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Houck Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 952 students

 

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Posted June 12, 2010

With the expception of a few teacher like Decker, Parson, and Grossarth this school would be a non child freindly environment. The leadership is so myopic with it's test em till their dead mentality which is caouse by the district. If i had the means I would get my child out of Salem Keizer public schools becuase they don't value children they value test reulsts. Shame on the admin and superintendent. You should be ashamed!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2010

I am a student at houck middle school i think the school is doing great and my favorite teachers are mr.decker and mr bowling they rock!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2009

I am a 8th grade student here at Houck Middle. And as I have seen over the years I have attended here at Houck I have seen a great stride to get students to excede here, and they have done it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 29, 2008

Houck is the best school ive ever went to! The teachers are awesome my favorite teachers are Mr. Decker and Mr.Bowling they are great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2007

It's a great school. I'm in 7th grade and I think that the teachers are great! This is a School you would like your children to go to! They have after school activities to go to and it's just great to be going to such a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2004

Houck is a wonderful school for all students. It offers a wide variety of learning experiences and a caring staff. The fine arts, elective programs and after-school activities are outstanding. Our child has had a very positive experience. We appreciate the positive school climate, ethnic diversity and the respect staff and students exhibit towards one another. As with every school there are student issues. Our child has shared some of these concerns with us. We feel the values we have taught our children help them make good choices and support to not become involved in some of the issues common among middle students. Although some students make poor choices; this may be a parenting problem. The parents blame others which can confuse the student when trying to make the right decisions. With involvement in student activities we know what this happening. We feel fortunate our child attended Houck Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2004

It has been a hardship for my kids to adjust to a dominating spanish school.My daughter has been threatened and harassed daily by girls who claim they hate her cause she's white and 'prissy'.She gets called 'slut'/'whore' and nothing has been done.She is a 6th grader ,honor student and I don't understand why she should tolerate this.I cant be late to pick her up,she gets things thrown at her and harrassed,followed by these wanna be 'gangs'.Supervisers do nothing.I will not wait for her to get harmed.I can't trust in the school.I have withdrawn my kid's.What a shame! And shame on the school.Kids should come first!Good kids get refferals for tardies,Why is this the priority? ,Why is this treated as a behavioral issue?They do not look at the best interest of the child.or working with parents.these are still children.I am glad to wash my hands of Houck! Relief!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female71%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial86%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners32%
Migrant55%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female47%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander41%
Hispanic33%
Multiracial57%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners8%
Migrant32%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial86%
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learners41%
Migrant38%
Academically gifted86%
Special Education with Accomodation29%

Reading

All Students57%
Female61%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial86%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learners9%
Migrant56%
Academically gifted82%
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female70%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learners28%
Migrant53%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation29%

Reading

All Students54%
Female60%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant33%
Academically gifted83%
Special Education with Accomodation17%

Science

All Students50%
Female44%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander41%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners6%
Migrant27%
Academically gifted93%
Special Education with Accomodation20%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 21%
White 31% 65%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 87%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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