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Chinook Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 19, 2014

We transferred from a local school to Chinook. I'm impressed with this school. From the office staff that is so friendly and kind. The teachers who love there job and are willing to work with your child so they will succeed. Right down to the gym teacher who makes your child so excited for gym day. And the Principal's who declare safety is the priority over education. They are all top notch. We hands down made the right decision moving to this school. Most important our son loves school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

Children are forced to go out for recess when weather conditions are horrible. Today it was a record breaking cold day, with a severe wind/weather advisory. Children were complaining that they could not feel their fingers and that their hands and faces were hurting. Unfortunately this is not abnormal for Chinook elementary, and many other elementary schools in the area. This has been going on for years and parents and teachers are doing nothing to stop it! Unless people start standing up and fighting for their children, they are going to continue to do this. The children are complaining about how their hands and face hurt yet they can't do anything to help them. Many children come to school without coats, hats, and gloves and are still allowed to go outside. Will it be frostbite, and the loss of a child's fingers that make this stop, or will they wait for our children to start dying? I urge you to email the principle and superintendents at your child's school to make this travesty stop!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2013

Where to begin with this school! Our son has been in this school this being his second year. Since being in 1st grade he has had nothing but problems from being bullied not only by his peers but also by his teacher. We have talked to the principle about this many times and he just informs us that the teacher is top notch and that kids are going to be mean it is just in there nature. I can't wait to get out of this school district so that my child has a fair education and someone that is going to care about his needs instead of belittling him in front of his class. I strongly suggest that you do your research before putting your child into this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

What a positive first impression of this school. I went in for a sub job and was greeted by kind office staff. The kids were well behaved and it was clear their teacher has set clear expectations for them to be successful. Then the principal came around to greet all of the substitutes and introduce himself. It was a very welcoming environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 11, 2012

My older 2 attended Chinook and have terrific memories with awesome, caring teachers, many of whom are still part of the backbone of the school. Having just recently returned to Vancouver after a job transfer took us to the Seattle area, we are thrilled to be able to send our younger sons to be Wolfpups this fall! We know they will be academically challenged in a nurturing and kind environment. Congratulations to Principal Joe Lapidus for his leadership and guidance of this fine school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

The teachers, staff and principal are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Awesome teachers! Many people working together for each child! Very caring place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Great community and great administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Because each student is seen as an individual and their best interests are looked after in so many ways. Joe Lapidus leads an awesome community of caring adults!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Love our school! Great teachers, communication and administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

The teachers are so awesome and make the school have a loving atmosphere. The PTSA is probably the best, all the classrooms just got new projectors due to all their hardwork. Thanks PTSA aka. the parents of children who attend Chinook elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Chinook is very organized and keeps parents informed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

I love Chinook, because there is a strong community between the students, teachers and parents. The teachers work extremely hard to ensure that the students learn at any level and have fun.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 20, 2010

Wonderful teachers and administrative staff. We love the Principal and have had a wonderful experience at Chinook!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

My daughter is in fifth grade and twin boys in second. This school has been a great experience for our family. Love all the staff. Great school to be a part of!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

Exceptional Principal brings his values to have every child find joy in their school day. The Teachers work together to give your child the best experience possible. This school experience has surpassed all my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

I think Chinook is a great school because the teachers and the staff really care about each individual child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

We just transfered from another school in Kitsap where Ryan had little discipline,encouragement,guideance and love. At Chinook they put 100% of their attention to my son in addition to the other students and now he is excelling. He loves school and his reading, math and handwriting is dramatically improving. There are always smiles on the staffs face and they know most all the children by name. This is truly a school that leaves no child behind! Chinook is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

Love this school , great staff , a very good team work.The full day kindergarten program is more than what we were hoping for it really nurtures the child mentally and challenges them too. The proof that my son loves the school is even on a day off he wishes if he could go to school. I regularly volunteer too so I have seen first hand the interaction of teachers and students .Great principal too !!! Always there to greet you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

My nieces attend this school, and I was very impressed with the environment when I visited it. I love the fact that the arts are so encouraged there, and the teachers and principal were all so friendly.


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.

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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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
39%
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 Students87%
Female90%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income77%
Not low income90%
Special education54%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female98%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income100%
Not low income93%
Special education77%
Not special education97%
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%
Female73%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income65%
Not low income74%
Special education41%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income83%
Not low income80%
Special education71%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female75%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income61%
Not low income67%
Special education41%
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

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income65%
Not low income76%
Special education46%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income84%
Not low income86%
Special education92%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female76%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income76%
Not low income83%
Special education62%
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

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 83% 60%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 221%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 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 9N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 81%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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1900 NW Bliss Rd
Vancouver, WA 98685
Phone: (360) 313-1600

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