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Peninsula High School

Public | 9-12 | 1527 students

 
 

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Posted June 18, 2011

I graduated a few years ago and I'm a junior now at the University of Washington, Seattle. PHS has its flaws, but if a student wants to succeed and be prepared for top colleges, they can be. My first quarter at UW surprised me by being easier than my previous year at PHS (and I was taking chemistry and biology-major related courses). There's an endless list of great AP classes to take (I took nine over my four years) with great teachers. There's definitely a lot to take advantage of, if a student wants to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2011

I graduated from Peninsula in 2009. Peninsula is a school that offers students opportunities to really do well and succeed, but students have to take some of their own initiative and drive to take those opportunities. I took 9 AP classes (Peninsula so many--the most in the area), and I passed 7 of them. I credit this to the great teachers. They really believe in the students, and if a student puts in the effort and wants to do well, teachers will respond to him/her. The school provides incredible academic programs, students just need to have the motivation to take advantage of them (but a lot don't). Plus, the students are awesome and accepting-- everyone in my graduating class was friends and there really isn't cliques or defining social lines.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2010

As a second generation graduate from PHS and raising a third generation, I have to strongly support the school's outstanding leadership and dedication to student achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Peninsula High School is amazing. The teachers are so nice and the band and theatre and sports programs are so fantastic!! They have improved me personally in many ways. I really love Peninsula High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2009

I attended PHS and the staff is extremely committed to excellence and the student body is full of pride and creates a non-hostile environment.


Posted September 24, 2007

I was a student of PHS who has just graduated from college. When I look back I found PHS to be very interesting. It literally had many different aspects to it; some good and some bad. I found the teachers to be very supportive of the students. The administration did focus on punishment a lot more than encouragement though and that wasn't a great thing. I would do it all again if I could. There were countless extracurricular activities to do and I really do owe a thanks to those teachers who were involved but weren't paid for it. It didn't have as much snobbiness as another nearby school I visited. Overall PHS is great in many different aspects and I would definitely send my own kid there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 14, 2006

Alot of the teachers do not have their hearts in the job, and the ones that do have their hands tied behind their backs by having to teach for the wasl test. The security is getting better but it still needs work. Too much drugs are getting into the school still. The extracurricular activities are very good. The level of parent involvement varies depending on what activity or subject you are talking about. I wish more parents would voice their oppinions on the wasl and ited tests. Everything is based around them and not around preparing us for the real world. I would have to say the same thing about the senior projects. Too much hype is put into the senior projects. The skills that you are practicing, reasearch and presenting for example, are practiced all though school. This really is a waste of time for everyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 1, 2006

Great teachers but not a lot of parent involvement. It lacks greatly in funding for after-school activities. A good school for the area though. They have a great science department. Overall, I had a pretty good experience there. A bit too much drug activity in the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 1, 2005

As my child has went up the ranks from elementary, middle and high school, it has become very clear that if you know the right people or teach within the district, your child will be given preferential treatment. My child had to meet standards to be placed in honors level or accelerated classes, but as the years have passed almost every student who's parent is a teacher or very involved within the school is eventually placed in these classes. Unfortunately this brings down the level of learning in the higher level classes and then my child is bored. Athletics are the same way. The athletic director for peninsula high school hires parents for positions that they are not qualified for and are only there because their child is finally a freshman. I hope other districts and high schools are more professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2004

I attended Peninsula High School for 2 years and I loved it! I always felt safe there. The teachers are great! They do an excellent job of explaining every thing. The school does a wonderful job of encouraging all the students to join some sort of club, and they offer a club for every type of person. The school spirt is high at times, but when it is low, the school finds some way to encourage the students to bring it back up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2004

peninsula high school has a wide range of kids. the school systum they have brings the students together making it hard for bulling and fighting in the school. students express them selfs in many different ways. it's a safe enverment good curriculum, and there is a club for everyone and everything. no one can get left out because there is always something to do and or be in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 20, 2004

I'm actually not a parent but I graduated from Peninsula High and I loved it. I learned so much and the teachers are great with one on one teaching, and the school overall is friendly and also everyone is really school spirited.
—Submitted by a former 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.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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68%
Biology I

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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100%

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99%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
32%
Biology I

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

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
33%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
43%
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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36%

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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 Students71%
Female73%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income59%
Not low income76%
Special education62%
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income85%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low income100%
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 Students19%
Female17%
Male20%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White16%
Low income11%
Not low income28%
Special educationn/a
Not special education19%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students67%
Female68%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income58%
Not low income73%
Special education38%
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students79%
Female78%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income79%
Not low income79%
Special education75%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
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Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Not low incomen/a
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 Students36%
Female50%
Male27%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Low incomen/a
Not low income40%
Special educationn/a
Not special education35%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology 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
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students47%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Low incomen/a
Not low income46%
Special educationn/a
Not special education44%
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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

338 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income84%
Not low income91%
Special education63%
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female84%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income64%
Not low income84%
Special education31%
Not special education83%
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 88% 60%
Two or more races 7% 6%
Hispanic 2% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 110%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 20N/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 77%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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