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Port Orchard, WA
Students enrolled: 759

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8995 SE Sedgwick Rd
Port Orchard, WA 98366

(360) 874-6090
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October 11, 2013
Just happened to come across this website and decided to check out the reviews on my children's school. There are quite a few negative reviews that are a bit outdated. Here is a recent review to hang your hat on: We moved to Port Orchard in the middle of my son's 6th grade year at South Colby. We just moved from TX. He is on the smaller side for his age, and shy. The kind of kid that doesn't mind being left alone reading a book. In TX, he struggled with making friends, and was even bullied by some of the bigger kids. He blossomed at South Colby thanks to the friendly staff and students. In going to JSJH, he was nervous that he would be bullied by the 8th and 9th graders. Instead, he's become a social butterfly, and is stepping out of his comfort zone...in a good way. The classwork is challenging, but he's stepped up to meet that challenge and is striving for excellence, without us having to force it on him. My son plays football there as well, and the Coaches do a great job of encouraging the players and reminding them that they are students first. Overall, this is one of the best schools we have been a part of. Having served in the Navy, we have been to alot of them!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2011
I'm in the 8th grade at John Sedgwick, and I think this school is awesome. The only reason that people would complain is if they're the students are the ones that talk back to teachers, don't care enough to do their work or pay attention and really need to learn the meaning of respect. The teachers are amazing, and the classes are fun and challenging for me as a learner. Many people think this school is great, like my friend who goes to Cedar, is constantly bullied and the school refuses to do anything about it. Her mom and herself know that Sedgwick has no tolerance for bullying, so they are seriously considering switching schools. I would recemmend this school to anyone who wants to succeed amd learn and make friends.

- submitted by a community member

November 12, 2010
My kids attended Sedgwick for a little while until I pulled them out. It was a nightmare in all respects. The teachers are horrible, the kids come from families where they must not be taught any basic respect for humanity. I did not want my kids in this environment, thinking that it was okay.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2009
Oh, my gosh! This school is horrid! The STEP program is ludicris, and it makes no sense to abandon your students when they do not pay attention or goof off. The policy about fights is ridiculous, and I feel isolated and unimportant- I get this from both students AND staff. Is THIS the idea of 'Five star schools' that we want other schools to notice? I think not. Don't waste your time here- it's so not worth the $20 for P.E. clothes, let alone 180 days of your life.

- submitted by a student

February 17, 2009
I hate this school. The STEP thing is so dumb, teachers don't thoroughly teach the lessons. I just started going to this school and it is the worst school I've been to in my life.

- submitted by a student

February 05, 2009
Up to this point JSJH has been responsive and caring to the educational needs of our 8th grade son. Both academic and athletic departments have been 1st rate. Thank you staff and vols.

- submitted by a parent

January 07, 2009
The first semester is coming towards the end at Sedgwick. In the beginning of the year all the kids who came from Olalla grouped together, kids from Manchester grouped together, etc. Later, people started grouping together to make fun of others. The lunches are cool, sometimes there are activities and some picking on (the picking on is not cool). The teachers are awesome. Especially math. So right now I am having a good time at Sedgwick.

- submitted by a student

April 28, 2008
Segwick Jr. High is the worst school I have had the unfortunate experience of working with. I have moved my family several times to schools across the country. The STEP program is a waste of time. Most students choose to be on steps 1 or 2 just so they do not have to pay attention in class. The teachers, overall, do not care about their students and just give out assignments without teaching. With rare few classes for academically inclined students, this school is one that I wish my daughter would not have attended. I suggest Marcus Whitman Jr. High, or any other school but Sedgwick.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2007
We've been disappointed with our experience in the last two years at Sedgwick. The academics have been unchallenging, grading criteria often structured in ways that do not capture the child's true efforts in the class, and most teachers do not use the ClassNotes.com tool consistently (making it difficult for parents to truly be active partners in the process). The school also seems to deal with frequent disciplinary issues that create ongoing disruptions in the classrooms. Administration is not immediately responsible to inquiries, and seem inconsistent and reactive in their application of policy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 02, 2007
I am about to go into the 8th grade at this school. For the most part it is a great school, the step program doesnt really do anything. The student body leaves some to be desired not a lot but a little.

- submitted by a student

June 21, 2007
We have a son just finishing three years at this school and another just beginning there in the fall. Overall, we have been pretty happy with the school. The counseling office concept should be re-thought. The teachers overall are educated, committed to teaching, and well liked by the students. More teachers should be using the technology tools our tax dollars are paying for. Communication with busy families is right at the click of a button and most don't use the on-line web-based tools they've been provided. Overall, I would recommend this school though. Our first one through really enjoyed it.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2005
My son is a special education student at this Jr. High. I have been actively involved with special education for years and I am absolutely delighted with the programs that he can participate in. He is actively participating in regular classrooms and enjoys going to school. (Even though he is non-verbal.) I also am actively involved with the Kitsap County Parent Coalition. They provide training and education (through PAVE) for understanding the IEP process. Knowing what can be provided and what you can do to help, will help your child and teacher communicate your child's progress. Remember, you are the Expert on your child, and this is one school that will listen!

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2005
Their 504 program is a nightmare and the STEP program shouldn't be allowed. On the other hand, they have quite a few top-notch teachers, a very active group of parent volunteers, and the school is clean and well-cared for. Overall, given the slim resources and giant student population, they do strive for quality - except in a few spots. The student population, on the other hand, is rough-mouthed, naive, racist, homophobic, and has no idea what it takes to succeed in the world. But that's the fault of the parents, not the school.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2004
The STEP program is ridiculous. Follow up from administrators and teachers is laughable. I actually hand delivered notes to each teachers box that I wished to speak with, left 5 messages in an 8 day period to speak to my son's counselor and received no return call from counselor, one teacher called, one sent mail. Overall the entire organization seems completely chaotic, reminiscent of 'just who is running this asylum?' One teacher actually seemed totally okay with the fact that her class average grade was a 54%. Unbelievable. There are a couple of good ones (Ms. Matthews is one).

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2004
Sedgwick Jr. High is lacking in quality leadership, this principal is not an on hands educator. As quoted to me by teachers 'the principals duties are solely administrative'. Additionally Sedgewick fails to meet the needs of many special education students ie: lack of quality tutors, lack in quantity of tutors. Sedgwicks policy on discipline is counter productive, they have no problem removing special education students who are failing from the classroom for the smallest of infractions placing them in a room for hours causing the kids to miss other required courses. Many times they fail to contact a parent or relative to inform them of these actions. I have found that admistrators at Sedgwick act worse than the children we pay them to educate, many disagreements between teacher/student boil down to personality conflicts or the fact the teacher is simply having a bad day.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2004
Academically I think Sedgwick is a good school. They have a nice variety of classes to choose from and I like the 7th graders program in which they kind of get to 'sample' future class choices throughout the year. They don't get a choice as to which ones they are and actually I've liked that because they have had to take classes that they normally wouldn't have chosen (drama, cooking, art, languages) and have even liked some of them. The principal is doing a great job and it's easy to get to know him as his presence is seen at functions all the time. Volunteers are made to feel very welcome at the school and the coordinator is always on top of things. One thing they have there that I don't care for is the 'Make your day' program. Students and teachers give or take points based on whether they stayed on task, got their work done etc. If they don't 'make their day' they can get a phone call home or have to talk to a councelor etc. They spend too much time on this and I don't think it's very effective. All in all it's a good school and I'm glad my kids go/went there.

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2004
This school is one of the first to implement the new 2008 graduation requirements. The staff at Sedgwick work as a team incoorperating the opinions of parent's, student's and the community.

- submitted by a community member

November 21, 2003
It's not a very good school. I like the mojority of my teachers, but...there is way to much prejudice and stereotyping going on from the students and some teachers. And that is NOT cool. It really effects the educational well-being and the secure atmosphere that should be there. Makes a lot of students self conscious and makes them feel the need to change themselves. Not good, not good at all.

- submitted by a community member

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John Sedgwick Junior High School
8995 SE Sedgwick Rd, Port Orchard, WA  98366
(360) 874-6090
Last modified John Sedgwick Junior High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Sedgwick Junior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top