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Mattson Middle School

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Posted May 28, 2013

My daughter attends this school & has learned more about the personal lives of some of her teachers rather than what she is supposed to be learning. She is in the honors program but the quality of education is mediocre. I work with her on the weekends to supplement her learning. After about a month, the school decided to switch some students' schedules because of enrollment numbers & placed them with different teachers. The kids had to figure out what topics & projects they had missed out on through other students and play catch-up in some cases because the teachers offered no support in the transition. Some teachers didn't accept the transferred grades from the equivalent class and gave these students F's for the 1st month of missed projects. Seriously? The school changed these kids' classes and the kids get punished! There are some teachers who love to give out joint assignments which is great for slacker students who do none of the work yet get the same grade as a hardworking student. Oh, and students with social anxiety don't have a chance for an A with some teachers. There is no tolerance for students who have these & other equivalent issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

Mattson is a wonder full school with very nice staff members,There are only two things that i think they should improve on... 1) Some students in the school think they are "Gangsters" and disrespects anyone who tells them what to do but all the other children are just charming especialy this child named Brennen hes just a darling a absolutely amayzing child! back on topic now the only other problem the school is the food, its.... very plain..... overall this school is wonderfull.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2011

Mattson is an awesome place to be! Mattson has a brand new, dynamic principal, Tammy Unruh, who is implementing some important changes at Mattson to help us better meet the needs of our students and families. We are getting supports in place to meet the needs of our struggling learners while also challenging our more capable learners. Additionally, Mattson is part of the 1:1 laptop initiatve implemented in Kent so all students have the use of laptop computer for school and home. The teachers are dedicated to students, often spending many hours of their personal time to plan and create meaningful lessons and work individually with students when needed. There are a variety of activities to join (other than sports) which help build relationships between teachers and students. We care about educating the entire person--not just in academics but in social skills and interpersonal skills, too--so that they can be successful adults and pave their way for their entrance into high school and beyond.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 13, 2007

I love this school. It may not be the best and it certainly may not seem much if compared to Cedar Heights. But this school has taught me a lot about myself and about the world around me. Yes like I said, it isn't the best but the teachers get involved with fundraising and they also create friendships with many of the students. Some of the students may not like it at Mattson, but thats their decision to not like it. The teachers create fun ways to teach. They use real life examples to help the students understand the lesson. This school may not seem like much, but if you only knew the life lessons I've made. Mattson has taught me things I never knew I would learn. I've made life long friends and possibly enemies. I'll never forget my years at Mattson. I love Mattson. Mattson is the best and I wouldn't trade schools for anything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2005

Not recomended, Cedar Heights Has been way beeter for my child, and they help him to his needs.
—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.

About these ratings

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 64% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
57%
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%
Female74%
Male75%
Black40%
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income64%
Not low income81%
Special education17%
Not special education85%
Limited English57%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female74%
Male69%
Black41%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income56%
Not low income80%
Special education14%
Not special education82%
Limited English31%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female85%
Male68%
Black48%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income64%
Not low income83%
Special education23%
Not special education86%
Limited English39%
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 Students64%
Female71%
Male59%
Black52%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income52%
Not low income74%
Special education3%
Not special education72%
Limited English12%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female80%
Male66%
Black57%
Asian84%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income63%
Not low income80%
Special education11%
Not special education80%
Limited English6%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Black48%
Asian68%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income52%
Not low income78%
Special education14%
Not special education74%
Limited English12%
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.

51 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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
n/a

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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

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 Students71%
Female74%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low income62%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
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%
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

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
White 54% 60%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 7%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 8% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 14%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Tammy Unruh

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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16400 SE 251st
Covington, WA 98042
Phone: (253) 373-7670

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