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Cedar Heights Middle School

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Posted January 28, 2014

I think the school is similar in fashion to other middle schools. There is a lack of usage with computers I think for a lot of people. But you can choose the right classes and use computers more. Also I have heard that the middle school is good. I was never there before the newest principal. However the current principal is okay and technology is strict. I think they could do better in technology department. A couple teachers give you automatic d's for doing nothing. Also some teachers aren't really excited about school. I wish that the school was more diverse and the races were more spread out like Kent-Meridian High School. But if you are thinking about this school I would recommend it.


Posted November 16, 2010

My daughter is having a great year at Cedar Heights. She has the best grade she has ever had. I feel that having a new principal has made a difference in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

I had to apologize to my daughter for sending her to Cedar Heights. The level of education (honors track) varies from very good in History and Language Arts to below average in Mathematics. The weakness is administrative and control. Administrative control is detached and cowardly, reacting versus becoing involoved/interacting with the students..Overall very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2008

i go to this school and am in honors. ALL of my teachers are very good and have a fun and interesting learning environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2008

It is a great school with a great teacher
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2008

Cedar Heights is not a great school, but it is not a bad school. This school has average discipline for a middle school. The principal, Mrs. Grutko does lots of things behind the scenes, but is never interacting with the students. She leaves that to her assistants. I see that as a problem. The teachers seem content with teaching everything that comes out of the book, except a certain few, such as 7th grade history teacher Mr. Maier. He is the kind of teacher you would want. Some teachers are just getting to old and grouchy to teach, while others seem bored with their job. Others like I said, are very good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2007

I got to this school and it's a really great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2006

Cedar Heights seems to be very average on most levels. Nothing outstanding or horrific. While a few of the teachers have achieved special certification, many staff members seem content to show up for work. I have been most disappointed with how volunteers do not seem welcome or wanted, yet the school is always asking for more help. I have been most impressed with the dedication of a few of the teachers. They love their kids and want them to succeed! The facility is wonderful, but not used to its potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

I would highly recommend this junior high. It is a large school and I was aprehensive about my child's success rate at a huge school with a very young faculty. My son has ADD and I was a strong advocate for him and a bit over-protective. I found that the young (mostly master's degreed) teachers were on the cutting edge for special academic application and I found the administration to be very proactive...Something rarely found in public schools today!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

This school is middle of the road. They are limited on elective choices for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2005

Cedar Heights is a great school offering sports, drama, music, cheer and numerous clubs. They offer Honor Classes for students who need the challenge. The school administration and staff are very supportive and constantly looking for ways to improve. The team teaching concept allows teachers more one on one time for students who really need it. The school has a L.I.T. (Learning Improvment Team) made up of Staff, Parents and Community Leaders who meet monthly to continually improve ways to educate the students. The school has a very safe environment. Teachers are in the halls between classes and they have a full time Security Officer who does and outstanding job working with and relating to students. No hats, no gum and no tolerance for alcohol, tobacco, weapons or violence of any kind. Parent involvement is very strong through PTSA, Volunteer Coaching, Chaperones for dances and field trips, sporting events etc. Kevin Esping (Parent)
—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.

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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

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

All Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
Black23%
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income51%
Not low income84%
Special education26%
Not special education75%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black23%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income65%
Not low income89%
Special education36%
Not special education83%
Limited English23%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female83%
Male60%
Black30%
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income60%
Not low income83%
Special education28%
Not special education79%
Limited English36%
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 Students52%
Female49%
Male56%
Black22%
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income34%
Not low income68%
Special education3%
Not special education58%
Limited English13%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female73%
Male65%
Black41%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income54%
Not low income81%
Special education6%
Not special education76%
Limited English9%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female67%
Male73%
Black36%
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income53%
Not low income84%
Special education8%
Not special education77%
Limited English13%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
89%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income89%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
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 income100%
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 63% 60%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 16%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 242%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 19N/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 68%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • 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
  • Heidi Maurer

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
  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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19640 SE 272nd St
Kent, WA 98042
Phone: (253) 373-7620

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