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Mcknight Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1200 students

 

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Posted November 6, 2013

the school is great except for some teachers. some are strict. I even almost got a detention for putting my backpack in the hallway by my class.i thought you can bring your backpack anywhere. I don't get how that was even close to getting a detention.


Posted February 23, 2013

I high recommend against sending your child to McKnight. I went there for two, almost three years and I can confidently say they have no idea how to handle bullying. I had to change schools because I was being tormented daily. The curriculum is very far behind, teachers don't seem to fully grasp what they're teaching, and most kids there don't care for education (look at the test scores!). A lot of kids do come from lower income families... and it shows. They're very "gang oriented" and are overall terrible kids to be around.


Posted January 9, 2013

I do not believe this school is all that great. The teachers don't feel like they really are knowledgeable of the subjects they teach and just instruct basic content obtainable from other sources. The community is what really bugs me. Most of the students aren't focused on learning and aren't very gentle. I do not like this school at all.


Posted May 18, 2012

This school was traumatic for me. I am an alumni who went to this school and I speak from experience. The teachers hand out detentions constantly, and control over bullying is nonexistent. It was made very clear during my experience here that the administration had very little knowledge that what they were doing made things worse.


Posted May 16, 2012

Do NOT send your child to McKnight Middle School. Very ghetto kids run around the school, and from experience the curriculum is about 2 years behind normal. Bullying is not taken seriously, and 1/2 the teachers dont interact well with students, or help them.


Posted May 16, 2011

I do like this school for my middle schooler, but I find that disciple for these students are sometimes taken to far and these kids get punished to the extremes. On the other hand the staff are very very caring people and try their best to make every effort that no student is left behind! My student struggled for a bit but with the help of teachers and other staff , he is now caught up and doing his best for the remainder of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2011

McKnight is a great school! Everyone has a friend! The teachers are awesome! My forst week of 6th grade was a tough week for me, but my teachers and friends helped me get through it! The teachers challene us and push us to do our best! Although I don't like getting up early, I love coming to school!


Posted July 5, 2010

My kid is a 4.0 GPA ,and is supported by the staff and teachers alike. She plays the violin for the past three years and has developed good friends that share a goal. Excellent teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

McKnight is a very experience school over the years and are completely in control. they always know what their doing and make the students feel welcome and cooperative in school. McKnight defentely earned the 6 rated, even higher. I would highly suggest, as a student if you want you're children to see the light of seeking life changing oppurtunies,... send them to McKnight Middle School
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2009

I think the teachers are very experienced. And very imaginative. The school is very friendly and care. They would make sacrifices for any students. The school is a great place to get somewhere in your life and full of opportunities. But it would be great if people donated money to the school like box tops and stuff as you noticed that teachers are being let go because of budget problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2009

As a student i think this school has a lot of giving to students.I love the teachers because they all understand and try too help you as best as they can.I really recomend this school to every parent. THIS SCHOOL IS THE BEST!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2009

Teachers: All are kind and willing to help if you are in physical or emotional distress, but most do not show this in their normal classroom front. I was lucky enough to have a teacher one year who expressed he was supportive of his students completely in nearly every way possible for a teacher. Learning: The apptitude of students vary greatly in this school, therefore, learning can often be too slow or too fast. Fortunately, there are honors programs for Language Arts and Social Studies and AP programs for math to earn high school credit. I am currently participating in both and find them very encouraging. Discipline: Rules are changed constantly, to the point where many of my peers and I are thoroughly confused by what appropriate lunchroom behavior. They have just recently changed the rules but have not informed us of any changes. Many teachers personal rule and standards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2008

Well right now i am going to go into 8th grade. I have been at Mcknight middle school since i was in 6th grade. This last year was the best mostly for the teachers they were great. I think i will be really sad at the end of next year because i will be leaving McKnight. Every one there is great they help you when u need help. Any one will feel welcome at McKnight.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2007

I loved this school! i got so comfertable there. i felt like i had be there for years. although i am a ninth grader now so i will be going into high school. i was a student last year! now it is challenging at first i must admitt. but it gets better. they tend to change the rules up during the school year which gets confusing! and most students want out by second quarter, you will surly miss it when you leave
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2006

My son struggled this year because of the math class he was put in. (9th grade math when he was a 7th grader). I spoke with the teacher and the counselor and both insisted this was the best class for him. My straight A student ended the year with a D. Bottom line. In a school this size go with your gut instinct. This teacher was too arrogant to listen and the counselor was too mousy to intervene. It's a big school and they go by test scores. I can see how a child could get lost in the shuffle here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

Mcknight is a great school. The teachers there at times can be a bit overbearing but many of them are truly encouraging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

This school is a great school awesome teachers very nice and most every one would so anything to help i kid learn. This school is very clean and new.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2004

I'm working hard to get my child out of this school. He is daily ridiculed by teachers in front of other students. Teachers here only seem able to deal with the average student. They repeatedly fail to follow IEPs and my child is left behind constantly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2004

I think that McKnight is a great school for my child to go to. It is a top school in the renton school disrect.
—Submitted by a student


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.

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

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

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
57%
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 Students60%
Female61%
Male60%
Black31%
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income40%
Not low income76%
Special education5%
Not special education66%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
Black79%
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income71%
Not low income91%
Special education33%
Not special education88%
Limited English36%
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 Students59%
Female61%
Male56%
Black17%
Asian74%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income39%
Not low income74%
Special education0%
Not special education68%
Limited English9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female77%
Male64%
Black42%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income52%
Not low income85%
Special education29%
Not special education77%
Limited English19%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female85%
Male67%
Black53%
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income61%
Not low income87%
Special education25%
Not special education83%
Limited English23%
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 Students61%
Female61%
Male62%
Black45%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income43%
Not low income74%
Special education10%
Not special education66%
Limited English24%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female72%
Male67%
Black65%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income57%
Not low income79%
Special education19%
Not special education74%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female75%
Male80%
Black62%
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income65%
Not low income87%
Special education45%
Not special education80%
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

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

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.

36 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 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 Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income92%
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 7%
Hispanic 21% 20%
Black 10% 5%
Two or more races 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 18%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 243%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 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 60%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mary Merritt

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
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1200 Edmonds Ave NE
Renton, WA 98056
Phone: (425) 204-3608

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