School Details

Melvin G Syre Elementary School

19545 12th Ave N.W., Shoreline, WA 98177
(206) 393-4165
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 500 students 14 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

84%
79%
65%
84%
83%
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
  • Shoreline School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
73%
63%
93%
81%
73%
78%
68%
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
  • Shoreline School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
75%
63%
94%
85%
73%
89%
80%
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
  • Shoreline School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
78%
59%
91%
84%
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
  • Shoreline School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Melvin G Syre Elementary School is a public elementary school in Shoreline. The principal of Melvin G Syre Elementary School is Michelle Carroll and can be contacted at michelle.carroll@shorelineschools.org. 500 students go to Melvin G Syre Elementary School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 14% of the 500 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Melvin G Syre Elementary School is 14:1. Horizon School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 15%
Multiracial 9% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 69% 55%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 7%
Hispanic 10% 11%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 27%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Syre is a wonderful school located in the heart of Richmond Beach. My children attend and there is not another school in the district I'd rather have them be at. The staff is dedicated and caring towards not only the students but to their colleagues. Expectations and clear consequences are frequently articulated to students. Staff retention is extremely high - many have been at the school for well over 10 years. The school family is like no other - parents teachers and students truly feel a sense of connection and togetherness with the primary focus of all involved being that of what's best for the children and working together towards a common goal. I feel so fortunate to be part of such an amazing school community!

  • (6 months ago)

    Sadly we as teachers are told by admin to basically teach to the test at Syre. Although we do well on standardized tests by and large the kids who attend Syre are missing out on what it means to truly have a passion for learning and education. Pressure to do well on tests is high teacher burn-out is high bullying is high kids are bored. There are other schools in the area with lower overall scores but the teachers and students are fired up about learning and they have it right! Syre is disappointing on many levels from the inside out but if you want your so-called "10" school ( where we basically tell them how to answer to get those high scores) you'll do fine here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Syre is a wonderful school because of the great staff the highly involved families and the dedicated PTA. Without the tremendous support of all the parents who volunteer their time to not only help teachers & students in the classroom but those that volunteer hours and hours of time to help RAISE FUNDS FOR WONDERFUL PROGRAMS THAT ALL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM - Syre would not be the great school it is today. The ancillary staff is warm friendly and welcoming making for a very pleasant environment when visiting the school. Our new principal has brought positive energy motivation and enthusiasm that were previously lacking in prior administrators. Syre is one of the best schools around - but if you don't have a sincere appreciation & sense of gratitude for the wonderful community of teachers and staff and all of the parents who are there to help YOUR students - then this may not be the school for you!

  • (1 year ago)

    There is a clear advantage for children of parents who are heavily involved. The preferred "class" of children get the teachers their parents want making it extremely unfair. Also younger siblings often are "grandfathered in" with the same teachers as their older siblings. The PTA clearly runs the school with the large amount of funds they raise to help the school. This might appeal to some families. For us - no way!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a good school. my only contention is that there is a clear advantage for the kids whose parents are highly involved and this seems a little unfair to me as a parent. If you want your child to excel academically and socially be prepared to be a super volunteer. another small complaint is that there are a fair amount of teachers whose kids are also students and this just increases the tight-knit community. but the quality of the education is very good and there are some outstanding teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    With our child in second grade I feel my review can finally be of some use to others. So far we have had extraordinary teachers who are so dedicated that it is an inspiration. The classroom order is tremendous and the students are motivated to work for themselves their peers and the teacher in a very healthy way. As noted parent involvement is very high which creates great group cohesion. I am looking forward to the rest of our school experience as a part of a community that wants all kids to do well.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went there for three years as a child and loved it there. And now my son gets to go. D I love how they really work with the children there.

  • (6 years ago)

    This has proven to be a pretty decent school. Teachers are good and the parents are very very involved. Regarding a previous post There is a new principal now and he is very hands-on and focused on the kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    Beginning in Kindergarten children are instructed in computer skills music and P.E. weekly. These classes are taught by specialists in the field. In the primary grades the children learn how to put together a PowerPoint presentation and later work on laptops. This is a wonderful school in a close-knit community of two-parent homes. Most families have one parent at home at least part time. Parent voluntarism at the school is almost to the point of ridiculous! I'm a former teacher and the amount of parent hovering and involvement would have driven me crazy as a teacher. However it makes for a stable group of kids for the most part. The school hosts a district program for severely emotionally disturbed children on campus called the Brite Program. These kids are mainstreamed in classrooms and on the playground with additional supervision.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school especially for primary elementary education. Very strong in reading. Community support is huge here. PTA is very strong lots of volunteers. Principal tends to side with staff instead of parents.

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