School Details

Tops K-8

2500 Franklin Av East, Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 252-3510
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 514 students 17 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

60%
74%
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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

78%
70%
63%
80%
79%
73%
78%
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

73%
70%
63%
79%
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

73%
70%
59%
80%
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

75%
72%
64%
58%
74%
69%
80%
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

52%
69%
53%
59%
73%
66%
60%
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.
61%
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

Tops K-8 is a public middle school in Seattle. The principal of Tops K-8 is Jo Lute-Ervin. 514 students attend Tops K-8 and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 28% of the 514 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Tops K-8 is 17:1. Bright Water School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 47% 44%
Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 22%
Asian 27% %
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 2%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    A pretty good school overall. My complaints against TOPS have mostly to do with the inability to fire teachers that are burnt out or simply not there for the students. A certain teacher played favorites with students doing well in his class and refused to help struggling students. Spent way too much time on cars.com during the school day when he could have been helping the students he is being paid to teach. My daughter struggled in math until she entered high school (Garfield). Once she had someone who took the time to explain the lesson well she took off. Meanwhile this teacher still teaches at TOPS. I still hear parents complaining.

  • (4 years ago)

    We felt like we won the lottery when we got into TOPS and we did. At TOPS we've found dedicated and talented teachers and staff and a wonderful diverse community that supports our children. There is high parent involvement and the kids are together from kindergarten through 8th grade so everyone really becomes a family and invested in each other's success. It's a special place we feel very lucky.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school with a great diversity of students.

  • (7 years ago)

    TOPS is a small caring community. There is an excellent art program and PE is great. But it is rather average in terms of academics(although there is lots of talking about how great the programs are). I have been working with my child all those 'elementary' years at home to make sure that she stays advanced particularly in math. So if your child (or you) has academic ambitions this school is not for you unless you are willing to supplement at home.

  • (8 years ago)

    TOPS is a great school for my kids. Joan and Joby the Kindergarten teachers are absolutely amazing! A somewhat more traditional approach than some other alternative schools although kids are given many choices. Those choices are good for kids who need freedom to explore; might seem chaotic to kids(and parents) who need a ton of structure. Alternative nature also based on emphasis on arts (esp. visual arts theater public speaking) and social justice. One other review panned the school as 'politically correct' to which the school would plead 'guilty as charged'. How many other schools have a large and highly active 'Committee for Social Justice' and an anti-bullying program that runs from Kindergarten to 8th grade? Would only recommend this school if alternative school with these goals appeals to you.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has high standards. The staff has put a lot of effort into coordinating the curriculum across classes and grades. Students who struggle are given help by parent volunteers small group instruction and sometimes private tutors. The special education staff is very high quality. The downside to the school is that the classes are almost always at capacity and once you reach the middle school level the students don't have have any options for their 'electives'. It can also be hard to get into.

  • (8 years ago)

    Although many parents are quite happy with this school it was not optimal for our child. Class size is larger than many Seattle schools because TOPS has a good reputation and people are clamoring to get in. My child did not thrive in this environment. She is highly academically motivated and needs to be challenged but that is not a priority for this school. There is a moderate degree of ethnic diversity (which I like) and a commitment to understanding and maintaining that diversity. Unfortunately that commitment overshadows the obligation to meet the educational needs of all children - including gifted children. My daughter was in a chaotic environment at this school and I was concerned for her safety. Teacher quality is quite variable with a high turnover. Some were excellent but others were poor.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school used to be great and it's still living off its previous reputation and pretty soo it's going to be obvious to more people. You know how a fire will keep burning even when you haven't added any new fuel for a while? They're just about out of fuel. Or to mix metaphors what you've got here is the Emperor's New Alternative School. It's good because everyone says 'It's great it's great.' But it ended up being a toxic chaotic environment for my child. It's all gimmicks and silliness and the only reason their test scores are excellent is because it is 100% interested parents -- as an alternative school nobody is there by default. Many parents are virtually homeschooling their children in actual academics in the evenings and TOPS is basically Political Correctness Daycare Center. (Not as nutsy as new-agey New School though.) Want an education? Look someplace else.

  • (9 years ago)

    TOPS is an excellent K-8 public school in the Seattle School District. It draws students from all over Seattle so it has a more diverse population than the average neighborhood school. There is a strong emphasis on multiculturalism (one of the highlights of Kindergarten is a family history from every child) and involvement in the life of the city (many field trips). The school expects a high level of parental involvement. Perhaps because of this student test scores are among the highest in the city (though not as high as those in the priciest neighborhoods). Science and art are integrated K-8 and the kids have P.E. every day (all sadly unusual in Seattle). It is a K-8 school which is appealing for our family. Bad sides? Classes are large 25 in K 29 by 5th grade and then maybe too small in middle school (1 language no honors math). We love it.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter had wonderful teachers and friends at TOPS. The community is so warm and the parent support is the strongest I've experienced. My daughter really excelled with all of the attention she received from staff willing to help whenever needed. On top of that the school is k-8th grade so she was able to stay connected with old teachers and help with the younger kids. Middle school options in the central area cluster are not the best yet these students are lucky enough to experience it with familiar teachers staff and students. TOPS is a very supportive environment and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an active part in their child's education.

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