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Apple Valley Elementary School

Public | K-4

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted June 23, 2014

Apple Valley Elementary. My daughter hasn't started Kinder yet and I am already worried. They teach common core and don't seem to have an opt out policy in place. I DO NOT want my daughter using the common core learning standards. Does anyone know how to get the schools to have an opt out option? I am only rating 3 stars because I do not know any of the teachers, or the principal ect .. But from what I have read parent involvement is NOT encouraged what so ever. This worries me because that is how common core is, they don't want us anywhere near it..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

I have 2 children attend this school and I thought it would be a better school from the previous school , however the parent involvement at Apple valley is none unless it is conference week, then by all means they want your attention. Parents were not allowed to attend todays field trip. The school my children where at before made sure parents were apart of everything...Apple valley wants you to be involved when it comes to PTA fundraisers or conferences. I thought moving my kids to a "better school district" was a good idea. But if a better school means being stuck up and selfish I'm moving them back to a school that teaches a lot more then being a stuck up snob!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

We love Apple Valley! We are always welcomed with smiling faces and I have been amazed at how much my little Kindergartner has learned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

I loved Apple Valley! I went there from kindergarten to fourth grade, when i had to move up to the middle school, and the staff and teachers are so supportive and helpful and i was so lucky to have gone to such an amazing school.


Posted May 4, 2012

We choose to enroll our daughter in the all day kindergarten program and we could not be happier. The academic growth my daughter has shown is tremendous, but it is the environment created by her teacher that has impressed us the most. Our daughter comes home from school brimming with excitement about what has happened that day. Not only has the academic side been excellent, but we have enjoyed the activities put on by the PTA. The experience at Apple Vally has put my daughter on the correct path to academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

In a day and age where children could use some creative teaching we have cookie cutter education. When asked for out of the box kind of learning and working with our family we were told that the curriculum is what it is. Children are individuals and should be taught as such. I feel as though my child in 1st grade is just a number. I also have not been allowed to volunteer in the classroom. Something I did a great deal of in our last school. I visit in lunch hour to see my son but I am obviously not welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

Great school for kids to learn and grow . The teachers work together to create a fun learning environment .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2010

they teach with care each kid what he exactly needs,their kids can read in early k grade, start with plus and minus from first grade,they are great in science projects,they are trying to make learning such a fun! and school a great place to stay in! i like them and we miss them me and my 2 daughters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2010

This school does have excellent teachers who care about their students. However, if you are looking for a school where you are welcomed to be a part of your child's education in the classroom, this is not the school for you. I, and many other parents, have felt very unwelcome to visit the classroom, and no volunteers are wanted, which makes me wonder who is doing all of the things for them that I did for the teachers at my daughter's previous school. And what is going on that we can't be a part of. On the other hand, the after school daycare is great, and I believe the education is sound. I just enjoy a school that allows me to meet my daughter's friends and spend time with the children and adults that shape her day. This school just doesn't allow that type of involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

My husband & I had our home build in the Apple Valley district so our son could start Kindergarten at Apple Valley. He's going into first grade now. We were very pleased with Apple Valley. The teachers are awesome and so is the principal! They all make learning fun and not like a chore!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2004

I have had two children go through Apple Valley. I have been extremely pleased with the caring attitude of the teachers and staff, and for their commitment to teaching to the standards.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
82%

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 Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income87%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female90%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income73%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
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 Students77%
Female72%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income56%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female69%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income44%
Not low income85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income56%
Not low income82%
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

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 70% 60%
Hispanic 20% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Two or more races 2% 6%
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 10%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 230%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 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 57%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Yakima, WA 98908
Phone: (509) 965-2060

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