Students enrolled 295
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School leader Ali Williams
Transportation options Yes
District Mukilteo School District
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9600 Sharon Dr
Everett, WA 98204

(425) 366-5000
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3 stars
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August 24, 2014
I went to this school from 2006 to 2008. There was a punishment called 'steps', I don't know if it's still being used. Basically, if a student misbehaves, they are sent to "step one" - sitting in a chair against the wall, not allowed to touch anything. If the student continues to misbehave (or dares to TOUCH THE WALL), they are sent to "step two", which is the same as "step one", only standing. If misbehavior continues, they will be sent to "step three", same as "step two", except now they're staring at an incredibly hypocritical sign which reads "No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety or well-being of others," as if that will teach them anything. Getting sent to "steps" could be triggered by pretty much anything, including asking questions at the wrong moment, implying that your teacher is not perfect, or your teacher mis-hearing one of your words as a curse in a sentence where it wouldn't even make sense to use that particular curse in that particular context. I should also mention the social skills teachers. They talk down to their students and treat them like idiots, because "kids are like little robots you can program however you want".

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
I am a Summit student at Explorer Middle School, and I have to say: the teachers are amazing! There isn't really a bullying issue with the Summit students. At least, not anymore. I like the fact that the school is diverse, and I like how the Summit program expands your horizons by pushing you a bit harder. At first, I was quite nervous. A few days later, though, I had made a bunch of friends! The Summit program truly is a unique experience. There are two security officers assigned to the school. Overall, Explorer is a great school to be in, and has amazing staff.

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2013
I was a summit student who attended EX from 2011-2013. It was an amazing experience for me. Everyone is very nice and accepted me right away, and there were virtually no real bullies or threats. At first, I thought i would get bullied constantly, but I was very wrong. I was adequately challenged in my classes, and never felt overwhelmed with work. I also liked the sports program that they have. The coaches are very supportive and really helped me grow as an athlete. Even though it is located in a bad neighborhood, I felt safe. There are a couple of police officers assigned to Explorer, and they are very friendly. Explorer even created a community garden this year that everyone could be involved in. Overall, Explorer has a good atmosphere and is a good school in general.

- submitted by a community member
December 06, 2012
I myself was a student at Explorer Middle School. In the Summit Program, I was constantly bullied. Thiis school is very unsafe and dangerous, especcially for students such as myself.

- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2012
i was a summit student for a year and have now transfered due to many issues. i probably spent more time in the counselers office crying than i did in class. belive me, i was in choir, which was the only great part of my day. my recomendation is to bypass this school, the summit program may be situated there, but only because their is extra space in the buildings. the programs at other schools have made me feel more involed and included and transfering has to be the best thing i could have possibly done.

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2011
The school is about average , it has a good honors & summit classes , but sadly the regular classes don't truly challenge the kids or the teachers don't as much try to push these kids . I'm a student at Explorer and I have regular classes and I barley feel challenged . I don't know if I'm just supposed to be in honor classes or the teachers just don't care for us kids in the regular classes .

- submitted by a community member
July 06, 2011
I had a child at Explorer who was constantly bullied and harrassed by other students, and it didn't seem like the staff did anything about it. They do have an "anti-harrassment policy" but it doesn't seem like it's enforced. We had to make the choice to transfer out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2009
Ok i went to explorer middle school from 2006-2008 everyone i think the ems is a great school the academics are fine and you all need to stop talking about Mr. flotlin he was actually really great i knew him for all you who didn't know him and are judging him get off it! this is a great school fillled with many memories

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Explorer Middle Schhol has it's good points and bad, as most schools do. It is located in a bad neighborhood that has been, in the past, crawling with crime. The police have teamed up to try to change that. There is now an officer assigned to the school. Overall, the teschers and staff have been great to both my children. There's a parent liason that is constant contact with parents. Just a great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 20, 2008
This school, no offense I think is a school with low standards. The regular classes do not teach sufficent things. All they have are the basics. The Summit program, is very good, I have to admit, but the regular classes are not satisfactory. If you have a higher level child that can be placed in special classes take them to Explorer to be in Summit, if your child can't I highly suggest a different school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
I am a new setudent to the Summit Program at Explorer MS, there are teo sides to this school. Personally, I feel that the teachers and students are well-behaved and highly educated. In the other hand, in the regular ed classes, I observe terrible behavior, slacking students that teachers don't really help out much, etc. Now don't get me wrong, the music programs and after-school activities are plentiful. I've also herd that the old principal Mr.Flotlin wasn't interacting with the kids, but the new principal Mrs.Williams is doing a fine job. So, in conclusion, if you are in the Summit (highly gifted) Program, than there are great students, classes and teachers that will make the expirience fun and educational. Otherwise, if you are in regular ed, go to Harbour Point MS.

- submitted by a student
March 20, 2008
Hello! I attend Explorer MS and I have to say that Summit has been a quite an interesting experience with all the teachers and glad that I have attended this school. I feel that Summit has helped me grow in knowledge and etc. and got to meet new friends! With Explorer, I have been given a choice to get 3 credits before entering highschool and I feel it is going to help me shape my future. I am dissapointed by some of the reviews and mostly about Mr.Flotlin (our principal) and how he does not interact with the students. Well, he is actually a kind hearted person and I believe he interacts with other students very well, it's just that the other students either become shy or they refuse because of his little 'disability'. I hope this review opened the eyes of the reviwers and this deserves a better rating.

- submitted by a student
February 25, 2008
I as a previous student who attened Explorer take some of these offensivly. Yes, there are alot of different races that attend this middle school but it has only helped my grow as an individual. I believe that if I would have gone to another middle school that I would no be who I am today. When your child gets to the age to be in the 'real world' they will still have to encounter different kinds of people. Another thing is, the staff at explorer helped me expand my outlook on viewing situations, and conflicts. Mr. Flotin made an inmense change in the way explorer was ran when he first came onto the job and I believe he did an amazing job throughout his whole career there, along with Mrs. Williams too. Explorer is a great school without a doubt.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2007
The honors program has been great for my son and he will be starting high school with three credits, thanks to Explorer and the wonderful teachers and classes they offer. The sports and band have been a wonderful experience too! I feel you will get back what you are willing to put in in. The teachers have stayed after class and help any of the students who are willing to take the extra help. Get involved and you will be rewarded. I will miss the staff and teachers and want to let them know how much I appreciate everything they have done.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
August 07, 2006
I've attended Explorer the past 2 1/2 years. The quality of the academic programs are great. But some the teacher's are really nice and sort of just let you pass if you just did it. Other then them they do discipline you in your work. Explorer has the regular classes, the Honors classes, and the Summit classes. The marching band and drill did do the best in the past years, I'm not really sure how long. They have a variety of clubs from knitting to jump roping to break dancing, etc. The parents can get involved with plenty of things like helping sell candy grams, the student store, and after school clubs and programs. I recommend this school a lot. The atmosphere makes you feel safe. All the teachers are friendly. Hardly there are trouble-makers.

- submitted by a student
July 09, 2006
I have spent my past three years as a student at Explorer Middle in the Summit (highly capable) program. Although most of my classes have been taught at a higher lever, I did have some classes with students in regular education. The teachers in the Summit program are great, but outside of the program, the attitude towards students is much different in the sense that they try to distance themselves from students and parents and don't create a one-on-one learning experience. However, the music and sports are amazing at this school. The marching band has won every parade in the past four years. The wrestling, football, and volleyball have done awesome. Ms Williams does an excellent job. Overall, I think Explorer is a pretty great school.

- submitted by a former student
June 12, 2006
My child transfered to Explorer MS after attending a different middle school in the same district. I was shocked at how far behind academicly the school was. Everything my student was learning had already been previously learned at her former school. The lack of communication with the school is also a concern as well as the constant disiplanary 'situations' that seem to arise on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2006
The Mukilteo School District's middle school summit program is housed at Explorer Middle School. My son has been in the program for two years. It is a district-wide pull-out program for the top 2% academically gifted students. Curriculum is challenging and interesting. Teachers are well-qualified, caring, enthusiastic and energetic. Parent involvement is high. Music and sports program, especially band and orchestra, are very strong. Program does a good job preparing students to take AP courses in high school. Overall, Explorer is a very well-run school that serves a diverse student population.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2004
I have had three daughters attend Explorer. In the past years I have noticed a decline in the staffs attitude with students. Teachers who do not listen to students concerns or questions. The increase in foreign students to the school district has made it very difficult for american english speaking students to get any guidence from Explorer faculty as the majotity of their time is spent tutoring foreign students and their ability to comprehend the class topic.What I find the most offensive with the staff is they don't get involved or try to get involved with their students until there is a problem, I as a parent get involved with all of my childrens education needs. Perhaps Explorer staff should look at their obligations to the students and do a true evaluation of the internal problems that need be addressed before its too late too turn back.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
Hi. I go to Explorer and think it is the best school I've ever been to! The teacher are great. They ar eincredibly helpful and supportive. The safety is not even questionable. Their curriculum is awesome and taught well by mostly all teachers, if not all. I think that the steps program is a great way of discipline.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
I am in the process of deciding what to do about my daughter at Explorer. I have volunteered here and I am amazed at the kids who seem to be bouncing off the walls. The principal has no interaction with the students. I have watched him during school concerts and in the halls not take any action to disipline them. The principal needs to go to an office job I feel. He watches the kids in the halls but does not talk to them. The kids need firm bounderies and they need to be accountable! Some of the teachers are wonderful, although some treat their teaching as just as a job and you can see that they are tired and frustrated. I would love to see a new principal in there who has a passion for middle school students. The standards need to be higher!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
There seems to be an overload of parents attenting 'special meetings' regarding disciplinary issues with their children. Very little cooperation is set forth in supporting parents in guiding their children through the educational process. We know several children who attend this school, as well as our own, and the children seem to be upset most of the time. The principal travels through the hallways and attempts to make personal observations regarding performances of various individuals. I would recommend sending your child to one of the other Mukilteo Middle Schools.

- submitted by a teacher
November 07, 2003
I have only praise for the leadership of this school. I believe they try to look at new ideas and comments from parents, and give them a fair shake. I haven't always seen the results I've hoped for, but I do feel listened to and respected as a parent. The current leadership has made huge improvements in the school, morale-wise and practically

- submitted by a parent
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Explorer Middle School
9600 Sharon Dr, Everett, WA  98204
(425) 366-5000
Last modified Explorer Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Explorer Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews.