Award Year: 2018

Evergreen Elementary School

1311 172nd Street East
Spanaway, WA, 98387-5916

(253) 683-8200

Mr. Jamie Burnett, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School


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Our philosophy is embodied in the belief that every student will be successful. Our mission states: "Every student without excuse and without exception will be proficient in reading, language, and math."

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 35%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 8%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 26%
Students learning in First Grade at Evergreen Elementary

Students learning in First Grade at Evergreen Elementary

Evergreen has learned to implement and sustain the No Excuses University philosophy. Becoming a No Excuses University (NEU) has brought the staff of Evergreen Elementary together to celebrate successes and plan together for challenges. NEU serves as a stimulus for teachers to unite for a common goal – to make sure that every student meets or exceeds grade level standards. NEU encouraged us to create systems and provide a way for coordinating our efforts towards refining and expanding those systems with the number of students showing proficiency on building, district, and state assessments. By the end of 2013, we became the highest achieving elementary school in the Bethel School District, and we are proud to say that we have continued this success to this day.

Some our awards include the Washington State Achievement Award (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), the School of Distinction Award (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016), and the National Title I Award (2017-18). We feel that we have implemented systems of No Excuses University and continue to sustain success with these systems. Our NEU systems (Universal Achievement, Collaboration, Standards Alignment, Assessment, Data Management, Interventions) make for a systematical approach to maintain staff communication as well as involvement to ensure a well-rounded intentional focus with teaching and learning. Other schools have visited our building to see our NEU systems in action and are looking to replicate our approach. In addition, other schools are attending NEU conferences to learn more.