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Aviation High School

Public | 9-12 | 431 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 6, 2014

In this school, many would think RAHS has great teachers and friends over there. However, in my case, not necessarily. I've been hated by one teacher, unbearably, wrongly ignored by this school, and I have little or no friends over there. At the awards ceremony, I was never recognized, not even once when I really deserved to be recognized there. And to add insult to injury, this school made me feel like a homeless man living on their property. Not to offend the teachers, but I was never appreciated for my great attitude towards learning. Why an I being ignored when I shouldn't? It's a simple question. I'm not asking for a detailed, 5-page report! Anyways, dedicated people like me are being ignored here. And for you, just get ready to have your social and mental health impacted very badly at this school. If you can't handle the stress there, then this school is not for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2014

I'm a student from the class of 2013, and I cannot express how impressed I am with AHS. When I walked in I was a lonely nerd without direction. When I left, I had work experience in the aerospace industry, several large scholarships, admission to my top three colleges and a group of friends I'll never forget. That said, this place requires intense sacrifice and a burning desire to succeed. You'll work absurdly hard, but in the end, it's all worth it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2013

My son is a junior at AHS (now RAHS Raisbeck Aviation High School, after a major benefactor). Awesome school really motivated students, which in turn attracts great teachers. My son felt comfortable there from day one, and it seems like all the students get along really well. It's a school where it's cool to be a geek! The extracurricular activities are challenging and popular, particularly Robotics, Science Olympiad and Debate. PE can be a bit of an issue, though they now have their own Ultimate Frisbee team, which is a fun sport that accommodates all abilities well. Electives are a non-issue plenty of interesting ones to choose between. And their new building is state of the art, directly across the street from the Aviation Museum. I can't believe that this is a free, public school for my son, no school could be better. For others if you're not into math and science, forget it. And being passionate about aviation is a big plus, though not totally required. Reba Gilman should be sainted for overcoming the bureaucratic hurdles of getting this school established, then driving the public-private partnership that's made it the school it is today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

A great school for a math and science oriented child. Great kids and challenging curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

I have two children who go to this school and it has been a great experience for both. It's a smaller school so the kids really get to know each other and they all get along well. The staff is very involved for the most part. AHS has a great FIRST Robotics team and Science Olympiad team as well. I feel this school does a great job of preparing the students for college. They learn time management, are challenged by their classes and present to groups (student and adult) all the time. The PE credit is an issue for some kids as they aren't able to complete at school. There are more electives now - my kids haven't had a real problem with that. Students who are in band and sports are still able to participate through other schools in the district. They are building a new AHS school building in the near future that will be quite amazing and one of my kids will be able to enjoy that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

This school is amazing for anyone who wishes to recieve a outstanding education, i love it because everyone at this school (even teachers) as a want, a need to learn. the staff at AHS is some of the finest men and women i have ever met; amone the great teachers is Dr. Edgerton who is usually 3 to four hours early to school so that students can go to him for any help they need, Dr. Katims who is the one teacher that made me want to be in a english class, if you want help he is always there for you, and Mrs. Cook is a great english teacher as well, she is extremely demanding but if you are in your class it would be impossible not to learn, this school is a great place to go and i recomend it for anyone who has a love for learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 30, 2009

i love attending aviation high school... its an amazing school and i love the fact that we are a small school with only 400 students... i also love the teachers and the programs that are avalible
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

Extraordinarily talented staff and amazing student body. I feel that any student who wants a great education and wants the best preperation for college should go here.We have some extracurricular issues but school buses provide easy transportation to neighboring highschools so you can join sports teams there. I think the only student that would complain about being in this school is one who doesn't try. At this school, you are forced to try and the teachers will make sure that you succeed if you put some effort into it and that's all they ask of you. If you don't do that, then this is not the place to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2009

This school is a great school, but is still working out some of the 'new school' bugs that affect every new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2009

My kids used to go to private school. After my daughter graduated from middle school, we had a hard time trying to find the right high school for her. A good private high school is very expensive and far from home. We feel that we are so lucky to have learned about Aviation High School at the last minute; it was recommend by some parents. I have three favortie teachers: Mrs. Wilson, who is always there early, one hour before school starts for kids who have any questions about math. Mrs. Wombold, is very strict but it's good for them to ready their college. Dr. Katims is always their for kids who are eager to learn. I am very happy with the school and the teachers. I would recommended Aviation HS to anyone that Iknow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

the school is aweeesome!! NUFF SAID! no, i'm joking. i will give you sa little insight. Since i am a freshWOMAN at this wonderfull school, there are many things that i can say. First off, i feel safe within the enviroment and i can finally just focus on my work instead of worrying about whats going to happen the next second. The dress code can make some kids ify about the school but you accually dont feel like you stand out. You can still add your flavor but there are limits, not just to make the school look better but it also makes you look and feel better. The classes are fun n yet educational. With hands on learnging you can accually see how things work right in front of you! =] this school can get me to where i want to be and u, YOU reading this can too!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2008

As a recent graduate of AHS (class of 2008!) and now college freshman, I can never thank AHS enough for the quality education they provided to me. While it sometimes was a challenge, in the end it made me a better student and better person. The staff are always there for the students and help whenever they are able to. I feel very honored to call myself an Aviation High School Alumni.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2008

I am now a sophomore at this amazing school, and I love it. There is a lot of work, but it teaches you to manage your time. The teachers are really nice, and willing to help you (or at least most of them are) and everyone is nice to everyone for the most part. I feel like we are all one big happy family, and I feel really safe here. It is difficult to do sports, because they aren't offered here, but I swim for my home school and I play rec league soccer, I just have no 7th period. I know I will have to make this up some other way because I am missing a class for it, but I really love this school. Oh, and I'm not really interested in Aviation too much, and it is still a really good school. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2008

I'm on my second year at this fabulous school, and I have loved every second of it! AHS is a public school, but is very different from a normal school. Everyone at the school has respect for eachother, because the students are carefully chosen, after an application and interveiw process. I'd have to admit that the work load is pretty large, but if you can manage your time you'll do just fine! I'm on the AHS Robotics team, which is such a great experience! I love it! I always come home with a smile on my face, and am always super excited to go to school! And parents, it's always a plus to know your child enjoys school! AHS! Where the sky is not the limit!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2008

does not satisfy the students needs to get into college, and this school does not keep their word..when they say they will help you and will get you into good colleges, they dont actually do it. School barely has any extracurricular activities. Which makes it harder for students to meet district graduation requirements. The school only offers limited electives and most of them are aviation themed. Students whom are interested in the feild of Aviation benefit the most out of the school, however, even they have to go through taking the same electives every year. honestly, for most students (especially upper classmen) it has gotten to a point where we are either forced to take the same electives for the 2nd time, or turn to another school as an option. And, dont even get me started about completing your Physical Education credits. thanks for listening. signed, unhappy student
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2008

This is truly one of the most incredible schools in the nation. It is a aviation based school that offers many rigorus courses for selected who students who have demonstrated their passion for the aeronautical field.
—Submitted by a student


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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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

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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 22% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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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 19% in 2013.

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The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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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 15% in 2013.

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The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

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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

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Geometry

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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

Algebra I

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Biology I

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Geometry

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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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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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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

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

107 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE 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

Reading

All Students97%
Female100%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income95%
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
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Writing

All Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
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Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
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White97%
Low income94%
Not low income99%
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Limited Englishn/a
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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 7%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 5% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 11%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 221%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 21N/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 75%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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6770 East Marginal Way South
Des Moines, WA 98198
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