2017-18 Annual Report

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A Message From Superintendent Patrick Murphy


Dear families and community members,

Patrick Murphy OSD SuperintendentWe invite you to read through our 2017-18 annual report to the community. This yearly report highlights students’ academic scores on state assessments, provides a summary of the district’s finances and demographics, features an update on building improvements, and includes links to more detailed reports on our website that illustrate how our schools are meeting improvement goals.

As you will see in the brief summary of accomplishments in this report, students and staff members excelled locally, statewide and nationwide. Olympia’s on-time and 5-year graduation rates are among the best in the state for a district our size. Students made sizeable gains in English language arts and math as measured by state assessments, and both students and staff received honors for their hard work and talent in a variety of areas. To read more about how are students and staff are excelling, I encourage you to visit the “Accomplishments” page on our district website. All of this contributes to the community’s pride in its schools, staff and students.

The 2017-18 school year also marked the final year of the district’s 5-year Strategic Plan and the beginning of a new long-range plan. In May 2018, more than 130 people representing a cross-section of the community — students, staff, family members and community members — came together for an intensive two-day Educational Summit at the Hotel RL in Olympia. Leading up to the Summit, the district received thousands of responses to a pre-Summit survey, all of which helped to inform the two-day event. The event culminated with the group identifying some key educational focus areas for the board to consider as it finalizes student outcomes to drive the measures for determining school district performance and the creation of improvement plans. The school board, which listed the development of a new Strategic Plan as one of its 2017-18 goals, reviewed work done at the Summit during a board study session and at a one-day retreat in July. The retreat concluded with directors creating draft student outcomes to drive the goals of the district's new Strategic Plan. 

Thank you for your continued dedication and service to the children and families of our community. It is a pleasure to partner with you in educating our students.

Patrick Murphy Signature

Patrick Murphy




Good News From Around the District 


Marshall MS - School of Distinction

Our Schools and Staff:

Whether it’s the academic growth of a school, or the dedication and passion of our staff, we celebrate all the aspects that make our district the wonderful place it is. 

In 2017, Marshall Middle School was one of the 20 middle/junior high schools statewide named a 2017 School of Distinction for being among the top 5 percent of highest improving schools.

The success of our schools would not be possible without the hard work of our classified employees. Each year, OSD honors classified employees who are nominated by staff, students and the community. The 2017 Classified Employees of the Year were Marilyn Dye, delivery driver with Child Nutrition Services, Michelle Orwig, paraeducator at Garfield Elementary and Carolyn Poage, head custodian at Olympia High School. Carolyn Poage was also named the Capital Region Educational Service District (ESD) 113 Classified Employee of the Year. 

Teachers of the Year 2017-18OSD recognizes the hard work and passion of our teachers with the annual Teacher of the Year award. The 2018 Teacher of the Year award was given to Lisa Estcourt, reading and intervention specialist at Madison Elementary and Blue Peetz, Freedom Farm teacher at Olympia High for the positive difference they make to their students, their schools and their profession each and every day. On a regional level, Washington Middle School teacher Melissa Charette was named Regional Teacher of the Year by the Capital Region Educational Service District (ESD) 113. 

In November 2017, Capital High School Cougarettes Dance Team coach Jan Kiefer was inducted to WSCCDA Hall of Fame. In Kiefer's 21 years of coaching at Capital, the team has made 20 state appearances including 15 top five finishes in the state. A few months later,  Capital High School Business and Marketing teacher Brenda Grabski was named the 2017 Washington State DECA Adviser of the Year. The Distributive Educational Club of America (DECA) is a co-curricular organization for high schools students wishing to hone their marketing skills. In the artistic vein, Olympia High School choir teacher Dan Schwartz was named a 2018 Chinook Region Outstanding Music Educator by the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). Honorees are selected based on the outstanding work they do each day to bring music to life for students. 


Our Students:

CHS Volleyball team photo

We are proud of the wide range of accomplishments of our Olympia School District students. In October 2017, Olympia High sophomore and Olympia Area Rowing team member, Emily Jaudon, brought home a gold medal from the 2017 World Rowing Youth Challenge in Florida. More than 900 rowers competed in the world championships and 312 of the top youth rowers in the U.S. competed at the Youth Challenge.

Scarcely a month later, the Capital High School girls volleyball team won the Class 3A state volleyball tournament, securing the team’s first state title in program history. Coached by Katie Turcotte, the Cougars finished the season with a record of 21-1. The team won the state championship on November 11, 2017 by defeating Mercer Island, 3-1, in the championship finals.

Students work with colored glassOlympia High School boasted two Academic State Championship Teams. The Olympia High girls swimming (3.858 GPA) and volleyball (3.883 GPA) teams had the highest combined grade point average (GPA) from among all Class 4A schools in their respective sports during the fall athletics season.

Whether our students are excelling in academics, sports or other interests, we’d like to recognize all the hard work and enthusiasm they put into their pursuits. It would take pages to write all the accomplishments of our students, whether it is in the acts of kindness they demonstrate, or the dedication it takes to master a skill. We recognize all the ways our students make the Olympia School District a place to learn, flourish and succeed.

Two boys testing out mountaineering gear, smiling at camera

District continues to boast high graduation rates

Olympia School District’s graduation rates continue to be among the highest in the state compared to districts of comparable enrollment. The students in 2018 on-time graduation rate (students in the Class of 2018 who graduated in four years) was 89.5 percent. The graduation rate (students in 2018 who graduated in five years) is just shy of 95 percent.

Three School Board members are elected 

Scott Clifthorne, Leslie Huff and Hilary Seidel won their respective seats on the Olympia School Board in the November 2017 General Election. They joined current members Joellen Wilhelm and Frank Wilson. 

Safety and Technology Replacement Levy is approved 

Voters approved a four-year technology and safety levy in February 2018 with close to a 70 percent approval rate, which is one of the highest approval rates in the state. 


Thank you to the thousands of OSD volunteers who help our schools

Our district is lucky to have the support of thousands of volunteers who help in our schools each year to support students and staff. In 2017-18 alone, 5,024 volunteers logged 52,749 hours of service to our schools. 


Progress continues on the 2016 voter-approved school bond projects 

The 2017-18 school year included a flurry of construction activity throughout the district on facility and safety improvements approved by voters in the 2016 school bond. Below is a brief summary of some of the major projects:


  • Ribbon cutting at Roosevelt ESClassroom mini-buildings open at three schools: Hansen, Pioneer and Roosevelt Elementary opened the doors of a new two-story classroom mini-building to students in 2018. The final two 10-classroom buildings approved as part of the 2016 bond measure are expected to open in fall 2018 at Centennial and McLane elementary schools.
  • Construction kicks off on three elementary school remodels: Remodel work began in May 2018 at Roosevelt Elementary and in June 2018 at Centennial and McLane elementary schools. The three remodel projects are expected to be completed in August 2019.
  • Design begins for Olympia and Capital high school building improvements: The design process began for remodel projects at the district’s two comprehensive high schools. Capital High School improvements include a new 500-seat Performing Arts Center, roof, heating and cooling system, windows and exterior walls. Olympia High School improvements include a 20-classroom addition, new carpeting in the main school building, newly painted hallways, and the relocation and upgrade of an existing practice field off North Street to a lighted synthetic turf practice field behind Ingersoll Stadium. Projects at both high schools are scheduled to be completed in August 2020.
  • Construction begins on new district administrative offices: Work started this year on the remodel of the new home for Olympia School District administrative offices. Offices will move beginning in summer 2019 from the Knox Administrative Center on Legion Way to the building formerly housed by The Olympian newspaper at the corner of Bethel Street and Fourth Avenue.



Middle school students in class

Our Students



  • 10,252


Special Programs

  • Free and Reduced-Price Meals - 31.2%
  • Special Education - 15.9%
  • Transitional Bilingual - 2.6%
  • Section 504 - 4.4%
  • Migrant - 0.2%

Two girls posing at elementary school

Other Information

  • Regular Attendance Rate - 86.0%*
  • Homeless Student Population - 2.0%
  • Adjusted 4-year Graduation Rate (Class of 2018) - 89.5%
  • Adjusted 5-year Graduation Rate (Class of 2017) - 94.6% 


*As of 2018, OSPI now reports Regular Attendance Rate instead of previously reported Unexcused Absence Rate. For more information, please visit OSPI Report Card and enter "Olympia School District." 

About our Teachers

  • Number of Classroom Teachers - 574
  • Average Years of Teacher Experience - 14.5
  • Teachers With at Least a Master's Degree - 67.2%
  • Teachers with Emergency Certificate - 0.3%
  • Teachers with Conditional Certificate - 0.5%

Most recent data provided by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in December 2018.



OSD Diversity chart

  • Hispanic/Latino of any race(s) - 11.4%
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native - 0.6%
  • Asian - 7.3%
  • Black/African American - 2.4%
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander - 0.3%
  • White - 67.6%
  • Two or More Races - 10.4%


Most recent data provided by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in December 2018



Academic Performance & Testing

Many Olympia school District eleventh graders who met standard and their graduation requirements on the tenth-grade test during the 2016-17 school year opted out of the eleventh-grade test in 2017-18. These students counted as not meeting standard and received a score of zero. The graphics displayed reflect both students who tested and those who opted out.

For more information about test scores, visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website. Simply type in "Olympia School District" under "I want to see data for a school or school district" and select "Go." 

2017-18 SBA Results


2017-18 Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

Grade Level





3rd Grade
70.4 55.5 67.3 57.5
4th Grade 67.5 57.3 64.6 53.8
5th Grade 67.3 59.2 60.4 48.5
6th Grade
75.5 55.9 65.6 48.2
7th Grade 77.2 59.6 70.2 49.0
8th Grade 78.5 58.9 70.6 47.5
11th Grade 87.3 69.5 61.1 40.6

Grade Level 

WCAS Science 


5rd Grade
66.1 55.1
8th Grade 80.1 52.9
10th Grade   32.6 30.3


School Performance Reports

School Improvement Plans


Financial Report


2017-18 District Operating Budget




 Building Administration
 $7,637,978  6.11%
 Maintenance & Operations    $7,499,474  6.00%
 District Support
 $5,468,904  4.37%
 $4,146,011  3.32%
 Utilities & Insurance  $3,768,454  3.01%
 Food Service
 $2,971,241  2.38%
 Other  $503,646  0.40%
 Added to Reserve (restricted & unrestricted)
 $1,507,209  1.21%
 Total Expenditures  $125,020,201  100.00%




 $29,792,066  23.83%
 Federal    $5,185,039  4.15%
 Other Sources                          
 $776,321  0.62%
 Total Revenue  $125,020,201  100.00%

OSD Annual Budget


Invitation to the CommunityElementary girl wearing Dalmatian ears craft

There are many ways which you can get involved in our schools. We invite you to contact your local school to ask how you can help or participate. When you access this website you will find a multitude of opportunities to assist in shaping our district's future. Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you. We hope to see you in one of our buildings soon!

Volunteer at the OSD!


Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Olympia School District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The Olympia School District offers many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs/courses in the following areas: Skilled and Technical Sciences/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); Agriculture/Natural Resources; Business Marketing; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Health Sciences. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501, (360) 596-6102. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in CTE programs.

The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures:

Steve Rood, Title IX Officer
Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 596-8545

Nancy Faaren, Assistant Superintendent
Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 596-6117

Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator
Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 596-7530

Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 596-6185

Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness
Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501