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Harney Elementary School

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Posted July 9, 2014

Personally I cannot rate this school as I have never had my children attend . What I would like to say is it's never the schools fault if your child doesn't succeed !any dedicated well mannered student will flourish in any school and the schools that do the best are the ones with high parental involvement because the teachers in most schools are overloaded with to many students per class and very few dedicated parents to assist with their children's education ! When our children head to school it isn't time for tea and crumpets you must take a proactive rial in your child's education and don't expect the teachers to do it all !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

I had such a pleasant experience subbing at this school! The students I had for the day were great! On top of that, all of the staff and teachers were so kind. It was great to see such a cooperative working environment!


Posted October 28, 2012

Love my sons teacher and so does he. I've been happy with the previous two teachers as well. Betty eperson in the front office is great as well. I do think there should be some sort of dress code. Sweat pants and pajama bottoms for kids? Most of the teachers don't set a good example wearing jeans and sweatshirts daily. The principal sets a great example with her suits and her smile. My son comes home and says there is a lot of students swearing at the school. Honestly we would not be at this school if we were not in the immersion program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2011

Can you say " institution"? I agree with all the criticism included in the past ratings regarding Harney Elementary on this site. The staff does not personalize their attention to their " little" customers. If our kids were not in this school the staff at Harney would be unemployed. Parenting has changed since the 70's and many parents have to trust these sucky public schools to educate their kids. The only way your child is going to succeed at Harney is if they are admitted to the Spanish immersion program where the kids seem to stay protected and educated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

My son will be entering 5th Grade at Harney this coming year. He started there before the Spanish Immersion program started, so sadly, he hasn't had access to that, but due to that program the parent involvement is AMAZING! Harney students come from a wide socio-economic background and cultures and our son has made friends with so many terrific kids. Our son has been there since Kindergarten. Our experience has been, across the board, WONDERFUL. The staff, from the janitor to the principal are all respectful and enthusiastic. As for the teachers? I don't know WHAT those other reviews are talking about. I would be thrilled to have my child in any one of their classrooms. He has been so incredibly fortunate and we have been thrilled with his progress and excited by his curiosity and knowledge. There have been times on the bus when there have been issues, and it has been addressed immediately. There will be a new principal next year, which makes us sad, but we have heard GREAT things about the new principal, so we will be eager to meet her. We will be so sad to leave Harney next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

I found the principal not supportive and uninformed in many educational "best practices" and agree with several of the reviewers about unprofessional teachers and rude staff. This year we decided to remove my children from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

Harney has some great teachers but also some teachers who should have left the profession years ago. My children had far too many instances of being spoken to in a deragatory and unprofessional manner there by several teachers across the grade levels and when it was brought to the principal's attention several times, nothing was done at any time. I finally had to pull my child and place my child at a different school this year as a teacher was rude to a parent volunteering on a field trip and still the teacher was not in any way held accountable. Not a good place if you want you or your kids treated with respect consistently. The main receptionist is also very rude. Some teachers are great and professional, but beware!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2010

I have a daughter who has been enrolled at Harney for two years, since kindergarten, in the Spanish Emersion Program. As a parent who is involved with the school almost everyday, I can definitely say the effort put forth by the teachers and administrators is top notch. Compared to other schools in the district which I have nieces and nephews attending, the level of commitment at Harney Elementry is above and beyond. Exactly what I expect for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

i have 2 students here at Harney and i strongly disagree with the posted remark on Dec 7th, 2008. I have had nothing but problems with the school and the 'new' principal. i am seriously thinking about removing my children from this school come this fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2008

these past reviews reflect a different principal and none of the past reviews even talk about free full day p.m kindergarten, the only spanish immersion available in the entire vancouver AND evergreen school district. This is THE elementary school to go to! Truly dedicated parents and staff have turned this school around. I also love that the principal makes all parents sign a 'dedication' stating their dedication towards their child's success. This is truly the most exciting elementary school going on in the public schools in the vancouver, evergreen, and battle ground school districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

I am very frustrated with Harney Elementary, administration seems to be very disorganized and the attitude of the front desk personelle is leaves much to be disired. Messages are never returned from the staff or even from the bus company. Your solution to strangers walking into the school without being questioned was to put up a sign, still no one seems to pay attention to who walks through that front door. A criminal IS NOT going to sign in ON YOUR sheet! The principal just does not seem to have the leadership needed to get the respect of the staff needed and I have seen a huge change downhill from principal change over. I am so frustrated with how things are run, I don't even volunteer anymore for I find it hard to keep my mouth shut about what carelessness goes on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

This is an awesome school with many oppurtunites for the the children to excel. All of the children have an awesome staff and great adults to help them along thier journey. th


Posted June 22, 2007

My son's kindergarten teacher set the bar very high for the rest of the teachers at Harney. I was impressed with how quickly she identified my son's strengths (reading) and weaknesses (fine motor skills) and how quickly she took action. Everyone I've come in contact with there knows all the students by first name, and there is so much encouragement, as well as excellent discipline. I'm excited to see what will happen next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

it is alright. My daughters teachers have been great. Seems like I have to worry about the students more than anything. Kids are a little outta control. I have had my daughter learn alot of things that she did not learn from us and I know she is going to pick things up but seems like more parents at this school care less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2006

I wish my daughter could go to Harney for the rest of her school career! She loved it, I loved it. The teachers and staff are the most helpful open armed people in all of the schools we have attended. (12 in all) Thank you so much Harney for a wonderful year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

One of the best things about Harney is its small school feel in the midst of the city. I have always found the staff and faculty at Harney to be helpful, friendly, and available.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
12%
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 Students85%
Female81%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income80%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English68%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female77%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income78%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English64%
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 Students61%
Female69%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income53%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited English31%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female69%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income55%
Not low income75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited English39%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students48%
Female60%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Low income42%
Not low income61%
Special educationn/a
Not special education52%
Limited English23%
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 Students63%
Female58%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income61%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited English62%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female77%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income77%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English46%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female31%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Low income40%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
Limited English15%
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 46% 60%
Hispanic 42% 20%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 119%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 267%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 19N/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 68%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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3212 East Evergreen Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
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