School Details

Sacajawea Elementary School

9501 20 Av NE, Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 252-5550
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 272 students 17 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

75%
74%
65%
93%
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

63%
70%
63%
86%
79%
73%
77%
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

56%
70%
63%
80%
78%
73%
74%
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

About this school

Sacajawea Elementary School is a public elementary school in Seattle. The principal of Sacajawea Elementary School is Barry Dorsey. 272 students attend Sacajawea Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 21% of the 272 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sacajawea Elementary School is 17:1. Seattle Waldorf School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • 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
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 21%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 44%
Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 22%
Asian 14% %
Hispanic 11% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I have 2 kids in this school and this is our 4th year there. The instruction has been excellent and both my kids are really happy there. There is an Advanced Learning Opportunities program (ALO) to challenge kids that need extra challenges and a reading specialist Dr. Davis (who has a master s degree in reading disabilities and a Ph.D. in cognition and learning theory specializing in linguistic areas for kids who need extra help reading - how great is that?). Dr. Davis does more than helping just the kids though - she also helps the teachers by finding better reading assessments than the school district typically offers). There are so many after school activities offered for the kids to do (an after school enrichment program every Tuesday plus choir chess and girls on the run every week). Also there is an amazing number of parent volunteers for a such small intimate school. This year a special education classroom opened as well. I've heard the new parents describe Sacajawea as a "hidden gem" of a school. I agree.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are the reference school in the sought after Maple Leaf District. Sacajawea provides so much more than quality academics. Our teachers staff parents and students are all committed to building a community in Maple Leaf which is strong vibrant and well rounded. There is zero tolerance for bullying and many opportunities for students to mentor other students. It is a great place for a gifted child to spread their wings and a struggling student to build a strong foundation. We have it all--arts technology physical education and a great teaching staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    All three of my children have attended this small (260+ students) school with two still attending in our family's eleventh year here. There's been a shift to neighborhood families attending as opposed to families from other north Seattle neighborhoods. Highlights are the fall Science Fair and the Spring Arts Festival. Teacher conferences this year focused on what is being done for my children based on their personalities and needs and I've been very impressed this year. The principal visits classrooms daily and holds monthly "parent coffee chats". Our newest teacher is in her third year here. Overall Sac has been a great neighborhood school for our family!

  • (3 years ago)

    When we arrived at Sacajawea it had a fabulous art program ESL and a great parent volunteer base. The next year the art teacher was lost (offered a rediculous contract) and families started leaving. A few years later another art teacher has been "lost" and now the individual class room teachers will lead art period. When problems surface the principle is passive and a few sqeaky wheeled teachers get their way ... and not necessarily in the best interest of the children. The school was at 300 students and now its below 240 as families continue to leave early. Some teachers are fabulous but this year we consider a "lost year" with an inept teacher. I've heard the same comment from other parents with other teachers. More programs have been cut this year. Many of the families who have left were regular parent volunteers..We will be another of those families.

  • (5 years ago)

    We love this school. Very involved parents diverse student body. The principal is not great-he is kind of a passive guy who doesn't take action when there is an issue with a teacher. Last year this was a problem. Luckily most of the teachers are great especially Jesse Dickerson who is a young enthusiastic and very creative teacher. Wish my daughter could have him next year too.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers and great small neighborhood school. Educating for Human Greatness is their slogan and they do a lot beyond academics.

  • (5 years ago)

    we are new to the city and have been very impressed by the quality of instruction here not to mention the generally welcoming atmosphere. our kids have nothing but great things to say about their teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is in Kindergarten at Sacajawea. We have been really happy with our experience there. The school has reasonable class sizes and a great blend of academics and arts that we didn't see at most of the elementary schools we visited. They also have a global/community focus that we thought was gives our daughter the 'big picture' of the world around her. The school draws students who have english as a second language which creates a very rich cultural experience for the kids and families. We have been very happy there and highly recommend this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is one of the few small neighborhood schools left in Seattle with reasonable class sizes excellent teachers active parents and PTA and a diversity of programming. Standardized test scores for the school have shown a general upward trend for the past eight years even with its limited English proficency student population -- it is a very diverse school with every continent represented in its student boy. It is a first choice for University of Washington student teachers and was recently featured in a documentary on excellent schools (filmed Spring 2006).

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is totally awesome! it rox my sox!

  • (10 years ago)

    Sacajawea has a very 'small community' feel to it which makes for a warm nurturing atmosphere for the students. The level of parent involvement in PTA and school sponsored activities is very high and the PTA and principal Nelsen have a good relationship to do whatever is needed to get the best education possible for the students. My kids have loved being at Sacajawea and they have thrived there.

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