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Sarah J Anderson Elementary School

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Posted October 23, 2013

Sara J Anderson is a diamond in the rough. This school has excellent, dedicated, and caring teachers. The PTA is very involved and works tirelessly to provide money for special assemblies, field trips, and teacher grants. I was unsure of this school when moving inside its boundary after reading the great schools rating, but as I wrote, Sara J Anderson is a diamond, and I am so grateful my kids go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

Our children are in the dual language program. We are very happy here! Responsive and proactive faculty and staff. Very involved families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

You don't want my opinion!! I had to put a star on the rating for this to go through. I am taking away the star now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

My child has attended SJA for three years. He is disabled and it has been a constant struggle for me to consistently get accomodations for him in the classroom. In spite of all my effort, he still has received very inconsistent support from most teachers and administrators for his special needs. It has made learning difficult and has taken quite a toll on his self esteem. I wil enroll him elsewhere this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

Sarah J is an nice facility. The staff is friendly and the school is well organized. They put on after school events that are very nice. Unfortunately, this school is having a hard time meeting the minimum standards for testing. The focus here is on the underperforming population while highly capable students are overlooked. I feel that while the dual language program is a good idea on paper, it is really there to suite the the needs of a extraordinarilly large hispanic population rather then to enhance the learning of non-spanish speaking students. This school is at a demographic disadvantage and it has obstacles that will not be easily overcome. My advice for parents, volunteer in the school so because then you will be able to see where your child may need assistance that the school has failed to provide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

Our child is in the dual language (Spanish/English) program here and so far we have found the teachers to be exceptional, the office staff to be warm and friendly, and have recently seen lots of effort go in to keeping the kids safe outside. The other parents seem caring and involved, the children appear to be respectful. We feel very fortunate to be in this school district. The only problem - you have to win a lottery to get in to the dual language program here. I have not had reason to be in direct contact with the Principal, so can not comment in regards to the last review, however I do beleive she has a good vision for the overall direction of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

My 2 children go to this school. I am not happy with this school at all. The office staff is very friendly, but their is a serious lack of communication with the principal, vice principal and teachers. I feel like I have no idea what is going on in my son's class. I feel like its hard for kids to further themselves if they are a little head of the game. They get stuck back at the level of all the kids. If I could go back and pick a different house in another school I would so do it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

My daughter is in the Spanish immersion classes and it has been a great experience. Teachers are amazing, and the office staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly. The principal has gone out of her way to say hello when she's seen me on campus. There are always adults present when kids are outside... crossing guards on the streets, monitors at the pickup area and chaperones leading kids out to the bus. As a former high school teacher, I've been amazed by the quality of the teachers and the education. The PTA does a great job of putting on events. We love Sarah J and are so thankful for the staff and teachers! Matt Mikalatos (http://mikalatos.blogspot.com)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2007

My son went there for first grade and it was a horrible expirence. Hes in the challenge proram now but was bored at Sara J. The teachers focused on helping the slow kids and let the ones who were at or above their grade level just sit back and watch. Not many parent or family activities. Closed off and unresponsive staff in the office made communicating with Mrs O leary the principal unsucessful. I think its poorly run and poorly staffed. Especially if your child is advanced they will not get the attention or education they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2006

I think that Sara J. is one of the best schools in vancouver. All 3 of my kids have attended school there and love it. Teachers are great and so is office/principal. They also have the dual language program which I think is great too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2005

I have had to pick up my child and take him to the hospital twice now due to injuries at school. On the second trip to the school to pick him up about 2:40, I observed the little children, about 20 or so, running to the bus across the edge of the parking lot, alone. No adults in sight for about 2 minutes. There is not appropriate supervision and I am convinced that it has contributed to both of the occurences with my child while in school. It is a nice looking school. Kind staff, they just need more workers or the quality of workers needs to be investigated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2005

Sarah J. Anderson is an amazingly diverse school with very high standards for the students. The staff is warm and friendly and shows great compassion for the students and is dedicated to meeting the needs of each and every one of them.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 13, 2004

I think Sara J is a wonderful school. We have had good experiences with the staff at Sara J, even when we had problems!
—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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
42%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
26%
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%
Female66%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income54%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English28%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female71%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income53%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English31%
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 Students54%
Female52%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income49%
Not low income62%
Special education20%
Not special education57%
Limited English22%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female66%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income43%
Not low income82%
Special education20%
Not special education61%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students36%
Female47%
Male25%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic19%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Low income20%
Not low income65%
Special education10%
Not special education39%
Limited English0%
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 Students66%
Female65%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income49%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English26%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female71%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income57%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English30%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female56%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income42%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited English18%
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 48% 60%
Hispanic 39% 20%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 124%N/A8%
Special education 16%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 259%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 21N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 79%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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  • Lucy Estrada-Guzman

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2215 NE 104th St
Vancouver, WA 98686
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