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Finn Hill Junior High School

Public | 7-9 | 416 students

 

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Posted April 24, 2014

Son and daughter attend Carl Sandburg. Great teachers overall and principal. The only complaint would be the common core curriculum means the teachers do not have a lot of leeway for kids of different skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

My daughter attended Finn Hill for the first portion of 7th grade and I volunteered there. The school wasn't a good match for her so we moved her. There are some good teachers there, and the principal seems involved, but the student body is not particularly motivated to do what is asked of them academically, and expectations aren't that high. Perhaps a broader base of parent involvement could turn this around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

Finn Hill has been a great place for both my kids. My daughter learned a lot and enjoyed the honors LA/SS classes. My son is taking advantage of the 7th grade algebra. Principal Scarpelli is fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

FHJH is a great place for students to grow academically and socially. It is unfortunate that some parents have expectations for their students that are not appropriate. I did not notice any parents who had concerns about the discussions at the PTSA meetings speaking up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2005

'This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for most kids, but our eighth grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available. The Language Arts/Social Studies Honors 2nd class for 8th grade was cancelled just before he reached 8th grade, and the caliber of most of his English teachers has been shockingly poor. When the English teacher doesn't know how to spell the words on the spelling list, you should know the school has a big problem. I can not recommend this school to students who are motivated to really learn and get somewhere. Parent involvement is almost nonexistent to parents outside the PTSA. PTSA meetings are never about the academics of the school, nor about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2005

This is a good schoool. My child enoyed the teaches and felt she learned a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

My daughter has had a great experience at FHJH. The teaching staff, overall, seem to truly care about the success of the students. The new principal, Mr. Scarpelli, has been the vice principal for the past few years and has a tremendous rapport with the students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

Our junior high experience so far has been much better than expected. Special Ed staff are outstanding, very good at getting to the problem and working with the kids and families.
—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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income61%
Not low income80%
Special education24%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female82%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income63%
Not low income80%
Special education32%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female88%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income74%
Not low income84%
Special education47%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
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 Students78%
Female82%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income74%
Not low income79%
Special education25%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female87%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income63%
Not low income84%
Special education38%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income68%
Not low income84%
Special education33%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
57%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

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

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
75%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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 Students80%
Female86%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income69%
Not low income83%
Special education42%
Not special education84%
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

Algebra I

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

Biology I

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

Geometry

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

Integrated Math I

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

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/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 73% 60%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Black 3% 5%
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 10%N/A8%
Special education 118%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 225%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 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 44%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Victor Scarpelli

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 821-6544

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