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Puyallup High School

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Posted June 28, 2012

This is good school for it's large size. PHS has excellent teachers and a good location in downtown Puyallup.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

They seem to have a passable educational program for gifted and talented students, but have an abysmal record for dealing with bullying in the schools. Puayllup is a small town controlled by a few wealthy families who have demonstrated a propensity for racism and classism. Special needs students are left behind in Puayllup, and children who are not part of the click are bullied severely. Some have permanent lifetime emotional scars. In 2000, Puallup was sued in a class action suit because they didn't respond to the racism that was overwhelming in the schools, and ended up settling out of court for 7.5 million dollars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

PHS is a great high school. There are involved teachers, and great student leaders. The best choral program in the state!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

phs is an excellent school. they offer a lot more courses than most highschools and they have very dedicated teachers. i noticed there isnt an extreme amount of drama and issues at phs. students forming cliques isnt a very big issue. phs is a pretty friendly school and most of the kids seem to be pretty nice. i definitly recomend this school to anyone. my kids have never had any trouble with the staff or making friends. the school environment is a very pleasant one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2007

I went to Puyallup as a sophomore and I am in full time running start this year. In my experience I did not enjoy Puyallup, but I don't enjoy the drama that happens at virtually every high school. The teachers are very competent and responsive to the students. The rules are a little lax but the administrators truly do care about the students and are doing what they believe is best for the students, and I agree with their standards for the most part. There isn't as much diversity as I would like but students are accepted. The couselors and advisors are very helpful and understanding. In regard to the locker situation it is not logical to have them on the campus it is large and the passing period is 5 minutes and to extend it would take away from class periods. Overall Puyallup is a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2006

Courses are relevent and teachers have a young style that relates well with teenagers. For a public school, they do a good job of raising 'academic' students. The sports program is top notch and the music program is also fantastic. There is a small town feel to the school, with parents being a large part of many of the programs. The nice part is that they also empower the students to take an active part in many of the programs also. I think the only downside is that they seem to have 'parent/staff managed programs' and 'student managed programs'... they could do a better job of intertwining this.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 25, 2005

Puyallup has some great oppertutinies and a nice enviroment for children. For the most part PHS is a clam relaxed and low crime school. They have a wull qualified staff for the most part and a good learning curiculum. They offer some music classes, lately thr district has been cutting some of those classes out, but they still have choir, band, and ochestra. They also have some art and they are pretty good about sports. there is a bigger push for boys football then anything else, but also that is the sport that brings in the most money. they also have an equal amount of compensation for the other boys and girls sports. Overall it is a great school in a great community.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 18, 2004

Well in comment to the ladies question bout the lockers im a sophmore at PHS right now and no we dont need lockers mam have u ever tried walkin in the hallways? its like rushour in LA! In other words there is no rooom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2004

I transferred into Puyallup from another school this year, and love it. I came to Puyallup because of the amazing drama and music deptartment. I have never sang with such a hard working choir. We are singing music I never thought a high school choir could pull off. I would highly recommend Puyallup for anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2004

I'm worried about the Mathematics at Puyallup high school. Every math teacher my daughter has had has been very inadequate. Compared to my son's schooling at Rogers about 6 years ago I feel the program at Puyallup is quite soft. I'm very involved in my children's education and I even went to the administration to discuss the best math teacher for my child and it was still a horrible situation for my child and I. Puyallup High is a great school in all other areas but in math I rate them very low!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2003

I really think that PHS NEEDS to have lockers available to the students. Have you weighed your childs backpack ? my daughter sprained her wrist by picking up her backpack & trying to put it on her back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

I didn't actually graduate from PHS but I did finish out the school year. I enjoyed PHS very much and I thought all of the teachers were excellant.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 11, 2003

PHS was a good school educationally, but the student life was horrible. I came from a very diverse school in Kent and being thrown into a school where 87% of the school is white made me uncomfortable. I felt as if I fit in because I am a white female, but I felt like the other ethnicity groups were not given a chance to fit in. Also, alot of the kids there are very immature adn stuck up. Lots of kids talk bad about eachother, which is why I decided to drop out and continue my education in a more mature, college type environment. Thanks for your time. Clarissa Parker Would be C/O 2003
—Submitted by a former student


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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 42% in 2010.

498 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

478 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE 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

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income86%
Not low income91%
Special education62%
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female95%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic81%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income90%
Not low income92%
Special education64%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE 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 22% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
27%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
74%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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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 19% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
47%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
43%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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n/a

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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 15% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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2011

 
 
31%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

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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 Students25%
Female29%
Male21%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracial43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White23%
Low income19%
Not low income30%
Special education16%
Not special education28%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students78%
Female75%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income71%
Not low income82%
Special education61%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial93%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income85%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math 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
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Asiann/a
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Hispanicn/a
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Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/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 Students18%
Female14%
Male23%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White6%
Low income12%
Not low income22%
Special educationn/a
Not special education18%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology 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
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students36%
Female36%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White35%
Low income32%
Not low income39%
Special educationn/a
Not special education38%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/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 73% 60%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 8% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 229%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 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 61%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jason Smith

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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105 Seventh St SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (253) 841-8711

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