Sunny Hills Elementary

Summary:

Sunny Hills Elementary is a highly-regarded public elementary school in Sammamish, Washington, serving 559 students in grades K-5. As part of the Issaquah School District, which is ranked 3rd out of 249 districts in the state, Sunny Hills Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Washington.

Sunny Hills Elementary's academic performance is truly exceptional, with 85.96% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 84.67% proficient or better in Math, significantly outperforming state and district averages. The school's Science scores are particularly impressive, with 92.86% of students proficient or better. Sunny Hills also excels in the performance of various student subgroups, including Female, Male, and English Language Learner students, ranking among the top schools in the state for these categories. The school's diverse student population, with a significant Asian student representation, is another unique characteristic that likely contributes to its academic success.

When compared to other nearby elementary schools in the Issaquah School District, such as Cascade Ridge Elementary and Creekside Elementary, Sunny Hills Elementary consistently outperforms its peers in academic achievement. This exceptional performance, combined with the school's consistent high rankings and 5-star rating from SchoolDigger, make Sunny Hills Elementary a standout educational institution within the Issaquah School District and the state of Washington.


Detail:

Public K-5

 3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE
       Sammamish, WA  98075-7528


(425) 837-7400

District: Issaquah School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
21st of 1,169 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,213 Help


Students who attend Sunny Hills Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Pine Lake Middle School
High:    Skyline High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.3 Help
Number of students:  559

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
44.0%
White:
32.6%
Two or more races:
10.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  9.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sunny Hills Elementary ranks better than 98.2% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 3rd among 16 ranked elementary schools in the Issaquah School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.33. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Asian (44%), White (32.6%), two or more races (10.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 9.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sunny Hills Elementary is 16.3. 9 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sunny Hills Elementary is $17,213, which is the 6th highest among 16 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sunny Hills Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Sunny Hills Elementary 21st of 1169 Washington public elementary schools. (See Sunny Hills Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Issaquah School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Issaquah School District 3rd of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sunny Hills Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 92.88 35th 1026 96.6%
2005 89.43 74th 1031 92.8%
2006 90.81 51st 1051 95.1%
2007 92.49 44th 1069 95.9%
2008 92.91 32nd 1067 97.0%
2009 91.31 49th 1072 95.4%
2010 87.47 91st 1088 91.6%
2011 89.75 65th 1092 94.0%
2012 87.91 73rd 1097 93.3%
2013 88.45 71st 1106 93.6%
2015 91.42 66th 1067 93.8%
2016 90.74 77th 1053 92.7%
2017 92.64 54th 1056 94.9%
2018 90.78 75th 1054 92.9%
2019 93.47 48th 1130 95.8%
2021 96.87 36th 1107 96.7%
2022 95.59 39th 1169 96.7%
2023 97.33 21st 1169 98.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.91 41st 212 80.7%
2019 83.73 26th 303 91.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 96.94 7th 254 97.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.11 186th 637 70.8%
2019 57.19 183rd 566 67.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 57.18 371st 1019 63.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.76 102nd 1004 89.8%
2019 92.72 43rd 1068 96.0%
2021 96.62 37th 1008 96.3%
2022 94.55 41st 1100 96.3%
2023 95.87 28th 1094 97.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.51 41st 999 95.9%
2019 92.54 50th 1075 95.3%
2021 96.25 31st 1025 97.0%
2022 95.66 30th 1113 97.3%
2023 97.81 7th 1099 99.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.04 29th 169 82.8%
2019 89.29 8th 201 96.0%
2022 86.02 17th 187 90.9%
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Rank History for White students at Sunny Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.96 92nd 833 89.0%
2019 84.41 120th 1027 88.3%
2021 87.57 91st 943 90.3%
2022 89.90 56th 1031 94.6%
2023 92.65 37th 1011 96.3%
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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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Enrollment information for Sunny Hills Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 585 1 14 7 1 n/a n/a 0 608
1989 677 2 16 0 0 n/a n/a 0 695
1990 587 1 19 5 1 n/a n/a 0 613
1991 613 3 15 5 1 n/a n/a 0 637
1992 562 5 19 8 1 n/a n/a 0 595
1993 533 4 18 11 0 n/a n/a 0 566
1994 559 7 26 9 1 n/a n/a 0 602
1995 532 6 37 9 3 n/a n/a 0 587
1996 532 6 37 9 3 n/a n/a 0 587
1997 511 8 44 9 3 n/a n/a 0 575
1998 500 6 54 7 2 n/a n/a 0 569
1999 535 5 66 9 3 n/a n/a 0 618
2000 532 4 76 11 1 n/a n/a 0 624
2001 533 4 70 12 1 n/a n/a 0 620
2002 518 2 79 17 5 n/a n/a 0 621
2003 518 2 79 17 5 n/a n/a 0 621
2004 436 8 85 66 6 n/a n/a 0 601
2005 458 9 80 25 5 n/a n/a 0 577
2006 523 12 101 27 9 n/a n/a 0 672
2007 461 9 105 29 6 n/a n/a 0 610
2008 418 5 133 24 6 n/a n/a 1 587
2009 399 8 140 22 7 n/a n/a 0 576
2010 401 19 166 26 4 n/a n/a 2 618
2011 361 13 138 20 1 4 32 0 569
2012 352 11 130 30 0 3 35 0 561
2013 354 8 132 33 0 3 42 0 572
2014 353 8 143 30 0 4 49 0 587
2015 358 10 153 36 0 2 46 0 605
2016 320 7 179 41 0 4 59 0 610
2017 314 6 220 38 1 4 56 0 639
2018 328 6 248 45 0 3 59 0 689
2019 315 9 292 54 0 3 59 0 732
2020 303 13 345 70 2 1 62 0 796
2021 274 15 372 73 2 1 65 0 802
2022 177 13 253 62 5 0 46 0 556
2023 182 12 246 57 3 0 59 0 559

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 Sunny Hills Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 608 27.0 22.5 0
1989 695 29.0 23.9 n/a
1990 613 26.9 22.7 0
1991 637 27.9 22.8 n/a
1992 595 27.0 22.0 n/a
1993 566 25.3 22.4 n/a
1994 602 27.0 22.3 n/a
1995 587 26.6 22.1 n/a
1996 587 26.6 22.1 n/a
1997 575 25.8 22.3 n/a
1998 569 26.2 21.7 n/a
1999 618 29.7 20.8 n/a
2000 624 29.7 21.0 n/a
2001 620 28.4 21.8 n/a
2002 621 31.7 19.6 5.6
2003 621 31.7 19.6 5.6
2004 601 30.0 20.0 3.5
2005 577 30.2 19.1 4.2
2006 672 33.8 19.9 4.8
2007 610 31.7 19.2 4.4
2008 587 30.7 19.1 4.6
2009 576 30.7 18.8 5
2010 618 30.0 20.5 6
2011 569 28.3 20.1 5.4
2012 561 27.0 20.7 8
2013 572 27.3 20.9 4.7
2014 587 n/a n/a 6.5
2015 605 36.0 16.8 6.9
2016 610 32.0 19.0 5.2
2017 639 34.6 18.4 4.4
2018 689 38.4 17.9 3.9
2019 732 43.6 16.7 3.6
2020 796 45.2 17.5 5.7
2021 802 48.2 16.6 5.5
2022 556 35.5 15.6 7.6
2023 559 34.1 16.3 9.7

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 Sunny Hills Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 608 27.0 22.5 0
1989 695 29.0 23.9 n/a
1990 613 26.9 22.7 0
1991 637 27.9 22.8 n/a
1992 595 27.0 22.0 n/a
1993 566 25.3 22.4 n/a
1994 602 27.0 22.3 n/a
1995 587 26.6 22.1 n/a
1996 587 26.6 22.1 n/a
1997 575 25.8 22.3 n/a
1998 569 26.2 21.7 n/a
1999 618 29.7 20.8 n/a
2000 624 29.7 21.0 n/a
2001 620 28.4 21.8 n/a
2002 621 31.7 19.6 5.6
2003 621 31.7 19.6 5.6
2004 601 30.0 20.0 3.5
2005 577 30.2 19.1 4.2
2006 672 33.8 19.9 4.8
2007 610 31.7 19.2 4.4
2008 587 30.7 19.1 4.6
2009 576 30.7 18.8 5
2010 618 30.0 20.5 6
2011 569 28.3 20.1 5.4
2012 561 27.0 20.7 8
2013 572 27.3 20.9 4.7
2014 587 n/a n/a 6.5
2015 605 36.0 16.8 6.9
2016 610 32.0 19.0 5.2
2017 639 34.6 18.4 4.4
2018 689 38.4 17.9 3.9
2019 732 43.6 16.7 3.6
2020 796 45.2 17.5 5.7
2021 802 48.2 16.6 5.5
2022 556 35.5 15.6 7.6
2023 559 34.1 16.3 9.7

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

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201697.8%0.0%0.0%1.1%98.9%100.0%98.9%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201794.3%0.0%0.0%1.1%4.6%95.5%96.6%96.6%95.5%97.7%96.6%
201896.5%0.0%0.9%0.0%2.6%99.1%97.4%99.1%96.5%97.4%97.4%
201997.4%0.0%1.8%0.0%1.8%97.4%97.4%98.3%97.4%97.4%97.4%
202095.7%0.0%0.7%0.0%2.9%97.1%97.1%97.1%95.7%97.1%98.6%98.6%98.6%97.1%
2021100.0%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%
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%
202393.6%3.2%0.0%2.1%2.1%94.7%93.6%96.8%95.7%93.6%96.8%96.8%96.8%93.6%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201997.1%0.0%1.1%1.9%98.2%98.2%98.5%97.8%98.2%98.1%

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

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $129 (0.9%) $14,414 (99.1%) $14,544
2020 $197 (18.6%) $863 (81.4%) $1,060
2021 $485 (3.1%) $15,342 (96.9%) $15,827
2022 $1,283 (7.5%) $15,930 (92.5%) $17,213

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sunny Hills Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 48th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 21st of 1169 Elementary schools
 2.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sunny Hills Elementary)81.580.6
 0.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)75.876.6
 0.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.348.9
 7.4%
3rd Grade Math (Sunny Hills Elementary)81.581.5
   3rd Grade Math (Issaquah School District)81.679.7
 1.9%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Sunny Hills Elementary)82.986.1
 3.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)78.378
 0.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.750.1
 7.6%
4th Grade Math (Sunny Hills Elementary)85.587.7
 2.2%
   4th Grade Math (Issaquah School District)78.679.3
 0.8%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)54.949.4
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Sunny Hills Elementary)86.491.8
 5.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)82.782.1
 0.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)61.353.8
 7.6%
5th Grade Math (Sunny Hills Elementary)78.885.7
 6.9%
   5th Grade Math (Issaquah School District)76.777.1
 0.4%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Sunny Hills Elementary)82.292.9
 10.7%
   5th Grade Science (Issaquah School District)78.380.5
 2.1%
   5th Grade Science (Washington)54.152.3
 1.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Sunny Hills Elementary)83.586
 2.4%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Issaquah School District)81.378.7
 2.6%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Sunny Hills Elementary)81.984.7
 2.8%
   All Grades Math (Issaquah School District)77.272.6
 4.7%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Sunny Hills Elementary)82.292.9
 10.7%
   All Grades Science (Issaquah School District)79.577.8
 1.7%
   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 Students732559
 23.6%
African American912
 33.3%
American Indian03
Asian292246
 15.8%
Hispanic5457
 5.6%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White315182
 42.2%
Two or More Races5959
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3.6%9.7%
 6.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sunny Hills Elementary

Yes! Sunny Hills Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 21st of 1169 Washington elementary schools.

Students at Sunny Hills Elementary are 44% Asian, 33% White, 11% Two or more races, 10% Hispanic, 2% African American.

Students who attend Sunny Hills Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Pine Lake Middle School
High : Skyline High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 559 students attended Sunny Hills Elementary.


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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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