2019-20 Annual Report

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 A Message From Superintendent Patrick Murphy


Patrick Murphy OSD Superintendent

Dear families and community members,


We are pleased to share our 2019-20 Olympia School District Annual Report. In the summary that follows, you will find information about our school district, including a sampling of the many student and staff achievements over the past year.

You will also find information about district demographics, programs and services, how we are using financial resources provided by the state and community, updates on building improvements, and links to reports on our website that illustrate how our schools are meeting improvement goals.

One key difference in this year’s report from the years that preceded it is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. When schools closed to in-person learning in spring 2020, one result was a decision at the state level for school districts to forgo administering the annual Smarter Balanced Assessment. Similarly, the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing was canceled last spring.

We are especially proud of the Class of 2020, which posted the highest on-time graduation rate in the history of the district since that statistic has been kept. Along with the hard work of our students and support of their families, the 92.8% four-year graduation rate is surely the result of a persistent effort by dedicated teachers and staff from preschool through high school. The Class of 2020 faced adversity in their senior year like none had experienced before, and their persistence is reflected in this all-time graduation rate. The percentage of students who graduated in five years also rose in several high schools and contributed to an overall district extended graduation rate of 94.5%.

Like many of you, I am so thankful to be a part of the Olympia School District community. We live and work in a community that is committed like no other to the education of our children. 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  


Our Schools and Staff


As always, there are many more achievements in our district than we can summarize in this report, ranging from small acts of kindness to schoolwide accomplishments. We have included a few of these highlights from the 2019-20 year. 

In 2019, seven schools were recognized by the Washington State Board of Education for their work in demonstrating achievement, showing growth over the previous year, or closing opportunity gaps for students. The following schools were honored:


  • Avanti High School: Closing Gaps for all students for improving the graduation rate.
  • Capital High School: Growth for students identifying as Native American or Alaskan Native.
  • Jefferson Middle School: Achievement for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.
  • Thurgood Marshall Middle School: Growth for students who are English learners.
  • Centennial Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school.
  • McLane Elementary: Growth for students who receive special education services.
  • Roosevelt Elementary: Growth for students identifying with two or more races.

2019 CSEYThe success of our schools would not be possible without the hard work of our classified employees. Every year, our district honors classified employees nominated by staff, students and the community. The 2019 Classified Employee of the Year was Linda Kim-Zaccagnini, administrative assistant at Garfield Elementary School. Kim-Zaccagnini began working in the district as a paraeducator in 1997 after serving many years as a parent volunteer. She was in her thirteenth year as the school’s administrative assistant when she received the award.

Teacher of the yearEvery year, OSD calls for nominations and recognizes one or more Teachers of the Year. For the year 2019-20, Elaine Rinker, who teaches special education at Centennial Elementary School, was named Teacher of the Year. At Centennial, Rinker is nicknamed “the golden unicorn.” In praise of Rinker, Ritter says, “There’s no problem she can’t figure out a solution to.” Rinker, who has been teaching special education for eight years, also has high praise for the school she works at. “I can honestly say without any doubt that each and every teacher at Centennial wants nothing more than to have his or her students be successful,” she says.

The administration, staff and community of Jefferson Middle School were recognized by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) for continuous improvement for Black, Latinx and low-income students. JMS was selected from amongst the 295 school districts across Washington state.

Brian Morris, an industrial and technology arts teacher at Washington Middle School, received the Washington Industrial Technology Education Association (WITEA) Teacher of the Year award.

Cheryl McKayCapital High School math teacher Carol McKay was recognized nationally with the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). McKay was the only math teacher to receive the honor in Washington state that year, and one of only two PAEMST winners statewide. Nationwide, there were 107 winners honored. 


Our Students:

National Merit semifinalists

We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our Olympia School District students. Here are a few highlights of their accomplishments from the 2019-20 school year:


Three Olympia School District students were named as National Merit Semifinalists out of 1.5 million juniors who applied. The mission of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is to “recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States.” Each year, students throughout the United States who meet the rigorous qualifications for this scholarship program are selected as semifinalists.

Capital High School junior outside hitter Devyn Oestrich was named The Olympian's 2019 All-Area Player of the Year. She began playing volleyball at the age of eight, inheriting a love of the game from her dad. This is Devyn's third consecutive year on the All-Area team. She was named Most Valuable Player of the 3A South Sound Conference. She also holds Capital's career record for service aces with 146.

Congratulations to the team from Jefferson Middle School for winning the 2020 Thurston County Washington MATHCOUNTS competition. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school competitive mathematics program. It promotes math achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style competitions on the chapter, state, and national levels. The Jefferson MS team was victorious in the county-wide contest and advanced to the state level. The event was 1-of-500 held throughout the country.

Reeves Middle School celebrated National No Name Calling Week. This week was inspired and headed up by school Counselor Marisa Castello, who talked with each of the grade levels about the importance of being an “UpStander” instead of a bystander in instances of bullying.


Centennial Elementary School transformed its building for a student science exposition, with a multitude of exhibits and projects on display. From sound wavelengths, to planets and rockets, to the intricacies of snowflakes and fossils, students were encouraged to visit Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM) exhibits spread throughout the school. Teachers and Centennial Elementary School booster club members helped reach out to local scientists in the Olympia community to invite them to the event and provide input into the exhibits. Student projects varied greatly from growing borax crystals, putting engineering concepts to work by building a Billy Goats Gruff Bridge to learning more about the color wheel.

District continues to boast high graduation rates

The Olympia School District’s on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2020 reached 92.8%, marking the highest on-time graduation rate in district history. The percentage of students who graduated in five years also rose in several high schools and contributed to an overall district extended graduation rate of 94.5%. 


Board Continues Focus on Student Outcomes

At its December 16 meeting, the board elected Hilary Seidel as this year’s board president. The board also elected to have Scott Clifthorne continue as vice president. Outgoing Board President Joellen Wilhelm administered the Oath of Office to newly elected directors Maria Flores, District 1, and Justin McKaughan, District 2. Both won their respective seats in the November 2019 General Election. Seidel was also re-elected to her District 4 board seat.


The OSD Board of Directors approved a list of student outcomes at the December 10, 2018 school board meeting. They read:


Our students will:


  • Outcome 1: Be compassionate and kind.

  • Boy looks at screen while a nurse points to image on screen at health care career fair

    Outcome 2: Have the academic and life skills to pursue their individual career, civic and educational goals.

  • Outcome 3: Advocate for the social, physical and mental wellness of themselves and others and be hopeful about the future.

  • Outcome 4: Have the skills, knowledge and courage to identify and confront personal, systemic and societal bias.

  • Outcome 5: Discover their passions, be curious and love learning.

  • Outcome 6: Be critical thinkers who contribute to and collaborate with our local, global and natural world. 


Progress continues on 2016 voter-approved school bond projects 

The 2019-20 school year was a busy year as construction activity in our schools and Knox 111 Administrative Center continued. These facility and safety improvements were approved by voters in the 2016 school bond. Below is a brief summary of some of the major projects. For the most current information, visit the OSD bond construction updates page.

Capital High School

The new two-story Performing Arts Center (PAC) was one of the largest construction projects. It will be complete in July 2021 and will seat 500 people. The existing PAC was converted to a lecture hall. Work was also done on the siding of Capital’s main building and portions of the school are being reroofed. Other improvements included replacing single-pane windows with double panes, removing non-functioning in-wall heaters, and adding a new air distribution system. A new security vestibule at the front of the school is scheduled for completion in August 2021. 


Inner entrance and hallway to Olympia High SchoolOlympia High School

Several construction projects were completed at Olympia High School. The Main Office received a new reception window and secured vestibule. Carpeting was also replaced in existing classrooms, offices, and the Performing Arts Center. Work on the addition of a 2,000-square-foot music room and four additional science classrooms and science prep rooms was scheduled for completion in January 2021. New turf on the field is also planned. 


Centennial Elementary School

Construction was completed in 2019 on the Centennial Elementary modernization project. Work included modernizing the kitchen to make the food service system more efficient; adding a permanent stage, as well as adding new lighting and new ceilings in the multipurpose room; adding new classroom furniture throughout the school; and reconfiguring the parking lot to streamline pick up and drop-off, as well as ease traffic congestion on side streets. 


Front entrance of McLane ES with balloonsMcLane Elementary School

Similar to Centennial, McLane Elementary School construction included a modernization of the school kitchen to make the food service system more efficient. New basketball backstops were added, and the installation of a new heating and cooling system were among the upgrades to the gym. The multipurpose room features a permanent stage, new lighting and ceilings. Like Centennial, McLane’s parking lot was reconfigured to ease congestion. The school playground surface was also upgraded in Summer 2019 with rubberized tile.


Roosevelt Elementary School

Work in summer 2019 included the renovation of the school’s front entry canopy to allow more daylight in, while allowing for a covered area for students and parents to stand on rainy days. The parking lot was reconfigured to ease congestion. The San Francisco Street entry was closed to minimize congestion along that busy street. Similar to Centennial and McLane, improvements at Roosevelt included modernizing the kitchen and service area, improving the heating and cooling system in the gym, and repainting.


New Knox 111 building front with autumn trees and blue skyDistrict Office: Knox 111 Administrative Center

Also during summer 2019, extensive work was completed on the new location of the Knox Administrative Center at 111 Bethel St. N.E. (former home of The Olympian newspaper). Administrative offices began moving to the new site in late July from the former location at 1113 Legion Way S.E. The move will make way for the eventual expansion of Avanti High School, which is also part of the 2016 school bond improvement projects.



Our Students


  • 10,333


Two elementary girls eat cupcakes and cookies and smile at camera

Special Programs

  • Free and Reduced-Price Meals - 33.0%
  • Special Education - 16.2%
  • Transitional Bilingual - 3.2%
  • Section 504 - 4.9%
  • Migrant - 0.3%


Other Information

  • Regular Attendance Rate - 85.4%*
  • Homeless Student Population - 1.3%
  • Adjusted 4-year Graduation Rate (Class of 2019) - 92.8%
  • Adjusted 5-year Graduation Rate (Class of 2018) - 94.5%


*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." 

High school students pose with their teacher outdoors while holding trophy

About our Teachers

  • Number of Classroom Teachers - 601
  • Average Years of Teacher Experience - 14.4
  • Teachers With at Least a Master's Degree - 64.4%
  • Teachers with Emergency Certificate - 1.8%
  • Teachers with Conditional Certificate - 0.7%

Most recent data provided by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in October 2019.

Diversity chart


  • Hispanic/Latino of any race(s) - 12.5%
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native - 0.6%
  • Asian - 7.4%
  • Black/African American - 2.8%
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander - 0.4%
  • White - 64.9%
  • Two or More Races - 11.3%


Most recent data provided by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in October 2019.



Academic Performance & Testing

(Due to early school facility closure and the suspension of end of year testing, 2019-2020 assessment data is not available. The data below shows the most recent testing data for 2018-2019.)


Many Olympia school District eleventh graders who met standard and their graduation requirements on the tenth-grade test during the 2018-19 school year opted out of the eleventh-grade test in 2018-19. 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." 

Graph for SBA statistics


2018-19 Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

Grade Level





3rd Grade
63.9% 55.4% 63.8% 58.0%
4th Grade 68.9% 56.9% 61.6% 54.0%
5th Grade 68.9% 60.4% 59.3% 48.3%
6th Grade
71.6% 56.9% 58.4% 46.8%
7th Grade 80.9% 60.6% 73.8% 48.7%
8th Grade 75.4% 58.0% 69.1% 45.8%
10th Grade 84.2% 69.7% 63.8% 40.2%

Grade Level 

WCAS Science 


5rd Grade
62.3% 53.2%
8th Grade 76.8% 51.6%
11th Grade 49.5% 34.5%


School Performance Reports

School Improvement Plans


Financial Report


2019-20 District Operating Budget




 Building Administration
 $8,121,338  5.73%
 Maintenance & Operations    $8,081,063  5.70%
 District Support
 $5,986,162  4.23%
 $4,688,829  3.31%
 Utilities & Insurance  $3,974,939  2.81%
 Food Service
 $3,235,263  2.28%
 Other  $63,552  0.04%
 Total Expenditures  $141,665,622  100.00%




 $22,596,574  15.69%
 Federal    $6,702,992  4.65%
 Other Sources                          
 $552,291  0.38%
 Total Revenue  $144,033,198  100.00%

financial report graph


One boy reads while another elementary student leans over his shoulder

Invitation to the Community

There are many ways in 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!


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, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506, (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:


Michael Hart, Title IX Officer 

Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator (Students)

Starla Hoff, ADA Coordinator (Staff) 

Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator

Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness


All six individuals may also be contacted at 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA, 98506.