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Ballou Jr High School

Public | 7-9 | 745 students

 

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Posted March 9, 2011

I just transfered into this school after being bullied out of another and I couldn't be happier with the change. All of my teachers are great and the academics are molded to each individuals needs. The academics are challenging and ahead of private school standards. They enforce rules and discipline very well at Ballou. All the students are very nice and respectful to each other and to teachers. The principal, Ms. Bates, made sure she came to talk to me on my first day even though she had 800 kids to watch over. I could not be happier with Ballou Junior High.


Posted May 24, 2010

I am the parent of a 7th grade student. I could not have asked for a better experience for her transition into junior high. The teachers are incredible, very easy to reach if there are concerns, up lifting and positive to the students. I am proud to say my daughter is a Bruin and would recommend to anyone transferring into the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

im in 7th grade and it is the best in the universe
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2008

Ballou is a great enviroment for students! the teachers are so understanding and nice yet strict on the rules!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2008

I go to this school and i think it's great. It has all the teachers you would want and opportunities are offered to all students. The new vice principle seems to do everything he can to keep us all safe and content. About harrassment, I'm not at all worried. I do hope that it will offer something more challenging than honors. I love the Ballou's library, it's the best. Overall, i think Ballou Jr. High is a great school with great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2007

Ballou JH has supportive teachers. There is weekly 'Bruin Time' for after-school help and study time. Many of the teachers have additional after-school study/help times available. We have worked with teachers in the mainstream classes as well as the classes for kids with special needs. I have found the teachers and coaches to be very supportive. This school emphasizes academic performance before athletics. Harassment policies and the like are taken very seriously. Online access to grades and teacher email is available. This is my fifth child to go through JH and I have found this to be an excellent school. Open communication with the teachers is a MUST, regardless of what school is attended. Ballou JH staff work with students and the parents to encourage success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

This school emphasizes academic performance before athletics. All student are made to feel good about themselves and their ability to excel beyond standard requirements. There are great music and art programs. There is after school tution available to help students with their needs. The PTA gives great support to the WASL exams. Students practise WASL exams in preparation for the real exams. Students also get special treats before and during the exams to encourage them to do well. My daughter was rather worried about going to junior high but the school made the transition smooth and enjoyable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

I have found this school to not meet my childs needs when it came to all subjects in education. Harrasment policies aren't strict and teachers aren't intact with the students. Many students don't get the special attention they need which results in losing them early in the educational process.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2003

The students at this school are very polite and respectful. The principal works very hard to keep this environment. There are many teachers who really care about the students and it shows in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2003

This school is very good and all the students are very friendly (thanks to the teachers)


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.

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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 64% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students64%
Female71%
Male58%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income51%
Not low income76%
Special education14%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female81%
Male70%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income65%
Not low income83%
Special education19%
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female94%
Male74%
Black94%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic86%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income76%
Not low income90%
Special education29%
Not special education89%
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 Students64%
Female70%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income51%
Not low income75%
Special education16%
Not special education72%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female75%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income61%
Not low income78%
Special education19%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female79%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income68%
Not low income87%
Special education36%
Not special education85%
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.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2011.

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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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 97% in 2013.

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n/a

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 99% in 2013.

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n/a

2011

 
 
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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 54% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
71%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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 Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income84%
Not low income96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
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 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

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

Algebra I

All Students57%
Female53%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income53%
Not low income61%
Special education36%
Not special education59%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low income100%
Not low income100%
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

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
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 68% 60%
Hispanic 11% 20%
Two or more races 10% 6%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 237%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 16N/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 72%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Krista Bates

Resources

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  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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9916 136th St East
Puyallup, WA 98373
Phone: (253) 841-8725

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