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3003 NE 75 St
Seattle, WA 98115

(206) 252-5010
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March 27, 2015
My daughter who is now a freshman at nearby Nathan Hale attended this school for all three years in middle school. If your child is at all different (clothing style, appearance, socioeconomically, etc) or has learning or other types of disabilities, I highly recommend you send them somewhere else. There is bullying against students who are different here, both from the students and from the principal. And if your child needs extra help in school like mine did due to a medically diagnosed learning disability, don't expect anyone to care. I spent three years trying to get my daughter help to no avail. As far as teachers go, like most public schools, there are some great ones, and then there are those who are so awful, that they should have never been given the privilege of being a teacher. It was so bad that I was SO HAPPY when the district redrew the maps and my younger children will be assigned to Jane Addams now instead of Eckstein.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2015
This is actually the first review section I've ever seen student input. Their hate for the school is almost as troubling as their grammar. Its sad you kids are having a hard time and hate it school. Please consider my advice. The reality is school isn't going to a positive experience for most, for me it was horrible. But this time in your life is meant to prepare you to be on your own. If you can have a good experience thats great, but that's not what really matters. Middle School and High School are only few years, but it sets the course for the rest of your VERY long life. If you do well you'll go on to a fulfilling life, if you do bad you won't, it's that simple. Don't let a bad social scene or teachers in school be the reason you stop caring about your grades or start hanging out with the wrong kids and get in trouble and ruin the rest of your life. Take advantage of this time to work hard on your grades, get the job done, graduate high school and get into a good college. Don't let the petty nonsense of kids and teachers over the next few years break you down so bad you ruin the rest of your life over it, stay strong kids. and most of all CARE

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2015
EMS has been an Excellent school for our 6th grade son. Great teachers, and staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2014
Don't believe these negative reviews, Eckstein is a great school! There is a reason why Eckstein consistently has the highest standardized test scores in the area - because the academic expectations here are top notch. The school has really focused on more accurate grade reporting, so academic grades are based solely on assessments, and things like homework completion and student-behaviors are reported in effort and citizenship grades (which is different than what we had in school, but makes sense, right?). The music program is award winning and regularly recognized, and the electives go above and beyond for a middle school (computer programming for 7th and 8th graders!). But the teachers are the best part of this school. They post assignments/grades on the Source so that we can see them, and many have online blogs about what is going on in class. They care a great deal about kids! I would take the reviews written by students with a grain of salt. I have found that the teenage perception of school and the reality of it are often very different things...

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2014
its a nice school and nice teachers some are mean but some are nice teachers

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2014
I hate this school. I would cry atleast twice a week because of eckstein. you need to be in the "popular group" in order to fit in and not get bullied or gossiped about. plus 8th graders and 7th graders push you around and bully you. yes I am in the popular group but they do that to me. the 7th graders cuss at me and stuff it's annoying. Teachers are ok at the school but don't really help you. I use to have A's and B's to B's, C's and D's friends at this school can have a huge impact on you. They can change your grades by having a bad influence on you and get you into so much drama. I seriously I hate this school. Friends at this school can later on make you bad in high school making you maybe take drugs if your not smart. The principal barely doesn't care about anything. I could make a book about how bad eckstein is.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
The instrumental music program at Eckstein, led by Mr. Escobedo, is the best in the West, judging by the high awards the Sr. Jazz Band received in Reno, Monterre and other festivals. I'm also applauding this because my grandson, a pianist, has benefitted from this music program. He is inspired to excellence in every area of his studies by other excellent teachers and a culture of achievement.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2014
Coming from an eighth grader, i hate this school. The teachers here dont care about the students at all, the cafeteria food and staff are awefull, there is a fairly high amount of drug use by the student body, and EVERYTHING is standardized. In gym, we take tests and write notes, and in all of the other classes its just a barrage of tests, one after another. Most of the teachers at this school dont care about the students at all, and nothing is remotely interesting. I used to be a straight A student until this new curriculum started and everything became standardized . It is the worst taco place I have ever been to.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2014
I'm surprised by all of the bad reviews! We have a current 7th grader and have had a very positive experience at Eckstein. She is involved in 2 different bands, school sports, advanced math and writing classes, takes a foreign language and comes home happy each afternoon. The teachers seem responsive, encouraging, and capable. We had an unfortunate incident with one of the PE teachers, but you can complete a PE waiver and skip it altogether. The school is very full, but I expect that there will be a bit more room next year, when half the school attends the new Jane Adams Middle School. Bottom line: I would recommend this school to a friend.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
Female bullying is NOT taken seriously at this school. My daughter was tormented by a group of girls (who in previous years had gotten in trouble for this behavior) and when she finally had the courage to talk to principal Sherri Kokx she was told that it wasn't a school issue! The math program is a joke. Homework is only checked to see if it is complete and is never graded so students don't know if they are doing it correctly until quizzes/tests. Nothing besides tests are counted towards grades on report cards. I added 1 star as there are a handful of caring teachers which are really interested in the students and want them to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2013
Used to be a student I thought this school was terrible. The teachers were bad the students were awful. It was either a really good teacher or really bad teacher. The principle is really unreasonable and some of the students are awful. If you're not part of the popular group they treat you differently. I would never recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
this is the best school i have ever been to! the teachers are terrific! and there are great people there!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2013
I would recommend this school to no one. The only people who enjoy it are the "popular" kids who constantly berate and make fun of everyone else. The teachers are either great, mediocre, or terrible. All the other adults are patronizing and somewhat vindictive. The rules are strict and the authority has clearly gone to all of the Office's collective heads. The education is dull and non inclusive. The teachers rarely focus on the individual students. Full of cliques and moderate racism/homophobia. Would. Not. Recommend.

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2012
ECKSTEIN MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A ROCKIN SCHOOL. its fun, idk what y'all r sayin'. i mean like i got friends. im in the pop group, u know like popular. i mean when i walk in the halls i see great people swearing a cussing but its alright we used to it. no actually. it might not have a great reputation but as far as the learning goes and the teachers, they are great! ive made the best relationships here because its so diverse. small schools suck because you cant get to know people that arent exactly like you.

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2012
I am unimpressed by this school. I have a 7th grade daughter who doesn't complain, gets all A's but is totally uninspired. It is overcrowded, there are no after school activities except a couple of sports and there is nothing special about the place. Lots of cliques, no real effort made to encourage school spirit or to connect with people you don't know. Can't wait til she graduates. Would move her to private school if she wasn't so devoted to her friends. Sad state of affairs here.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
I hate this school its no fun all I get is bad grades and stress all the kids are mean and the teacher don't care I can't wait to get out of this school.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2012
After having 2 children at Eckstein over the last 5 years I would have to say that I can no longer recommend this school. It has gone so downhill since we first started there it is very sad. They have teachers teaching subjects that they know little about, many of the teachers my two had showed little enthusiasm for teaching or being in the classroom. Both kids left (or are leaving the school) with a much reduced interest in math and science from when they arrived, especially our 8th grade student this year, that my husband and I worry about their approach to these subjects in high school. Our daughter used to love math and enjoy science but no longer. They also switched their philosphy this year to only tests count towards their grades, no projects, speeches, presentations, daily work - nothing but tests. A very stressful place to be this year for the kids. The lunchroom is run like a prison with lots of yelling by lunchroom supervision, entire grades being kept inside on beautiful days due to poor behavious choices of a few. We'll be happy to be done!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
I would have to agree that the size of this school is a huge issue. Its like a mini university! The neighborhood covers an area of, well, mostly affluent 1-2 kid families. My son attends 6th grade and I can see the change in his character, but then again it is a hard age so its difficult for me to blame his attitude entirely on the "up-yourself" majority that attend. The administration staff really are not very helpful and a bit rude sometimes. But the academics are worth it considering there are more bad performing schools in America then good. One thing is for sure, the kids here grow up a little too fast, but then thats mostly because of the demographics of this neighborhood....... typical up yourself Seattle. But my son averages A and B's so I am mostly happy.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Eckstein is huge, let's be honest; at least 1300 students. Recently the students were given instructions about walking on the right side of the hallway so they would not collide with each other. It is also a well-greased machine. Contact is great, as a parent I always know what is going on between The Source and the mail I get from school. Teachers are enthusiastic, many are Eckstein alums. If you need feedback, they are happy to give it to you. Now, if I didn't have internet access at home, I would know nothing, so keep that in mind. Being in band is important, yes, and participating in any school activity like music or athletics does give you entry into a level of information that you would not get if you just did the regular curriculum. Because it is such a huge school, there are not a lof of field trips or outside activities for the general population. We have loved it for our first son, but am just fine with second son going to Hamilton (boundary changes) as he will get more out of going to a smaller school (although not that much smaller for long, they are looking to increase their numbers and see it as positive change).

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
I have been going to Eckstein for the past two years and it was really tough in sixth grade (it got better this year because I made some friends). Lots of people are in their little cliques and just act so exclusive. It is really exhausting to put up with. The teachers tend to be either really great or really horrible. I'm really not academically challenged there, even in Spectrum, which doesn't even make a difference, especially in humanities classes. Now I just think the whole thing is a joke. I'll have another year of this before I get to leave. Oh, joy. but then again, I was always the cynical, pessimistic kid on the block, so other folks might be just fine with Eckstein MS.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2009
I went to Eckstein from 6th-8th grade, and I really hated it. I did have some amazing teachers that taught me a lot, but I also had quite a few that were less than mediocre. The kids that attend Eckstein tend to be very cliquey and materialistic, as well as very judgmental to kids that are actually unique. I was ridiculed and ostracized at Eckstein, not only by my classmates, but by a few teachers as well. I would only recommend this school to parents who want to change their kids, and turn them into stuck-up children that only care about what people have, instead of who people are. Based on the actual classes, Eckstein is not a bad school, but I believe that there is more to a school than its courses and the way the teachers and administrators see the school. It s the experiences that make the biggest impact.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2008
I went to Eckstein for the entirety of my middle school career and really didn't like it. The standards are moderately high, and some teachers are great. However, the vast majority of the staff are mediocre at best and really don't pay any attention to most of the children. The environment at this school crushed my childhood innocence and optimism and made me into the sardonic, cynical, person I am now. Do not send your child here unless you live in a gated community and are of slightly above average intelligence.

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2008
Eckstein is an ok school if you play music. If you don't, you better start. a few of the teachers here are awful, while some are amazing!! Different teams have incredibly different workloads, some with none, and others with mountains...

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2008
eckstien middle school is a great school! it has nice teachers, a new principal, and everything about it is great

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
Its an excellent school but the teachers need to make sure they encourage 'every' student more and have a good way of teaching and to making sure everyone 'understands' how to do each math problem.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 07, 2007
I have been attending Eckstein for the past two years, and now, I am going into 8th grade. Overall, Eckstein is a wonderful school. I have learned so much from this school from books and papers to socializing and meeting new people. Eckstein is a great school, but sometimes I feel too disciplined with tons of rules. They don' let us have much freedom, and they pound us with so much homework and projects. Even though there is lots of homework and rules, I still am sort of happy when I wake up in the moring to attend school to see my friends, and to learn something new from my fabulous teachers. There is also plenty of after school activities, sports for boys and girls, and also lots of other school subjects that you can chose to take.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2007
I go to Eckstein, and overall it's an excellent school, but there are always some flaws. We'll be getting a new principal, but over the last two years I've been at Eckstein, I always felt there were too many rules, too many restrictions. It's almost like the administrators are afraid to give us the students and the staff some freedom. Most of the teachers are great, but some just don't deserve the job. Lastly, there's also a lot of unfairness going around, esp. in the elective classes - for ex, the band has tons of priviliges, both in and out of school, than the orchestra.

- submitted by a student
February 21, 2007
Great school that tries to meet the needs of every student. Only a handful of parents are actively involved in this huge school. Teachers and principal work long after the day has ended. My duaghter got the best that public education has to offer here.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
Many of the teachers are fantastic. There are inconsistencies, though and it is possible to get a few ineffective teachers for key subjects. Administration is poorly prepared to deal with kids/families on a individual basis and frequently miss the mark, especially for SpEd and 504.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
Top-notch staff working with not-quite-adequate resources to serve way too many kids. The current principal is more relaxed than the former, but there is still a great emphasis on rules, rules, rules. Probably necessary for a school of this size, but burdensome for the naturally law-abiding kid who would benefit from some intellectual excitement.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
I think this school has good academic for my child. The teachers are supportive of each student and has good disapline. There are many different extracurricular programs such as Media Literacy, a wonderful band and orchestra. They also have programs for disabled students. In one of the 8th grade Language Arts class, students get to write a detective story that gets published in a anthology. 6th grade students also gets to do a science fair project. And 7th grade students are doing a cultural project called 'REACH' that makes them study more on their cultural background. Also academics levels are high for students as in many students are in honor classes.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
My son attended Eckstein from 2002 - 2005. It's a very large school, but he seemed happy. He studied Japanese for 2 years and took a two week trip to Japan with other students from his Japanese class. The Japanese teacher is well known among other japanese language teachers. In addition, he played the French Horn at the urging of a musician who volunteered at the school. Excellent. On balance, my son was exposed to experiences not normally part of the public school experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
This school is okay. There are some teachers that shouldn't be teaching, and yet there are also some very fantastic teachers. They spend alot of time focused on bullying. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders get to go on skating parties, and end of year parties. In between are several activity days, where you can make stickers, bake cookies, etc. It had a good reputation, but as a student, I don't see it.

- submitted by a student
January 26, 2005
I go to this school and this school is tight. The teachers are very friendly and the children help to make you fit in. Go to this school!

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2004
My daughter only last one semester at Eckstein. She was unchallenged by the curriculum. The teachers make no effort to challenge gifted students. Thank goodness my daughter tested into APP and is at Washington Middle School now. Her experience at Washington has been wonderful. The students at Eckstein are not very inclusive and it is difficult to make friends. The environment does not encourage hard work in school as the app program does at Washington.

- submitted by a parent

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Eckstein Middle School
3003 NE 75 St, Seattle, WA  98115
(206) 252-5010
Last modified Eckstein Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Eckstein Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top