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Surprise Lake Middle School

Public | 6-7 | 527 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted April 24, 2010

I love how friendly and open they are. A great place for kids.


Posted October 31, 2008

I am a prior student of Surprise Lake and think this school gives students freedom and real life expectations and problem. I for one struggle in science but, after having Mr. Green for 2 years science now come very easily for me. Additionally I have struggled in math before and now everything makes sense. Surprise Lake taught me that it s better to ask questions and ask for help if I don't understand something and that sitting there and pretending like I understand is never going to help. I felt extremely safe while at school and knew that if I ever had a problem or just needed someone to talk to that I could go talk to any of the staff members and they would happily help me with whatever I needed. I would strongly encourage you to send your child to Surprise Lake.


Posted September 26, 2008

excellent school!! The entire district is the best....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

Federal policies that encourage hidden agendas is common in most schools. This one is no different. I do agree that there are great teachers at this school, but many of the issues, as described in the 11 Jan 08 post, truly lies within their management. Standards should be maintained and the students should be held accountable but still assisted in an educational way and not a 'fudge the numbers' way. I have seen some of the classes at this school crumbling with few books and lack of maintenance while others flurish. Now, I don't want to throw all the punches at the administration, more parents need to be involved too. Following up on their children and helping them with their shortfalls works wonders for the childs progress and behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

Obviously, my opinion is quite different than the former one. The teachers are wonderful and do want the children to be their very best; they are not easy with grading and if students are missing work or doing poorly, they do require students to come in during lunch time and get parents involved as well. Over all, this is a great school and my son absolutely loves it. Everyone is different but my son is learning and keeping up well. Don't by pass this district; no one can keep everyone happy and of course, I get irritated at times but they are far and few inbetween.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

I am shocked at this school, and a lot of schools in Washington. If you want your children to pass classes with grades they do not earn then this is the school for you. They continue to lower standards for students, making it easier for them not to care about school or anything in their lives. There minimum standard for passing is a D, and again they have reevaluated their grading policies so in reality if your child is getting an F it will be moved to a D. They keep say that we are getting children ready for high school and college. No they are not they are getting them ready for failure in the real world. They are showing them that mediocrities are completely acceptable and that doing the bare minimums in life is enough. I could not be more frustrated with these school districts policies, and this school that my child is going to barely make it out on in the real world. I would bypass this school district if I were you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2004

I think this is a wonderful school, teachers are helpful, my daughter struggles in math and the teacher is giving her extra help. I like that it is very internet friendly, grade checker is great and each teacher having there own email for teacher parent comminication is perfect. I have been pleased with everything they do. Compared to the large school district nearby this school is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

Not too long ago this was a very good school. Over the last 4-5 years the caliber of the teachers has declined (especially with regards to math), however, there are still some exceptional teachers at this school. In this entire school district, I believe this is the only school that is dragging the district down.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students53%
Female52%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic25%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income33%
Not low income68%
Special education8%
Not special education57%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female74%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income57%
Not low income86%
Special education24%
Not special education79%
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

Math

All Students62%
Female67%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian70%
Asian/Pacific Islander49%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander14%
White70%
Low income47%
Not low income74%
Special education17%
Not special education66%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female67%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian52%
Asian/Pacific Islander41%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander21%
White70%
Low income49%
Not low income72%
Special education21%
Not special education65%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students67%
Female79%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian74%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander64%
White74%
Low income60%
Not low income74%
Special education17%
Not special education72%
Limited English22%
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

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

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/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
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 63%
Hispanic 19% 18%
Two or more races 11% 5%
Asian 8% 7%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 146%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 29%N/A8%
Special education 210%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 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 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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