2018 Annual Report

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2018 Annual Report


A Message From Superintendent Patrick Murphy


Dear Olympia Residents,
Patrick Murphy OSD Superintendent
We are pleased to share our Annual Report, featuring highlights of the past year from throughout the Olympia School District. As I near the end of my first year as your superintendent, I want to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to students, parents, staff and the community.

In this report, you will read about student and staff achievements, goals set by the Olympia School Board, school bond construction updates, and how we are using the resources our community has entrusted to us to support student achievement.

Some notable accomplishments this past year, which are detailed more fully in this report, include:


  • Graduation rates. Our on-time graduation rate (those students in the Class of 2017 who graduated in four years) is an impressive 89.4%. The data for our extended graduation rate (those students in the Class of 2016 who graduated in five years) is even more telling. The Olympia School District moved from 91.6% to 94.9% of all students graduating within five years.
  • Safety and Technology Replacement Levy Approval. Thanks to our tremendous community support, our voters approved a four-year technology and safety replacement levy in February with close to a 70 percent approval rate — one of the highest approval rates in the state.
  • Progress on the 2016 voter-approved school bond projects, including the opening of the Capital High School synthetic turf field and three of five elementary classroom mini-buildings.
  • Marshall Middle School is named a School of Distinction.
  • Olympia High School head custodian Carolyn Poage is named Capital Region Educational Service District (ESD) 113 Classified School Employee of the Year.
  • Lisa Estcourt, reading intervention specialist at Madison Elementary, is announced as this year’s OSD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Blue Peetz, an instructor at the Freedom Farm, is named this year’s OSD Secondary Teacher of the Year.
  • Seven OSD educators pass the rigorous process of becoming National Board Certified Teachers, while six renewed their certification.

Other news this past year included the election of three new members on our Olympia School District Board of Directors. Scott Clifthorne, Leslie Huff and Hilary Seidel joined current members Joellen Wilhelm and Frank Wilson, along with our outstanding student representative to the board, Ainsley Austin. We thank them all for their continued service to our students.

As we look ahead to the coming year, I want to thank you for your ongoing support as we serve the children and families of our community. It’s a pleasure to partner with you in this important effort.


Patrick Murphy




Good News From Around the District 

Here are just a few of the many reasons we are proud of our students, staff and families:

WMS teacher named regional Teacher of the YearOSD Teacher of the Year Melissa Charette

Washington Middle School teacher Melissa Charette is the Educational Service District (ESD) 113 Capital Region 2018 Teacher of the Year. The National Board Certified teacher is one of nine candidates chosen by their respective regional ESDs and tribal schools as the Regional Teacher of the Year. This is the third time in five years that an Olympia School District teacher has been named ESD 113 Regional Teacher of the Year.

Marshall Middle School named School of Distinction

Marshall Middle School joins an elite group of only 20 middle/junior high schools statewide that have been named a 2017 School of Distinction for being among the top five percent of highest improving schools. The award recognizes the Olympia middle school for sustained improvement over five years in English language arts (ELA) and math. 

Voters approve technology and safety replacement levyTwo students at Pioneer ES working on classwork on laptops

Olympia School District voters approved a four-year technology and safety replacement levy in a February 13 Special Election. The levy will raise an estimated $35.4 million over four years (2019-2022) to help pay for increased student access to technology, as well as safety projects district-wide. 

Among other things, the replacement levy will fund new and continued technology and safety initiatives including one computer for every student in grades 3-12 and one computer for every two students in kindergarten through grade 2; expanding at-home internet access; expanding assistive technology devices for students with special needs; installation of classroom display and video conferencing systems; development of digital online curriculum; adding an identification card system on school buses and more.

Capital High School wins State 3A Volleyball ChampionshipCapital HS Volleyball Team

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.

Olympia High School boasts two Academic State Championship Teams

The Olympia High girls swimming (3.858 GPA) and volleyball (3.883 GPA) teams have the highest combined grade point average (GPA) from among all Class 4A schools in their respective sports during the fall athletics season. 


Our StudentsStudent hard at work at Garfield ES



  • 10,116


Special Programs

  • Free and Reduced-Price Meals - 27.9%
  • Special Education - 14.6%
  • Transitional Bilingual - 2.4%
  • Section 504 - 2.4%
  • Migrant - 0.2%

Other Information

  • Unexcused Absence Rate - 0.5%
  • Homeless Student Population - 2.8%
  • Adjusted 4-year Graduation Rate (Class of 2016) - 90.0%
  • Adjusted 5-year Graduation Rate (Class of 2014) - 91.6% Students celebrating reaching reading goals


About our Teachers

  • Number of Classroom Teachers - 588
  • Average Years of Teacher Experience - 15.0
  • Teachers With at Least a Master's Degree - 70.2%
  • Teachers with Emergency Certificate - 0.2%
  • Teachers with Conditional Certificate 0.0%

Most recent data provided by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in October 2016


Diversity in the OSD



  • Hispanic/Latino of any race(s) - 10.8%
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native - 0.6%
  • Asian - 7.2%
  • Black/African American - 2.3%
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander - 0.2%
  • White - 68.6%
  • Two or More Races - 10.2%


Most recent data provided by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in October 2016



Academic Performance & Testing

Many Olympia school District eleventh graders who met standard and their graduation requirements on the tenth-grade test during the 2015-16 school year opted out of the eleventh-grade test in 2016-17. 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 click on "State Report Card" and choose the Olympia School District.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Test Results Chart

2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

Grade Level





3rd Grade
65.3% 53.0% 69.7% 58.0%
4th Grade 65.7% 56.0% 65.3% 55.0%
5th Grade 68.6% 59.0% 60.6% 49.0%
6th Grade
73.1% 56.0% 60.7% 48.0%
7th Grade 79.1% 61.0% 71.7% 51.0%
8th Grade 77.5% 59.0% 70.0% 49.0%
11th Grade 84.9% N/A* 32.8%** 26.0%**

Grade Level 

MSP Science 


5rd Grade
76.9% 64.0%
8th Grade 82.8% 67.0%
10th Grade   83.6% 65.0%

*State not reporting combined 2010-11 cohort score

**The 11th grade in 2017 (class of 2018) needed Math EOC 1 or EOC 2 for graduation, so the refusals were high for the SBA math. The 11th grade in 2017-18 (class of 2019) needs SBA Math so we should see full participation this spring of 2018.


Olympia School District Board of Directors Goals


Goals for 2017-2018 School Year

  1. By September 15, 2017, engage the services of WSSDA to provide the School District with a review of its board policies as a preliminary step in the work of completing a full policy and procedure update by June 2018.

  2. By November 1, 2017, develop a mentoring plan for new board members to be

    2018 OSD Board of Directors

    implemented soon after the election of new members.  The purpose of the plan is to orient the new directors to the work of the school board as well as to form a new, collaborative, inclusive team.


  3. By June 2018, with the engagement of the local community, create a new strategic plan for the purpose of managing the future work of the district: That work will include establishing agreement among Olympia School District stakeholders around shared core beliefs and student outcomes, setting priorities, focusing resources, strengthening operations, and ensuring that all staff are working toward common goals.

The 2018-2023 strategic plan must include and embed

  • The continued development of a District vision for equity and the organizational development required to enact the vision;

  • Attention to the social/emotional aspect of student mental health;

  • Initial steps based on recommendations from the 2017 Early Learning Report;

  • Actionable goals/objectives to close the achievement/opportunity gaps.


Visit the OSD Board of Directors Webpage



School Performance Reports

School Improvement Plans


Capital Projects Update


Hansen Elementary Mini Building

  • Completed parking lot improvements and added a trash compactor (summer 2017)



  • Reroofed school (summer 2017)



  • Replaced fire alarm system (summer 2017)



  • Pioneer - Opened in January 2018
  • Hansen - Opened in March 2018Capital HS New Turf Field
  • Roosevelt - Opened April 20th, 2018
  • Centennial - Opening Fall 2018
  • McLane - Opening Fall 2018


Capital H.S.

  • Track and Field improvements and added field lighting (summer 2017)
  • Performing Arts Center and existing building envelope improvements currently in conceptual design with architects


Olympia H.S.Olympia HS Refurbished Basketball Court

  • Reroofed and upgraded selected HVAC (summer 2017)
  • Classroom Addition and site improvements currently in conceptual design with architects


Roosevelt Modernization

  • Construction to start May 2018


McLane Modernization

  • Construction to start June 2018


Centennial Modernization

  • Construction to start June 2018


Olympia School District Administration Building

  • Project under design and planning to bid summer 2018



Financial Report


2016-17 District Operating Budget




 $28,120,265  24.25%
 Federal    $6,135,162  5.29%
 Other Sources                          
 $969,697  0.84%
 Total Revenue
 $115,944,979  100.0%




 Building Administration
 $7,227,850  6.23%
 Maintenance & Operations    $7,297,943  6.29%
 District Support
 $7,489,580  6.46%
 $3,801,174  3.28%
 Utilities & Insurance  $3,869,588  3.34%
 Food Service
 $2,949,181  2.54%
 Other  $453,018   0.40%
 Added to Reserve  $555,930  0.48%
 Total Expenditures
 $115,944,979  100.00%
OSD Financials

Reeves Middle School students

Invitation to the Community

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.

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