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Kulshan Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 643 students

 

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Posted March 23, 2013

The parent communication piece at this school is top notch. They use planners to communicate daily and there are newsletters per grade level emailed weekly detailing what students did/will be doing in each class. If a parent doesn't know how their child is doing at this school then they are not paying attention. I have found many of the teachers caring and skilled and a select few (a rarity in any school) interested in getting their students to think and give opinions . . . and . . . teaching the students how to back up their thinking/opinions with sound reasoning and evidence. The school climate and spirit (including students and teachers) is above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2013

This is a great school! We love the use of technology with Google Drive, Edmodo, text messages, Skyward. We always know where our kids are academically and are in constant contact with all our teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2011

You are treated well IF the Principal Leadership likes you. If not, you will have constant problems. Parents input is disregarded. The Vice Principal decides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2011

New staff turnover changes for academic year '10-'11 has not resulted in the best of Kulshun years. Over dependence on sub-teachers with late and incorrect recording of student scores on the Zangle parent connection web-site is disappointing. Prior excellent Teacher-parent communication standards have fallen. Sadly there is a inflexible punitive and growing unfriendly atmosphere pervading the school culture this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Just the BEST Student Services with Catherine Redekop
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

We have been nothing but thrilled with Kulshan. The teachers have been very easy for us to work with and go, what I would consider to be, above and beyond to let us know when prior discussed concerns begin to show up again. They seem to truly and authentically care about our 6th grade son's progress and well-being. We feel so fortunate to have our son at Kulshan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

Great school with VERY supportive and availiable Pricipal and Assistant Principal. Teacher's are great and easy to communicate with as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Very poor communication from the teachers. If I had not made an effort to check on my sons progress I would not have known that he needed help until it was too late. Staff seems to create trouble when there isn't any - seldom notices any of the great things kids do. Over all this has been the worst experience possible. They have managed to take a kid who loved to learn and turn each day into complete dread.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2005

I have a child with behavioral problems and was very disappointed with the help from pricipals and counselers there. It took the whole year for them to qualify him for special education because of behavior even after he came back after having been in Childrens Hospital for 2 weeks. Through all of last year I was only able to talk to the principal twice. She is no longer there and the vice principal is principal now so things might change. It is a school of children from well to do neighborhoods so there is a little snobbiness at times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2005

Their team approach might work well for motivated students, but didn't feel that their student led approach worked well for those less motivated. Teachers didn't seem to know my son. He only got negative attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2005

All my 3 children have gone through Kulshan and personally I don't like the school. The staff and principal do not know what they're doing. There are many extracirricular activities of chior, drama, art, forgein language, and many sports that I know of. The PTSA is excellent. The only flaw I would have to say in this school is the discipline overreactments. They do no such investigation, they take everything literally and go by the 'Kulshan Handbook' under any circumstances. Which in my opinion is ridiculous just because every child is different. No even attempt is made to find the childs real intentions. This is just from a few personal expierences. Overall I'd still say its a fine school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2004

Teachers and administrators do a fabulous job of keeping the middle-schoolers intellectually and physically engaged in school curriculum and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


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 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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students62%
Female65%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income42%
Not low income79%
Special education16%
Not special education69%
Limited English17%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female76%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income53%
Not low income86%
Special education24%
Not special education78%
Limited English8%
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 Students73%
Female78%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income51%
Not low income87%
Special education17%
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female83%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income59%
Not low income86%
Special education33%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students80%
Female92%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income65%
Not low income89%
Special education38%
Not special education86%
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 Students65%
Female64%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income40%
Not low income75%
Special education6%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female74%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income46%
Not low income77%
Special education21%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income54%
Not low income81%
Special education18%
Not special education83%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

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 Students82%
Female79%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracial93%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income66%
Not low income87%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
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
White 75% 60%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 242%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 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 53%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jeannie Hayden

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
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