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Hamilton International Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 348 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2014

I am an 8th grader here at HIMS and I hate it. I only like two of my five teachers. The school is nice looking and is full of cool people but there is many reasons I am so happy I get to leave this trap. The main reason is that the APP program gets more field trips, and gets treated with more respect than other learning levels. It is great for them, but for other kids don't get the same pampering. There is many examples but I have to head off to school. -Hamilton Sucks


Posted February 25, 2014

I am a 6th grade APP student at Hamilton and I don't like it here at all. I only like one of my five teachers. I cannot work well their at all. Both of the 6th grade science teachers this year are bad. I am hoping to transfer schools next year because I dislike it so much. Its a nice looking and well funded school for sure but its not as good education wise for me.


Posted August 3, 2013

My daughter will attend this school next year. I am interested in knowing more. This site won't let me read reviews until I write something here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

This school is amazing. The APP program is good if you have the right teacher, but the program itself isn't that hard. There isn't much homework and most of the students are only sleep deprived because of texting or playing video games. The student body is great, and they teach you useful skills. I had a great teacher, Mr. Moriarty, who encouraged everyone to work hard. His class was great and I've emerged a changed person. He also taught many skills about essay writing, such as a good essay takes 50 minutes to write, 10 for each paragraph. Mr. Pounder is also an amazing teacher. It's pretty easy overall, the math is really basic and I didn't have to study for anything.


Posted May 2, 2013

I am a 7th grader in APP at Hamilton. There is a lot to like about it. The teachers are great, the music program is excellent (we beat eckstein in multiple competitions), and the students are very friendly. However, APP is a very difficult program. Students are given very large amounts of homework. Most of the APP students are quite sleep deprived and stressed. To succeed in APP requires serious dedication to homework. On an average day I get at least 3 hours of difficult homework. But the amount of learning that happens is amazing...I have already done algebra 1 and can write a five paragraph essay in 30 minutes. I am also quite knowledgable in history and I am in an advanced band. The skills we learn in APP are essential in real life. Outside of APP, there is much less homework.


Posted November 5, 2012

Love the school everybody is very devoted at their work kids respect culture and there is no bullying at this school my child loves this school and so do I
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2012

So far our experience at Hamilton has been very good. Good communication from teachers, very involved principal, challenging curriculum. In some classes teachers use very innovative teaching methods such as an hands on physical representation of major battles of the Trojan war. Other classes are more standard but very solid. The facilities are exceptional. I would have given an excellent score however I feel that the school is in transition with a new principal and the kinks are still being worked out.Though it is just a matter of time for that to come together. The new principal is fantastic. Overall this is a great inner city school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2011

We were disappointed with Hamilton. While 3 or 4 of my son's teachers were excellent, 3 or 4 were incompetent, bullies, or both. The principal is more interested in showing that he is in charge than in any educational goals. The science courses were totally inadequate, and the math courses offerings were too limited, in spite of this school being one of the two Advanced Placement sites in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

My son is entering his second year at HIMS and I am very pleased with his experiences to date. The teaching quality is excellent (despite a dud of a teacher last year) and the administration is communicative and responsive. We're really quite happy with the program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

I've experienced great responsiveness from the principal and the counselor. My experiences with the teachers are highly variable: some are very e-mail oriented and good communicators; others seem more remote. The reality is though, even if everything at Hamilton were perfect, my daughter is having a difficult year transitioning from the safety and ease of having only one teacher in elementary school, whom she typically could have figured out how to wrap around her little finger. . .to five different teachers, each with their own quirks. There's a lot more expectations and a lot less patience for failure. Let's throw in a bit of puberty-induced attitude and a complete resistance to time management (avoidance of using the planner) and it's been a difficult year. Let's just say the our family and Hamilton continue to be working out the kinds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

As a parent of a student attending H.I.M.S. I echo the comments made by the parent who posted a review on Jan 11, 2010. There seems to be a real communication problem between parent-teacher and parent-administration. With the exception of one teacher at the school - our emails and phone calls have been ignored. Most recently we attempted to reach the student counselor by phone and left a message. Two weeks passed with no return call - when the counselor was finally reached by phone he apologized that he had been busy with something else. Had I not just happened to call when he was at his desk - would the call have ever been returned? The school office has routinely 'passed the buck' by requesting that we contact teachers directly via e-mail and > 90% of the time there is no response. HIMS communication? Epic fail!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

I'm a hard working teacher at Hamilton. I put in long hours, meet with parents, organize extra curriculuar activities, take leadership roles in the building, and strive to design rigorous and engaging activities for ALL of my students. I feel fortunate to work with many colleagues who do the same. I hope that families who view this website take the positive and negative ratings with a grain of salt. No school is perfect or without its challenges. Over the last decade of my career at Hamiilton, I have seen a lot of progressive changes in both administration, academics, and electives. With the addition of the APP program, the newly remodeled building, the music program, and renewed dedication to academic excellence for all and an integrated international program, I expect to see the rating for Hamilton on this website increase. I'm excited for the future of Hamilton and proud to work there.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 12, 2010

hiya im a 7th grader currently attending this school i would say that this is one of the best school in the district the teachers r soo nice and the students to i was gonna go 2 eckstein but not anymore and next year for us is gonna be a great year exsting and we have alot of fun and education at our school if we have problems we have teachers helping us :) hope hamilton comes up on the top
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2010

The most disappointing thing about Hamilton is the complete lack of approachability. By that I mean that despite statements on the school's website about how they welcome parental involvement, the truth--at least in my experience--is that requests to meet with teachers are ignored. Similarly emails to teachers or adminstration simply vanish into the ether. And if you try to meet with the assistant principal, odds are good that you will be ignored then, or otherwise brushed off, as well. Coming from a very responsive elementary school--where parental involvement was encouraged--its quite a disapointment. I can no longer dispute the negative information I was given by friends and colleagues about middle schools in Seattle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2010

Hamilton is the best school ever! I went to Hamilton Last Year as an eighth grader and love Hamilton now and forever!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2009

i am a 7th grader goin to hamilton right now and i personally think that this school is awsome i dont know about what ther parents are saying cause some of that is personal (such as about the princapal) and by the way we have a new prinipal also if u are readng this all of these posts are from over 2 years ago now they have a music program as good as eckstein (ok mabey not that good but pretty close!) i would definetly recomend this school because there are not many clicks and the teachers have alot of respect for the students and i just think this is a great school!!!!!! (by the way next year we will have a new really pretty school!)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2009

I currently attend this school and I'm really glad I switched here. I've made so many good friends and I've learned alot. Most my teachers are wonderful and its really differce here. Not alot of cliques.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2007

I was a new student on my eigth grade year and I would definetly encourage for you to go to Hamilton if you want a diverse and amazing school year experience. I also loved that at Hamilton there weren't a lot of cliques like other schools have, and it was very easy for me, as a new student, to make friends. Everyone is different so you don't have to worry about fitting in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2007

As a teacher at Hamilton, I believe that it is one of the better schools I've worked at. I feel bad that parents need to write such negative reviews about our school. Middle school is hard for kids, chemically their brains are changing and hormones rule their life. I feel that Hamilton, although it's not the prettiest building in the district, it has the best staff!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 26, 2007

I am a teacher at Hamilton and I think it is unfair to judge an entire school by the limited knowledge a parent might have about their student's teachers. There are some wonderful teachers at SHIMS that integrate computers into their curriculum, that use digital and video storytelling, international exchange activities, hands-on labs, and science journals, reading and writing workshop, and a terrific Writers in the Schools program. There is a constant flow of artists in residence and an after school music program that provides a lot of individual attention given the size of the group. There are no text books for middle school immersion programs and the language teachers have worked very hard to develop a program on their own and should be commended. I rarely use text books which are canned and usually not that good. Hamilton has been improving and will only get better. Support the new facility.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

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 64% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students87%
Female86%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income41%
Not low income91%
Special education48%
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income69%
Not low income97%
Special education74%
Not special education96%
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 Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income72%
Not low income97%
Special education73%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Low income78%
Not low income98%
Special education77%
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female96%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income79%
Not low income96%
Special education74%
Not special education96%
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 Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Black50%
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income53%
Not low income88%
Special education43%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Black80%
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic84%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income71%
Not low income92%
Special education38%
Not special education92%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female87%
Male92%
Black60%
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income67%
Not low income95%
Special education67%
Not special education91%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
91%
Biology I

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

99 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 Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low incomen/a
Not low income99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Low incomen/a
Not low income98%
Not special education98%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low income100%
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 64% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 7%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Black 4% 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 16%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 217%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 18N/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 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Christopher Carter

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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4400 Interlake Ave North
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