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North Thurston High School

Public | 9-12 | 1428 students

 
 

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Posted August 4, 2013

I am still learning about this school after my son has spent one year here but the teachers are amazing -- bright, concerned, challenging. The band and music programs are advanced and led by highly skilled teachers. The marching band wins many honors. My son's counselor was excellent as was the swim coach. The actual building is a bit rundown but they are due for a remodel. A diverse student body. I do not have an opinion yet regarding the principal. Parents are involved in the band and swimming programs but I don't know about other activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Second Year at the school. 4th and 6th year with some of the teachers. Best music department around. Band, Choir, and Orchestra first class. Teachers are easy to talk to and are concerned with the students. New set of couselors this year are great and attentive. Wish more parents got themselves involved....but those that do really do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

North Thurston I school is the best school I have ever been too. The people I super nice, the teachers are great, and there is a lot of positive energy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2011

Possibly the worst school in Thurston county, I would HIGHLY encourage all potential students to rethink or transfer. The teachers are undereducated, rude, and generally uncaring. They spend 3/4 of the time whining about their paychecks, and the rest of the time assigning cross-word puzzles. With very very few exception, the teachers show little regard for their students. The principal is a joke, never doing anything about bullying. I had several instances of harassment and even violence yet because, "kids are like that," nothing was done, and I was even punished for speaking out. Classes are simply busywork. It is incredibly easy to become lost, as very few staff could point out names of students, even those they had in class. If you are looking for a high school where you are a number, you found it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2009

I have a senior and a freshman at NTHS. I believe NT to be a very good school. There is only 1 teacher in the last 4 years that my daughter and I didn't like. I feel my daugthers are getting a good education. It's a very safe school with small town issues. The size is nice, with about 1400 enrolled. The kids aren't getting lost in an over crowded school. The staff is frienndly and helpful. The Sports, Music and Arts are fantastic!! The drop out rate is very low compared to other schools :) Looking at the test scores, it seems the math department could use a boost. On a scale of 1-10, I would give NT an 8 ! Thanks NT, for all you do :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

My son is a sophomore this year at North Thurston. We homeschooled until 8th grade, when he entered Chinook. I was pleased with Chinook and am very happy with North Thurston. The teachers are of a very high caliber, there is a focused but relaxed feeling at the school on the few occasions I have to go there. [My son] is a thinker and a talker. He is also very funny and knows it. There is no doubt in my mind that, at times, he tries all of his teachers' patience. But he is also appreciated and encouraged for who he is. I know he is getting a good foundation for college, and have a good feeling when he goes off in the morning to shcool. Kathryn Jones
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2005

a great school for the hard of hearing and deaf
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2005

River Ridge High School has many valuable programs that meet the diversity of all students. Their learning resouce room is a great place for students and parents alike to get helpful information as they prepare for college. I have heard many people praise their special needs program as well. One of the areas that may need more funding is the Enrichment Programs. At one time, they had the BEST broadcast/journalism program in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2005

Academic programs are sub-par. Music, arts, and sports are avaliable, but not the best. Level of parent involvement tends to be minimal.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 26, 2005

While NTHS has a lot of good teachers and programs to offer, my family and I have not been very happy with my time spent here. I have gone through three out of four years of high school at this school, and have had only one or two exceptional teachers. The vocational programs are great, but there are almost no academic electives for college-bound students. The focus seems to be more on standardized testing than on actual learning and academic achievement. In general, the staff do not tend to be very helpful, and I have seen on many occasions parental involvement in the school be discouraged.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2004

This is a good school in that it excels in academics, extracurriculars, and diversity.
—Submitted by a former 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.
Algebra I

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

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
54%
Biology I

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Integrated Math I

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

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% 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 22% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
21%
Biology I

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

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
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Biology I

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

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2012

 
 
48%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
67%
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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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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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 Students73%
Female74%
Male70%
Black70%
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income61%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income100%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Low income94%
Not low income99%
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
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Whiten/a
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Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Hispanicn/a
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Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
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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 Students27%
Female24%
Male29%
Black27%
Asian33%
Asian/Pacific Islander31%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White31%
Low income20%
Not low income36%
Special education7%
Not special education34%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
Black73%
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income64%
Not low income88%
Special education57%
Not special education81%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students87%
Female80%
Male94%
Black69%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income80%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
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Low incomen/a
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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
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 Students23%
Female27%
Male17%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White28%
Low income29%
Not low income20%
Special educationn/a
Not special education23%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology 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
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students58%
Female60%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Low incomen/a
Not low income63%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

323 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

337 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male84%
Black92%
Asian76%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income80%
Not low income93%
Special education61%
Not special education91%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female94%
Male84%
Black92%
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic86%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income81%
Not low income94%
Special education62%
Not special education92%
Limited English36%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 63%
Asian 15% 7%
Hispanic 13% 18%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 122%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 25%N/A8%
Special education 29%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 17N/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 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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