroom at all. I prefer a school that welcomes parent involvement. If academics is your only concern than its an ok school, but if you want your child t fell safe and cared for do what I did and find a new school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2005

I am a single mother of 4 girls all of whom have attended Brookdale (3 of whom still do). Two of my children have serious learning disabilities. The teachers and staff at Brookdale have been amazing!! I never worry if my children are achidemically on target or retaining important information. I know that my girls will be properly prepared to move on to the next fase of their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

My daughter has gone here for three years and the first year her teacher was horrible,the next year her teacher was better...this year the teacher is great! I would say that the school means well and is trying to improove things..and they have. Someimes I have just found their way of dealing with issues that arise among the children to be well...less than sensitive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

my children have been going here for the last 6 years. if you get a chance have you child go to mrs carey's class she is one of the best teached i have ever saw. i am in the military and i had to leave for a few months during the school year. my daughter started having a hard time in one of her subjects. Mrs Carey took her personal time and stayed in contact with me by email about helping my daughter out and her progress. She is the greatest. They also have a great gym teacher how takes personal interest in all the students. he is also involved in the PTA activies. The PTA is also very interested in he school and tries to do activies for the children all school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2004

This is a great school. We sent our daughter there not having any preschool or headstart. She left Kindergarten being able to read just about any word we asked her. She may not have known the meaning, but she could sound it out. Her math was great as well. Her Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Hoseth is atruly amazing teacher. She is patient with the kids and they all love her. The PTA is very involved and the school expects the parents to take a role in their childs education. The library staff is outstanding and they still have a music program. We are sorry that we are moving out of state. We may have only been Bobcat's for 1 year, but it was a great year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2004

This is my child's first year, I'm glad he did not start here, this School is not understanding I feel his teacher is inexperienced, has no concept of real life, demanding, try's to bully, humiliate and embarrass, the student in front of the other kids to get them to do home work. The school takes no leadership in discipline, instead of time out's or sending the student to the office, they send white slips home and thinks you are going to do something 5 hrs. after the fact (by that time the student does not even know what they have done), the school thinks the parent should all the work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2003

When my six year old started school last fall at Brookdale Elementary; I hadn't mention to his teacher about him knowing how to read. The teacher eventually found out within a month. As a result he was put into the first grade reading group. He would come home every week with his assessment test and the grades are outstanding. Every where we go he would read every single word, and I would say to myself that I know he doesn't know that word, and it amazes me that he does. The teachers from (K) and (1st)grade are great and I am so thankful for teachers like them.


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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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
47%

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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
70%

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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
43%
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 Students49%
Female38%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income47%
Not low income53%
Special educationn/a
Not special education52%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income69%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
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%
Female70%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income68%
Not low income79%
Special education20%
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic87%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income83%
Not low income86%
Special education70%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female76%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income76%
Not low income62%
Special education60%
Not special education72%
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 Students74%
Female89%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income67%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female87%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income69%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students62%
Female73%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income55%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
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 39% 60%
Hispanic 23% 20%
Two or more races 19% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 9% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 110%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 270%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 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 59%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Tacoma, WA 98444
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