Orca K-8 School

Public K-8

 5215 46 Ave S
       Seattle, WA  98118-2313


 (206) 252-6900

District: Seattle Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
616th of 1,054 Washington Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  16.6
Number of students:  415
Kindergartners immunized:  86.5%

Racial breakdown:
White:
54.5%
African American:
22.2%
Two or more races:
12.5%
Free/discounted lunch recipients:  23.9%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Orca K-8 School ranked worse than 58.4% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranked 50th among 70 ranked elementary schools in the Seattle Public Schools District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 41.99. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018, Orca K-8 School ranked worse than 74.1% of middle schools in Washington. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 27.69. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Student population at Orca K-8 School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (54.5%), African American (22.2%), two or more races (12.5%). (See more...)
Compare Details 23.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Compare Details 86.5% of the Kindergarten students at Orca K-8 School have met state immunization requirements. The Washington State Department of Health recommends an immunization percentage of 95 or greater. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Orca K-8 School is 16.6. 37 elementary schools in the Seattle Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Orca K-8 School employs 25 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Orca K-8 School:

SchoolDigger ranks Orca K-8 School 616th of 1054 Washington public elementary schools. (See Orca K-8 School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Orca K-8 School 324th of 437 Washington public middle schools. (See Orca K-8 School in the ranking list.)

Seattle Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Seattle Public Schools 55th of 205 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Orca K-8 School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 3.14 1017th 1026 0.9%
2005 4.96 1006th 1031 2.4%
2006 12.59 983rd 1051 6.5%
2007 28.92 815th 1069 23.8%
2008 22.07 898th 1067 15.8%
2009 45.87 614th 1072 42.7%
2010 49.15 575th 1088 47.2%
2011 49.34 573rd 1092 47.5%
2012 41.10 704th 1097 35.8%
2013 48.56 618th 1106 44.1%
2015 29.54 799th 1067 25.1%
2016 43.16 617th 1053 41.4%
2017 46.21 579th 1056 45.2%
2018 41.99 616th 1054 41.6%

Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Orca K-8 School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 11.89 444th 476 6.7%
2010 11.58 445th 483 7.9%
2011 25.63 392nd 492 20.3%
2012 34.16 351st 497 29.4%
2013 42.56 302nd 498 39.4%
2015 9.13 419th 445 5.8%
2016 24.09 346th 443 21.9%
2017 28.19 325th 435 25.3%
2018 27.69 324th 437 25.9%

Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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by a parent
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Open Quote Orca has a strong social justice and environmental education program that is not reflected in these statistics. The school also ought to be compared to K-8s, not elementary schools and middle schools. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Open Quote Orca is a great school - don't let the test scores fool you. While Orca has its share of struggles, I feel the scores don't reflect the experience of most students at the school. In addition, there are a number of families who opt out of standardized testing and those students get a 0. Their scores are averaged into the school rankings, which significantly lowers the overall scores.

Orca is an alternative school in the Seattle school system with a focus on environmental stewardship and social justice (hence the opting out of standardized testing!). There is a vibrant parent community and the teachers are excellent. I can't think of one deadbeat teacher or staff person - many of them are extraordinary. The principal, Concie Pedroza, is fantastic and really inspires staff and students to pull together and work hard.

Orca is a K-8 school. The middle school is relatively new - I think the first class graduated in 2010. It is small, approximately 175 students, which is great for some kids and not for others. It continues to get stronger every year and seems to have really found its stride in the last year or two.

In an era of low public school funding, Orca has managed to keep a full time art teacher, garden teacher and PE teacher, plus a .5 movement teacher, a .6 instrumental music teacher and a .5 vocal music teacher. The garden program is great and the environmental lessons taught in classrooms are experienced first hand in the garden, which in turn influences the classroom learning. Starting in about 3rd grade, students typically complete 1-2 significant projects a year that integrate different aspects of learning (science, art and writing, or writing, math and garden, for example). The highest compliment I can give the school is that my 4th grader wants to go every day and is excited about what he is learning. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Orca K-8 School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 95 44 22 18 5 n/a n/a 0 184
1990 88 66 20 17 6 n/a n/a 0 197
1991 97 92 25 14 4 n/a n/a 0 232
1992 101 96 22 12 4 n/a n/a 0 235
1993 108 92 22 10 3 n/a n/a 0 235
1994 117 94 19 11 5 n/a n/a 0 246
1995 123 72 28 10 9 n/a n/a 0 242
1996 123 72 28 10 9 n/a n/a 0 242
1997 120 71 29 11 12 n/a n/a 0 243
1998 128 89 33 12 11 n/a n/a 0 273
1999 128 104 40 17 10 n/a n/a 0 299
2000 130 119 48 22 10 n/a n/a 0 329
2001 88 83 34 24 9 n/a n/a 0 238
2002 83 101 30 22 8 n/a n/a 0 244
2003 83 101 30 22 8 n/a n/a 0 244
2004 94 83 33 16 12 n/a n/a 0 238
2005 100 79 31 17 13 n/a n/a 0 240
2006 123 73 35 18 6 n/a n/a 0 255
2007 137 79 28 26 4 n/a n/a 0 274
2008 160 94 48 24 8 n/a n/a 0 334
2009 189 116 61 32 6 n/a n/a 0 404
2010 225 145 71 35 11 n/a n/a 0 487
2011 242 130 58 39 4 2 27 0 502
2012 240 115 40 36 4 0 53 0 488
2013 250 110 41 31 4 0 56 0 492
2014 247 96 38 36 2 0 62 0 481
2015 244 99 30 38 2 0 63 0 476
2016 226 92 22 23 0 0 52 0 415

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 Orca K-8 School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 184 1.0 184.0 n/a
1990 197 1.5 131.3 0.0
1991 232 11.5 20.1 n/a
1992 235 13.0 18.0 n/a
1993 235 13.2 17.8 n/a
1994 246 13.3 18.5 n/a
1995 242 13.0 18.6 n/a
1996 242 13.0 18.6 n/a
1997 243 12.0 20.3 n/a
1998 273 13.8 19.8 n/a
1999 299 15.8 18.9 n/a
2000 329 16.8 19.6 n/a
2001 238 12.3 19.3 n/a
2002 244 14.0 17.4 46.7
2003 244 14.0 17.4 46.7
2004 238 15.0 15.9 40.8
2005 240 14.7 16.3 40.4
2006 255 13.9 18.3 33.3
2007 274 14.9 18.4 28.1
2008 334 18.3 18.3 0.0
2009 404 18.3 22.1 n/a
2010 487 25.5 19.1 33.5
2011 502 25.5 19.6 34.3
2012 488 26.3 18.5 31.8
2013 492 25.1 19.6 30.9
2014 481 n/a n/a 28.1
2015 476 28.0 17.0 28.2
2016 415 25.0 16.6 23.9

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Orca K-8 School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 184 1.0 184.0 n/a
1990 197 1.5 131.3 0.0
1991 232 11.5 20.1 n/a
1992 235 13.0 18.0 n/a
1993 235 13.2 17.8 n/a
1994 246 13.3 18.5 n/a
1995 242 13.0 18.6 n/a
1996 242 13.0 18.6 n/a
1997 243 12.0 20.3 n/a
1998 273 13.8 19.8 n/a
1999 299 15.8 18.9 n/a
2000 329 16.8 19.6 n/a
2001 238 12.3 19.3 n/a
2002 244 14.0 17.4 46.7
2003 244 14.0 17.4 46.7
2004 238 15.0 15.9 40.8
2005 240 14.7 16.3 40.4
2006 255 13.9 18.3 33.3
2007 274 14.9 18.4 28.1
2008 334 18.3 18.3 0.0
2009 404 18.3 22.1 n/a
2010 487 25.5 19.1 33.5
2011 502 25.5 19.6 34.3
2012 488 26.3 18.5 31.8
2013 492 25.1 19.6 30.9
2014 481 n/a n/a 28.1
2015 476 28.0 17.0 28.2
2016 415 25.0 16.6 23.9

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

Orca K-8 School

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School Year Protected students Students with plan Students with exemption Unknown
2006-07 24 (50%) 0 (0%) 7 (14.6%) 17 (35.4%)
2007-08 36 (70.6%) 0 (0%) 5 (9.8%) 10 (19.6%)
2008-09 29 (60.4%) 0 (0%) 4 (8.3%) 15 (31.3%)
2010-11 35 (63.6%) 0 (0%) 6 (10.9%) 14 (25.5%)
2011-12 37 (71.2%) 0 (0%) 4 (7.7%) 11 (21.2%)
2012-13 41 (75.9%) 0 (0%) 2 (3.7%) 11 (20.4%)
2014-15 34 (61.8%) 0 (0%) 8 (14.5%) 13 (23.6%)
2015-16 39 (73.6%) 0 (0%) 5 (9.4%) 9 (17%)
2016-17 36 (81.8%) 1 (2.3%) 2 (4.5%) 5 (11.4%)
2017-18 45 (86.5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (13.5%)

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

About Immunization Rates:
Kindergarten Immunization Rates: This graph shows the percent of students in the school who have all of the required doses for the vaccine type for kindergarten entry (complete). The following vaccines are required for Washington State kindergarten entry: DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), Hep B (Hepatitis B), MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), Polio and Varicella (chickenpox). The data comes from schools reporting to the Department each school year. Schools report total counts of students based on each student’s Certificate of Immunization Status, which is parent-reported and is not health care provider verified. The goal line is the national Health People 2020 target of 95% completion for these vaccines for school age children.
Protected Students: The number and percent of students in the school reported to have all required vaccinations for their age and grade.
Students with plan: The number and percent of students in the school with a temporary approved plan for getting caught-up on required vaccinations. These students can remain in school if they follow this plan.
Students with exemption: The number and percent of students in the school reported to have any exemption type for at least one vaccine.
Unknown: The number and percent of students whose immunization status is not known. These students do not fall into any other category – they may be missing required vaccines, but have no temporary delay plan or exemptions. Students with no signed CIS on file are also counted here.

Source: Washington State Department of Health




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