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Tukwila Elementary School

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Posted August 7, 2014

These parental reviews are a joke!!! Maybe its your fault that the school programs aren't working because I am a parent, my child attends Tukwila Elementary and I volunteer at that school and my child is succeeding in school very well. I communicate with her teacher throughout the school year, even have her 1st grade teacher number still so that I am able to contact her at the end of my work day as well. Also as a volunteer I never did a fingerprinting so that part is untrue as well as working in the classroom the teachers are very organized and structured. Just because you don't follow up with your children at home as well as what they are being taught at school then of course they aren't going to progress. Tukwila Elementary is an amazing school and my child loves it there. Office staff are very friendly and the counselor there is amazing as well. I would recommend this school to any person with a young child looking to move to the Tukwila area. I have never had a problem with this school in the last 2 years my child has attended and have never heard anything bad from another parent. In fact even the other parents I've talked to have said they and their children love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Great school, The school is the best from our region, my kidos love it !!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

Tukwila teachers are a mixed bag. My daughters teachers were good to terrible. Bullying on the bus is not taken seriously. I filed a complaint to the transportation, and got nothing. The bus driver I spoke to was defensive. Absolutely not what I wanted to hear. Had to complain to principle, her teacher, and counselor before action were made and bullying was taken seriously. My son is exceeding in all test scores, unfortunately can't say that as a whole for the district. There's nothing for the students who exceeds academically. Office manager and attendance are very pleasant to work with. My son loves this school. He's safe, fed, and somewhat learns. Needs more parent involvement!! He's needs to be challenged, this school unfortunately doesn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

Wow! Very shocked at both one star ratings for this school. I won't sugar coat it; Tukwila as a school district has its issues. Being a small district, with ELL kids speaking over 50 languages at home means resources are stretched. I will even agree that kids that are average. above average and native language speakers can get forgotten. Efforts ARE made to challenge those kids, but parents do have to be a "squeaky wheel" and advocate for those kids throughout the year. What is an outright falsehood is the comments about the teachers, all excellent in the SIX years my child attended this school. Several teachers, at least one in grade, are so amazing, I would follow them and recommend them without hesitation to ANY incoming student of that grade, they are just that good. Fingerprint process has taken, at the most, two weeks, in the three times I have had to do it (has to be renewed every two years). PTA is VERY involved in the school, sponsoring events for the kids, such as dances and so forth, and my experience is that they do a lot with almost nothing because parent involvement, perhaps because of the different cultures in the district, is minimal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

I was completely disappointed with Tukwila Elementary from day one. The class and teacher were extremely disorganized and it only got worse as the school year progressed. There are no efforts to challenge and support for students who are exceeding academic expectations. The classes are all over-capacity and the PTA is essentially non-existent. To volunteer, you have to be fingerprinted which, in theory sounds excellent (especially considering the recent tragedies occuring in schools). Unfortunately, the process takes several months - which discourages parents to actively participate in volunteer and chaparoning activities due to an unnessarily slow bureaucratic process. Extracurricular activities are announced days before they occur which again, discourages parent planning and participation. If you are considering moving to the Tukwila area, I encourage you to check the Office of Superintendent of Instruction web site (www.k12.wa.us) and look at the test scores for Tukwila Elementary, which paint a pretty accurate picture of the school as a whole. Unfortunately, there are only 2 elementary schools within the district which may contribute to their extreme lack of effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2013

This school is terrible. Our daughter has had reading problems all throughout her time here and they do the bare minimum about it. There is no communication between the teachers or to the parents. We have requested updates on the reading program she is in and all they do is phonics. She has been doing phonics for 2 years now and it hasn't helped at all. When I asked her teacher if her reading would set her back a year she simply stated "I do not know, I am not an expert on that". If anyone, wouldn't you think the teacher would be the expert? Needless to say we are trying to move to a better school and school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

The prinicpal is always involved and lends a hand whenever needed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

The teachers and staff work very well with administration and parents - all for the children. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
58%

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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%
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

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
13%
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 Students64%
Female76%
Male54%
Black47%
Asian57%
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income62%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English30%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female83%
Male63%
Black60%
Asian71%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income70%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English52%
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 Students64%
Female70%
Male55%
Black64%
Asian76%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income62%
Not low income68%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female67%
Male62%
Black75%
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income62%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited English35%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students53%
Female57%
Male49%
Black55%
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income47%
Not low income68%
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
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

Math

All Students76%
Female80%
Male73%
Black67%
Asian68%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic94%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income72%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female80%
Male68%
Black67%
Asian63%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income74%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English42%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female77%
Male78%
Black81%
Asian74%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic88%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income77%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English42%
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
Hispanic 26% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 7%
White 19% 60%
Black 17% 5%
Two or more races 10% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 131%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 273%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 17N/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 61%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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5939 South 149th St
Tukwila, WA 98168
Phone: (206) 901-7505

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