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Highlands Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 321 students

 
 

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Posted July 9, 2009

i am a student here and i think its a wonderful school. You make great friends and you can become friends with teachers. I enjoyed my years there i met many people to be with. Teachers are really wonderful. I love HMS. Can't wait to go there again for my next year there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2009

My son has gone for 6th, 7th and is now in 8th at Highlands. I'm not thrilled with the Kennewick School District as a whole. A handfull of teachers at Highlands are wonderful. The rest are in need of improvement. Much of the problem is that there are just too many students for the teachers, but manytimes my son is taught the intire year by aids or students still in school working on their masters etc. I hear the kids using horrible language outside when I pick up my son occasionally and the dress code definately isn't inforced. The public school system in general is in need of much help. School is a scary place these days. Highlands just had a girl emergency expelled for writing a threatening message on the bathroom wall. The police canvased the campus the whole next day. HMS wouldn't tell us what the threat was!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

This is a great school, my children are both in the enrichment program, and I have never had a problem with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

This school does an excellent job at helping it's students succeed. The principals do an amazing job with the children. Keep up the great work HMS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2007

My daughter is a 6th grader. She's a good student and gets good grades, however I worry that she is not being taught at a challenging level. With all the low test scores, I fear the truly needy students get all of the attention and the others are just passed along. Most of teachers seem caring and deeply invested in the school and the kids. Some don't. I'm very torn about leaving her here for another 2 years. I want her to be challenged and learning not just treading along while the slower kids or ESL kids get all the focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

They don't really have good teachers except for some. The rules aren't really enforced as much. Their discipline program 'Make Your Day' isn't working out very good for most of the kids. Over half of the students don't like MYD. Several articles have been printed in the newspaper stating kids's opinions. Not very many parents get involved with the school. A fair amount of extracurricular activities are available but they aren't what I would call great. The coaches are volunteer teachers. There is a lot of racism, bullying, and safety issues. A couple of students have been suspended/expelled for drug related issues. The dress code is never followed and the teachers do very little to try to enforce it .
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2005

My son and myself have been very happy with Highlands Middle School. He will complete his second year there. He had previously attended Horse Heaven Hills and we decided to transfer to Highlands. We are impressed with the staff involvment in childrens education. Highlands is a good middle school and should be acknowledged for their hard work
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2004

This is a great school focused on helping students excel. The staff cares deeply about their students and works hard to maintain communication and positive relationships with parents. The arts programs are fun and exciting, the fieldtrips are meaningful, and the educational experience is well-rounded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2004

I'm a former student of Highlands Middle School and I loved being there. I had so much fun at that school. The classes were great. The assemblies were fun. The field trips were a blast. I would recommend going to this school. Its a great experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

Not happy with school principal, though assistants are doing just great
—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.

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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

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

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
36%
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 Students27%
Female27%
Male28%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic15%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Low income20%
Not low income49%
Special education8%
Not special education30%
Limited English2%
Migrant9%

Reading

All Students46%
Female53%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income41%
Not low income60%
Special education13%
Not special education51%
Limited English14%
Migrant23%
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 Students33%
Female33%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Low income25%
Not low income49%
Special education6%
Not special education37%
Limited English7%
Migrant24%

Reading

All Students54%
Female63%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income42%
Not low income76%
Special education12%
Not special education59%
Limited English15%
Migrant37%

Writing

All Students50%
Female65%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income42%
Not low income65%
Special education11%
Not special education55%
Limited English29%
Migrant43%
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 Students29%
Female30%
Male28%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White37%
Low income22%
Not low income47%
Special education0%
Not special education34%
Limited English4%
Migrant17%

Reading

All Students44%
Female49%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income36%
Not low income65%
Special education12%
Not special education49%
Limited English4%
Migrant30%

Science

All Students46%
Female50%
Male42%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income37%
Not low income69%
Special education10%
Not special education52%
Limited English4%
Migrant26%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
80%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students76%
Female73%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 60%
Hispanic 43% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 110%N/A8%
Special education 11%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 268%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 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 78%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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425 South Tweedt St
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 222-6513

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