Gregory Heights serves a very diverse population of over 600 students in Preschool through the 6th grade. Our boundaries go from the border aligned with Puget Sound on our west side and to the airport east of us. Amongst our enrollment we serve 90 ELL students, have an Early Childhood program, and two other special programs serving needs of our students. We find our students embrace and foster a positive learning environment with their peers as taught through our PBIS model.
Gregory Heights Elementary staff reviews student performance data frequently throughout each school year to ensure instruction is modified as needed based upon the data. Our 2013 spring Data Day provided us with reading data that did not meet our yearlong goal. To ensure that we provide students and staff resources which will help improve our school-wide MSP Reading scores in 2014, Gregory is hiring a literacy support staff person. The literacy support staff will assist teachers with their instruction and help identify students early that might benefit from additional reading instruction, including small group work.
Math MSP scores continue to meet expectations, however we will be relying heavily on our trained "lead teacher" model in 2014 due to the loss of our math coach. Gregory has four complete "Netbook" labs for students to access St/Math and develop on-line testing skills for MAP and MSP tests. Students in all grades receive two forty five minute sessions of St/Math on our Netbooks on top of their daily Math in Focus instruction.
Gregory continues to have a strong committed community of families that focuses on providing basic educational supports and enrichments for all students. PTSA, community volunteers, student teachers and interns all provide tutoring to students during and after school in both reading and math. PTSA funds on campus science experiences for all students taught by Seattle's Pacific Science Center's staff.
Gregory was awarded a Washington State Achievement Award in 2013 for Closing the Achievement Gap. Truly a major accomplishment that our whole staff contributed to over the past several years. Our Hispanic student's MSP scores increased 20% on both the reading and math 2012 state assessments.
We welcome our families and community members at all times to participate in supporting student learning here, family events, and working with the PTSA. We have opportunities to tutor students, support the building, Chess Club, Art Club and several other after school activities. Please feel free to contact me by calling the school office (206.631.3800) or email me, Phil Robinson.
Phil Robinson, Principal