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Fircrest Elementary School

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Posted November 20, 2012

I have three kids that went through Fircrest. My oldest child had great teachers. My second child had a problem with a teacher who refused to help my child with bullies. My youngest has had a great experience except for one thing. Certain students have the task of taking the tub of lunches down to the cafeteria so when lunch time arrives they will be there. If that child FORGETS the kids who brought lunch sit there without lunch until they get back to the classroom. This has happened more than three times and I have complained. But nothing has changed. If I was an aide I would run get them, since no student is allowed to run get them, not one adult will help these kids out, which infuriates me. It would only take a couple minutes to get the lunches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

Excellent teachers and parent involvement. The principal does lack connection and leadership. Both my kids have done very well here and have had may great experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

Where do I begin... 1)there is a real lack of control in this school, especially at lunch time. The kids basically run the show at lunch! 2) One of the secretary's at the front office is always rude and never smiles. All I've ever seen her do is yell at the kids and be short and rude with parents. (But the other one, Diane, is WONDERFUL!) 3) So many of the kids at this school are so incredibley disrespectful towards each other and towards adults. 4) I've seen the bus drivers yelling and cursing at each other out in front of the school. 5) The amount of homework and difficulty of homework is ridiculous; they get homework only once a week and it is not challenging at all. My kindergartener is doing the same work as he did when he was in pre-school. The list goes on and on; however, I must say that the teachers that I have met this year have been helpful and nice. I am really looking forward to getting my children out of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Fircrest is a great school because we are in the top 3 elementary's in the district. We get this rating due to the staff, students and parents all working together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

Fircrest is a fabulous school. I have been a Fircrest mom for about 10 years now. I am continually impressed by the teachers, the attitude, the counselors and the consistency. The school has a lot of community based activites put on by the PTO like movie nights, bingo and art showings. It really brings out neighbors and you see a lot of pride in parents' faces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

My son has ADHD and can be a bit of a handful sometimes. In our old school, he was constantly being sent to the principal or sent home. At Fircrest, the teachers and the principal actually care about teaching my son. They work with him through his difficulties and never just send him home to be rid of him. A+ for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

My son is now in the 5th grade at Fircrest. He started in the middle of 3rd grade & it gets better all of the time. The teachers at Fircrest teach because they love to teach - and it shows each & every day. He is challenged daily in his learning, the teachers push the children further than they thought they could go. They do this in such a positive manner, the kids don't even realize how much harder they are working -- because learning is now fun. I cannot possibly say enough about this staff - absolutely the best there is.
—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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
19%
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 Students63%
Female53%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income53%
Not low income77%
Special education46%
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female83%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income74%
Not low income92%
Special education62%
Not special education87%
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 Students47%
Female43%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income39%
Not low income54%
Special education36%
Not special education48%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female81%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income69%
Not low income74%
Special education36%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students69%
Female79%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income66%
Not low income72%
Special education36%
Not special education74%
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 Students67%
Female65%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income59%
Not low income81%
Special education47%
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female92%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income73%
Not low income85%
Special education65%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female78%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income63%
Not low income85%
Special education65%
Not special education74%
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 66% 60%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Two or more races 7% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 113%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 257%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 13N/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 66%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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  • Margaret Varkados

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