Report to the Community

A summary of the 2015-16 school year

A year of
Creating Promising Futures

Clover Park School District’s annual report to the community is an opportunity to reflect on the milestones and accomplishments of the past school year. In 2015-16, the district underwent a rebranding process, deciding on official colors, a new logo and most importantly, a new district tagline: Creating Promising Futures.

The tagline is a way for our staff to focus on a common goal, emphasizing that all of us work to benefit our students; to develop their skills, help them face challenges and ready them for college and careers.

In 2015-16, Clover Park School District staff worked to create promising futures through improving student achievement, engaging parents and other community stakeholders, creating supporting learning environments for students and staff, strengthening our communication and improving staff retention, recruitment and performance.

We’ve highlighted just a few of the incredible accomplishments of our staff, students (and community!) in this report. We hope you’ll share our successes with your friends and neighbors.

Superintendent Deborah LeBeau

Deborah L. LeBeau

Educational Programs and Operations Levy Passes

In Feb. 2016, Lakewood voters approved the district’s four-year replacement educational programs and operations levy. The levy passed with 4,443 “yes” votes, equaling 55.85 percent of the total vote.

The levy provides funding for: maintenance of reduced class sizes; textbooks and instructional materials; library materials and librarians; districtwide teaching and learning activities, including training; extended learning opportunities; classroom computers and instructional software; regular school building maintenance (painting, roofing, flooring and lighting); campus safety and security; and the planning and implementation of emergency management preparations.

Military-connected students benefit from school-based health centers

Students in military families who attend Harrison Preparatory School and Mann Middle School have access to primary care and behavioral health screening services at School-Based Health Centers at their schools, joining Lakes High School and Woodbrook Middle School. The clinics are staffed one half day per week at each school with a primary care provider, a pediatric resident and a licensed practical nurse.

CPSD recognized for exemplary career guidance programs

Clover Park School District’s (CPSD) secondary schools received the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Career Guidance Award of Excellence for the second straight year. In addition to individual schools being recognized, CPSD was one of three districts statewide recognized as having a cohesive, districtwide program. Only 34 schools throughout thestate were recognized with this award.

Community perception survey results

An anonymous, 36-question survey, overseen by Pacific Market Research, was conducted in September 2015. A total of 400 telephone interviews were completed. Key findings include:

  • 85 percent of respondents either agree or strongly agree the district offers quality educational programs and services;
  • 69 percent of respondents either agree or strongly agree the district is teaching students the skills they need to lead successful lives;
  • 89 percent agreed or strongly agreed that the district ensures schools are safe places to learn; and
  • 68 percent agreed or strongly agreed that the district spends tax dollars wisely.

School construction projects

  • Construction began on a nine-classroom expansion of Lakeview Hope Academy in summer of 2015.

In fall 2015:

  • Four Heroes and Beachwood Elementary Schools open;
  • Construction began on a new Evergreen Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis-McChord; and
  • The former site of Southgate Elementary is updated to accommodate Early Learning Programs.

Lakes High School ranked among the best in the state

Lakes High School is ranked among the state’s best schools according to a recent listing in U.S. News and World Report. Lakes ranked second in Pierce County, 40th in Washington state and 1,928 out of 21,500 public high schools across the country.

At a Glance 2015-16


12,346 Studnets

Ethnic ratios percentages
12.4 African American
4.0 Asian American
32.1 Hispanic
13.9 Multiple ethnicities
0.4 Native American
3.7 Pacific Islander
33.4 White
Totals do not equal 100 percent. Respondents can select more than one ethnicity. Some respondents chose not to answer.


1,583 Staff

909 Certificated staff (teachers, counselors, etc.)
674 Support staff


23 Schools

16 Elementary schools (K-5)
4 Middle schools (6-8)
2 Senior high schools (9-12)
1 Harrison Preparatory (6-12)
2.17 million sq. ft. Total building space (159,000 sq. ft. Federally owned)
405 acres Land total (115 acres Federally owned)
$462 million Building values

Military Influence


30% Students living on military bases (2015)
35% Funded military-dependent students (2015 Impact Aid)
38% Total federally-connected students (2015)
93 Appointments to military academies 1985-2016


138 Buses
$11.5 mil. Bus replacement value
5,200 Daily mileage average
943,129 Total miles 2015-16 school year
5,655 Students riding one-way (to school programs)
11,310 Riding Daily

Student Nutrition

7,120 School lunches served daily
$706 Daily á la carte sales (in addition to lunches)
4,133 Breakfasts served daily
72% Students approved for free or reduced lunches
356 Dinners served daily (after school)


Clover Park School District is the 26th largest public school district in Washington state and the fourth largest of 15 in Pierce County. The district is located immediately south of Tacoma. It encompasses 68 square miles in the western end of the county, serving the Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord communities.

Special Programs

  • 1,626 Special Education students (ages 5-21)
    • 147 Birth to two-years-old
    • 181 Three- to four-year-olds
    • 1,954 Total
  • 1,522 English Language Learners
  • 60 Languages spoken
  • 6,367 Title I Schools (total student)
  • 60 Title I Targeted Assistance (students at two schools)
  • 2,788 Learning Assistance Program (LAP) (targeted assistance for students at 22 schools)
  • 654 Advanced Studies Program Students
  • 475 Early Childhood Education Students
    • 342 ECEAP
    • 133 Head Start
  • 95 Running Start
  • 700 Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses (total enrollment; some students may take more than one AP class.)

5 schools recognized for improvement on statewide tests

Five Clover Park School District schools won Washington Achievement Awards:

  • Carter Lake Elementary - High Progress
  • Harrison Preparatory School - High Progress
  • Lake Louise Elementary - English Language Acquisition
  • Oakwood Elementary - Math Growth
  • Tillicum Elementary - High Progress and English Language Arts Growth

The Washington Achievement Awards use the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. A total of 258 schools statewide earned Washington Achievement Awards for 2015. This is the seventh year of the Washington Achievement Awards.

6 schools named 2015 Schools of Distinction

Clover Park School District celebrated six district schools that received 2015 School of Distinction Awards. Carter Lake, Evergreen and Tillicum Elementary Schools, Mann and Woodbrook Middle Schools, and Harrison Preparatory School were among 92 Washington schools to receive this designation from the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) and its partner organizations.

The annual award recognizes schools that have made significant, sustained improvements in student achievement over a five-year period, with achievement being measured by English language arts and math assessment scores at the elementary and middle school levels and by graduation rates at the high school level.

This is the second, consecutive School of Distinction Award for Carter Lake and Tillicum Elementary Schools.

Board Values










In our district...

  • All children are performing at or above grade level.
  • Everyone is committed to creating unique solutions for student achievement.
  • A spirit of collaboration and accountability thrives.
  • A culture of districtwide pride exists.

Board Goals

Improve Student achievement
Increase community engagement
Ensure communication with all stakeholders
Promote a culture of supportive learning for students and staff
Improve staff retention, recruitment and professional development


The mission of Clover Park School District is to ensure each child learns what he or she needs to know to succeed and contribute to the community.

English Language Arts (ELA)

The ELA Smarter Balanced score measures students reading and writing proficiency with a composite ELA score covering:

  • Reading short text;
  • Brief writes;
  • Full writes;
  • Speaking;
  • Listening; and
  • Research.

The emphasis of the assessment is more towards informational rather than literary text. Students raised their scores districtwide over the previous year in five out of seven grade levels. Grade 11 made the most significant gain in proficiency going from 30.5 percent in spring 2015 to 72.9 percent in spring 2016 – a 42.4 percent gain in one school year!


Parallel to the ELA assessment, the math Smarter Balanced assessment measures students’ math proficiency in the following areas:

  • Concepts and procedures;
  • Problem solving;
  • Communicating reasoning;
  • Modeling; and
  • Data analysis.

In high school, student math proficiency is measured by other state tests: The End of Course (EOC) 1 or algebra test and the EOC 2 or geometry test. This last year students were exposed to more high school content standards along with greater rigor. Clover Park students raised their math proficiency in five out of seven grade levels over the results of the previous year. In grade 11, proficiency more than doubled on the Smarter Balanced, which is significant in light of the fact that many students test with the End of Course or other options.


Science proficiency is currently measured in Washington state with the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) at fifth and eighth grade along with the biology End or Course (EOC) in Grade 11. Clover Park students made gains at all three grade levels over the scores of the previous year.

More information

  • National Assessment of Education Progress:
  • OSPI Report card at:
  • Paper copies are available by contacting the Clover Park School District at 253.583.5040.

District and State

Smarter Balanced   MSP*   EOC**
Grade English
Math   Science   Secondary
3 49.5
4 50.4
5 56.6
6 43.8
7 52.6
8 53.9
10 55.1
11 72.9
*Measurements of Student Progress
**End of Course

The four-year graduation rates at Clover Park and Lakes High Schools increased 14.7 percent and 8.3 percent in 2016, respectively. The district’s 2016 graduation rate increased by 13.3 percent. Clover Park’s graduation rate is 85 percent, Lakes High School’s graduation rate is 95.3 percent and Harrison Preparatory School’s graduation rate is 100 percent.

Our graduation rate increased from 76.6 percent in 2015 to 89.9 percent in 2016. A 13.3% increase!

Full day kindergarten districtwide

Starting with the 2015-16 school year, full-day kindergarten has been implemented at all 16 Clover Park School District elementary schools.


As defined by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), CPSD is a district in improvement, step 2.

Priority Schools:
Lochburn Middle School
Tyee Park Elementary

Focus Schools:
Lakeview Hope Academy
Hudtloff Middle School

Schools in Improvement Status:
Step 1: Dower Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Lake Louise Elementary

Step 3: Lakeview Hope Academy

Step 5: Lochburn Middle School, Tyee Park Elementary, Woodbrook Middle School

Assessment Summary

Smarter Balanced summative assessments determine students’ progress toward college and career readiness in English language arts/literacy and math. These are given at the end of the school year and consist of two parts: a computer adaptive test and a performance task. The summative assessments:

  • Accurately describe both student achievement (how much students know at the end of the year) and student growth (how much students have improved since the previous year) to inform program evaluation and school, district and state accountability systems;
  • Include writing at every grade and ask students to solve multi-step, realworld problems in mathematics; and
  • Capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing: efficient and precise measurement with a quick turnaround of results.

Smarter Balanced assessments are given to all students grades 3-8 and 11 across the state. We are currently in the second year of testing in Washington state.

Assessment Results by school year

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Clover Park School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Address correspondence to one of the following individuals who have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination at Clover Park School District, 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr., SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-1341: Title IX Coordinator, Brian Laubach, Deputy Superintendent, (253) 583-5050; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Brian Laubach, Deputy Superintendent, (253) 583-5050; Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Lori McStay, Executive Director for Human Resources, (253) 583-5080. (1/17)