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Odle Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 742 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2014

My son graduated from the Prism program at Odel last June. I have no question that he received the best education there that we have seen (he is number five of six children all of whom went through the Bellevue school district.). The math teacher was amazing. The literature teacher taught him so much about how to express himself clearly and thoughtfully. They never let him get away with less than his best work. Now, I do not know much about the non-Prism aspects of the school, but he did take language and electives with non-prism kids. Dance was incredible! The computer courses he took were great too. Only language, where the classroom had 39 students, seemed less than stellar. The principal is always out with the students; he knows virtually all of them, and projects a caring and restrained atmosphere that is so different from the usual Middle School milieu. We had a fantastic experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

Odle is a challenging environment. My children's overall experience has been quite positive, but the one glaring problem deserves mentioning. The conflict between gifted and General Education students (and parents) is real. There are essentially two schools in the building and only a small percentage of students cultivate positive relationships outside of their program. Gifted students bully Gen Ed students for being "stupid" and Gen Ed students bully Gifted kids for being "nerds" There isn't a lot that staff can do about the negative student attitudes and interactions, particularly when Gifted students and parents complain of intellectual bullying within their own program. Much is shrugged off as cultural and characterized as being worse between gifted kids. That is somehow an excuse for gifted kids to demean GenEd and Special Ed students when they share academic elective classes. If your "non-gifted" child is confident enough to withstand some intellectual bullying and learn empathy for peers from ALL walks of life, then Odle is a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

Most of the teachers doesn't understand the students, since we use a yellow card red card system, it's makes school even harder. Even though on the student guidebook, it said the teacher will give verbal warnings then the visual warnings (yellow and red cards), most of the times they just pass them out. It's even more unfair when they just pass it out to whoever they want to. I can't even l turn to ask my friend a question about what the teacher just said. In the morning it's really hard to get to school if your parent is driving you, there is only one way in and there is a swimming club right next to it, using the same entrance. And then there is Stevenson Elementary right across the street, making it impossible. It takes up to 20 minutes just to get in so most parent drops their kids off near the side walk, I think it is very dangerous. Overall, Odle is a great school with great education but it is heavily influenced by its surrounding.


Posted April 27, 2012

"Detention" seems to me as a favorite word in the counselor's office. To be a good student here, children has to be robots not human beings. Compare to past, here is more prison then a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2011

Odle was once a successful school. Now, the grade averages are not even close to standard despite many measures taken by the administration to boost them. Odle was caught being manipulative of the PRISM program by not counting the PRISM students for student population counts determining average family salaries to earn Title One status, but still using PRISM as a tool to boost the grade average a little bit higher. Odle has also implemented a silly and ridiculous Success Initiative system intended to boost the grades since Odle has recently been forced to include PRISM in the population counts and cannot use Title One as an excuse for bad grades, and it gives the teachers despotic powers while student liberties are greatly diminished. Despite several student petitions and protests against the Success Initiative and what problems it poses, the administration has ignored themdidn't raise grade averages to standard. Odle is failing miserably to maintain a healthy standing within the district and raise the kids to be successful students.


Posted October 21, 2011

It is a horrible school. It's not challenging at all. I am complely outraged wit it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

I am incredibly impressed with the caring, flexible, dedicated staff, teachers and non-certificated, at Odle. We have had six children in Bellevue Public school, Private schools on the east side, and Catholic Schools. I feel like a school expert. No where else have I seen such responsive, warm, attentive and creative people working with parents and youngsters to insure that the students get what they need to be successful. This is for youngsters with all levels of academic ability, from the most academically able to the ones needing the most assistance. This is what education needs to be about for all children. It is far superior to schools we paid thousands of dollars for tuition to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

Odle is amazing! A great faculty, staff and principal. The teachers are positive and care about every student...not just in student academics, but students as individuals. Everyone at Odle strives to create a positive learning experience and making it a happy school environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 7, 2010

This is the best school ever. The new principle Mr.McDowell is amazing. The school is fun and energetic and filled with pride and honor. To bad I had to move to the east coast. I would recommend this school to everyone!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2008

This school has been good for our daughter, who has some developmental and academic challenges. Her IEP and special education classes have helped her almost keep up with her peers and she has been encouraged to work to meet her potential in a way that Northshore school district teachers never did. Still, there's a bit of teaching to the WASL here, and the social promotion of students with IEPs drives me crazy. It's just going to get harder as she moves into high school without some basic knowledge.. but as long as she makes an effort, the school considers that 'good enough'. I personally think academic failure should be called failure so that a student can spend more time trying to learn the material. The principal here is outstanding. He has good ideas, is a warm and caring person, and a great administrator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2005

Odle, in general, is a very high quality school. MOST of the teachers are competent in the subjects they teach, and many teachers are liked by the students. I think the school has deteriorated this year, and it's due to the new principal and vice principal. The Academy of Performing Arts has rapidly declined, laregly because the teacher who ran it moved. The dance and theatre programs have had 4 semi-permanent subs this year, and many of them weren't qualified. Academically, however, I would rank Odle pretty high. The classes are challenging, but most of the teachers are willing to help. Odle is also the only Middle School in the district to have the PRISM program, which is a program for extremely gifted children. There are many extracurricular activities, including rock climbing club (the only middle school in the district to have rock wall), and parent invovement is high.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2005

I never thought I would be this pleased. I feel the teachers have the best interests of the children in mind and keep them challenged. Not only do I appreciate this school, my child absolutely loves it. The extracurricular activities are also a definite plus, as I know many other schools can't even offer this to the students. Overall, a very positive environment all the way from the kids, to our Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

This is a great school. Absolutely great. It has the Academy of Math, Science, and Applied Technology; the PRISM program (not the prison program; the PRISM program is like skipping a grade) and the language class of Chinese, unlike all other middle schools in the district. As long as you try hard, you can learn much from this school and benefit greatly in high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2004

I'm a current student at Odle. There are many advanteges going to Odle. There are many programs at Odle that you cant find at any other schools such as the PRISM program which is like a AP program for younger students. This program starts in elementary. The math science academy is also a very good program giving two instead of one period to dedicate to science. If you are looking for a middle school to send your kid to in Bellevue this is it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2004

I honestly think this is an outstanding school compared to the rest of them in bellevue. I watched it develop from a okay school to a fantastic place where kids build long lasting relationships with teachers and students. Where kids begin to develop their innerselves. This school is amazing, i went there myself and go back every year to put in many hours for the yearly school musical. If you don't believe it check it out. If the student doesn't ingage in their school-ofcourse you are going to have a parent complain about it... To the blue ribbon school-odle!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 28, 2003

Don't let the blue ribbon fool you. Odle is an okay school with an okay system. Some activities are plain boring and useless...those that are interesting are not funded properly. There are too many 'attempts' at money-raising drives and such. The teachers are average, varying at the extrememes of incredibly low teaching quality and very high teaching quality. Some teachers just slack off. Other than that, the school is good enough.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2003

As a previous student (2002-2003), I highly recommend ODLE Middle School. The Academy of Math, Science, and Technology (AMSAT) offers an advanced science class with a 2-period block. We were able to spend more time on labs and learn the concepts in depth, even go ahead a bit! Now in highschool, I feel a definite advantage in my Biology class. The theatre program is great, with a fully equipped stage and an annual musical that brings the school together. Lots of fun!! If you have the chance, also participate in the BIWA exchange program with the sister school in Japan-as a host, exchange student, or both. It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students75%
Female71%
Male79%
Black36%
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income42%
Not low income90%
Special education29%
Not special education78%
Limited English23%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Black91%
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income69%
Not low income94%
Special education57%
Not special education88%
Limited English31%
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 Students78%
Female84%
Male72%
Black39%
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income40%
Not low income93%
Special education27%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female91%
Male77%
Black54%
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income53%
Not low income95%
Special education31%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female92%
Male72%
Black46%
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income57%
Not low income91%
Special education27%
Not special education87%
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

Math

All Students75%
Female73%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic21%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income44%
Not low income90%
Special education17%
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female81%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income53%
Not low income94%
Special education17%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female78%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income54%
Not low income96%
Special education33%
Not special education87%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

35 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%
Biology I

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students63%
Female64%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Low income52%
Not low income76%
Special education40%
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low income100%
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 42% 7%
White 35% 60%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 18%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 231%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 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 9N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 62%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Eric McDowell

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
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