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Aspire Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 102 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted August 6, 2014

This is a great school with an emphasis on performing arts where all the kids thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

Amazing!! Great to have smaller class size. Truly challenging at all levels. All kids leave this school ready for what's next in life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

This school is by far the best I've been too. I am graduating this year, '14. I've made such good friends and you have so many opportunities for activities, such as dancing,singing, acting and instrument playing. Also, we have a challenge academy program and it is for kids who exceed there grade level standards so they learn higher grade level stuff. All in all this school is by far the best!


Posted September 3, 2013

My 12 year old daughter will attend Aspire Middle School (challenge academy) for the 2nd year. It is truly amazing. I was shocked by the amount of after-school work she brought home last year, but after several months she figured out how to balance her time better, and the workload is not as bad for her now. The teachers are amazing, and really push the kids. Overall my wife and I are VERY impressed with the challenge academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

Fantastic school, North Thurston school did a awesome job to bring challenge academy in Aspire. Kids are way ahead in maths & science. I wish if all school will have same type of curriculum as Aspire has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

Great school. Great teachers. The teachers go above and beyond to teach the kids the best they can. They put lots of time after school for after school activities and improvements and they do hard work to be the best school ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

my school is the best shcool i have ever been to. the teachers are all very friendly and helpful.


Posted October 29, 2012

My son was in the Challenge academy which is located in Aspire Middle School. We found that it was a weird mix of Academically gifted children and performing arts children. For 7th and 8th grade the standards were high but the homework load is what we found unrealistic. My son left after completing 6th grade and 1 quarter of 7th. He was miserable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

This is truly an exceptional middle school. Aspire is a magnet school and they have a high ratio of challenge academy and TAG teachers who don't seem to alter their curriculum down for the "regular" kids. This translates into a tough but effective curriculum for the kids. If your kids get in, prepare for a heavier load than other schools. The school has a focus or emphasis on the performing arts, so the drama, dance and music programs are exceptional indeed. You should hear and see the talent of the kids there - it's phenomenal! Mark my words, some of them will be famous artists and entertainers some day. The only downside, is that parent involvement doesn't seem to be quite as easy or welcome as in elementary school - maybe that's just a middle school thing. The principal hasn't seemed open and friendly to me really, but the success of the school speaks for itself regardless of what my impressions of her are. There is a long waiting list to get in. Our older son got in, but the younger one was in the low 20's of I think over 200 on the waiting list - it's taken a year to move 14 places. Why can't this be the standard for other schools?
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students79%
Female70%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic86%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income63%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female79%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic86%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income68%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic100%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income82%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic85%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income87%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female91%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic92%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income82%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
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 Students88%
Female81%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income77%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income94%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female91%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income94%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
92%
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 Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
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 65% 60%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 12%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 227%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 17N/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 76%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Lacey, WA 98513
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