School Details

Samantha Smith Elementary School

23305 NE 14th St, Sammamish, WA 98074
(425) 868-5116
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 596 students 18 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

89%
83%
65%
95%
89%
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
  • Lake Washington School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
82%
63%
93%
87%
73%
88%
80%
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
  • Lake Washington School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
82%
63%
98%
89%
73%
98%
88%
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
  • Lake Washington School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Samantha Smith Elementary School is a public elementary school in Sammamish. The principal of Samantha Smith Elementary School is Steve Mezich. 596 children attend Samantha Smith Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Multiracial. 2% of the 596 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Samantha Smith Elementary School is 18:1. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 59% 69%
Asian 34% %
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 3% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 29% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Curriculum is strong so my kid does not get bored and that's a good thing. Teachers are nice lots and lots of after school programs. On the negative side way too much parental involvement. Helicopter parents doing everything not just for their kids but instead of them. Herding and protecting them as if they never need to get independent .

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with the comment about the Kindergarten program not being challenging enough for many students. I'd expand this remark to include the first grade program also. Otherwise we're pretty happy with the upper grade programs.

  • (3 years ago)

    I cannot say enough good things about Samantha Smith Elementary. This school has experienced teachers and staff with a true focus on how students learn individually. The PTSA is strong and the after-school activities offer a wide range of interests and arts. Fantastic!

  • (7 years ago)

    I think the school's kindergarten program moves too slow. The follow the least common denominator approach making sure all kids are brought up to a minimum standard. This leaves many other children bored and not allowed to move at a different rate.

  • (7 years ago)

    I can only believe that pushing kindergarteners to learn to write is Washington State policy; I feel it's ridiculous to expect kids that age to master writing. Also I feel the school administrators are very quick to suggest 'therapy' or 'counseling' for a child who doesn't immediately conform to the rules and rigidity of the school day. We are unhappy with Smith and considering relocating.

  • (7 years ago)

    We are new here to the Sammamish area and so my daughther is starting out in 6th grade at Samantha Smith. I can only say that the reception has been great and the staff is helpful and friendly. There are so many activites for the children to enjoy and we just love her teacher! The PTSA is awesome as well!! A great school!!

  • (7 years ago)

    A wonderful culture for a larger elementary school. Lots of creative teaching methods and very active PTA.

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