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Northwood Middle School

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Posted August 11, 2014

Excellent teachers and staff! They care about every child! Coaches and athletic program are outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2014

NW has excellent leadership, not only at the Principal level, but the teachers, staff and students. The communication is great and as a parent, I am confident in what my student learned from her experience at NW and look forward to when my youngest attends the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2014

As a parent, I have been very happy with Northwood Middle School, our son was happy here and it felt like a safe place for learning. Our daughter will be there in the not far off future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2014

My son went to different elementary school so when he came here, he didn't have any friend. He had no trouble making friends and feeling right at home. Teachers are great, too. His 7th grade math teacher in particular, is always eager to help when asked. Looking forward to 8th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

Nothwood Middle School and the staff has simply amazed me as I have watched my son through 7th and 8th grade as he has struggled through rumors, friends and grades while these rumors and friendships changed day to day. Everything child faces strategies and very hard times in the transition from elementary school to high school. This is where they learn to become so they are. Nothwood has taught or son to put his knowledge from his brain onto paper. With all the drama from kids who are simply just growing up and learning, to the parents getting involved and causing drama, our son overcame all of that and started listening to the teachers and ended up with some very incredible grades! My husband and I give a huge applause to Northwood Middle School and the staff for constantly being involved in his education and always encouraging him that he was smart and can do it. The teachers, even if they were at home, always were there to answer his emails as soon as they were sent out. What a TEAM! Without the support from Mrs. Nelson, staff and resources at Northwood, we wonder who our son would be today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

Northwood is the best school for my kids. They loved to go everyday. Great leadership, great teachers, great staff. I can see how much my kids enjoying it every single day. They keep saying that two years there were too short...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

Words cannot express how amazing this school is. My daughter moved around for much of her younger years thanks to the military and we finally settled here. I was so impressed with the staff. They truly care about their kids. Luckily for me my daughter picked a great crowd to hang out with and all of her friends were so positive and supportive! I did hear tales of a few bad eggs in the student body (drinking, drugs, sex) but any follow up questions I had for my daughter were always answered with the teachers are working with the student, the student is/was suspended/expelled, they gave a talk today about ______________ because of ___________________. Mind you these stories were few and far between but the staff was always a step ahead. My daughter loved going to school every day and really shined!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

This school is open and accepting of many different types of individuals and learning styles. This faculty assists students to be successful learners in a positive environment. The course work assigned is level appropriate and still challenges students to think and grow to meet expectations. We look forward to sending our younger student to middle school at Northwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

I wouldn't have picked a better school for my children. All of the staff show concern towards the students and take an interest in their progress. From calling to emailing when the my children have done an exceptional job. Kids need to know someone is on their corner and Mrs Nelson and Mr Smith emphasize this daily. I was trying to rate the principle leadership and parent involvement as 5 stars but it would only let me click 4.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

I am consistently impressed with level of communication and teacher involvement Northwood offers. Both of our kids have had positive middle school experiences, and have been very well prepared for their high school careers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

Wonderful experience here. My son went to a different elementary school than most of the other students, but he has transitioned well. He has friends and enjoys his classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

Had a positive experience with Mrs. Nelson. Great after-school clubs but would appreciate more no-cut sport opportunities as the sports teams are competitive already. Would like more guidance for 7th graders regarding study and organizational skills and stricter discipline in regards to cell phone and computer use during class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

Great school and staff! The teachers got the kids very well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

Really good sports teams. Teachers used to teach at high school so they know how to prepare students fro high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

This school is the best nice student good teachers your own laptop to use home/school pe amazing


Posted August 21, 2013

I was a 8th grade student, and let me say this school totally ruined my confidence. First off, NONE of the teachers really are truely helpful. If you ask for help and you don't understand, they totally get annoyed with you and send you away. mrs. Munch is the WORST. She would embarass me and other students about everything. i have really messed up hair and i get made fun of for it, so i brush it right after lunch as i was walking in class BEFORE IT STARTED. She always would say "its not a beauty parlor. Put your brush away."infront of everyone. People would bully me, teachers heard and did NOTHING. I was a new student and i was made fun of, rumors were spread about me calling people this and that, even this girl went up to me, called me ugly, and told me if i ever talked about her she would beat the s*** out of me. I never did anything to her. I had gone to mrs. nelson for many things, SHE DID NOTHING. Its really hard feeling so unsafe here. I had a self harm problem, students were making fun of me for it. Like half of the school smokes and drink while the other half are a bunch of rich snobs. You cannot have ANY FORM of originallity here, you are judged.


Posted July 7, 2013

I have one daughter who is an 8th grader at NW, and a son who went there, but is now a sophomore at Kentridge. It's a great school, that starts with great leadership. Ms. Nelson will go out of her way to accommodate anyone, but is also firm and fair with staff, parents and students. Every school needs a LEADER like her. I am not aware of any bad teachers, and I know many who are truly outstanding. I would like to see more rigor in the honors program and see it expanded to include science to better prepare the kids for high school. Both my studious and non studious kids found 7th grade too easy. My son found more challenge in 8th grade, but never had to work hard enough to prepare him for what he encountered in high school. For my daughter's 8th grade year, I'll try to work more with the teachers to see if they can provide extra challenges if she also finds it too easy. I've always had a great response whenever I've communicated any concerns to the teachers at NW. Most teachers maintain up to date web sites so kids and parents can check what is going on and what is due. That's very helpful. School communication to home is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

Both of my kids, Michael and Marie Gonzales, have had great experiences at Northwood. Great foundation for their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

This school offers a lot of opportunity for academic growth. There are still some soft points as in the woodshop class but the opportunity for excellence is apparent in most classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

Northwood Middle School is a good school. It is diverse and accommodating, which results in exposure to different people, cultures and situations that sometimes need to be managed a bit better. The principal is very involved and accessible, and teachers are tough but usually fair. I've always felt comfortable if I need to address something.
—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 64% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students76%
Female81%
Male72%
Black41%
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income46%
Not low income86%
Special education21%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male71%
Black59%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income53%
Not low income87%
Special education33%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students77%
Female88%
Male66%
Black53%
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income55%
Not low income85%
Special education26%
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

Math

All Students65%
Female67%
Male62%
Black19%
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income29%
Not low income78%
Special education6%
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female87%
Male72%
Black33%
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income56%
Not low income88%
Special education16%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female82%
Male76%
Black33%
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income52%
Not low income89%
Special education22%
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.

80 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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
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 Students88%
Female93%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Low income75%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
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
Multiracial100%
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 51% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 7%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Two or more races 11% 6%
Black 7% 5%
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 14%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 8N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 51%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Colleen Nelson

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • 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
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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17007 SE 184 St
Renton, WA 98058
Phone: (253) 373-7780

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