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Ellensburg High School

Public | 9-12 | 952 students

 
 

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Posted March 24, 2010

Teachers are good and encouraging. Many interesting activities for students keep them involved throughout the school day. I am very pleased with my freshman's progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

I enjoyed attending Ellensburg High School and I don't have a single negative thing to say about growing up in this town. Everyone working in the Ellensburg School District seems dedicated to being above average. EHS was a unique and exciting place to get an education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2006

My daughter came from a small school on the westside and excelled but was bored. EHS has the academic challenges she wanted and, with a minor exception, excellent teachers and high-achieving students. It has an exceptional band program, which is competitive, but fun. The band teacher is an 'Energizer Bunny' person who keeps the sparkle and energy going--and the band reflects this. EHS is a new school with top-notch classrooms and equipment. The community pride and support are evident, in contrast to her previous school. It was easy for my daughter to make friends. Her comments from the first day on were how friendly the kids were to her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2005

I think there is a great deal of parental involvement here but the educational system is lacking diversity. I also would like to see higher standards in regards to grades. The premises are amazing since the remodel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2005

Ellensburg High School is a brand new facility. Otherwise the staff seems very caring, and eager to work with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2004

Ellensburg High School was a great place for me. I graduated from EHS last year, and I can say that it was a really wonderful time in my life. I was involved in a variety of sports and clubs, and the advisors and coachers were awesome. I was very well prepared for college because of the staff at EHS. Also, the environment was a really good one. I didn't once feel threatened, harassed, excluded or uncomfortable. Ellensburg High School was a great place to go to school, and I loved growing up in Ellensburg!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 23, 2004

Hi i am a Junior at EHS and i think that the school is great. One good thing about the school is that everybody knows everybody and all the teachers actualy want to be there, this makes for a great learning enviroment. Students there for the most part are pretty nice to teachers and peers. the school offers a great amount of groups/sports from football to the tolerance awareness allience (TAA). The students tend to just accept everybody and there. Bullying isn't bad i have never known someone who gets bullied and i know most the students. In my oppinion EHS is the best school out there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2004

Ellensburg is very cliquish and exhibits a definable level of disparity between rural/ag residents, residents tied directly to the local university, and residents tied to the community's business sector. Kids at Ellensburg High School tend to fall directly into the clique that best reflects their parents' occupation(s). Yet despite the well-pronounced cliques, the academic environment is superb. Teachers are of the highest quality, and are known to go the extra mile on behalf of any given student who needs special attention or just wants to accelerate. The high school provides a plethora of extra curricular activities in various arenas, including: athletics, theater, clubs, etc. Teachers tend to show a fair amount of favoritism toward the brightest minds and the most gifted athletes, but teachers tend to be very fair and expect a good deal of effort from their students. School administration is above average.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 4, 2004

In response to the persons friend who was harassed. I go to EHS and this is not a regular occourance. Im sorry if you friend was hurt, but a teacher would have done something had they know about the problem.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2004

I am not a parent, I am a student attending EHS. This is my 4th high school, and favorite to date. I enjoy the teachers attention to individuals and the students themselves that attend EHS. Next year I'll be a proud graduate from Ellensburg High School, and for good reason. It may be a small school in an even smaller community, but the education is worth every tax dollar and the kids are unique and great to be friends with! In my old high schools there may have been one or two teachers worth my time and education, but here I've never questioned their worth. (Thanks Mr. Wiesen.)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2003

My friend was treated horribly here. There wasn't a day that went by that he didn't get picked on for looking 'different.' This applies to several other people I know. The teachers did nothing about it, of course. The principal was always saying negative things about the students, and never trying to build self-esteem.


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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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology I

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

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100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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Integrated Math II

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

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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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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13%

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33%
Biology I

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
58%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

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63%
Integrated Math I

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

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Integrated Math II

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

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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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
31%
Biology I

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

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2012

 
 
58%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
14%
Integrated Math I

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

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Integrated Math II

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

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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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

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Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students54%
Female61%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income45%
Not low income57%
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

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Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
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White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Integrated Math II

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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

Algebra I

All Students13%
Female16%
Male11%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White19%
Low income9%
Not low income20%
Special education13%
Not special education13%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students74%
Female82%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income66%
Not low income79%
Special education64%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students80%
Female83%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income76%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/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

Algebra I

All Students26%
Female27%
Male25%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Low income10%
Not low income39%
Special educationn/a
Not special education24%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
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Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students22%
Female20%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Low incomen/a
Not low income30%
Special educationn/a
Not special education25%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/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

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/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

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

213 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

180 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income78%
Not low income88%
Special education52%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female92%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income85%
Not low income87%
Special education67%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
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 82% 60%
Hispanic 13% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
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 13%N/A8%
Special education 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 223%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 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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1203 East Capitol
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 925-8300

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