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Yelm Prairie Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 77 students

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Posted September 2, 2013

I could not be happier with this school. If all of the schools in Yelm behaved as they do at Prairie, this district would flourish. I pulled my kids after three years at a different school and walked into Prairie with an extremely negative opinion of Yelm schools due to those experiences. However, after our year there, I am looking forward to the next. The assemblies every week allow parents to feel truly welcome and involved. They also help teach the kids from a very young age how to behave in mass social settings. Sixth graders are given a Kinder buddy, making the kinder feel more comfortable while teaching the sixth grader responsibility. My son, who typically cannot regulate well un medicated for his ADHD spent the entire summer with no problems. My daughter, who is typically antisocial and was targeted by people who were supposed to help her at her old school, was extremely social all summer, and numerous people who came into contact with her were amazed. Switching my children to Prairie was the best thing I could have ever done for their education and well being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The teachers and staff go above and beyond parents expectations, and children's needs. Thanks you Southworth!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love Prairie school because they love their kids. They are always helping each other, parents, faculty and children. It is very warm and inviting. The teacher are always in contact with the parents and how their child/children or doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

I have 2 children that attend Prairie, 1 is gifted the other struggles in reading. I feel that Prairie does a wonderful job of engaging both my children in school, supporting them and challenging them to meet their potential. Prairie has wonderful teachers, and a great supportive staff. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

I have a son with special needs, and needed a pre K pre school enviorment. Prairie Elementary has a fantastic program provinding little ones with the chance to get ready for the challenges of 'real' school. My son has ASD, and the teachers are well qualified, and caring. They have a full and sturdy program assessing all of the core fundamentals. There is also OT and SP should your child need it like mine. I have been very happy, and whats more important my son is too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2006

great school wonderfull caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

Both of my kids attended this elementary school and I felt the staff was wonderful, especially Mr. Eisenhardt. It was not our 'home' school but we commuted our kids back and forth. It was worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2005

I would recommend Prairie Elementary! My daugher attended this school for three years, and is only leaving due to our relocation. My daughter ande I both loved the terafhers (especially Mrs. Werner 1st & 2nd gr) At the end of her third year, her reading level was that of 4.9 grade level, spelling was at a 5th grade level, and her sfores on the ITBS placed her nationally in the top 18%. Parents are encouraged and do participate on field trips, fundraisers and even acting and dancing it special shows. The only downfall was the Principal of 40 years leaving last year to retire, Mr. Eisenhart, he is sorely missed. My overall rating on a 1 to 10 is a firm 8.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

My son, Tristen came to Prairie last year in Oct. from a small Christian school. He was welcomed with open arms by both the staff and other students. As a parent, I had the fear that he would get lost in the shuffle of a bigger school but the opposite happened & his needs were taken care of more appropriatly. He was enrolled in a reading program and also his math skills went up a great deal. When we did have disapline issues (like most kids do), Mrs. Wentz was very helpful and not at all 'labeling' of Tristen & as the parent of a 'very active' 8 year old, I appreciate that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2003

My son came to Yelm Prairie, a Gates Foundation school, as a transfer from a very prestigious private Montessori school. Yelm Prairie has exceed my every expectation of a public school- the school is well laid out, sees the students as holistic beings & strives to meet thier needs in every area, academically and creatively. The principal, Jim Eisenhardt, knows each student & most parents by name. The caring and dedication of every teacher shines through. My son was the youngest first grader & was able to achieve one of the highest academic levels- success of every student is a priority at Yelm Prairie.


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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%

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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
42%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students65%
Female64%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income58%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female91%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income63%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
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 Students73%
Female75%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income63%
Not low income80%
Special education30%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income67%
Not low income93%
Special education30%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income53%
Not low income90%
Special education10%
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

Math

All Students68%
Female67%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income50%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income68%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female72%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income64%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
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 Students63%
Female62%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income42%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income58%
Not low income88%
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

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 80% 60%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Two or more races 6% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
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 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 246%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 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 81%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Debbie McLaren
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • No

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
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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16535 110th Ave SE
Yelm, WA 98597
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Phone: (360) 458-6261

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