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Sequoyah Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 166 students

 
 

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Posted May 19, 2014

This school is the best!! they have snack shack were you can buy snacks and sometimes root beer floats!! Sequoyah is the best! The teachers are nice and the principal. They have lots of book fairs and fun!! This school is way better than Rainier View!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

This is my first year at Sequoyah. I tried going into it with a positive attitude, but from the beginning it was crazy. Just a week into classes, the school decides to add a 7th period, taking time from core classes for clases such as "Pinterest" and "Reading Club". When I asked the principal about why this was started, she said because some kids can't do after school activities. So how is "Pinterest" going to help them while taking time from core classes? Teachers didn't know much about these classes, including when they were switching sessions. At the end of 1st semester, they had a week where there was NO 7th period and kids just went back to one of their core classes each day. Great planning!! The principal can't seem to communicate to staff nor to parents. Principal lied at the start of school saying that SMS was an IB school; no they are GETTING their IB and will not have it until well after my daughter is out of there. There is no follow through. I am planning on choicing to another school next year. 4 principals <9 years. Good teachers are trying to abandon this ship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

I absolutely love this school. The parents down below are very ignorant of their child. Come on parents! Go teach your child to stand up for themselves. Of course all the teachers are different in this school, some care, some dont, some want you to just have fun, the teachers who dont really care is because your student isnt asking for help. Your daughter/son has to go up to that teacher and ask for help, ask questions! I recommend this school to anyone who lives in the area. Trust me all the so called "bullies" have a heart, everyone is very welcoming. To anyone wondering I currently go to this school, I have straight A's, and I am willing to help others.


Posted June 4, 2013

I couldn't agree more with the last review. I am of strong belief that leadership begins at the top and works down. We are on our 3rd year of having students at this school. The faculty has continued to get worse. This is the first year for the 'absent' principal. We've seen her name on documents but does she really exist?! I have also requested meetings with her--to no avail. Bullying is very much a problem at this school. It is not taken seriously. Children are not reprimanded appropriately. I would NOT recommend this middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2013

This school does not take bullying seriously. Despite no breaks between classes and no lockers the chaotic environment is in the classroom. The teachers cannot control their classrooms, the students can be in compromising situations because action is not taken fast enough and the repercussions for bad students is too lax. I believe the staff tries to do good work but it's not enough. The pod situation forces the children to be with teachers they may not get along with for three years. It also puts them in with the same horrible kids every year. It's a situation that can create severe depression in the kids that are being picked on. God help those who don't speak up and tell their parents that they are being bullied. We have never seen the principal despite requests to do so. The principal is rarely seen by the students and we have overheard school office chatter that she works from home. This cannot continue if the school is going to properly function.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

This is one of the best middle schools in Federal Way School District. It has a unique environment as there are no lockers and no breaks between classes. Essentially lowering the risk of bad behavior and skipping classes. There are 6 pods (large rooms) with smaller individual classes (by subject) inside. Two pods for each grade. The pods rotate, so you stay with the same pod for 3 years. Lunchtime and PE are the only social times, I believe this allows less opportunity for bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

I don't know what that last person is talking about. My daughter goes there and it's a great school. We love that the kids get to stay with the same group of teachers and advisor the whole 3 years. I never hear of any real fights or bullying. It's all really what your child puts into their time there and what study habits they have. You can be a good student anywhere, if you try,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2012

I wouldn't recommend this school for ANYONE. I tried going there 3 different times and it was awful. Nothing but drama and chaos. The kids are terrible and major bullies! The teachers couldn't care less about the students unless it's life threatening. The only good thing is the principal. NOT WORTH YOUR TIME!


Posted February 22, 2012

Amazing school! Great staff! Award winning! I love the Pod structure and the 3 year looping. This school has came a long way in the past three years. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2010

This middle school has been great! We moved from Florida and the structure of the school and teachers is excellent. They have houses that have pods where a set of 5 teachers stay with the child for 3 years which helps in getting them started at the beginning of the year. I realize that the worry here is if you have a teacher that you dislike . . . but my daughter has all "A+" teachers and they work with you and stimulate you to work harder.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2010

This school has come along way in the last couple of years. The staff is great and students are getting better connected. Our school is starting to get some good energy.


Posted March 4, 2010

this school is just HORRIBLE! there are preppy kids and they are the worst i recemend not going to this school , its terrible, and the girls in 8th grade already wear tons of makeup. yikes!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2010

I moved across the city from Illahee to Sequoyah. To compare the two.. there is no comparison Illahee is 10 times better than this place. Illahee may have an older campus but the staff among the campus are more concerned about my learning. Sequoyah isn't the best learning enviroment my teachers don't have a grip on their own students. We were being so loud one time that our teacher refused to be in the class for the day! The students here are so dramatic. There is no discipline and Mr. Blauser is cool but not strict at all! I miss Illahee and would do anything to go back! Sports acheivment, learning, and discipline doesn't exist at this school!
—Submitted by a student


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.

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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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students48%
Female55%
Male42%
Black46%
Asian78%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income42%
Not low income57%
Special education6%
Not special education57%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female73%
Male61%
Black62%
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income63%
Not low income73%
Special education19%
Not special education77%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students65%
Female65%
Male66%
Black69%
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income60%
Not low income74%
Special education17%
Not special education78%
Limited English36%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female69%
Male62%
Black46%
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income63%
Not low income69%
Special education26%
Not special education75%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female88%
Male64%
Black77%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income72%
Not low income80%
Special education23%
Not special education88%
Limited English36%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students53%
Female54%
Male52%
Black32%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income46%
Not low income64%
Special education12%
Not special education61%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female67%
Male51%
Black48%
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income48%
Not low income76%
Special education19%
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female54%
Male56%
Black36%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income44%
Not low income73%
Special education18%
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 94% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 100% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 99% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students83%
Female87%
Male80%
Black50%
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income80%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 7%
Black 14% 5%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 15%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 259%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 8N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 50%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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3425 South 360th St
Auburn, WA 98001
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