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McMicken Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 397 students

 

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Posted March 8, 2014

This has to be the worst principle I have ever seen she is a bully to her staff and has multiple personalities she is a horrible fit for these children you can see her staff walk around on eggshells.They have had most of their major staff quit in the last year and a half.16 staff have quit or transferred under her realm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

A lot of the poor reviews are before the school went through it's complete change. Mrs. Jones, the principle, is the best leadership we have ever seen. She has so much of a diverse situation yet she handles everyone as much as possible with compassion. She listens as do so many of the teacher. You have to see it to understand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

McMicken Heights located in a very diverse area, many cultures and languages are represented. Our Principal is passionate about community engagement and students achievements. She is often seen encouraging students and greeting families a school dismissal time. Clubs were available to students this year due to her persistence and dedication to our school. Our Teachers truly care about each student and go above and beyond their job description. I've found that it is important to communicate with my students teachers (email or in person) to receive a higher level of understanding of what is happening in my children's classes. Our elective teachers are great too. Music is a favorite, PE and Library a very close second. Our staff is amazing; from the office to the playground to the cafeteria and even the janitor... they all show compassion and genuine affection for each student at McMicken. Our Parent involvement is fairly low, the PTA is trying to build and grow so more "extras" can be brought to the school. The diverse culture and the many different languages is a huge obstacle and limits the amount of parents that are comfortable volunteering and being part of a parent group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

We are moving to this school next year. We currently live in aberdeen and will be living there next week. I will be diving back till the end of june for the kids to finish this year. We have 4 kids 2 of them will be in this school they will be 1st and 3rd grade. Who do you like for teachers?


Posted May 6, 2011

My daughter is in her first year at McMicken and it has been mixed so far. The teachers and principal are fantastic, they have a new beautiful building, and the other families seem very nice. However, there is so little family participation that it makes it hard to do much. The PTA consists of about 8 people despite quite a lot of effort to recruit new members. The school's test scores are dismal and I think it largely has to do with extremely low parent involvement. I am one of only two parents that volunteer in my daughter's classroom, and the recent readathon got about 40 out of 400 kids to participate even though it asked for very minimal reading and sponsorship of only $4 per person. I think this school has potential but ther seems to be a problem with the school culture.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2010

I am a single mother and my son attended a few years back and I can honestly say that the teachers where not help ful to children with learning disabilities and I was forced into diagnosing my son with ADHD which I do not believe he has. I hated the school and staff and give my blessing to any child that has to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

This is our neighborhood school. I went there, my kids went there, and now my granddaughter is going to McMicken. They are in a difficult position, attempting to educate an extremely diverse population of sudents these days - they can use all the help that we can give them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

though this school may seem bad dont misjudge it they have highly experienced teachers that wont give up on you great preparation school great school for students that care about their education if you want to raise you academic level if your in 6th grade it is a must just look at Mrs.Smith, Mr.Goo, and Mrs.Hodge Best Teachers EVER!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2007

Mmicken is absolutely the most pathetic school in the district.if you would like your child to have a decent education don't consider attending this school.
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Posted January 6, 2004

Thankxs to McMicken my child was ready and prepared for anything in chinook,and learned a lot.The teachers there are well educated to teach our kids and we'll talk to you even though you don't understand english they'll explain it very good.


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 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%
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 63% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
52%
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 63% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
6%
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 59% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
48%
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 Students43%
Female43%
Male43%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income39%
Not low incomen/a
Special education8%
Not special education51%
Limited English26%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female45%
Male46%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income46%
Not low incomen/a
Special education8%
Not special education55%
Limited English17%
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 Students42%
Female58%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander27%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income38%
Not low income60%
Special education6%
Not special education54%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female42%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asian70%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income34%
Not low income60%
Special education0%
Not special education52%
Limited English25%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students30%
Female46%
Male21%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic28%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income25%
Not low income47%
Special education0%
Not special education40%
Limited English5%
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 Students47%
Female37%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income43%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English25%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female56%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander39%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income50%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female48%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian40%
Asian/Pacific Islander31%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income43%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English8%
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 Students54%
Female60%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income46%
Not low incomen/a
Special education0%
Not special education68%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income58%
Not low incomen/a
Special education17%
Not special education75%
Limited English58%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 32% 63%
Hispanic 27% 18%
Black 16% 5%
Asian 12% 7%
Two or more races 7% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 168%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 241%N/A8%
Special education 210%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 16N/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 44%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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3708 South 168th St
SeaTac, WA 98188
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