Sierra Heights Elementary School

Summary:

Sierra Heights Elementary School is a public elementary school in Renton, Washington, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade. With a diverse student population, the school faces challenges in academic performance compared to nearby schools in the Renton School District.

Sierra Heights Elementary School has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Washington elementary schools, with lower proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Math compared to the district and state averages. The school's performance varies significantly across different student groups, with Asian students performing relatively better and Hispanic, White, English Language Learner, and Special Education students performing worse. Additionally, the school has a high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, which may contribute to its academic challenges.

Interestingly, Sierra Heights Elementary School's academic performance is generally lower than that of nearby schools like Maplewood Heights Elementary, Sartori Elementary, and Kennydale Elementary, which have higher rankings and better test scores. However, the school's performance is better than that of Highlands Elementary, another Renton School District school that has consistently ranked in the bottom tier of Washington elementary schools.


Detail:

Public K-5

 9901 132nd Ave SE
       Renton, WA  98059-3505


(425) 204-4650

District: Renton School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
775th of 1,169 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,766 Help


Students who attend Sierra Heights Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Vera Risdon Middle School
High:    Hazen Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.6 Help
Number of students:  434

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
34.8%
White:
22.8%
Asian:
20.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  47.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sierra Heights Elementary School ranks worse than 66.3% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 7th among 15 ranked elementary schools in the Renton School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 34.27. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Sierra Heights Elementary School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (34.8%), White (22.8%), Asian (20.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 47.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sierra Heights Elementary School is 15.6, which is the 5th best among 15 elementary schools in the Renton School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sierra Heights Elementary School is $19,766. 9 elementary schools in the Renton School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sierra Heights Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Sierra Heights Elementary School 775th of 1169 Washington public elementary schools. (See Sierra Heights Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


English Language Learner students:
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Renton School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Renton School District 139th of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sierra Heights Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 66.33 297th 1026 71.1%
2005 61.00 397th 1031 61.5%
2006 51.29 530th 1051 49.6%
2007 58.16 452nd 1069 57.7%
2008 55.11 495th 1067 53.6%
2009 51.93 524th 1072 51.1%
2010 53.37 507th 1088 53.4%
2011 63.39 392nd 1092 64.1%
2012 58.63 456th 1097 58.4%
2013 64.75 395th 1106 64.3%
2015 38.63 680th 1067 36.3%
2016 35.90 703rd 1053 33.2%
2017 32.07 746th 1056 29.4%
2018 25.28 816th 1054 22.6%
2019 39.73 698th 1130 38.2%
2021 41.23 609th 1107 45.0%
2022 37.87 711th 1169 39.2%
2023 34.27 775th 1169 33.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 75.08 56th 303 81.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.71 85th 333 74.5%
2019 40.78 133rd 248 46.4%
2022 34.31 141st 213 33.8%
2023 35.08 157th 254 38.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.81 583rd 637 8.5%
2022 30.79 349th 478 27.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.53 733rd 835 12.2%
2019 37.19 665th 979 32.1%
2021 64.57 214th 854 74.9%
2022 46.15 528th 1019 48.2%
2023 28.66 790th 1013 22.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.15 818th 1004 18.5%
2019 51.56 542nd 1068 49.3%
2021 28.58 720th 1008 28.6%
2022 41.47 628th 1100 42.9%
2023 45.88 572nd 1094 47.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.04 726th 999 27.3%
2019 32.17 756th 1075 29.7%
2021 49.13 474th 1025 53.8%
2022 34.84 721st 1113 35.2%
2023 24.33 862nd 1099 21.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.43 116th 169 31.4%
2019 73.96 52nd 201 74.1%
2021 43.45 78th 131 40.5%
2022 38.95 125th 187 33.2%
2023 31.87 118th 170 30.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.81 526th 540 2.6%
2019 14.88 655th 697 6.0%
2021 41.71 257th 501 48.7%
2022 38.93 413th 694 40.5%
2023 21.27 548th 633 13.4%
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Rank History for White students at Sierra Heights Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.69 655th 833 21.4%
2019 41.64 657th 1027 36.0%
2021 41.18 554th 943 41.3%
2022 44.25 572nd 1031 44.5%
2023 32.20 734th 1011 27.4%
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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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by a parent
Friday, March 5, 2021

Open Quote Very disappointed with Teacher/staff. Staff don't seem to understand the value of communication and more so accountability. It really feels like THEM vs US. There is no "TEAM." I haven't complained about a meal or a cup of coffee and I cannot express how much this pains me to even write this. They choose to raise their voices and literally bark their rules vs pulling a parent aside, introduce themselves so I at least know who's yelling at me and tell me the policy so we can make sure we follow it. That's 100 how it works here though. If I give my child a demand to come to me or I am walking to take his hand to escort him to our car I should NEVER have a Teacher or Assistant Principal physically hold their hand out to my child and say "no," while I say "Come" and we go back and fourth 3X. In addition, to ("yelling is a perception") talking terse and at a semi higher-volume to my child to do something against what I want when I am standing right in front on them, not even the respect to tell ME what needs to be done and not my child. Who barks demands at a child (6yr) to do something when the Staff sees me and what I am trying to accomplish which was taking my Childs hand and escorting to our car and not say it to the parent? I get safety concerns and policies, but trumping my right as a parent X2 now is beyond me, especially when we are new to the area and its our FIRST day of school. We will never back down from our perspective and what my CHILD (not me) deserves. If they are willing to talk to me this way and my child, how do they handle situations behind closed doors? Such a waste of my time and theirs. Happy to change my review and stance once we see a positive change regarding common respect and care. Close Quote


by a student
Monday, June 15, 2009

Open Quote I have nothing bad to say about this school! Everything ranging from the staff to the
students of 2005-2006, it was wonderful there! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Sierra Heights Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 340 26 30 8 12 n/a n/a 0 416
1989 358 33 36 8 11 n/a n/a 0 446
1990 380 42 26 9 9 n/a n/a 0 466
1991 386 36 37 11 14 n/a n/a 0 484
1992 387 38 42 9 18 n/a n/a 0 494
1993 423 38 54 16 10 n/a n/a 0 541
1994 391 42 66 13 9 n/a n/a 0 521
1995 382 33 88 35 11 n/a n/a 0 549
1996 382 33 88 35 11 n/a n/a 0 549
1997 383 52 89 33 10 n/a n/a 0 567
1998 315 40 74 48 6 n/a n/a 0 483
1999 316 33 66 30 2 n/a n/a 0 447
2000 330 27 76 35 3 n/a n/a 0 471
2001 332 34 79 46 3 n/a n/a 0 494
2002 317 48 102 91 6 n/a n/a 0 564
2003 317 48 102 91 6 n/a n/a 0 564
2004 323 52 121 119 0 n/a n/a 0 615
2005 288 50 118 123 5 n/a n/a 0 584
2006 265 49 123 128 1 n/a n/a 0 566
2007 268 52 136 149 2 n/a n/a 0 607
2008 249 46 142 171 4 n/a n/a 0 612
2009 237 60 142 174 1 n/a n/a 0 614
2010 224 56 127 185 5 n/a n/a 0 597
2011 179 50 135 226 2 4 12 0 608
2012 166 35 128 240 4 4 36 0 613
2013 187 38 150 146 1 6 44 0 572
2014 197 38 145 157 1 1 54 0 593
2015 216 35 154 183 1 2 73 0 664
2016 205 36 151 177 2 2 63 0 636
2017 199 29 151 162 1 2 72 0 616
2018 184 29 138 168 2 6 59 0 586
2019 154 36 129 159 2 5 58 0 543
2020 129 28 126 160 3 6 51 0 503
2021 111 28 116 142 3 4 54 0 458
2022 104 38 100 149 1 3 61 0 456
2023 99 34 88 151 2 2 58 0 434

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 Sierra Heights Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 416 16.0 26.0 0
1989 446 17.0 26.2 n/a
1990 466 18.2 25.6 0
1991 484 20.4 23.7 n/a
1992 494 20.8 23.7 n/a
1993 541 20.0 27.1 n/a
1994 521 22.0 23.7 n/a
1995 549 22.5 24.4 n/a
1996 549 22.5 24.4 n/a
1997 567 22.9 24.8 n/a
1998 483 19.5 24.8 n/a
1999 447 18.0 24.8 n/a
2000 471 21.6 21.8 n/a
2001 494 21.7 22.8 n/a
2002 564 25.1 22.5 28.2
2003 564 25.1 22.5 28.2
2004 615 27.0 22.8 36.6
2005 584 27.1 21.5 37.7
2006 566 27.6 20.5 33.9
2007 607 27.9 21.8 35.3
2008 612 28.4 21.5 38.2
2009 614 28.4 21.6 39.4
2010 597 28.5 20.9 45.7
2011 608 28.3 21.4 49.5
2012 613 28.9 21.2 48.9
2013 572 27.0 21.1 42.8
2014 593 n/a n/a 45.5
2015 664 40.0 16.6 46.2
2016 636 38.0 16.7 42
2017 616 34.0 18.0 41.6
2018 586 32.6 17.9 44.5
2019 543 31.2 17.3 42.9
2020 503 33.5 15.0 44.3
2021 458 30.5 14.9 43
2022 456 30.0 15.1 45.4
2023 434 27.8 15.6 47.2

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 Sierra Heights Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 416 16.0 26.0 0
1989 446 17.0 26.2 n/a
1990 466 18.2 25.6 0
1991 484 20.4 23.7 n/a
1992 494 20.8 23.7 n/a
1993 541 20.0 27.1 n/a
1994 521 22.0 23.7 n/a
1995 549 22.5 24.4 n/a
1996 549 22.5 24.4 n/a
1997 567 22.9 24.8 n/a
1998 483 19.5 24.8 n/a
1999 447 18.0 24.8 n/a
2000 471 21.6 21.8 n/a
2001 494 21.7 22.8 n/a
2002 564 25.1 22.5 28.2
2003 564 25.1 22.5 28.2
2004 615 27.0 22.8 36.6
2005 584 27.1 21.5 37.7
2006 566 27.6 20.5 33.9
2007 607 27.9 21.8 35.3
2008 612 28.4 21.5 38.2
2009 614 28.4 21.6 39.4
2010 597 28.5 20.9 45.7
2011 608 28.3 21.4 49.5
2012 613 28.9 21.2 48.9
2013 572 27.0 21.1 42.8
2014 593 n/a n/a 45.5
2015 664 40.0 16.6 46.2
2016 636 38.0 16.7 42
2017 616 34.0 18.0 41.6
2018 586 32.6 17.9 44.5
2019 543 31.2 17.3 42.9
2020 503 33.5 15.0 44.3
2021 458 30.5 14.9 43
2022 456 30.0 15.1 45.4
2023 434 27.8 15.6 47.2

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

Sierra Heights Elementary School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201697.4%0.0%0.0%0.9%98.3%98.3%98.3%98.3%99.1%98.3%
201793.3%1.0%1.9%1.0%2.9%95.2%95.2%96.2%96.2%97.1%95.2%
201886.3%0.0%2.1%1.1%3.2%91.6%91.6%93.7%88.4%89.5%91.6%
201993.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%0.5%96.0%95.0%96.0%96.0%95.0%95.0%
202095.6%0.0%1.1%0.0%2.2%97.8%96.7%98.9%97.8%96.7%98.9%98.9%98.9%96.7%
202194.3%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%95.7%94.3%97.1%97.1%94.3%97.1%97.1%97.1%94.3%
202295.4%2.3%1.2%1.2%0.0%97.7%96.6%97.7%96.6%96.6%96.6%96.6%96.6%96.6%
202394.2%0.0%0.0%1.9%0.0%98.1%94.2%98.1%98.1%94.2%98.1%98.1%98.1%94.2%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201989.2%0.3%0.8%1.9%97.8%97.8%98.7%97.4%97.3%97.8%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Sierra Heights Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $382 (2.1%) $18,162 (97.9%) $18,544
2020 $146 (1.1%) $12,929 (98.9%) $13,075
2021 $677 (3.6%) $18,188 (96.4%) $18,865
2022 $928 (4.7%) $18,837 (95.3%) $19,766

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sierra Heights Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 698th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 775th of 1169 Elementary schools
 4.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sierra Heights Elementary School)48.835.4
 13.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)51.445.4
 6.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.348.9
 7.4%
3rd Grade Math (Sierra Heights Elementary School)62.548.8
 13.7%
   3rd Grade Math (Renton School District)5749.7
 7.3%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Sierra Heights Elementary School)48.736.1
 12.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)50.844.4
 6.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.750.1
 7.6%
4th Grade Math (Sierra Heights Elementary School)51.343.4
 8%
   4th Grade Math (Renton School District)5043.3
 6.7%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)54.949.4
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Sierra Heights Elementary School)49.541.7
 7.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)54.649.6
 5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)61.353.8
 7.6%
5th Grade Math (Sierra Heights Elementary School)41.137.7
 3.4%
   5th Grade Math (Renton School District)45.640.8
 4.8%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Sierra Heights Elementary School)50.542.4
 8.1%
   5th Grade Science (Renton School District)47.646
 1.6%
   5th Grade Science (Washington)54.152.3
 1.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Sierra Heights Elementary School)49.137.3
 11.7%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Renton School District)55.245.7
 9.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Sierra Heights Elementary School)50.943.8
 7.1%
   All Grades Math (Renton School District)47.237
 10.2%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Sierra Heights Elementary School)50.542.4
 8.1%
   All Grades Science (Renton School District)47.841.6
 6.2%
   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 Students543434
 20.1%
African American3634
 5.6%
American Indian22
Asian12988
 31.8%
Hispanic159151
 5%
Pacific Islander52
 60%
White15499
 35.7%
Two or More Races5858
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients42.9%47.2%
 4.3%


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Students who attend Sierra Heights Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Vera Risdon Middle School
High : Hazen Senior High School

Sierra Heights Elementary School ranks 775th of 1169 Washington elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Sierra Heights Elementary School are 35% Hispanic, 23% White, 20% Asian, 13% Two or more races, 8% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 434 students attended Sierra Heights Elementary School.


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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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