Park Orchard Elementary School

11010 SE 232nd, Kent, WA 98031
(253) 373-7473

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 438 students 15 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Kent School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Park Orchard Elementary School is a public middle school in East Hill-Meridian. The principal of Park Orchard Elementary School is Christine Castillo. 438 children attend Park Orchard Elementary School and identify as Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 73% of the 438 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Park Orchard Elementary School is 15:1. Meridian Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 40% 19%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 17%
Asian 17% %
White, non-Hispanic 15% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 12%
Multiracial 10% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 48%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I wasn't impressed with the quality of learning being done at this school. Instead of trying to get my child ahead I felt like they didn't work with him as much as they could have. If a child wants to learn and is doing the work without arguing you continue to keep them at that pace individually so that school is not boring for them. They taught a lot to the State tests instead of actually trying to teach.

  • (2 years ago)

    The principal is amazing caring and does his job but however the staff in the front office I do not care for at all they let me small children walk home from school by themselves instead of keeping there there in the office until I got there since I was running late from a job..and if you are late they get irritated and treat you like you are a bad parent.

  • (3 years ago)

    This schol has a very dedicated staff of excllent teachers. They truly care about each student and try their best to make sure that each student reaches their potential learning level. They use new and inovative ideas as well as traditional methods of teaching. This school has a very diverse population and provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with people of other countries races and beliefs etc. I feel it better prepares them to deal with the world and community when they are adults.

  • (4 years ago)

    Entire staff is caring and concerned about students. The teachers are dedicated and involved motivated to help students. Principal's positive leadership reflected by teachers' positive attitudes and new programs. Although would benefit from increased parent involvement the school has a strong PTA program with seemingly tireless volunteers.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school rocks and I wouldnt change a thing!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is more worried about the WASL than helping students exceed.

  • (11 years ago)

    I was a former student and Park Orchard and I thought the staff was incredible. They were very warm overall and are not out of touch with their students like at the Junior High. They treat everyone with respect and the students respect them. The low budget is a problem and so is the PTA involvement.

  • (12 years ago)

    The teachers and other staff at PO are very warm intelligent and caring people. They work hard and find creative ways to reach the students. They are overly restricted by the politicians and limited by a ridiculously low budget. The people who spend six to eight hours a day educating and preparing our children to face this society should not be told how to do it by people who have never spent their days teaching in the same system.

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