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Pacific Middle School

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3 stars

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Posted June 15, 2014

Pacific middle school first off does not have one bathroom per gender so lets just clarify. The teachers here are not perfect for no human is but they have a growing and loving staff that cares. I am a student here and I actually spend my days here unlike parents interpreting a child's complaints about school which I know we all have and have had. Please believe me and not rumors:) and the new admin here is phenomenal much more involved if I say so myself for I've worked closely with both former and later principals-President of this years class


Posted February 11, 2014

Pacific Middle School is a nightmare. There is 1 teacher that actually takes the effort to communicate with parents, the rest seem to almost avoid it. There is a plague of violence (up from 2 ppl on security to 13 now) and they have ONE bathroom for each gender. Its falling apart, horribly ventilated, and very unsafe. Highline SD should be genuinely ashamed of the level of safety and education at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

I've done a fair amount of volunteering at this school and while there is one crabby teacher, it is nothing but a place where the staff care about the students no matter where they are at. I also take these reviews with a grain of salt, most people only feel like posting a review if they are angered, and rarely if there are inspired.


Posted August 5, 2013

Pacific Middle School. Great School. Very impressed with the Special Ed teachers and Staff. The support we received was exceptional and highly professional all year long. Kudos to Mr. Londino, Mrs. Simpson and Mr. Mason.....Thanks a million!


Posted February 16, 2012

My son is first year here. I agree that teachers don't put any efforts to communicate wth the parents. I send an email to two different teachers & non of them replied. I am very disappointed as a parent I want know how my child is doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

this our son's 2nd year here. the staff is very child like but that problem starts with the principal. i feel that the families that dont come from money and are not of the right race are not welcome at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

My child is in her second year at Pacific. She is a good student but hates going to school. She has had some very unprofessional teachers at PMS. Teachers showing childish tempers and making rude comments to students. It must be a tough job, but I wish my child did not have to attend there. Now add Danger. My child witnessed a brutal attack on a girl in the hall after school. Her pony tail was grabbed from behind, held, and the much larger student continually punched her in the face, bloodying her mouth, giving her a black eye. The emotional damage to her and the witnesses will hang on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

My child is a student at this school. We were very disappointed in the lack of response from the teachers at the school.In my opinion they were quite unprofessional. I could not recommend this chool at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

i think pacific has great academics and is stepping up for kids that are being bullied there is no graffiti anymore and staff are stepping up there teaching skills i may be only a student but out of the 4 schools the highline district has i think its a good quality school
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 15, 2008

I have had four children go through this school and have had nothing but issues. The teachers dont communicate until its too late if they do at all. Even if you give them the information individually they still dont. The rest of the staff is not supportive or active when you have a concern either. In my opinion middle school at Pacific is a waste of time for everyone. They really need to step it up and provide the education our children all deserve. My youngest went from being an A student and had nothing but issues at Pacific, and they werent issues with the kid! If you have a choice...dont pick pacific and write letters to the district, they need to do something!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

my student is just finishing up her first year at pacific and I am very dissapointed in the academic programs and the attitudes of the teachers. She went from honors to F's and I am transferring her to a different school next year. The pricipal does not have a clue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2007

This is the worst school i have ever seen. Theres graffiti everywhere, I moved out of state. The teachers don't care about anything
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

The school lacks the respect for students that is taught in the weekly 'college' classes. Personal safety and learning is not a priority to some of the staff. Some teachers have a severe lack of control in the classroom and allow bullying to take place (even when they are present in the classroom). Consequences for behavior when a substitute teacher is in charge are not followed. The language students are allowed to use is appalling. I believe in the public school system and I am very disappointed in what is allowed to take place in this school on a daily basis. - Disgruntled & Frustrated Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2006

I am impressed with the school and the teachers. They take an interest in the students and communicate with the parent(s)/guardian(s). Wish there was more money for the schools so more activities were available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

My child attended this school for a year now and I am very dissapointed in what my child has learned. This school is a very poor example of what the Highline School District could be. I would like to warn parents that if they have a choice, Pacific Middle School is not a good one. They atmosphere of my child's school is not at all what I had expected based on the parent reviews posted on several online reports. I am disgusted with the staff's performance and the atmosphere my child has grown accustomed to. -Angry Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2006

i feel the academic programs are top notch. easy to understand. after school activities are aboundant. however the parental involvement could stand a few more bodies.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 31, 2006

Though the level of parent involvement is low, the teachers and staff at Pacific all share the ambitious goal to educate our students to the best of their ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2005

This school is a priviledge to let your child attend. The teachers are great and the students are helpful. This school may have its problems like any other but it definately has great potential of education if the child is willing.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 7, 2005

Great education. Using the Microsoft method, and it seems very oriented to the individual.
—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.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

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.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students65%
Female67%
Male64%
Black33%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander44%
White79%
Low income53%
Not low income86%
Special education22%
Not special education70%
Limited English24%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Black33%
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander50%
White77%
Low income51%
Not low income79%
Special education22%
Not special education66%
Limited English16%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female82%
Male55%
Black47%
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander44%
White75%
Low income60%
Not low income79%
Special education25%
Not special education72%
Limited English40%
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 Students52%
Female47%
Male56%
Black27%
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander33%
White70%
Low income36%
Not low income72%
Special education3%
Not special education57%
Limited English6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female63%
Male69%
Black52%
Asian69%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander33%
White83%
Low income58%
Not low income78%
Special education19%
Not special education72%
Limited English21%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female57%
Male63%
Black37%
Asian53%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander25%
White82%
Low income49%
Not low income75%
Special education16%
Not special education65%
Limited English3%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
78%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income89%
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Low income100%
Not low income98%
Not special education99%

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 40% 60%
Hispanic 29% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 7%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 8% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 110%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 258%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 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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