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Martin Luther King Elementary School

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Posted August 23, 2013

king i thought at first was a good school but they put labels on kids get in trouble once and your a troublemaker and treat the kids that way, they like to suspend kids a lot, and say they cant come back til a meeting happens so when you go to the school for one they forget that they even said that! they play favorites with kids like there is a kid there that is a bully to others and my son told him to stop then the kid hit him and so my son hit him back and my son got suspended for a week and the other kid didnt get in trouble at all, also another time this kid was picking on my sons cousin and again my son said stop being mean and the kid slapped him on his face and of course my son got suspended for 2 weeks and the bus drivers are just as bad, my son refused to give the driver his name and he got kicked off the bus for 6 months but yet 3 little girls call my niece the b word and throw things at everybody and calls everyone bad names cussing and the driver never says anything to them! i wish i was able to get my son in a different school one that he can actually learn at. my son shouldnt have to go to school everyday thinking the whole school hates him specially the teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

I would just like to warn anyone moving to the Vancouver area that this school is full of children with severe behavior problems. The staff is actually very caring and tries to go above and beyond to do the best they can. My children were removed from this school and moved to a safer school with children that have parents who are more involved. I have no problem with minorities what so ever but I found that the amount of non english speaking children attending was hindering other children from learning. If you choose to have your child attend just be extremely involved, the teachers do allow parent involvement and actually welcome the help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2008

So far things are okay. I'm concerned that there isn't enough parent participation. Communication can be stressful at times. It's not unheard of to receive a flyer after an event. Or, 2-3 about the same event with confliciting information. I would say a parent definitely needs to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

King is the most wonderful school I could have ever had my children attend. The teachers and staff can not be found any where else. They are the very best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2005

I went to King last year! All the teachers that were there were so fun and made learning fun like all teachers should do. I left school every day with a smile on my face because of my teacher Miss.G! She's Awesome! She made every day seem like game not that it really was but she made all most every one in our class WANT to come to school. King is an awesome school and my kids are go'in there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 17, 2004

MLK has been a great school for my children. The only problem I have which concerns me is the use of candy as rewards and candy sales to children on campus. I believe parents should have control over whether their children get candy/sugar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2004

I'm in the eighth grade and I attended King Elementary.I've been on the honor roll since I was in the fourth grade and I still am today. I will be taking advanced english classes in highschool. I am an A and B student and have never gotten an F in my entire life. King Elementary helped me to get to where I am now and I am thankful for that. My sister also went to King and is now a mortgage broker and her three children all attend King. All of my teachers have high hopes for me and I am going to fullfill them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 24, 2003

My stepdaughter attended MLK for 6 years - now at Middle School, it is obvious how unprepared she is for it. She received straight As on all of her report cards in MLK yet still doesn't know her multiple table. They use 'homework packets' so kids never learn how to organize themselves and become responsible for turning in work - and these packets that are assigned a week apart are a far cry from the daily homework middle school requires. She got As in writing at King yet she can't even write an essay or a well formed paragraph. By Middle School they should also be well practiced for oral and written reports -this year will be her first. She passed her Math WASL, yet scored in the bottom 30% of the nation in Math. If we could only get a 'do over'
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
39%

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

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
17%
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 Students55%
Female58%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income53%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English41%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female67%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education54%
Limited English30%
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 Students59%
Female48%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income56%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited English23%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female55%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income51%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students36%
Female49%
Male20%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic28%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Low income30%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education38%
Limited English5%
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 Students52%
Female52%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income51%
Not low incomen/a
Special education18%
Not special education58%
Limited English40%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female46%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income42%
Not low incomen/a
Special education18%
Not special education47%
Limited English24%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students33%
Female33%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income32%
Not low incomen/a
Special education9%
Not special education37%
Limited English12%
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 42% 20%
White 40% 60%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 4% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 127%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 284%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 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 69%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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  • Debra Hale

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