School Details

Orca (Columbia)

5215 46 Ave South, Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 252-6900
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 488 students 19 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

67%
74%
65%
83%
79%
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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
70%
63%
73%
79%
73%
49%
69%
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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
70%
63%
69%
78%
73%
63%
75%
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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

49%
70%
59%
79%
80%
72%

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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
72%
64%
62%
74%
69%
59%
78%
71%

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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
69%
53%
65%
73%
66%
70%
75%
65%

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.
62%
87%
82%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE 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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Orca (Columbia) is a public middle school in Seattle. The principal of Orca (Columbia) is Concepcion Pedroza. 488 students go to Orca (Columbia) and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 32% of the 488 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Orca (Columbia) is 19:1. Aki Kurose Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 18%
Hispanic 7% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 49% 43%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 19%
Asian 12% %
Multiracial 11% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Orca is a wonderful school with strong parent involvement. My son continues to thrive at this school and we love the teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    Orca is an alternative public school that gives the students an open warm and friendly atmosphere to learn in. They also have a fabulous greenhouse that helps the students understand food systems. This enables them to make better choices in their own nutritional lives.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my son's first year at Orca. He's in 3rd grade and we have had a wonderful experience so far. Everyone from the new principal and her office staff to his teacher and other parents have been welcoming and supportive to a new family. Our son loves going to school everyday and comes home excited about what he's learned. At Orca the kids are very involved in the classroom and are taught that they are contributing members of their classroom community what a great way to prepare them for the world. Our family loves Orca.

  • (5 years ago)

    A very clean safe progressive school - great attitude from teachers we have met and wonderful involvement from parents. However it seems in my opinion a bit chaotic and unstructured in terms of creating a respectful thoughtful learning environment. Our daughter's kindergarten experience has been positive and fun for her but the class runs wild and is out of control. Also in my opinion the children are afforded too much control of what is going on at any time; they are allowed to bring toys to class lay down and take breaks when they want and are generally not told to quiet down when they are noisy or disruptive. When they interrupt the teacher they are not corrected rather they are asked what they want to say which encourages bold kids to dominate the class. That said they are taught empathy and have a great time so overall a positive experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    because of the morals and standards being taught to the children

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has attended 2 other schools in Seattle public schools. Orca is diverse progressive and nurturing.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a great school w/ great faculty and staff that really cares about the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Orca is a fabulous public alternative school... where my daughter can learn about her environment community art and the 'whole' part of being a well rounded individual -- it's not just academics and testing. on top of all that the parent and teacher involvement is amazing!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Community feeling. Incredible support for the children. Great teachers. K-8

  • (5 years ago)

    I love their gardening program and their environmental studies. We need more alternative schools dedicated to real learning like ORCA

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Orca because it is a k-8 public school that still offers all it's students art and PE on a regular basis.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Orca because it offers kids a wonderfully diverse education including the most creative gym classes around like the Thriller dance.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff truly cares about the students. The teachers have high values and morals and try to impart these to the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Patient and nurturing teachers Principle = strong leader Fun organized and dedicated parent groups Great horticulture program Social justice philosophy

  • (5 years ago)

    One of the best school we have in the district caring faculties administrations and supportive parents.

  • (5 years ago)

    Orca provides quality academics in a nurturing and stimulating environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school for Diversity - - - with great Teachers creating a rounded education

  • (5 years ago)

    Orca concentrates on social responsibility and caring for the environment. It has an incredible sense of community and everybody is welcome.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's got an anti-bias/social-justice oriented philosophy reflected in 'The Orca Way ' and has a fantastically diverse student population!

  • (5 years ago)

    Education is way more that math science social studies and english. At Orca students are able to discover their innerselves and find out who they are while learning.

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