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West Middle School

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Posted November 26, 2013

My son came from the Kuna school district and I loved it. We moved to Nampa and did not expect the schools to be much different. Man was I wrong. My son has a IEP program for reading and it took them almost 3 months to put him in the class he needed. I tried to keep up to date with all his teachers about his grades and most of the time I would never get a email or message back from his teachers. My other two kids are at Central Elementary and I have zero issues. I have already tried to see about getting my kids into a Charter school. I really miss the Kuna District. West Middle School is not a good choice for your kids if you want them to actually succeed or if you want the teachers to get back with you at all to let you know what you can do to help your child out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

Honestly, when i first came to west, i've heard terrible rumors.. The "gangster school" was what my elementary called it, and when if first arrived, I was unsure, but my isp teacher, mr. hellwage, was the best teacher ever, and seriously cared if you did your work, and did it on time! All the other teachers i saw didn't just let delinquents get away with slacking off! Not only are the teachers for both 7th and 6th grade awesome, the people there are not what people say they are. The cliques were pretty definite, but everyone gets along, from the gothic, to the pop, to the weirdos! I honestly can't say i've ever witnessed the so called "gangster" activity that has infamously spread throughout the community. I suggest this school highly.


Posted January 30, 2012

I have a special needs child with Down Syndrome and Katie Mason the Resource teacher is Awsome!!. The principal was a special needs teacher also. They are both on top of their game and I am totally happy with their program for Michael. One reason my child likes to go to West is the choir teacher, Mr. Ledbetter. The kids really like him and Michael talks about choir and his friends in choir all the time. Mr. Kincheloe , Dean of Students, is a wonderful role model to the students. My children have had him for a teacher and a Karate instructor. He is awsome! Mrs. Neville is a wonderful ISP teacher. She really includes Michael in the class and they play dodge ball and somehow Michael always gets a can of pop as a prize each week. The students in the class are kind to Michael and I really appreciate it!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2011

I just Graduated from WMS and love every minute of it. The principal was the best, and all the teachers there care about the education the kids get when the just enter. West Middle School to me has the best leadership. All the staff that work there have the best intentions to make your child ready for high school, and the future. I don't think any of the programs your child will possibly try for are even challenging, and I'm a student, ready to go to high school and do my best to keep my grades up.


Posted April 30, 2010

It is a great school, which is dedicated to making sure that the students receive the best possible education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I see how hard this school works with reduced finances, more students than any other that have reduced or free lunches, and teacher purchased supplies but yet their test scores are high in most areas and the teachers are super. It takes a special team of teachers to teach in this type of environment and West Middle School has the best!


Posted March 13, 2009

Some of the other reviews arent right. I went here for 6th, 7th, and 8th, and loved every moment. The teachers do alot to help us children, and the parents get called for disaplinary reasons is the kids fault, not the schools. The teachers really care, and its a beutiful area to enroll ur kid.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2009

I have been a teacher at West for over 15 years and it may be true this school has been through many changes it has been difficult for everyone involved. But one thing that is consistent at West the staff truly cares about kids and their future in education and the real world. As a teacher I am asked to do many other things than educate your child but it's a pleasure to know I have helped my students to grow not only academically but emotionally, socially, and physically. Our students are very important to us and we know that many of kids haven't had the best offered to them from the real world. Our school offers an environment that is safe and comfortable to our students' learning needs. As teachers we go beyond the day looking for options and improvements to meet our students' learning needs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2009

West middle school is so great and jaimee fickle is my favorite teach and is really nice
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2009

As a teacher and a parent, I know the frustrations of working with children. My son tests me at home as do my students at school. Why? Well, becaue they are children and they are learning. Sometimes we forget that both the parent and the teacher want the same thing. As a community, we want the same things for our kids as well. We want mature, capable, and independent people who can handle being a part of our society. Teachers work with hundreds of students a day, every day; each with their own issues and quirks. As parents we have a much smaller number. It's easy to point out what we think our teachers aren't doing for our kids, and where does that get us? We all have to work together for our kids, because ultimately that's who we are there for.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 24, 2009

West Middle School has been a great school for my children. The teachers, administration and others that work there really care about kids. They do a lot of work to help the community and to connect kids with the community. The school has classes that challenge my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

I love west and we raise a lot of money and caned foods for the homeless and my favorite teacher is Mrs.Fickel
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2008

I agree with the comments about communication. I had the same experience - my A student was getting Ds and Fs. I would not have known if I had not asked how to keep track. I have asked the teachers to sign off that the homework was turned in, but it is difficult to understand what is homework vs. classwork, and, while I think the planner is a great idea, it only works if the teachers put it to use.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

My son started Junior High this year he is a 6th grader. I was floored to know that my A average student is now a D average student. When I went to their open house, I was surprised to see how many students were getting chewed out by there parents for the same thing. I find this unacceptable. the teachers were now help. They said it isn't up to them to make sure the kids were doing there homeworker, it's up to the kids. Well why the devil are they there then? Just to babysit the kids? Now I understand why a lot of parents are choosing to send there children to charter schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

This is my school and I will always love it but I would like to see more choice in classes. My mom would like to here more about the progress I am making in my classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2007

I think there are definite improvements that could be made with more involvement and overall communication between the staff and parents, and not so much w/just between the student and the teachers. I don't get a clear sense of direction on my students progress or what is expected in the class (not including the rules - those are there) - I don't see the need in filling out his day to day planner schedule if I don't see any feedback from the teachers. Parent involvement is a necessity, this needs more improvement, in either flyers coming home, more info on the website. Sometimes I don't learn about things until it's too late.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2006

In the past 4 years I have seen great improvement in this school. Most is initiated by the administration and staff with their desire to see our kids become citizens of character. Mr. Wyldes (sp?) is a great asset to the school and community and a true role-model for our kids. Over time, I believe that this school will be not just good, but a model for others to follow. While a lot of the staff is fairly young and they are not perfect, (nor is any other school and staff)they have been improving, and are capable of making a great difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2004

I feel like this school's primary function is to babysit my children. I only hear from them when there is a disciplinary problem, not when classroom grades need attention. We are looking at private school as the only alternative.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 73% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 75% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 75% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students53%
Female60%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Special education11%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students57%
Female60%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Special education17%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female81%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Special education26%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)27%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students66%
Female75%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Special education0%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)23%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female71%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Special education11%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)23%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Special education32%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)31%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female55%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Special education11%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students60%
Female65%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Special education13%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)8%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students70%
Female73%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Special education29%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education40%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)58%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 78%
Hispanic 42% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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28 South Midland blvd
Nampa, ID 83651
Phone: (208) 467-0336

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