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Graham Kapowsin High School

Public | 10-12 | 1295 students

 

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Posted July 5, 2013

This has been a wonderful tool for my child both educationally and socially. I only had one problem towards the end of this school year with an unprofessional teacher, but the issue was resolved. I was busy with day to day work but, I still made myself known and was physically present when needed for functions and for my son. I absolutely love the ROTC program here. Sgt. Sydney was awesome. We communicated almost weekly about what my son was and was not doing. He kept him on task there and I kept him on task at home. I almost hate to have to move just for this reason. I want my son challenged and with ROTC he was happy and challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

Awful, awful school. I am so happy my child will not be going there anymore. DONE. Lazy and rude office staff. Unprofessional teachers and disrespectful principals. I would recommend home schooling than ever sending another child to that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

I agree with the parent below that the principal only looks out for the staff and not the students. There was a problem with a teacher and just trying to get in touch with a principal is almost impossible. They also refuse to switch my child out of that class, even though I do not feel comfortable with my child being in her class. She is not professional at all and has no business teaching children. We have only been here for a year and already have had problems with two teachers that say something that is offensive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

Poor principal whose sole outlook is staff first student second. Such a shame. There are some great teachers, but a bad apple that has made our experience less than desirable. The counselors are wonderful, but they are limited by the principal. Who favors some staff. If you are looking for student first, this may not be the place for your child. Our first child tried this school also, but we found it to be the same so she changed schools where she flourished.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

We were fortunate to have all our 3 children attend GK and continue on to higher education, their AP, Honor's and Band classes were commended by our children s. My son enjoyed his band trips as they were both enjoyable and dynamic. The school provided a way for them to prep and be challenged for their upcoming higher education and at the same time enjoy their time as a High School student as one should. One has graduated from University and his two other siblings are within 1 and 2 years behind him and they all say that GK was instrumental in there educations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

Students and Parents. Do any colleges know you exist? Are you contacting the college of your choice on a regular basis (starting grade 9)? Can your Grandmother read your twitter and Facebook? You attend a good school but if you are doing things that show poorly on you in Facebook and twitterit it does YOU and the school no good. Yes Colleges read your facebook. Please remove anything that is not in good taste by adult (grandmothers) standards. Remember Getting a quality education is not a spectator sport!


Posted October 6, 2009

It's college bound and I like it because it's challenging and sets you apart from other schools and as students we become better, more respectful people as we transcend through the school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

GKHS has a great student body. In my experiences chaperoning and on campus, these kids are great! They are motivated and college bound. The staff has been excellent to work with and they really try to keep the parents informed. They support their sports and fine arts programs. This school is an asset to our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Great choir and band!! The kids and staff are the nicest I've seen in years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

As a parent of two HS graduates (1 from BHS and 1 from GKHS), I greatly appreciate the communication and dedication of the GKHS staff! Continue to great things for our young adults!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

i went here when i was in high school grate prep for college and staff helps find you a place to go
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

I attended this school for the final two years of my high school education. I was in the first graduating class and I know that I will forever miss GKHS. Leadership worked extremely hard to unite the school and they succeeded. Teachers are amazing - many of them are young enough to still be able to heavily relate to the students (Not that older teachers can't relate, but they've been farther gone). The class choices are superb. Tons of AP and Honors classes to choose from. Lots of activities, clubs, events, etc. to keep everyone involved in school. I will miss GK so much and I spent the best two years of my life there!
—Submitted by a student


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 42% in 2010.

435 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

443 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students90%
Female94%
Male87%
Black76%
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income82%
Not low income95%
Special education75%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female93%
Male81%
Black71%
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic87%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income78%
Not low income92%
Special education65%
Not special education90%
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

Algebra I

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

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
25%
Biology I

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

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
60%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
26%
Biology I

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

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
30%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
46%
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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7%

2011

 
 
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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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0%

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50%
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 Students25%
Female29%
Male23%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander10%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White29%
Low income20%
Not low income30%
Special education11%
Not special education32%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black67%
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income74%
Not low income86%
Special education76%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students70%
Female67%
Male73%
Black52%
Asian68%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income67%
Not low income72%
Special education75%
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
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Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
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 Students24%
Female27%
Male22%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White26%
Low income19%
Not low income30%
Special education13%
Not special education28%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students58%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students33%
Female27%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Low income47%
Not low income14%
Special educationn/a
Not special education34%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 60%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Black 7% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 2%
Two or more races 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 231%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 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Bethman

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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22100 108th Ave East
Graham, WA 98338
Phone: (253) 683-6189

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