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Olson Middle School

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Posted June 9, 2014

My school is generally a good school with good teachers. After the former Principal Tom Lee left it has hit some rough patches. Now with the district lines redrawn a lot of kids that don't care about education are attending Olson. So far my experience has been good. Not everyone is going to have the same opinion but overall it should be rated and seen as a good school.


Posted March 15, 2013

Great school!!! Our daughter has some attention and focusing issues yet for the first two trimesters of her 6th grade she got great grades due to her hard work, but more importantly due to incredible teachers that are there for her. I get my e-mails returned, I get my requests for class notes answered when she misses something, etc. etc. Kids are held responsible for their work and being motivated and helped. They have a great system of "Target Learning" so each kid knows exactly what to study for a test. They have "Academic Seminars" twice a week where you can come if you did not do well on the test and the material is reviewed and can retake the test when new learning is shown. If you did great on the test, they provide extra instruction during Academic Seminar for those kids. Great System!!! Mr. Lee is the best "captain of this great ship", great judgement, very involved and kids admire him and listen to him. He is one in his own class. Also, if there are any behavioral problems and they know about it, they deal with it. Missbehavior, distracting other students, etc is delt with swiftly. Love this school!! My daughter feels "at home" there. Best Middle School in Bloom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2011

We have had a great experience so far at Olson Middle School. The principal is very active in the students and how they are treated as well as holding them accountable for actions, activities and any projects they may be doing. He is very in tune to what they need to do for their future. The teaching teams work well together to make a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

I love this school! I have gone here for 3 years (This is my third, Im in 8th grade). We do so many fun things, and I have been in all honors (Math and English) its worth the extra effort to be in them because then you know that you have the ability to do honors in High school. I enjoy having band and spanish and the other exporitories. This is a very rounded school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2009

With Mr. Tom Lee as the Principal of Olson Middle School for the second of our current three years there (one more year for us), it hits the stars! Thanks to Mr. Lee and the OMS staff! You are doing an awesome job and we are proud to be a part of it! Cougar Pride! ~LB
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

My child loves Olson Middle School! They think it is a GREAT place to go! The teachers are awesome! especially Mr. Hahn! He is the language art teacher and my childs reading teacher! Thank You!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

This schools is the BEST!!! All of those bad reviews are lies!!!!! I go there and I think its the best schools ever! Great teacher, great students and great lunches. Most of the kids in my grade (6th) are in honors, and the honors classes are hard, but are do-able. I love this school and anyone who tells you differently, it's just because they don't try hard enough!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2008

I have been going to this school for 2 year and I think this school is ok. Some teacher are really fun to be with others need to have a little more fun and not always talk about them selves. Its also been really hard becuase all of the curriculms have changed like in math and health. So, the teachers are new at teaching this. And my math class is the 'Guine Pigs' we dont get it as well as the other math class, and when we have a test the class after us always does better and she kinda blames it on us. So maybe the teachers should study the lesson plan a little bit better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2008

Well I am a student there now. I am in 7th grade and I think from the other reviews that the school has much improved. Sure we still have to share some papers. But that's in every school and since I am a child you may not take me seriously but I love this school I would not go anywhere else. (Maybe get rid of some of my classmates)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

Olson Middle School Could be way better. The teachers are nice, but the curriculum could be way better. The library is awesome! The librarian is awesome! This school needs to modernize. As the teachers do a great job here the students here have lots more freedom but need to be a bit more controlled. The special Education program needs a lot of work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

Nice school with nice teachers, although some of them do not really know how to teach. This school is full of mean kids, but also has some really nice ones. Overall, my experience with this school has been good, but i wish to see some improvments in the future
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2004

I had a horrible expierience at this school. It has a new principal and now it is 6-8 but I dont know how much that will change it. I have ADHD and I was in the AP equivelent when i attended this school in 7th and 8th grade. They were inflexable to my learning style and could not help me. I almost failed 8th grade. After that i went to a private high school that treated me much better. Dont get me wrong there were some very great teachers and it was not all bad. But as i have gotten older and learned how education should work i have begun to realize how i was wronged by this school. I have not been back to see if it has changed and i was a student there from 1999-2001 when it was only 7th and 8th grades.
—Submitted by a former student


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

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

239 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

263 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

237 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

287 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

236 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

258 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

248 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Black68%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Economically non-disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male81%
Black65%
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Economically non-disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black51%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Economically non-disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Black48%
Asian85%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Economically non-disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant76%

Reading

All Students76%
Female81%
Male72%
Black36%
Asian89%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English79%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
Female63%
Male67%
Black38%
Asian70%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Economically non-disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant65%

Reading

All Students61%
Female64%
Male58%
Black45%
Asian62%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Economically non-disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black52%
Asian80%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Economically non-disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant77%

Reading

All Students72%
Female80%
Male65%
Black45%
Asian73%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant72%

Science

All Students54%
Female50%
Male58%
Black36%
Asian58%
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Economically non-disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 73%
Black 13% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
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 26%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4551 West 102nd St
Bloomington, MN 55437
Phone: (952) 806-8600

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