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University Place Primary School

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Posted September 20, 2013

My daughter has attended this school since she was 3 years old and began in developmental preschool. They have been fantastic to work with in terms of her educational and special needs. I know that my daughter would not be at the academic level she is now without the attentiveness of the school staff and personnel. They really care about their kids. The ladies in the front office are fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

This Is a great School, we have had all four children in this school, they love attending.They adore their teachers "we hear their word of wisdom" quite often at home...the entire staff is very attentive,they all know the children very well, most by name. The children are always attended by staff from entry to leaving. That is important to us we feel they are fairly safe and not left to wonder about. The after school programs have proved great for our children, we love attending the children are always excited. Communication is great with the teacher's usually the same day response.The staff expects parent involvement, which I think is a plus for the children,They serve our family well. If you are looking for a negative...okay parking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

My family and I love this school and the teachers we have met so far that work here. I recomend this school to every parent in the U.P. area. My daughter excels due to the support she recieves. I cant thank them enough for everything they have done for her. We cant wait for the first day of school this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

My daughters love this school. We are a military family and I am a very involved parent. My children have been to many schools all over the country and this is the best so far. We love it here so much that my husband and I have decided to make this place our home. The teachers and staff are very supportive of their students. The patience they have is so un real. I love UPP and we are here to stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

I would not recommend this school at all. The staff does not communicate well. The principal doesn't address issues and always sides with staff even when it is clear the staff is at error. The school is very unorganized and the school after hours programs and events are very unorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

We love this school and can't say enough about the whole staff. We enjoyed a great working relationship with our daughter's teacher. The personal attention and genuine interest in our daughter shows through in how far she has come during her kindergarten year. We're so thankful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

Fantastic school! All of my children began their academic career at UPP. The faculty is highly competent, and provides our children with far more than the 'basics' in the foundation of their academic excellence. Personal attention to each student and a genuine desire for their success, each and every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2007

The new principal is so willing to make the school better no matter the cost and no matter the amount of work she needs to put in, she makes the atmosphere better for hard work on the part of the students and parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2007

The new principal in a breath of fresh air and really works to get things done, a firecracker. My sons have thrived in this school. One son had Mrs. Allen, who won the entire District's Teacher of the Year away last year. She is SO fantastic and a great reading specialist. My sons LOVE this school, and who can ask for a better review than that? This school is better than the private Catholic school that I had them in. They have lots of staff, reading specialists. The PE coach is great. The new music teacher is really good. Even the menu got better. The only downside is the PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

This school has issues. Principal is leaving this year and does not know where she is going. Not a consistent policy regarding homework and discipline. We are moving to different school next year. Our son experienced bullying and we were not informed in a timely fashion. Not as modern or as progressive as other schools in district. PTSA is doing much work to improve the school but for families used to organized rigorous academics this is not the school for you. We do recommend food program, library, and PE coach is great. We prefer a school that is consistent. Other parents believe other teachers great. Our experience not so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

We moved last year from the UP school district and this school. This has given me the ability to compare schools. UP Primary is a fabulous school with caring teachers and great students. The parents are very involved and they have great ways to get kids invovled with reading and learning all the other subjects. I miss sending my children to this school so terribly much!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian70%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income59%
Not low income79%
Special education25%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female77%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income64%
Not low income89%
Special education25%
Not special education85%
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 Students39%
Female44%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic25%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income32%
Not low income46%
Special education0%
Not special education47%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female89%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income74%
Not low income88%
Special education56%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female74%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income48%
Not low income67%
Special education6%
Not special education68%
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 51% 60%
Hispanic 17% 20%
Two or more races 16% 6%
Black 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 14%N/A8%
Special education 118%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 249%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 14N/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 49%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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2708 West Grandview Dr
University Pla, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 566-5620

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