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Southworth Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 510 students

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Posted June 10, 2014

Southworth Elementary is an amazing school for young children and parents. I attended this school when I was a kid and it is just as inviting now as over 20 years ago. I was very excited to see some of the staff there that I saw as a kid. My children love the environment and the staff. They feel welcome and supported. I have been to several schools as a parent and only a couple make you have that relaxed feeling inside. I know my kids are safe. The school does an outstanding job of keeping parents up to date on what is going on, by newsletters, emails and autodialers. The school is very structured and does a good job of holding the kids accountable, from the lunch room, to the classroom and to the playground. There are times when they put on activities for families and they are fun. Homework isnt too much and students should be reading at least 20 minutes a day at home. When there is student testing they make sure that all students have a stress free working environment and make sure parents are aware of those time. If there is a problem at school or even a minor accident, the school does a good job of notifying parents. It is definately a place for families to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

My son feels unsafe at this because of the complete lack of supervision on the playground. When this was brought to the attention of the principal it was blown off like we were just complaining parents. Several people surrounding us have already moved their kid's out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

The teachers and staff I've met are very friendly. My child feels safe and has made wonderful friends. My concern is is with the lack of education my child is receiving. The primary focus in my child's classroom is to help the "lower" achieving students to meet state standards. Unfortunately, this has created a situation where children who are exceeding standard are learning nothing and no child is receiving a well-rounded education. They are so concerned with state test scores that the primary focus is on math and reading. Therefore, MSP data is not an accurate representation of the performance/academic rigor of this school. There is no instruction in writing, they do not do spelling, social studies is minimal at best, and science lacks inquiry-based learning. Furthermore, when students have completed the minimal work required they are given time to finish their homework in class and still have time to read independently for up to two and a half hours per day. Yes, you read that correctly. After speaking with both the teacher and principal about our concerns nothing has changed. I would not recommend this school, solely based on academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

Southworth is an amazing school. As an educator myself, I have been nothing but happy. The staff is caring and gets to know every individual student. I really believe that they care about every student that walks through the door. Along with a caring staff, you will also find a strong sense of academic integrity. I feel honored to have my child part of such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

We moved our daughter this school when it became obvious to us that she needed a school that cared about her and her education. That was two years ago and she has reached educational goals that I never thought possible. We have had nothing but positive experiences with the staff and students. They truly care about the child as a whole. It is so nice to know my daughter is a priority and that she feels safe and loved when she is at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

This is our 3rd year at Southworth and we've loved every one of them. As a military family we've felt "at home" since our first day on campus. The teachers and staff always greet us with a smile and make us feel welcome and part of a community. Both of my children have excelled academically, yet continue to be challenged to push themselves further. I am confident they will leave Southworth prepared for the challenges of middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I have a Kinder that had speech delay when he first started at Southworth Elementary. I had my doubts when I was told that my son's reading level will improve by the end of the school year, much less speaking it. Several months later and still in Kinder, he comes home reading me a story from one of the books he brought home from school. I was (and still am) amazed at how he pronounced each word so precisely. To describe Southworth and its staff, they have gone above and beyond to meet my son's needs and my expectations. I am a very proud parent of Southworth, and I applaud its teachers and staff. THank you for everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

I love this school! Great Enviroment!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2009

I just love the staff!!! My son had the most amazing teach er last year for 2nd grade..Mrs skultety!!! My sons says it is the best school he has ever been to..We are a military family and he has been to 4 other schools..I love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

We moved here from Phoenix and was pretty leery about putting our daughter in a 'small town' school. I will admit it is the best school we could have ever put her in, even compared to the other 4 we could have chosen. The teachers are outstanding and care about each student as an individual. The principal gets involved and interacts very well with the student. She is at all school activities and participates. I could not ask for a better school or academic program for my daughter to attend! Keep up the good work Southworth!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2006

An excellent school with dedicated teachers, staff, and a principal that really care. All schools in the state of Washington are somewhat driven to teach to the WASL. This school does a great job of balancing that need with allowing teachers to have their creativity come into their classrooms. The principal is a strong leader whose focus is toward improving all areas of this school for students and teachers. Could
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

Incredible staff , brilliant teachers and success for my son all add up to the winning combination!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2006

We are very happy with the teachers at Southworth. My son is doing much better in this school then any others he has gone to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Southworth is an excellent school. I have two children going there and one starting next year. The teachers are very dedicated and personable. The children get top notch music twice a week, PE twice a week, computer training, and art instruction. After school tutoring for WASL, reading, and Spanish are available. Yelm School district has passed all of its levies and bonds. The high school is getting a brand new beautiful school. There are several schools being added, remodeled, or enlarged at all grade levels. I can't say enough about my admiration for the teachers and staff. Every year they continue to exceed my expectations with my children. Southworth has many new faces, including a new motivated principal and office staff. The geographical area of this school is very large, from Yelm City limits to outskirts of Olympia making the drive to SW quite long.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2005

My daughter has been at Southworth Elementary school for the last 4 years. The staff, from teachers to those in the front office are pleasant and welcoming. She has had wonderful teachers and has been challenged to learn and grow academically and socially. Southworth is a wonderful place for children to develop their skills and prepare for their futures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

We reviewed this school prior to moving and were happy with the WASL results compared to my daughter's old school. Only later, to find that the WASL is the major focus and not a well rounded education. This quest for funding, costs the children, however, we think this is all you can do when 1/3 of the children are receiving assisted meals. Furthermore, dishonesty and poor work ethic based on the faculty is abounding. (Letter requesting NEEDED after school math tutoring, but receives high mark in math on the report card) If you can't teach my child in school hours why would I give you more time after school when there are excellent tutors elsewhere. - Disappointed Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

Both of my girls went to Southworth, I loved all the teachers, and think the world of the principal. Additionally, the parent support has been great. Jerry Higgins is a tough customer who gets the best from his students, I respect him highly. Linda Lee Tatro is a wonderful teacher, her spring 5th grade trip is the highlight of the year, don't miss it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

they always on the ball. they help the students and the principal is always involved with the activities
—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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students59%
Female48%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income45%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female76%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income66%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
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%
Female81%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income68%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female83%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income69%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female81%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income56%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
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%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income48%
Not low income66%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female83%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income81%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income63%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
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 Students74%
Female80%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income64%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income79%
Not low income83%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 60%
Two or more races 15% 6%
Hispanic 13% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 2%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 118%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 244%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 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 54%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • $25,000 Grant Recipient, Nisqually Charitable Giving Foundation (2012)
  • Distinguished Elementary Principal, Capital Region (2011)
  • Washington State School of Distinction (2008)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Lisa Cadero-Smith
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Fax number
  • (360) 458-6303

Programs

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  • Gifted / high performing

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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13849 Yelm Hwy SE
Yelm, WA 98597
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