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Meridian Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 656 students

 

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Posted March 18, 2013

The staff and teachers at Meridan are excellent. My daughter currently goes there and is doing very well. The teachers we have met are patient with the students and are more than happy to assist them when they are struggling or have a question. They also have a no bullying policy and say no to drugs program that they teach in health/PE and teach them how to handle difficult situations which we really appreciate. They teach the students to respect each other. We are very impressed at their dedictation to the student's education and well-being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

I am a student at Meridian and I looooove it. The school has an awesome band and science program. Actually. All of their programs are excellent. All of the teachers push you to do the best you can. But the teachers are also very fair. the extra-curricular activities are great.


Posted January 1, 2010

the discpline at this school is really strict i go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2009

My daughter has attended Meridian September through November of 2009 and so far, these have been the worst months of her life. There is very little done to accommodate even the most basic of requests and she feels a lack of success no matter how hard she tries. We have tried meeting with the principal and teachers, but things just go from bad to worst. Unfortunately, the school district will not allow mid-year school changes, so I believe home school is the only way to help my child regain her self esteem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2005

I am unable to comment on the parental involvment but have seen the availability in music, art and other extracurricular activities. The kids show a great deal of respect and enthusasiem in the before and after school programs. I have seen first hand how much the teachers care and work with students to the best of their ability and leave no student behind. They always manage to get every child involed who want to be involved. My son has shown great strides in his acedemic and social skills because of his involvment in the before school program 'Jazz Band' and his involvment in the drama club. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2005

Can't say enough about the quality of the teaching staff at Meridian Junior High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2005

I am not a parent, but a former student of Meridian. I believe, whole heartedly, that Meridian was one of the best experiences of my life so far, and leaving Meridian to go on to Kentwood, was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. The clubs and sports programs are wonderful, and I speak from experience (being that I was in the ASB and part of various sports teams throughout my Meridian days). The teachers at Meridian are wonderful as well. They really focus on you achieving your learning goals and believe in you, even if you dont believe in yourself. And I'd like to take this time out to personally thank Mrs. Kever for helping me achieve some of my goals at Meridian. If I were to rate Meridian, I would give it a 10 out of 10.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 18, 2004

First off, I'd like to begin this review by telling everyone that I'm not a parent, but a Meridian student. And I'd just like to make a comment that this school is a wonderful place. I've currently been here for one full week now, and surprisingly, I actually enjoy school now. This is the best school I've ever attended so far. The teachers here are wonderful, and they really seem to care about students' thoughts and their achievements. And, as much as I love all of my teachers, I have something special to say to one of them; Ms. Winn. Ms. Winn, I realy don't know what to tell you. You are an awesome choir teacher, and you really enhance our learning by making funny comments about reading music (you know what I'm talking about! Hehe. And, as funny as your remarks seem, they really do help. Meridian rules.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2004

Meridian Is the best school my child has ever gone to. She continues to maintain good grades with the help of the teachers. It is an environment I feel safe letting my child be in and also that my child is comfortable in. I have never had any problems with this school and know that my child attends a school where nothing but the best takes place. I am greatly impressed with the staff, mentioning Mr. Daugherty, Mrs. Mehl, and Ms. Winn. If your child will ever attend this school, you can expect the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2003

Principal and staff seem out of touch with individual student needs; focus in this school is totally on meeting district administrative requirements. Principal talks a good talk, but has poor follow-through. Although the test scores appear high, the general demeanor I have observed by the students is one of frustration. Please note that we have a child who is a 'middle of the road' scholar, who also has a 504 plan due to medical conditions. Very little effort is made by staff to accommodate special needs, unless parent is strong advocate for the child. When approached, counselor is typically argumentative and states that all policies are made by administration and that making simple changes (such as asking for a teacher change or asking for a seating change in class) must be requested through principal. This is a great school for self-motivated, top of the line kids (and we've had both in this school). It's a tough place for the average or below average student to succeed.
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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 64% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
50%
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 Students64%
Female70%
Male60%
Black45%
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander42%
White75%
Low income53%
Not low income79%
Special education7%
Not special education70%
Limited English32%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female72%
Male56%
Black55%
Asian74%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander42%
White72%
Low income51%
Not low income78%
Special education4%
Not special education69%
Limited English17%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female76%
Male58%
Black41%
Asian78%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander58%
White71%
Low income56%
Not low income80%
Special education25%
Not special education70%
Limited English21%
Migrantn/a
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 Students49%
Female49%
Male48%
Black20%
Asian66%
Asian/Pacific Islander66%
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income34%
Not low income72%
Special education5%
Not special education52%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female62%
Male55%
Black40%
Asian72%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income43%
Not low income83%
Special education10%
Not special education62%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female63%
Male63%
Black47%
Asian74%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income49%
Not low income86%
Special education15%
Not special education66%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a
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.

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students69%
Female64%
Male74%
Black47%
Asian68%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income61%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
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 Students97%
Female94%
Male100%
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Low income100%
Not low income96%
Not special education97%

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 33% 63%
Asian 25% 7%
Hispanic 21% 18%
Black 13% 5%
Two or more races 6% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 133%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 212%N/A8%
Special education 210%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 66%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • James Schiechl

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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23480 120 Ave SE
Kent, WA 98031
Phone: (253) 373-7383

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