Graham Elementary

Summary:

Graham Elementary is a public elementary school in Graham, Washington, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Bethel School District. This high-performing school consistently outperforms its district and the state of Washington in academic proficiency across various subjects and grade levels.

Graham Elementary's academic performance is particularly impressive, with 59.66% of students proficient or better in SBAC/English Language Arts, compared to 48.66% for the Bethel School District and 52.86% for the state. The school also excels in SBAC/Math and WCAS/Science, ranking among the top elementary schools in Washington for its Hispanic, multi-racial, and low-income student populations. Over the past several years, Graham Elementary has steadily improved its statewide ranking, moving from 557th out of 1,053 Washington elementary schools in 2015-2016 to 308th out of 1,169 schools in 2022-2023.

While Graham Elementary outperforms most nearby schools in the Bethel School District, such as Centennial Elementary, Kapowsin Elementary, and Frederickson Elementary, some schools in the neighboring Puyallup School District, such as Pope Elementary and Frank Brouillet Elementary, have higher academic proficiency rates in certain subjects and grade levels. However, Graham Elementary's performance for its special education student population is an area that requires further attention and improvement.


Detail:

Public K-5

 10026 204th Street East
       Graham, WA  98338-9216


(253) 800-8500

District: Bethel School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
308th of 1,169 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $20,424 Help


Students who attend Graham Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Frontier Middle School
High:    Graham Kapowsin High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.7 Help
Number of students:  533

Racial breakdown:

White:
43.5%
Two or more races:
18.8%
Hispanic:
16.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Graham Elementary ranks better than 73.7% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 2nd among 18 ranked elementary schools in the Bethel School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 71.68. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Graham Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (43.5%), two or more races (18.8%), Hispanic (16.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Graham Elementary is 15.7. 14 elementary schools in the Bethel School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Graham Elementary is $20,424, which is the 5th highest among 18 elementary schools in the Bethel School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Graham Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Graham Elementary 308th of 1169 Washington public elementary schools. (See Graham Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Bethel School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Bethel School District 143rd of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Graham Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 45.85 568th 1026 44.6%
2005 67.98 304th 1031 70.5%
2006 65.35 333rd 1051 68.3%
2007 62.23 402nd 1069 62.4%
2008 64.80 368th 1067 65.5%
2009 56.27 469th 1072 56.3%
2010 65.23 342nd 1088 68.6%
2011 54.82 505th 1092 53.8%
2012 58.18 464th 1097 57.7%
2013 58.52 468th 1106 57.7%
2015 51.94 505th 1067 52.7%
2016 48.28 557th 1053 47.1%
2017 62.86 398th 1056 62.3%
2018 55.13 474th 1054 55.0%
2019 57.99 474th 1130 58.1%
2021 52.16 488th 1107 55.9%
2022 62.11 408th 1169 65.1%
2023 71.68 308th 1169 73.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.10 124th 212 41.5%
2019 47.51 175th 303 42.2%
2021 58.16 51st 128 60.2%
2022 57.98 113th 252 55.2%
2023 67.50 58th 194 70.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.63 299th 637 53.1%
2019 18.11 529th 566 6.5%
2022 70.47 89th 478 81.4%
2023 30.62 235th 308 23.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.73 309th 835 63.0%
2019 63.24 307th 979 68.6%
2021 64.74 211th 854 75.3%
2022 72.76 172nd 1019 83.1%
2023 81.34 111th 1013 89.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.83 498th 1004 50.4%
2019 58.01 459th 1068 57.0%
2021 53.42 424th 1008 57.9%
2022 64.09 363rd 1100 67.0%
2023 69.06 304th 1094 72.2%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 44.62 35th 50 30.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.58 409th 999 59.1%
2019 58.59 436th 1075 59.4%
2021 48.59 482nd 1025 53.0%
2022 59.50 414th 1113 62.8%
2023 72.57 274th 1099 75.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.39 314th 540 41.9%
2019 79.15 92nd 697 86.8%
2021 71.16 76th 501 84.8%
2022 86.74 53rd 694 92.4%
2023 77.48 83rd 633 86.9%
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Rank History for White students at Graham Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.57 488th 833 41.4%
2019 46.05 590th 1027 42.6%
2021 38.58 586th 943 37.9%
2022 51.26 493rd 1031 52.2%
2023 64.05 352nd 1011 65.2%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Reviews:
by a parent
Monday, October 19, 2015

Open Quote This used to be a great school. My opinion has steadily declined since the new principal came in last year. Can't wait until my kids are out of this school. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Open Quote Wonderful school! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Graham Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 551 3 3 8 14 n/a n/a 0 579
1990 654 2 6 12 11 n/a n/a 0 685
1991 650 2 7 19 9 n/a n/a 0 687
1992 665 3 5 26 16 n/a n/a 0 715
1993 664 6 12 33 27 n/a n/a 0 742
1994 718 7 14 34 17 n/a n/a 0 790
1995 756 9 29 26 15 n/a n/a 0 835
1996 756 9 29 26 15 n/a n/a 0 835
1997 793 16 30 24 13 n/a n/a 0 876
1998 788 21 31 28 13 n/a n/a 0 881
1999 766 23 24 25 13 n/a n/a 0 851
2000 665 22 24 20 14 n/a n/a 0 745
2001 653 23 26 31 13 n/a n/a 0 746
2002 650 33 21 44 15 n/a n/a 0 763
2003 650 33 21 44 15 n/a n/a 0 763
2004 648 30 29 51 16 n/a n/a 0 774
2005 650 33 47 48 20 n/a n/a 0 798
2006 623 43 41 77 18 n/a n/a 0 802
2007 661 27 31 74 16 n/a n/a 0 809
2008 628 28 27 69 13 n/a n/a 0 765
2009 669 33 37 75 18 n/a n/a 0 832
2010 405 39 26 68 11 n/a n/a 0 549
2011 450 27 28 70 10 5 11 0 601
2012 511 31 21 84 13 4 33 0 697
2013 518 38 21 94 7 4 42 0 724
2014 422 26 18 73 7 5 60 0 611
2015 452 36 14 90 3 5 91 0 691
2016 492 27 19 80 4 10 101 0 733
2017 468 26 12 89 2 9 105 0 711
2018 451 17 13 99 1 9 116 0 706
2019 436 18 17 112 1 9 117 0 710
2020 409 17 14 100 2 9 121 0 672
2021 327 14 17 86 2 11 101 0 558
2022 237 26 17 74 7 13 86 0 460
2023 232 43 36 90 5 27 100 0 533

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Graham Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 579 23.0 25.1 n/a
1990 685 28.9 23.7 0
1991 687 32.0 21.4 n/a
1992 715 33.0 21.6 n/a
1993 742 34.3 21.6 n/a
1994 790 35.6 22.2 n/a
1995 835 35.6 23.5 n/a
1996 835 35.6 23.5 n/a
1997 876 37.6 23.3 n/a
1998 881 37.8 23.3 n/a
1999 851 38.5 22.1 n/a
2000 745 33.5 22.2 n/a
2001 746 36.5 20.4 n/a
2002 763 37.5 20.3 21.1
2003 763 37.5 20.3 21.1
2004 774 37.0 20.9 26
2005 798 37.0 21.6 23.1
2006 802 37.0 21.7 26.1
2007 809 38.7 20.9 27.3
2008 765 37.6 20.3 26.3
2009 832 37.6 22.1 27.4
2010 549 26.6 20.5 31.7
2011 601 30.1 19.9 24
2012 697 32.2 21.5 36.9
2013 724 33.9 21.3 27.2
2014 611 n/a n/a 33.2
2015 691 39.0 17.7 34.4
2016 733 38.0 19.2 29.6
2017 711 39.9 17.7 41.4
2018 706 39.1 18.0 36.4
2019 710 42.1 16.8 33.8
2020 672 46.4 14.4 35.3
2021 558 43.3 12.8 34.4
2022 460 37.5 12.2 30.2
2023 533 33.9 15.7 51.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Graham Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 579 23.0 25.1 n/a
1990 685 28.9 23.7 0
1991 687 32.0 21.4 n/a
1992 715 33.0 21.6 n/a
1993 742 34.3 21.6 n/a
1994 790 35.6 22.2 n/a
1995 835 35.6 23.5 n/a
1996 835 35.6 23.5 n/a
1997 876 37.6 23.3 n/a
1998 881 37.8 23.3 n/a
1999 851 38.5 22.1 n/a
2000 745 33.5 22.2 n/a
2001 746 36.5 20.4 n/a
2002 763 37.5 20.3 21.1
2003 763 37.5 20.3 21.1
2004 774 37.0 20.9 26
2005 798 37.0 21.6 23.1
2006 802 37.0 21.7 26.1
2007 809 38.7 20.9 27.3
2008 765 37.6 20.3 26.3
2009 832 37.6 22.1 27.4
2010 549 26.6 20.5 31.7
2011 601 30.1 19.9 24
2012 697 32.2 21.5 36.9
2013 724 33.9 21.3 27.2
2014 611 n/a n/a 33.2
2015 691 39.0 17.7 34.4
2016 733 38.0 19.2 29.6
2017 711 39.9 17.7 41.4
2018 706 39.1 18.0 36.4
2019 710 42.1 16.8 33.8
2020 672 46.4 14.4 35.3
2021 558 43.3 12.8 34.4
2022 460 37.5 12.2 30.2
2023 533 33.9 15.7 51.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Graham Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201692.4%0.0%0.8%0.8%94.1%95.8%97.5%94.1%94.1%95.8%
201787.3%0.0%3.4%1.7%3.4%90.7%90.7%90.7%91.5%90.7%90.7%
201889.6%0.0%0.0%3.8%4.7%94.3%92.5%92.5%91.5%91.5%92.5%
201987.3%0.0%0.9%3.6%4.6%91.8%90.0%92.7%91.8%93.6%90.0%
202089.1%1.0%0.0%3.0%5.9%92.1%93.1%93.1%94.1%93.1%96.0%96.0%96.0%93.1%
202192.1%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%92.1%92.1%93.4%92.1%92.1%92.1%92.1%92.1%92.1%
2022100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
202396.4%0.0%0.0%1.2%0.0%100.0%97.6%100.0%97.6%97.6%98.8%98.8%98.8%97.6%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201994.5%0.0%0.4%3.4%97.2%97.3%96.9%96.8%97.5%97.3%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Graham Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $512 (3.8%) $13,113 (96.2%) $13,625
2020 $326 (3.0%) $10,607 (97.0%) $10,934
2021 $458 (2.4%) $18,602 (97.6%) $19,060
2022 $740 (3.6%) $19,684 (96.4%) $20,424

Data source: Washington Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Graham Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 474th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 308th of 1169 Elementary schools
 15.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Graham Elementary)66.461.7
 4.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Bethel School District)61.246.6
 14.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.348.9
 7.4%
3rd Grade Math (Graham Elementary)64.969.2
 4.3%
   3rd Grade Math (Bethel School District)66.749.1
 17.6%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Graham Elementary)61.251
 10.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Bethel School District)60.647.2
 13.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.750.1
 7.6%
4th Grade Math (Graham Elementary)62.247
 15.2%
   4th Grade Math (Bethel School District)57.646.1
 11.5%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)54.949.4
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Graham Elementary)61.466.7
 5.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Bethel School District)63.652.3
 11.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)61.353.8
 7.6%
5th Grade Math (Graham Elementary)5063.5
 13.5%
   5th Grade Math (Bethel School District)51.441.7
 9.7%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Graham Elementary)45.964.6
 18.7%
   5th Grade Science (Bethel School District)5148
 3%
   5th Grade Science (Washington)54.152.3
 1.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Graham Elementary)63.259.7
 3.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Bethel School District)58.948.7
 10.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Graham Elementary)58.759.7
 0.9%
   All Grades Math (Bethel School District)46.835.4
 11.4%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Graham Elementary)45.964.6
 18.7%
   All Grades Science (Bethel School District)44.141.5
 2.6%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students710533
 24.9%
African American1843
 138.9%
American Indian15
 400%
Asian1736
 111.8%
Hispanic11290
 19.6%
Pacific Islander927
 200%
White436232
 46.8%
Two or More Races117100
 14.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients33.8%51.4%
 17.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Graham Elementary

Students at Graham Elementary are 44% White, 19% Two or more races, 17% Hispanic, 8% African American, 7% Asian, 5% Pacific Islander.

In the 2022-23 school year, 533 students attended Graham Elementary.

Students who attend Graham Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Frontier Middle School
High : Graham Kapowsin High School

Graham Elementary ranks 308th of 1169 Washington elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction.

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