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Tartan Senior High School

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Posted November 15, 2013

Its aerial view is basically it's description. I graduated in 2007 with a tartan diploma but begged to leave junior year to the alc because I hated tartan. Most of the teachers were awful and rude, occasionally a teacher would be fun and make learning enjoyable. The staff was horrible the women in the office where a joke i called them Suckratarys along with everyone in the guidance office. The most enjoyable thing was leaving for pseo at century in the afternoon. I would call it more of an institution. I felt bad for special ed kids as they didn't seem to have staff or teachers care for them or learn much.not much discipline for students and the jokedale rent a cops were always on premises standing around watching everything.School is old and needs remodeling and some air conditioning. At that age we don't leave our friends at school and go be a new kid unless there is a serious problem.


Posted September 22, 2011

I am a Registered Nurse and a parent of a Tartan youth. Tartan is a wonderful school! I am also a firm believer in keeping a child busy with sports and insisting on excellent grades though. What you do as a parent at home is crucial to your child's success. What disturbs me about the complaining I hear and see about various MN schools in general is that people do not realize how good MN public schools really are!! Try moving to Texas and see what kind of education your student gets there! A particular semi-complaint I see in these reviews speaks of teachers getting to know their students better and this person speaks of difficult home lives....all relevant issues in most circumstances. However, there is not excuse for not getting decent grades of 'B's or better! If there's a learning disorder, get help from the school! Tartan is more than willing to work with any student asking for the help. With a move and some emotional issues in the past year, they listened, adjusted for us, and allowed retesting. This shows how much they care about my child. No complaints here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

I am also a student here from the class of 2009 and i completly disagree with you. you must be one of those people who thinks everything is bad about this school and dont want anything to do with it. Tartan is working on getting our school more up to date on the looks and they can only do one thing at a time and its not like they can do any construction while school is in...only during the summer and they have been working hard to update everything and even more will be done this summer. and really what school doesnt have a click?
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2009

The school is a very nice and clean school. My son enjoys the school very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

My son started at this school with below grade standards and by the end of the second trimester he was getting A's and B's. This is his first time he ever making the A, B honor roll in all of his school years. I found the teachers respond quickly to any concerns I have and challenge my son to be the best. All schools have clicks but I'm more interested in academics. He went from a boy who thought he had no bright future to 'I can go to college'. I thank Tartan for thier dedication. I have a daughter who will start in fall 2010 and I am very confident she will also succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

I am a parent that has a child at Tartan and a child at North. Tartan has many good aspects to it but there are also issues that need to be worked on. Having a student at each school has given me a different type of insight. I can see the good and bad in both schools. It really depends on the student and what type of activities and friends they have. The teachers have a HUGE impact on how the student does in the classroom. I do not understand why certain people choose this perfession. Then there are others that are amazing!! I could name names but I won't. Teachers it would really help if you got to know your students. Some of them really have difficult home lives and need a break once in a while. They need to know that someone truly cares about them. Thanks for reading!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

If I had to do it over again, I would not have sent my daughter to Tartan. She is a special education student and she is not receiving the help she needs. I have never met such a resistant and unwilling school team, and I have been to many school meetings due to my career. Some students may do well there, but I also know there are at least 1/4 to 1/3 of students who are not getting the help they need, and the school's answer is the nearest ALC. Tartan staff, please stop failing your students who need help and start helping them in any way you can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

Tartan High School is a great school with great administration. The Principal is a great leader in the building. We have also been blessed with great Assistant Principals who handle all discipline issues quickly and effectively. The teachers in the building are very impressive. They understand how to challenge a high school student as well as give them help when needed. You will be amazed at how long some of the staff have been in the building and how many teachers there are Tartan High School graduates themselves! The renovations of the building look beautiful, take a look yourself at all the classrooms and the new media center. The students in the building are one of a kind. You need to look no further then 'Relay for Life' to know what I am talking about. The students bring that kind of hard work to all that they do. Go Titans!


Posted November 24, 2008

Tartan high school is the worst, most disgusting school in the state of Minnesota. I can't believe the people on here who are talking about the welcoming atmosphere and the B.S. about everyone being welcoming. this school is full of cliques just like any other school. and people will look down on you before they accept as a 'friend'. And the person who brought up Tartan's renovations mst not have seen the school because it still looks like garbage. The lockers have obscenities written on them along with horrible drawings and dents. Take it from someone who is going to the school. DON'T SEND YOUR KIDS HERE!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

Tartan is a great school. I love it there, even though I've only been here for a year. I would encourage all parents to send their students here, its a great school and I love the kids. We raise a lot of money for Relay for Life, and it has a great welcoming atmoshphere. And everyone wants to say hello, and is happy to see you. I don't agree what that teacher said about disipline, because I believe the teachers handle fights very well. :) And I'm guessing she/he was a substitute teacher and didn't give it a second chance. I also believe they shouldn't judge Tartan before actually being there longer than a couple days. Because it really is a great place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2008

i enjoyed going to this school. it has a very good learning atmosphere and just overall great. The teachers are fun, helpfull and always answered my questions. I am going on my senoir year and am sure to say that any kid would love to go here! Go Tartans!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2007

the kids at this school are disrespectful and this school needs better dicipline. This school has Alot of fights than back then but the test scores are amazing though so I say tartan is an decent school but it needs decline in school fights.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2003

Tartan has numerous 'great kids'. As with every school, there are a few who 'get the headlines' and people tend to look at the whole school based on a few incidents. Overall the school has done a great job with our first son. He is in his 4 year of college, with a GPA of 3.8. I attribute this to Tartan giving him the desire to learn, and the freedom to ask questions. Tartan challenges their students to not only excell in academics, and sports, but also in community service. The students have raised funds for many charitable organizations. Some were started not by parents, or a parent group, but by the students themselves. I agree that North sometimes gets more attention than Tartan, but for my money, I like what I see. The kids have shown me over and over they have pride in their school, in their community and in themselves. Tartan Rules!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Tartan is a school that is often overlooked. Bypassed by neighboring North High school. Only because North is a new school. Tartan has been renovating recently and has made many improvements. Tartan also has many extracurricular actvities to suit anyone's interest. Including many clubs promoting diversity. Tartan also has a driver's ed coarse that has one of the highest passing percentages in the state of Minnesota including qualified driver's instructors. If Parents and students gave Tartan even half a chance, they would realize what a great school it really is.


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

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

435 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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 66% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Black85%
Asian85%
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Economically non-disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learners56%
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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 Students70%
Female71%
Male70%
Black43%
Asian65%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Economically non-disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. 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

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

435 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
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 52% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
54%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

441 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
57%
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

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%
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

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
51%
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

Reading

All Students60%
Female60%
Male60%
Black51%
Asian49%
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners27%
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant60%
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

Science

All Students57%
Female55%
Male59%
Black50%
Asian59%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English58%
Non-migrant57%
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 Students59%
Female58%
Male59%
Black31%
Asian49%
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Economically non-disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant59%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 73%
Black 12% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 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 36%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Oakdale, MN 55128
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