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Post Falls Middle School

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Posted November 5, 2013

PFMS is a great environment for a young person! The principals are supportive. The office staff is helpful. The teachers are aware and interested. The security officer is kind. Even the janitors are interested in the kids!


Posted November 2, 2013

This is a great school with caring teachers and supportive principals. My daughter has struggled in the past with school but the teachers cared enough to help her succeed. She now enjoys going to school and in the past disliked the other school she was at. Thank you!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

Post Falls Middle school is awesome! The teachers are caring. I really appreciate the principals. I have worked with the vice principal, she is funny and fair and cares about what happens to the students. She has been a good advocate for students. The teachers are available and work well with parents and students. Great group of people.


Posted October 31, 2013

PFMS is an outstanding school. Middle school can be a difficult time, but the teachers here go above and beyond to make students feel welcome and to make learning fun and interesting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

PFMS was vastly different from the school I had attended before. The environment is chaotic with bullying, cursing, and inappropriate behavior. The majority of the staff had complete disregard towards this type of behavior. The teachers don't communicate well, and the parents are not involved. There were a small handful of teachers who really did make a difference, and they really did make a positive impact on me.


Posted May 15, 2012

I would not recommend this school to anyone. The bullying is out of control and the principle nor teachers seem to care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

My daughter and my husband and I love love love this school and the teachers! We didn't expect to but we are very impressed. It's not just the school it's the parents too that make a difference. We believe if your child has problems there your child needs something.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2009

My husband and I had to work closely with our son's teachers and the principal. The staff was always accommodating and went out of their way to help us however the could. I couldn't ask for more out of a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2009

I think they really try at PFMS. there are bullies but I have never personally been to any school that doesn't have there fair share. the kids that are coming on here and trashing the school are just the ones who were in truoble for bad behavior or grades. the staff care and are trying there best with some very difficult families and kids. two of my most favorite teachers EVER taught at this school and my counselor was always there for me even though I was in his office almost every day!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2009

I only had a 1 year shot with this school, and it wasnt necesarilly the greatest for my 6th grade year, it was a jungle there and you had to stand your ground fully and be on guard, lots of bullying and rough play, figthing, cursing ect, the teachers didnt seem to care, i am not one to get into fights but i can recall about 4 times i got into a physical confrontation, not the best school..i mean isnt going into 6th grade hard enough!? let alone in this type of place its a jungle so i wouldnt recommend
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2008

There is a lot of bullying everywhere. Some teachers care, but the rest just leave it alone and hope it goes away. In three years there, there has been no improvement and the issues have gotten worse.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

i agree, this is a horrible school. lots of bullies and nothing done about it. the child being bullied is the one treated like they are the problem and the bullies are left to run the shool. lots of chaos is the halls... cursing , fighting and so on.....no dicipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

It is a good school but it could use changes like more breaks


Posted October 27, 2006

If I could I would prefer a different school, Definet lack of comunnication amongst staff and student. Fortunatly I have success with his teachers this years but who knows next years. Kids seem to run the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2005

This school is horriable, they do not help students are having problems with bullying they just sweep it under the rug. My child will be scared for the rest of his life because of this. The administration is the worst I have ever dealt with they allow bullying in the school. If you send your child here be aware that they do nothing to help the students with special needs they just ignore them and hope they will go away. This also continues into High School they are the same there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2004

I believe that this school is a very good school. They are very strong and there is a lot of parent involvement. We have very experienced teachers. They can deal with your child with problems and if your child is very advanced.I would recommended this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2004

In my experience as a mother of both a son and a daughter who have recently moved on from PF Middle School, I believe that the classroom was used to implement learning by discussions, the use of multi-media and hands-on instruction. My children have come home with 'a ton of homework to do' as well but they also had the tools to accomplish their task at hand by what they learned in the classroom. Schools are not meant to be a babysitting service or a place to be simply tutored while completing homework, schools are for learning and it stands to reason that 'homework' is meant for home. In the time that my children attended Post Falls they received a lot of homework that kept them on their toes and mentally focused. Post Falls Middle School is a very good school with educators who are not appreciated or even paid as they should be; they are teaching our future leaders the best they can with the resources and limited funding that we have in Idaho.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2003

Post Falls Middle School is an excellent middle school. The teachers are awesome! I had two sons attend the middle school, and both of them are now 20 and 22 and doing excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

There is alot of bullying and it is not taken care of. I also believe that the teachers are not teaching the material as well as they should. My child and I spend 2-3 hours on homework every night. That is not okay for the 6th grade. Where are the teachers and why aren't any of these assignments aloud to be done at school? What are they discussing that keeps them from classroom work time. Would not recommend this school to anyone! Would move child if could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2003

If your child has any type of learning difficulties this is not the school for them. most of the teachers give extra attention to the more advanced students. There is a big gap in communtication between teachers and parents for the most part and also with the principals.
—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.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students73%
Female80%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Special education15%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Special education20%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special education32%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
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 Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Special education8%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students78%
Female73%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Special education25%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Special education8%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female56%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Special education8%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
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 Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Special education33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Special education40%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
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 87% 78%
Hispanic 6% 16%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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301 East 16th Ave
Post Falls, ID 83877
Phone: (208) 773-7554

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