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Hulan L Whitson Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 489 students

 

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Posted October 13, 2012

My 2 daughters went to this school until we moved. They are bright kids who were challenged by their teachers in ways that stretched them academically, creatively, and socially. The teachers and principal here care about the students and are always ready to involve and include parents. This school can get low ratings based on test scores, but the population here (being rural) is quite varied. More than 50% of the kids are on free/reduced lunch and many are ESL kids. There are also highly-educated parents in the medical and high-tech industries, so you get a real mix. The school has dedicated PE, music, and art teachers that the students visit twice a week. There's also an excellent librarian that offers weekly enrichment on the class library visits. The school offers many free after-school programs such as sports, robotics, and knitting! The PTO is great and provides extra family programs as well as lots of money to pay for field trips, assemblies, and classroom materials. This is a GREAT school and I'm happy my kids could get such a great start in their public education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

The teachers are average, but no one stood out to be above average, however they were so much nicer than the administrative/office staff. I dreaded calling the school due to how rude they were and always having the feeling of putting them out. The school my kids are in now has done more for them in the 2 months they have been there than this school did in a year. It's a shame Washington made Charter schools illegal... this area needs some.
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Posted March 1, 2009

This school is very personal. They know you and your child by name, and they inform you of any problems with your child, even the small problems. This school is awesome!
—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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students51%
Female54%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income35%
Not low income68%
Special education27%
Not special education55%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female63%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income43%
Not low income72%
Special education33%
Not special education62%
Limited English15%
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 Students48%
Female50%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income36%
Not low income66%
Special education6%
Not special education56%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female62%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income54%
Not low income74%
Special education6%
Not special education73%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students57%
Female63%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income45%
Not low income74%
Special education13%
Not special education66%
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 60% 60%
Hispanic 35% 20%
Two or more races 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 123%N/A8%
Special education 121%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 89%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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450 North Main St
White Salmon, WA 98672
Phone: (509) 493-1560

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