35 Washington schools beat odds to get off failing list

Aug 31, 2011

More than a thousand schools in Washington state are failing to make adequate progress under federal law. But a handful of others are beating the odds and improving enough to work their way off the growing list of failing schools.

Among Seattle Public Schools, the improved schools are Greenwood Elementary School, Middle College High School, Sacajawea Elementary School.

Three elementary schools in the Puyallup School District are among 35 in the state making enough academic progress to earn their way off the needs improvement list this year.

School officials in Puyallup says the secret to their success is a lot of hard work and plenty of informal assessments throughout the school year to help teachers figure out what every kid needs to improve.

Pope, Warren Hunt and Wildwood elementary schools devote about a half hour each day to what the district calls an intervention block.

The schools and their districts are:

  • Auburn School District: Dick Scobee Elementary School, Evergreen Heights Elementary
  • Bainbridge Island School District: Woodward Middle School
  • Bremerton School District: Renaissance Alternative High School
  • Burlington-Edison School District: Edison Elementary
  • Camas School District: Skyridge Middle School
  • Chewelah School District: Jenkins Senior High
  • Clarkston School District: Heights Elementary
  • Clover Park School District: Tillicum Elementary School
  • Enumclaw School District: Westwood Elementary School
  • Everett School District: Henry M. Jackson High School
  • Hockinson School District: Hockinson Heights Intermediate
  • Lake Quinault School District: Lake Quinault Elementary
  • North Kitsap School District: Poulsbo Elementary School
  • Northshore School District: Arrowhead Elementary, Kokanee Elementary, Timbercrest Junior High
  • Oak Harbor School District: Hillcrest Elementary
  • Ocean Beach School District: Ocean Park Elementary
  • Olympia School District: McKenny Elementary
  • Peninsula School District: Discovery Elementary School
  • Prosser School District: Prosser Falls Education Center
  • Puyallup School District: Pope Elementary, Warren Hunt Elementary, Wildwood Elementary
  • Renton School District: Maplewood Heights Elementary School
  • Seattle Public Schools: Greenwood Elementary School, Middle College High School, Sacajawea Elementary School
  • Snoqualmie Valley School District: Fall City Elementary
  • South Kitsap School District: Burley Glenwood Elementary
  • Spokane School District: Linwood Elementary
  • Tumwater School District: Secondary Options
  • Walla Walla Public Schools: Alternative Education Program
  • Yelm School District: Mill Pond Elementary School