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Ocosta Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 45 students

 

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Posted May 13, 2014

I enjoy the teachers and staff working at the school, as people, however I have been disappointed and even terrified more than once over this school year. The kindergarten class is going full days this year, and all week. My son came from the nearby preschool going to class for 3 hrs a day only 2 days a week, we have had to adjust to 7 hr days, counting bus rides, and 5 days a week. Also the progress reports do not in my opinion show what my child knows. I was angry to hear that they didn't think my child could recognize more than 3 basic shapes, among other inconsistencies, after going to the school for 4-5 months. I was mostly upset that the teacher didn't seem to know my child or his actual abilities. Progress reports should not be test scores. I feel that they are making a big mistake with this all day school for 5 year olds. The worst part has been that my son has been late getting home from school by about 30 min on 3 occasions. He is 5! Not only was he late but at one point the school had NO IDEA what bus my son was on! The school was not answering calls and neither was the bus barn, I was in a panic! This should never happen especially with such a young child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

This school is the only reason why I still live in this town! I love it and my kids love it too. The only negative I can say is that they give a lot of candy and ice cream out as rewards and kids can buy sugary drinks at anytime. But other then that they do a lot for the kids and the community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Ocosta Elementary School is dedicated to the academic, social/emotional and personal development of all students. The school is the center of activity for children in this community and is continually adding programs and enrichment activities to meet the diverse needs of its students. The buildings are old, however a new school is scheduled for construction over the 2014/2015 school year and this will enhance the already high quality of instruction and services provided to the school community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 31, 2011

The kids coming through this school are outperforming other students on tests relative to the two counties. They focus much attention on math and reading so the academics are wonderful. They could use a new school in the older grades, the staff is wonderful and really know how to focus individually on low income students. Parents are sort of clichess, but the kids all get along for the most part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

If you are planning to relocate to the area I most definitely do not recommend this school. I have 3 children 2 of which have attended since kindergarten. The school is not kept very clean the bathrooms for the older grades being the biggest problem. The lunches are small and dairy products often taste spoiled. The test scores are below state average and there is a lack of common sense from staff when it comes to discipline. I would highly recommend looking in the Aberdeen or Hoquiam area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My son started 2nd grade in Oosta kind of smack in the middle of the year. I must say the school is really clean. All the staff is very nice and helpfull.My son loves the school and so do we. They make sure their kids are safe and always know who pick them up. The principal there is also a sweetheart. If you are thinking of sending your child here please do. Im sure your will both love it as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

Dana Stedman being recruited as our elementary principal has improved our overall school goals incrementally. Julie Hitt taking over as district librarian can only add to our improved reading skill levels due to her AR focus. Marking books at levels where students 'should' be has proven a great incentive for all reading levels.
—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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
36%
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 59% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students44%
Female48%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Low income38%
Not low income62%
Special education9%
Not special education56%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female76%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income50%
Not low income85%
Special education9%
Not special education76%
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 Students65%
Female71%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income51%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female82%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income57%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students51%
Female64%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income37%
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
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 Students59%
Female62%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income63%
Not low income50%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female77%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income63%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female54%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income50%
Not low income43%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
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 Students53%
Female62%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income40%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female74%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income58%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 60%
Hispanic 19% 20%
Two or more races 11% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 17%N/A8%
Special education 117%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 273%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 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Heather Sweet

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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2580 Montesano St South
Westport, WA 98595
Phone: (360) 268-9125

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