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Gause Elementary School

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3 stars

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Posted October 26, 2013

Needs training with special needs children, or listening clearly to parents concerns. This has been my experience after 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Both of my boys go to Gause and they love it so far. The preschool teachers, Ms Lisa and Ms Nikki are amazing. You can see how much they care about your child and their academic success. Mrs Goodling was wonderful with my kindergarten child as well. She made sure that he was challenged and not held back just because he was already doing advanced work. Would recommend this school without reservation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2013

There are many dedicated teachers who are great with the kids. Class size is small compared to other schools. Great after school programs as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

This school has REAL problems with kids bullying. My son made three attempts to ask for help at the school, and was accused of lying or told to work it out himself. My husband and I both contacted school but saw few results. School does not have any extracurricular activities beyond fundraising events. Only exception seemed to be the early morning band. Instructor is the shining star of this school. We moved kids out of district on a boundary exception to avoid their return to Gause.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

A great community. The first grade staff is remarkable! Overall, a really good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

Music program is underfunded, but teacher tries hard (students love him). Not enough supervision/adult interaction on playground, multiple complaints about bullying from peers. Classrooms are overfull. 24:1. Positive note: Kindergarten and first grade teachers (Goodling & Maier) were both kind-hearted and well organized. We are moving our children to another school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2008

Very poor learning structure. Environment is poor, both with the faculity, and with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2007

We moved here from another local school district and have been very happy. My Daughter is a 3rd grader and has made leaps and bounds in the last year. My Daughters teacher has pusher her and she has excelled both in class and socially I strongly reccomend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2007

We are very unhappy with the lack of education being provided to my sons. This school teaches to the lowest student and doesn't have any plan for kids who are above average. We have only been here this year and we are pulling my sons from the school. They have not learned anything new or challenging for their grade level and they are beyond bored. The teacher is unresponsive and unable to meet the needs of my kids and the principal is ineffective at best. The overall attitude is complacency and acceptance of low standards without a strong desire to improve. Very low parent involvement in the classes (and I volunteer) and poor communication with the families regarding grades. The school is very small and has limited offerings for extracurricular experiences. I do not recommend this school if you are looking for a mainstream experience and education for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

I was absolutely not pleased with this school. The principal was inappropriate and i felt like as a parent, i had no support or say in my childs education. We removed the children asap!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

We have had a wonderful experience at Gause in the last two years. The teachers have been very encouraging and are always working to find fun and educational projects. I feel that my child is learning and growing every day. There is a real team approach for reading and math. The reading groups consist of 2 to 5 children per adult and no child with advanced ability is 'held back' by children who are not as advanced. I see a lot of individualized attention to children who are having problems with a subject. As a parent helper, I am always welcome in the class and at other school activities. The principal is visible, available, and very approachable. The music, gym, and library programs are fun; my child looks forward to them. We are happy at this school! --Grateful Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

great school for children to go to. I highliy reccommend. I am very satisfied and happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

My child attended this school for one year (1st grade) and then we switched to another school. I found that Gause didn't have any means for assisting below average or above average children. The academics were tailored for the average student. The lack of art and physical education only made the students restless and bored. In addition, the playground is quite inadequate for an elementary school. Overall, we were very disappointed with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2005

My experience with this school was terrible. My child had some reading difficulties that went unassisted. I eventually pulled her from the school district and she is doing much better now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

My daughter's experience with Gause was wonderful. Now that we've relocated out of state, we tend to compare the other schools in our new area to Gause. None have even come close. What set Gause apart for me were the people working everyday with my child. They're kind, compassionate, helpful educators who genuinely care about the well being of each child in their charge. I would hope this would always be the case with elementary schools, but as we are finding, that is not always true. Gause is a school that I would not hesitate to send any of my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2004

Gause is a great little school, very homegrown, wholesome. My son has really taken off since enrolling here. My daughter just graduated from Portland Public Schools and I can safely say that Gause exceeds anything Portland is able to offer--just in terms of a focussed, studious, respectful learning environment, which my son really needed and my daughter could have benefitted from all those years. Don't get me wrong, I was loyal to PPS all those years, but now that I have something much better, I'm loyal to Washougal schools!
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
82%

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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
31%
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 Students74%
Female70%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income66%
Not low income80%
Special education50%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female84%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income77%
Not low income85%
Special education42%
Not special education88%
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 Students82%
Female87%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income69%
Not low income89%
Special education39%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income77%
Not low income85%
Special education50%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students80%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income74%
Not low income83%
Special education39%
Not special education88%
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 Students70%
Female77%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income63%
Not low income75%
Special education17%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female78%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income60%
Not low income80%
Special education25%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female80%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income70%
Not low income81%
Special education17%
Not special education85%
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 81% 60%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 7% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 233%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 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 82%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Washougal, WA 98671
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