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Nelsen Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1038 students

 
 

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Posted September 3, 2013

My child will be attending their 2nd year at Nelson Middle school. The bullying is terrible. My childe would had their lunchconstantly stolen, locker would be broken into, and always pushed down in the hallways and school supplies kicked everywhere. The school would then give detention for being late to class We did have a few great teachers and I think they could do so much more if the school would just let them. The priciple is self involved and the counselors are a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2012

Parents need to realize that Nelsen is NOT a good school. I was bullied by countless students, rules aren't enforced, and teachers are rude. It was so bad for me that I had to transfer.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 3, 2010

While my daughter has made some great friends at NMS that is the only positive experience she has encountered. The children are unruly and very rude. The school hasn't done a very good job in teaching hallway etiquette. I think that Dr. Love needs to step down and let someone else take on this leadership roll as she isn't doing her job. I think she forgot about the students and is all about the paycheck. When the school request s a meeting, they expect you to be there for their 7am meetings (even if both parents in the house work) but when the parent wants a meeting, the school doesn't return calls, and avoids any contact whatsoever. I think NMS would do better if the administration department went through an overhaul, get rid of the current staff and find people wanting to address the problems this school is having.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

While some of th programs are great, such as the music program, other programs such as math, and the discovery classes, lack greatly. In the math program they have a tendency to push you on to the next class, Even if your not ready for it, which is what got my sister into huge trouble. As far as the discovery program goes, which is suppposedly for 'advanced' students, we are often doing the same things as the other classes. Sure, our music and sports activitys aren't bad (our track team almost went to state last year), What about actual academics?
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2009

The first day of school was NOT a positive experience. The School was VERY dirty and the orientation included a 15 minute discussion on gang violence, fighting, gang colors, crime on the school grounds and .................I was speechless. Im re-locating my daughter to a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

Nelsen is truly a great school. I am very involved in the music program, which is one of the best in the state. They have great teachers who really care about their students. The only thing I don't like about Nelsen are the large class sizes- the average size of my classes this year was 33 students, which made it hard to learn. Other than that, Nelsen was fantastic!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2008

I have to say that I have mixed feeling about the school. Not so much because of the staff, but because of the many unrully and rude students. Nelson Middle school seems incapable of dealing with them. The vice pricipal, Dr. Love, and many other staff members have been supportive, but by the time they become involved the damage is already done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

I loveeee nelsen. the teachers really help you and they care about your future, they wont stop teaching you until they know that you really understand it. the luch is also yummy and they had Great after school activities. the music department is also fun. Conclusion: nelsen is the best school you can ever go to(;
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2007

One thing that stands out about Nelsen is the arts programs there. With a renowned composer creating a NEW work based on our kids and even including some of their writings in it, it is clear that the leadership there is excellent. Academically, I appreciated the fact that there were still accellerated programs for prior Discovery students, though the core LA and SS instructor for 6th grade left something to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

I loved Nelsen. It was The Best School ever. It Had Great After School Activities & Lots Of Fun Students, Teachers & Parents. I moved Away From Nelsen This summer to a different School in the district. But I loved my 2 Years At Nelsen. All The teachers are great. They help sooo much. And Parents are really involved. All The Students there are Really nice. Ive made some awesome friends there. Bottom line: Nelsen Rocks. Send Your Kids There!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2006

Highly qualified dedicated teachers. Nelsen provides many classes in the arts and extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 31, 2006

Nelsen Middle School was a great learning experience for my son. He learned so much from NMS staff and it helped him through the tough times. NMS was one of the places that taught him that academics were the key to a brighter future. I enjoyed bringing my child to this school. My child was involved in music at Nelsen and the Drama Program which i enjoyed.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2005

Excellent staff with excellent opportunities for students.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted September 18, 2004

Such a positive experience for all three of our kids. Wonderful teachers and good environment too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2004

Four of my children have gone to this school (one is still there). I have had only problems with the teaching staff, unruley kids, and the security officer stinks! I will be real glad when all my children are out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2004

Nelsen is a great school! Everyone there is always positive and always set on learning more. There are many extracurricular activities for students to choose from. Nelsen is the best school I have ever heard of!
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

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

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

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 Students44%
Female49%
Male39%
Black33%
Asian63%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income34%
Not low income59%
Special education2%
Not special education51%
Limited English11%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female68%
Male63%
Black48%
Asian78%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income57%
Not low income78%
Special education33%
Not special education71%
Limited English28%
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 Students66%
Female77%
Male55%
Black39%
Asian78%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income59%
Not low income75%
Special education23%
Not special education75%
Limited English41%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female83%
Male58%
Black39%
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income62%
Not low income84%
Special education45%
Not special education76%
Limited English19%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female89%
Male54%
Black46%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income64%
Not low income83%
Special education35%
Not special education79%
Limited English43%
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 Students53%
Female56%
Male51%
Black33%
Asian76%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income41%
Not low income69%
Special education3%
Not special education60%
Limited English19%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male62%
Black50%
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income54%
Not low income80%
Special education22%
Not special education71%
Limited English17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female70%
Male73%
Black58%
Asian78%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income60%
Not low income84%
Special education38%
Not special education75%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
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

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
97%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

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

2013

 
 
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low income94%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

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

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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 39% 63%
Asian 23% 7%
Black 21% 5%
Hispanic 15% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 155%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 27%N/A8%
Special education 215%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 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 70%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Renton, WA 98055
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