School Details

Beachwood Elementary School

American Lk Ave and Concord St, Lakewood, WA 98433
(253) 583-5200
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 461 students 21 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

81%
61%
65%
71%
67%
73%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 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 2013
  • Clover Park School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
54%
63%
86%
68%
73%
63%
47%
62%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 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 2013
  • Clover Park School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
60%
63%
75%
75%
73%
56%
57%
67%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 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 2013
  • Clover Park School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Beachwood Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fort Lewis. The principal of Beachwood Elementary School is Josh Zarling. 461 students go to Beachwood Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 41% of the 461 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Beachwood Elementary School is 21:1. Hillside Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 40%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 17% 27%
Multiracial 12% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 62%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    14 hours days??????? Are you kidding me I live close to the school and the earliest I have seen somebody is at 6 30 the school is empty by 3 the last person leaving is the custodian Dolores nicest lady on building. Some teachers care and are nice they can't do much with the support provide by distric and principal and her bad reputation. SCHOOL of DYSFUNCTION BEACHWOOD shame of you for not providing EXTRA services other than the ones for families with IEP and this kids are the most abuse by system left behind and neglected. Children often need extra help and is not provide classroom size is large ratio is usually 30 1. Some teachers are overwhelmed because of this and distric don't do anything to solve this matter with at least having one assistant teacher per classroom when is need it. This school is very bad just stay away if you can we are now homeschooling our 3 boys and is going wonderful.

  • (11 months ago)

    Glad that year is over and we are moving this summer this is by far the worst school my daughter has attended. No real homework just a few pages sometimes. Many incidents of bullies and no staff wanted to do something about it is true bullies are everywhere the difference if how you manage to get the problem solved how you get rid of it and in this school nobody seemed to care a bit about it. Classes are not challenging and below average standards nationwide. Principal too much blah blah blah and never bother at all to do new things to engage with students etc. One time my daughter went to say hello and she asked to sit down in a very rude manner. No enthusiasm more like a military regime that doesn't work to attack the problems of bullies etc. School of recognition only means that is currently meeting standars statewide of reading and math but we all know this is very easy to alter please don't fool yourselves!!!!Anyway is not a big deal because it should be of course meeting the standars!!!PTA is mediocre and doesn't innovate in nice educational activities No good behavior system reward no field trips! If your are movie to WA try another districtOr just homeschool

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has been School of Distinction for three years in a row! This school provides many extra services for students and has curriculum night for family members. The teachers are dedicated and hardworking. Many of the teachers work 14 hour days and still take time to meet with family members and discuss student achievement. Bullying happens in every school and Beachwood staff take it very seriously and work with students and family members to resolve issues in a timely and caring fashion.

  • (1 year ago)

    Bullies! Bullies bullies! I'm a mom of a special needs child and she has been victim of abuse and principal doesn't help no solutions! Bullying continues and to the point my daughter doesn't want to go no more to school. Teachers also never hear anything of what happening on classroom and let the kids resolve issues and incident that in my opinion and many others parents it shouldn't be like this many intolerable situations at this mediocre school. Stay AWAY!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Not impressed with this school. The teachers continue with the curriculum despite having children who have different learning styles. Children who have difficulty learning the material are left behind and do not get extra help. Staff does not supervise children adequately and teachers are frequently absent. Children do not have stability in class. Not impressed with the school system in Washington State.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is ok if your child doesn't have learning problems or bullying. My son was diagnosed with ADD and on meds. The teacher beg me to take him off of the meds because it wasn't helping. Next thing I knew they formed a meeting with the bored psychologist teacher principal counselor etc. All of them suggested that I talk to his doctor (aka med again) but I refused. They offered no other intervention. Only when we moved school did my son received nonpharmaceutical intervention. I also heard other parents complaining that they don't remedy bullying.

  • (1 year ago)

    Not impressed with the school. My daughter goes to Kindergarten there and so far she hasn't learned anything new. It seems like she learned more in Pre-school/Strong Beginnings and is now going backwards.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter loves going to school here. She is in 2nd grade and loves her teacher. Great homework assignments everyday. Separation for reading levels which is great. My daughter is good at reading so she doesn't get held behind she goes to a reading class with kids that are tested to her same level. This school is doing a great job due to the high demands and new housing going up. They are definitely doing all they can!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school just received the School of Distinction award- top 5% of schools in Washington for improvement over the last 5 years. This is the 2nd year that Beachwood has earned this award.

  • (2 years ago)

    Beachwood has been a wonderful school for our two children over the last three years. They work hard to teach at each child's level and help them reach their maximum potential. The teachers have been willing to work with us when we have concerns. The new principal coming in worked with the outgoing principal so there should be consistency. We would not hesitate to have children continue at Beachwood but both are now in middle school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son hass been attending Beachwood for 2 years. We have been to many schools and I can say that I have only meet to Principals that really want and have made a difference in their schools and in their childrens progress. Mr. Zarling is one of them I am not able to express how thankful I am for having the pleasure to have met him he has worked so hard to rise above all else. To give our children the best education and options out there. I am sad to see him leave he is truly one of the best. I also loved the way his staff has worked together as a community they help each other out and help each others students as well. In particuar Ms. Rust she has been such a blessing her and Mrs.Sorgenfri they are a great team all of the staff i wonderful and caring including Mrs. Lorie the Health Nurse she is a beautiful person always smiling and caring for all the kids. Last but not least Mrs. Rebecca are PTA president and Mrs. Sanchez they are great dedicated parents. Thank you beachwood.

  • (2 years ago)

    Beachwood is a great school. This is our family's 5th elementary school. Of the 5 schools we have been in this is the best. The teachers work hard to make sure my son and daughter get what they need and push my son to learn more. The teachers counselor principal and I all met before school to help my daughter who was having a hard time in reading. She goes to the before school learning help and is in LAP for extra help. I disagree with the last post that the principal is not willing to help. I went to him a few times with problems and he took care of them right away. The school just keeps getting better and better and that is because of the teachers and Mr. Zarling. My daughter is doing things in 3rd grade that my son did in 4th grade in Tennessee. Unfortunately we only have 1 more year at Beachwood. We will miss Beachwood and Mr. Zarling since he is leaving after this year.

  • (4 years ago)

    Not impressed with this school at all. There are several teachers who really try hard and are great however a majority of the staff including the principal are not helpful and rude. My child was not happy in this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am really pleased with Beachwood the teachers and principal. My granddaughter is in K and has really come a long way since the day she started. Her teacher is a wonderful teacher and brought out the best in my granddaughter she loves school. This has been a great experience for her and I just hope we are still here when her sister starts school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was so worried about my son only going to school for 2 hrs. I was not sure if he was going to learn in such a short time. But he has learned alot. he is reading and counting by 10's and much more. I'm very happy with my sons progress .

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been very happy with how much my son is learning at Beachwood. We have been here for 3 years. When we started he had a hard time reading. He got extra help from the teachers in the classroom and in the LAP program to get him extra help. The teachers we have had all went out of their way to help. The PTA works very hard and does a great job. There are a lot of events after school for families to spend time together. My son sometimes can be difficult but the teachers and principal have taken the time to meet with my husband and me before he left to come up with a plan to make sure I was supported. I can not thank everyone at Beachwood enough for everything they have done for my family. It will be sad when we have to leave.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both my daughters have been at Beachwood for 2 years now. The staff is great and they really care. The PTA is very active. The school could use a new field and a couple upgrades but that is more a budget issue then the schools fault.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in 3rd grade and he has attended Beachwood since Kindergarten. The atmosphere at the school has greatly improved in the last 2 years with some changes in staff. My son loves his school and they have made very positive steps to become a great learning environment. The principal and staff that are there now are super.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was really concerned about sending my children here when I read the reviews. I have to say that I am happy with Beachwood. They separate the readers into different rooms so each student is able to work at his or her own level. Also my first grader is learning math concepts in a way that seems to make sense to her and she is able to apply them easily in everyday situations. I do feel that sometimes there is a high tolerance for disruptive behavior during class time in the upper grades.

  • (5 years ago)

    The principle and teachers are caring. They work really hard to make sure the children are successful. They have been very responsive to my child and my family needs. We are military....there have been challenges with deployments etc.

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 58 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools