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Central Avenue Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 387 students

 

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Posted August 26, 2014

Excelente, Mi hija estuvo 4 a os sin saber el idioma cuando ingreso y lo habla perfecto. Recibio una buena educaci n, y sus profesores y personal le tratar n con repeto y cari o.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2014

I love this school and the teachers! We moved here from Hawaii where kindergarten begins at 5 no matter when your birthday is, but younger kids go to Kindergarten Jr. My son was forced out of daycare and into kindergarten jr. at the end of the year and it was a terrible experience for him; the teacher was overwhelmed with kids, and my son not knowing the program was left feeling like he was in a foriegn land where he was alone and unable to speak the same language. We moved here that summer and ended up in Central Ave that fall. My son had so much anxiety about school because of his experience but Mrs. Turco quickly took that anxiety away from him. She, and all the teachers I have encountered, are phenominal. They foster an atmosphere of kindness, love, respect for self and others, curiousity, encouragement, and love of learning. I cannot say enough positive things about this school. Mrs. Robb was my sons 1st grade teacher and she was awesome as well. The kids in this school and the parents I've met, all seem to love Central Ave just as much as I do. The principal, the office staff, the nurse, and everyone I have met are so friendly and helpful. Thank you Central Avenue!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

The principal and teachers have a passion for your kids at Central and this is definitely a hidden gem in the Puyallup/Tacoma area. Class sizes are small, kids are a priority, and they still have assemblies honoring our veterans and the principles that made this country great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2011

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!! My son is in their full day kindergarten program with Mrs. Turco. As a techer myself (in a different district) I have high expectations for my sons education. I expect teachers to follow WA state grade level expectations, I expect my child to be pushed to his potential even if it is above or below expectations, I expect a welcoming atmosphere inside the classroom and school, I expect constant comunication, ect. Mrs. Turco has done above and beyond my expectations! I also love that the school has many community involvement opportunities (game nights, bingo nights, festivals, back to school BBQ, etc Mrs. Turco even did a volunteer training). My child attends this school because it is the home school for his daycare. Our home school for our house is in a different district. We will continue to pay for my son to go to the daycare so that he can attend this school. Our plan was for him to come to my school after kindergarten, but this school has surpassed what my school has to offer! I rated Principal leadership a 4 because I see her involvement and enjoy our monthly newsletter, but haven't had to have one on one contact with her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

My daughter is in 1st grade and her teacher, Mrs. Klutz is AWESOME! I have seen so much progress in her class room with all the children it's amazing. I have had pleasant experiences with every teacher I have had the pleasure of dealing with. I think the whole staff as a whole is wonderful, Mrs. Knesal is a great principal and I feel like the school really cares about the children. I am involved with the PTA and am in the school often and I highly recommend this school to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Central Avenue rocks, they have the best staff and the students are the coolest. The detail of perfection of the entire staff is far and above any parents level of satisfaction. The staff should be proud of the accomplishments and for the fact that the students love their teachers and administrative support staff. Keep on Rockin Central, enjoy your accomplishments. Kim Anderson, fan forever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

As a parent of a child who has attended this wonderful school, there is No better school out there! We love the teachers, especially Mr. Byrd. The principle Mrs. Knesal is just the best leader I have seen, ever. I cant imagine the parents who have had any bad experiences there. I would say to them to talk to them if they have had any problems, and the problem would surely be resolved! The staff is proffesional and loving to all children. I have worked in the PTA, so occasionaly I was lucky enough to work side by side with some of them. Im very impressed! For those few who had a bad experience, I ask have you ever taken the time to get involved and actually meet and work with these people? Think about becomming involved, instead of doing nothing and complaining!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

I have had nothing but great out come all around when it comes to this school. Keep up the good work
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

Central Ave. has quite a bit of work to do. There is an overall negative feeling from the front office to some of the paraeducators to some of the teachers. There is a general feeling of 'why bother, these kids are too low anyway, the parents don't care, blah, blah.' There are some teachers, not all, who are uninspired and seem to no longer be there for the love of teaching etc. It's hard as an involved parent to have to deal with these issues. Parents and children are not treated with respect or in a positive manner. I think Central Ave. needs to go visit some other elementary schools and find out how an elementary school should be - they should be there first and foremost for the children providing a POSITIVE learning environment. They just have alot of work to do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

I love this school. My step daughter attends the school and so will my daughter this year. The staff is amazing, they have family nigh at least once a month and the teachers are amazing. The class size I think is pefect not to crowed and really diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2005

As a parent I am both shocked and appaled at the negligence of this school. The teachers are arrogant and decitful, and some are even abusive to children. Take my advice as a carring parent, flee from this horrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2003

Two of my children have attnede this school and I can't say enough good things about the wondeful teachers - Especially Mrs. Robb and Mrs. McGee. The principal , Dr. Scott, is readily available to talk to about any issues, and the majority of the staff is super friendly . Thank you Central avenue! for mkaking my childrens education a positive experience.!


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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
27%
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%
Female51%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income46%
Not low income54%
Special education18%
Not special education58%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female65%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income63%
Not low income73%
Special education35%
Not special education76%
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 Students75%
Female80%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income70%
Not low income82%
Special education36%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female85%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income82%
Not low income82%
Special education27%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female85%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income72%
Not low income82%
Special education46%
Not special education84%
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 Students67%
Female76%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income58%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female85%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income74%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students65%
Female64%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income52%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
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 57% 60%
Hispanic 18% 20%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Black 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 111%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 260%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 11N/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

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  • Debra Knesal
Fax number
  • (253) 298-3215

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4505 104th St East
Tacoma, WA 98446
Phone: (253) 535-9886

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