Award Year: 2020

Ridgecrest Elementary School

12616 Shaw Road East
Puyallup, WA, 98374-2927

(253) 841-8753

Dr. Michelle M. Fox, Principal at time of Nomination


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By providing a caring, positive, and supportive learning community, Ridgecrest staff challenges and inspires all students to do their best to realize their greatest potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 66%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 10%
Ridgecrest Raider Staff 2019-20

Ridgecrest Raider Staff 2019-20

Ridgecrest Elementary, one of 22 elementary schools in the Puyallup School District, is home to approximately 450 students and 60 staff members. At Ridgecrest, we understand that relationships precede learning and that a trusting and caring school community is the real secret of success. With this focus, and in partnership with our diverse communities, we strive to educate and inspire all students to reach their full potential.

As a result, Ridgecrest has received nine state educational awards for achievement, growth, and closing gaps among various at-risk subgroups since 2011. A robust data-driven culture permeates staff learning communities and professional development where tools and systems are used to identify, monitor, and support at-risk students. Multi-tiered systems of support for attendance and behavior help maximize achievement, promote positive behavior, and assist students with social/emotional needs. Targeted instruction is provided to students struggling with reading and math to ensure skill and content mastery. In addition, trauma-informed, culturally responsive teaching practices support the whole child and ensure high levels of engagement. Teachers routinely conduct community circles, morning meetings, and explicitly teach social-emotional curriculum, developing empathy, problem solving, and self-regulating skills with students.

Everyone belongs and grows at Ridgecrest. Our principal puts it this way, "When students and staff feel not only welcome, but wanted; not only valued, but honored; not only trusted, but empowered; they will not only succeed but thrive." At Ridgecrest, building authentic and quality relationships create the ideal conditions for student success.