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School leader Terry Cheshire
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District Everett School District

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1508 136th St SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012

(425) 385-7000
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3 stars
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February 02, 2014
When I first moved to Jackson, I was immediately greeted by friendly and welcoming people who genuinely care about the student and making you feel comfortable.Our school has a large team dedicated to introducing the freshman. Before school starts in the summer, the orientation is not your typical get-your-schedule-and-leave, but meet other new students and an experienced student at Jackson who will tell you the ropes and get you accustomed to the school layout and several fun activities to "break the ice" and then they serve food. The school has more clubs than you can imagine and your student will find one that they will feel right at home in. The teachers and students encourage reaching out to other students and there is a sense of community in the entire school. The teachers that I have had are some of the best teachers I have ever had in my life! They have fun and creative ways to teach and genuinely care about their students and the quality of education they receive. One thing I wish my school had was orchestra, but other than that, there's plenty of music, lots of athletics, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, great teachers a safe and friendly environment and awesome school.

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2014
Let's talk education. My school has some of the greatest teachers I've ever had. Teachers make sure that every student understand what they are learning and involve all students. Of the multitude teachers and staff that I have met, they are all friendly and willing to help. Say your student is a mastermind and maybe a Renaissance Man, there classes to fit your needs. In my pre-calc class, there is a range of students from freshmen, all the way to seniors. This may sound intimidating, but it helps knit our school together and not have a separation of classes where students are scared of the big seniors or afraid of freshmen cooties. Each class has got a handful of genius students and they're always there to help out a fellow student in need. Teachers care about the success of your future and you're falling behind, or if your grades are slipping, they provide opportunities to get back up there. Some teachers are harsh and passionate about the things they teach but they teach, and make sure you know what you need to know. The chill teachers also make sure that you're actually learning but some leave it up to the student if they want to learn or not.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2012
As a parent of three Graduates and one student still in Jackson, I find the parents and students who complain do not have much faith in themselves, or the school. My three Graduates loved Jackson and have all gone on to college and now have great jobs. One is a senior financial officer at Starbucks, one is a lawyer, and one is a buyer for childrens clothing for Fred Meyer, yes all that cute close in the boys department she picked out. If you put half and effort into it you can really come out of it with a great deal.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
Both of my children have attended Jackson High School and I must say that II am most certainly not impressed with the quality of education. It seems that the school is more concerned with sports. There is a lack of discipline in the classrooms and instructors spend too much time with unruly kids who clearly don't want to learn. The school should offer more AP classes or IB classes so that students like mine and others can prosper and be ready for attending a 4 year college or university.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2011
Jackson has it's perks, but it's not my favorite school to go to. After my first year at Jackson, I have learned that they don't do much to honor the students who receive a high GPA, and spend too much money for sports and cheerleaders, when the money should be spent on the band, or more academics. I am not a band kid, but I support them and enjoy their music. Plus, Jackson is known for it's band going to New York to play at Carnegie Hall, but the Pep band is basically being ignored by the school. I think that more money should be used for academics and awarding those who do well in school, instead of sports and a couple million being spent on a cafeteria addition when the cafeteria we have now is fine.

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2010
Despite high reviews from other students,I would have to disagree.From an honor student viewpoint,Jackson cares little about further improving the academic achievement of successful students due to lack of honor/ AP classes.For example,honor math&science classes are not offered,meaning that of your student will be mixed with students of all learning levels. This provides a harsh learning environment,b/c the class pace easily becomes too fast or too slow for certain students. Academic quality also depends on the teacher.Teacher quality vastly ranges. There is an excellent English program, but the math and science departments are lacking(they may be improving with new teachers). It really depends what you are looking for in a school,b/c Jackson does have good extracurricular options. Jackson is just not for advanced college prep-with the exception of 1-5 standout students. Most graduates attend a WA college -either a CC or a 4 yr. Only ~20 go to UW.

- submitted by a student
April 09, 2010
My son is a student at Jackson High School. I am a high school teacher in another school district. I have had the opportunity to view Jackson from both a parent and teacher perspective and I am impressed beyond measure. My son came to Jackson after having failed miserably in a different district. At Jackson, they immediately worked to give him the extra support he needed. He was placed in algebra AND algebra support. He was placed in English AND an English support class. He made wonderful progress and ended the year successfully! Whenever I emailed his teachers they responded immediately, and compassionately. The parent access for grades and their children's assignments is unbelievable. I can not thank the Jackson principal and staff enough for what they provide for their students.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
I am a current student at Jackson and so far the school has tought me many things. The Academics are extreamly tought but rewarding and the athletics are scond to none. The School will have a couple of bumps in the way but it helps the students turn into better learners and the teachers and counselers all are there to help us .

- submitted by a student
no rating August 20, 2009
I am a current student at Jackson High, and to all the parent whom say that Jackson teachers need to motivate the students to do better. Think again, Jackson Teachers are the only reason I am still in school, if it weren't for them, I wouldn't be returning this year. Furthermore, you, as the parent, should be motivating them to do better. That's your job, the teachers do their part, when will you do yours. Yes, agreed, there are some teachers who don't deserve to be teachers. But where are you going to find a school where this isn't at least one bad teacher. Every where has bad teachers. But overall, the school is great, there may be a bad problem here and there, but that's your job, as the parent, to teach your kids to not give into peer pressure or not make mistakes.

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2009
Good art and music programs and highly educated, strict and fun teachers.

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May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
I attended Jackson, graduating in 2005. I went to Mill Creek Elementary and Heatherwood Middle before that. When I attended, the school was severely lacking in its math and science programs. Teacher turnover, especially in the sciences, was terrible. Three of my four science teachers had been there less than 2 years. I went on to UW to major in engineering, and my poor background really held me back the first two years until I could catch up. In contrast, the english program is excellent. Students graduate with great writing skills and are well prepared for a major in the liberal arts.

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July 20, 2008
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October 28, 2006
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May 02, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 16, 2006
Excellant accessbility to sporting fields

- submitted by a former student
March 06, 2006
Excellent school with good tech program. Many good teachers with a few bad mixed in. But most teachers are excellent. Good language program.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
The technology at the school is good. Being a fairly new school, it is pretty clean. Some math teachers are not good. Quality of teachers are about average since there are superior ones and mediocre ones.

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March 22, 2005
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December 13, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
December 01, 2004
I stumbled upon this site while looking for the Jackson website. As an alumni of Jackson (Class of '97) I was amazed at some of the comments that were posted to this site. Since most of these comments are coming from parents it is really sad to see how little they understand about High School and then College. Jackson and it's 4x4 day helped me 100xs better prepared for college than I would have had I attended a six period day. While at Jackson I was able to take to UW English courses and Advanced Calculus all while still being able to enjoy athletics. Parents who say things like 'sometimes the kid just needs that D' are doing a disservice to their kids and need to recheck their priorities. High School is not meant to be easy it is meant to prepare kids for the future.

- submitted by a former student
November 29, 2004
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- submitted by a student
November 14, 2004
overall i think this school is terrible. The teachers are not all responsible. I think they should improve their teachers motives to teach kids better.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
Jackson high school can be good but it can also be terrible. There are many good teachers there but there is also one or two terrible ones. Jacksons math department isn't very good but there are a few exceptional math teachers. Like many public schools students have to deal with the buracracy of the school system which i think is terrible at Jackson. If you don't want your son or daughter to be pushed around by worthless rules this school is not for you. They have very good musical programs and an abundance of usefull after school activities. As long as you fight through the system and get the good teachers this school is great.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2004
I am currently a sophomore at JHS and love our standards. I am not happy about changing from a 4 period day to a 6 period day. I find it funny to see many parents complaing that JHS is 'to hard' for their child, but yet it doesn't offer enough AP classes. One reason JHS is changing is becuase a small, but loud group of parents are unhappy with standerds at JHS. (To high or to low) However, many of the students at JHS are happy with the standards and especally the shceual. Many feshmen don't think they will like the 4X4 day until they experence it. in a 6 period day we won't have enough time in a 6 period say for the year to met mininum college standards. Maybe if parents talked to their child they would find their student is/was happy with the standards set at JHS.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2004
As a student at JHS, I feel that Jackson's 'problem' does not lie within the 4x4 system, but within our lack of administrative presence and poor teaching staff. Although there are a handful of remarkable teachers at Jackson, many are teaching classes they are not qualified to teach or simply do not care about the educational well-being of the students. Despite the negatives associated with the 4x4 system, there are several postive aspects to the 4-period day. There is more student-teacher communication, classwork can be further explained if a student does not understand, and the graduation requirements are catered to entering a 4-year university (ie Foreign Language required to graduate, and 3 Math credits vs. 2 credits, etc.) Overall, I feel that Jackson would be a lot more promising and better-viewed if our staff and administration was upgraded, and the 4x4 system was not considered the root of the problem.

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March 01, 2004
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February 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2004
Many parents variance their children out of H.M.Jackson High. Many parents I talk to are disatisfied with their child's educational experience and find no one willing to listen to their concerns. Obviously there is a problem - whether it is due to administration, schedule or poor communication is unclear. My student is a 10th grader who had a terrible experience with 9th grade honors - teachers who did not seem to listen or care about parent or student concerns. The year was a wasted one for my student. I am optimistic that Jackson has the potential to be a great school. My student has had a few excellent teachers who worked hard to create an excellent learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2004
My child had been at Jackson since 9TH grade. She is now a Sophmore ane we are actively trying to get her out of Jackson. There are several teachers who have chips on their shoulders and when questioned by a parent, responds negatively. The morale of my child due to the grading system has slipped badly in the last two years. I have never heard of a schools grading system dropping from a C to an E. Some children need that 'D'. Jackson was designed to be a prep school for those that wanted to go on to college to pursue a careeer. However, it is a public school and there are several children that do not have the high intelligence that a 'prep' school requires. Overall, I think Jackson High needs to make some big changes if they are going to keep students coming. Teachers need to be more willing to work with students when questioned regarding homework assignments and projects.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
I think there is a real lack of leadership when it comes down to it... This year there have been some positive changes. The Dean and Mr. Flaherty actually talk to the students and get to know them. It's something every Principal who cares about building the communtity needs to do, and the Principal in charge has neglected to do. The environment of the school is very rulebound. The class structure and lack of AP offerings has been another issue. Some teachers carry too large of load or are put in classes to teach subject matter that they don't specialize in. There have been many sticky situations that could have been avoided with a good leader in this school. I hope for improvement or our younger student won't be attending HMJ when he reaches the age.

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January 07, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
December 31, 2003
I've had 3 children go to Jackson. I wish I had pulled them and gone elsewhere. The first was a straight A student, who was demotivated with the system at Jackson. The second decided to take just enough classes to graduate, and attended Community College after school. She is now on the Dean's list at her college, through no help from Jackson. My last child has struggled with the system, has not received any help or guidance, and even with my active involvement, has not received any help. Even though there are some caring teachers there, the educational system is suspect at best. It is also clear that there are a handful of parents who dictate what goes on in all aspects of the school. As a parent I wasted my kids time there, and I encourage parents to send their kids elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2003
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- submitted by a student
December 12, 2003
Reading the post stating the Jackson has no honors or AP classes is not only My incorrect but ridiculous. Jackson offers honors classes all four years in humanities, AP classes in humanities, math and art. Many former students contact my children (who attend JHS) to report back that the teacher expectations and education they received at JHS helped them in transitioning to university life. In many classes the focus is on teaching students to think critically, argue analytically and be creative. My son was one who believed he was 'entitled' to an 'A' as he'd always received them in the past. It only took him one semester to realize an 'A' was something you had to work for and wasn't given out. Without my supporting the school he may have been one of the students who never pushed himself to excel and wouldn't be as succesful post high. I believe if you want to know the truth about HM Jackson you ought to take the time to become involved with school activities, PTSA, and volunteer to work in the classrooms where your students are working.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2003
Jackson has serious problems meeting the educational needs for children who are interested in pursuing a college education and are high achievers. The lack of an Honors program leaves no advanced options for students coming out the Challenge Program in the Middle School. The current principal and certain teachers in the English/Humanities program have opposed offering Advanced Placment classes and this hurts students who are headed to college. A big change is needed to make this school competitive with other similar high schools in the area, such as Kamiak, Edmonds-Woodway or the Bellevue District.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2003
I have three children who have graduated from HM Jackson HS. They have all gone on to the university and credit the education received at Jackson with helping them succeed, especially the senior essays and project. College is easier because of the work they did at Jackson. The four period day helped them be able to pursue their interests in music and science.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2003
Fantastic Choices! Due to the 4x4 schedule, senior students have many opportunities to challenge themselves academically. Under this system, students choose options that are the best fit for the level of difficulty and effort they wish to undertake. A student can earn up to 10 college credits while remaining at high school! A student may take up to 3 AP classes within the Humanities Block, score well on the May exams, and earn up to 13 elective college credits! Ultimately, a student can decide which credit best suits their future academic plans. No other high school offers these many choices!

- submitted by a teacher
October 11, 2003
Readers need to know that the current controversey surrounding Jackson HS has been perpetuated by a diminuative yet vocal group of people. Just a few individuals have been relentlessly pushing to change the schedule at HMJ. Their motivation stems from their bizarre notion that the 4x4 schedule is the root of all evil. Their efforts have been nothing short of epidemic, including a dedicated website and a constant barrage of mean and inflamatory criticism. They mostly seem interested in trying to trip people up, and their effect has been primarily obstructional, not instructional.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2003
Henry M. Jackson High School was flawed from its beginning in 1995. The founders sought to create a progressive school with the latest fads to come out of the education colleges. They adopted the controversial 4x4 block schedule. They adopted the lackluster Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) philosophy. They ignored the overwhelming evidence and did not adopt the College Board s Advanced Placement (AP) courses or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, the 2 top high school curricula. The result has been a very low performing school especially for its demographics. Thankfully this is changing from leadership at the district level. For the 2003/2004 school year, JHS will have 6 core AP courses. And these courses are open to all students who want to work hard.

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Henry M. Jackson High School
1508 136th St SE, Mill Creek, WA  98012
(425) 385-7000
Last modified Henry M. Jackson High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Henry M. Jackson High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews.