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Washington Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 383 students

 

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Posted April 9, 2014

This historic middle school was where Seattle son Jimi Hendrix attended before he graduated to Garfield High. Although not much to look at on the outside, inside this school is a hive of some of the finest teachers and motivated students in the City. Regular, Spectrum and Advanced Programs are available to qualified pupils.Language Arts & Reading, Math & Science, Social Studies, Art & Technology, Special Education & ELD are perfectly balanced (inclusive in the curriculum) with a truly excellent Music Program. Students can acquire credits for School Bands and Orchestras and Choirs. Teachers cover beginners to the more advanced. Physical Education is also considered key for student participation. On offer is Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee, Girls & Boys Soccer, Boys & Girls Basketball, Co-ed Track, Girls Volleyball, Fencing and Yoga. Most importantly is the Social Justice of good "Student Citizenship" is encouraged (and enforced as needed). Middle School years are challenging. Washington's students are the beautiful, highly diverse faces of the real-world future. I feel most fortunate my child attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2012

Washington has an odd dynamic, because it is trifurcated by its general education, spectrum, and APP programs, so it is better evaluated as three different schools sharing the same facilities and non-academic programs. When I was there just a few years ago, sports were very strong. As the poster below has alluded to, the once-outstanding music program has been crippled in the past few years. Half of the school's APP students have been moved to Hamilton, and Robert Knatt, nationally known music director, retired the year after I left. Academically, I can only speak from experience about APP: math is excellent, history is very good, language arts are fine, most of the science program is pathetic, and languages vary in quality. On the whole, Washington is certainly a letdown from Lowell, but the APP community, both of parents and students, remains wonderful - the primary reason I am giving this school a 4/5. This is really a solid school. It's just disappointing that Washington doesn't do more with what it has.


Posted January 6, 2012

I have attended WMS as an APP student for three years. There are many highlights to the school, as well as many disappointments. As for teachers, I found that they are either excellent and passionate for their work or simply terrible. During the sixth and seventh grade, I had a teacher that was ill-tempered, dishonorable, and favored some over others. My other teachers however encouraged hard work, achievement, and were likable. The music program has declined since I arrived in the sixth grade, but, by normal standards, it would still be considered good. There are many after school opportunities and out-of-school music performances/trips Academically, the science programs are poor. The labs are redundant, and there is little room to make discoveries on ones' own or be creative. The teachers have little scientific knowledge beyond the curriculum. It is likely this way with most public middle schools though. WMS has APP and Spectrum learning programs, both of which are fairly challenging and have high expectations. Ultimately, it is at the student's discretion how much work to put into academics; the school provides an excellent foundation to do so.


Posted February 2, 2011

I love this school!!! I have only been here for half a year and I absolutely love it! The APP program was a tad easy but it is still challenging at times. I don't know why people don't like the science program since it is awesome! My teachers are all really nice and try hard to improve the student's academic performance. 5/5


Posted March 8, 2010

My daughter's education in the APP program was uneven to be sure. While some teachers were extremely dedicated, the science program was appalling. The adminstrators, perhaps overworked, need to rethink their approach to interacting with the people they are there to serve. Like any bureaucracy, people get too comfortable in their jobs and forget that they are not doing parents 'favors' when it is their paid work. I know of no other place where people would keep their jobs by acting the way some of the administrators do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

I rate this because I go to this school this year and I think it will be awesome and I have met the students and teachers and they are all friendly. I has a wonderful music program and Great school clubs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2008

Great school. Incredible music department, excellent math, good language arts, tough social studies (but that's ok!), and absolutely awful science.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2008

Excellent music program. A school with high expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

WMS is an inner city school that rises to the challenge: meeting the diverse needs, abilities and interests of it's students. Despite overcrowding and a somewhat run down physical facility, the teachers, counselors and administrators work hard to make sure that kids dont fall through the cracks. I ha am extremely impressed with the counselors and the teachers my daughter has had the past two years. They are always ready to give assistance and encouragment while setting the bar high for achievement. The music program is also exceptional - both the orchestra and jazz band are award winners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

The science department is awful and the non-music electives (especially PE) are laughable. The atmosphere seems tense at times as cranky administrators attempt to enforce some somewhat arbitrary rules. Otherwise, there are many good things at WMS.


Posted March 2, 2008

I'm a 7th Grader at WMS. I started this year and from the first day I felt like I belonged. There's a variety of teacher capabilities. Some are great all around, some are good at teaching but not necessarily liked, or are just horrid all around. Definately get a good music background before trying out for the music program, especially theory, improv, and sight-reading. Take it from someone who learned it the hard way! The anti-bullying program doesn't work(does it ever?), but if you know how to report bullying, you'll be fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2008

This is a great choice for academically challenging environment. There are some inconsistencies in various teachers' abilities. WMS has a great music program (make sure your child gets in in the 6-th grade or even starts taking music in elementary school). Overall, good balance of academics and extracurricular activities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

Washington Middle School is very diverse and offers fabulous after school activities, clubs, and classes that kids with all intrests can enjoy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2007

The school is really diverse and it has great teachers and an excellent APP program. The music program is outstanding and represents the school well in national competitions with other middle and high schools. An excellent school for a student with high achieving standards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2007

I feel washington middle school teachers are one of the best of its kind. I feel there is a lot of stuff to do there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2006

I go to this school as an 8th grader and WMS is a really great school, even if the 'environment' isn't all that great. The academics are really good and the music program is just fantastic.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2006

the Music program at Washington is great. even if you're not very good, if you work hard, you will be rewarded.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2006

I have 6th and 8th graders who go to this school. There are regular, spectrum, and APP program with diversity. The classes are separated by the program. All are mixed together at the gym and music classes. Great music program! High quality Jazz Band with awesome teacher, Mr. Knatt! The difference from the other schools is students can't make up the assignment here. So if your kids have difficulty about organizing the things, it's kind of hard. Some boys have bad experiences getting very low grades. Girls are pretty good at this! The school buses are provided after after-school program. It's nice. As a public school, it's pretty good over all. The teachers' quailty are always depend. Principal is new this year(2005~6th).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

This is a great school. This school has many activities and after school tutoring for those who need it. The school offers a site for parents to view their childs progress in each class. It shows what their grades are and any missing assignments they need to do. They have a great pta who work on a lot of fundraising to help the school with whatever they might need to support the kids. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2005

This is a diverse school in so many ways, from race to personal ability to programs offered. There is a wonderful art program here, and the music program is simply the best in public middle schools in the city. Look into getting your child into Spectrum or APP; APP is truly the best curriculum for the city, and looks great on college applications. This is the ONLY middle school that offers APP. The building itself wants improvement, and not all the teachers are as cooperative as would be nice, but they all are very experienced. The 'block' teachers- Language Arts and Social Studies for the first two years- are wonderful in making their connections with students and making them feel at ease. Also, send your child to Washington, and know that they will get the opportunity to make friends with a wide variety of kids... and they will succeed in life!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

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.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
60%
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%
Female55%
Male64%
Black18%
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income30%
Not low income88%
Special education18%
Not special education66%
Limited English10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female80%
Male77%
Black57%
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Low income61%
Not low income97%
Special education53%
Not special education83%
Limited English39%
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 Students68%
Female69%
Male67%
Black34%
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income46%
Not low income92%
Special education24%
Not special education75%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male71%
Black43%
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income58%
Not low income94%
Special education39%
Not special education81%
Limited English35%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female84%
Male71%
Black58%
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income63%
Not low income94%
Special education41%
Not special education84%
Limited English30%
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 Students66%
Female67%
Male66%
Black37%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income48%
Not low income86%
Special education23%
Not special education72%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
Black52%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income61%
Not low income88%
Special education40%
Not special education79%
Limited English34%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female71%
Male79%
Black52%
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income60%
Not low income91%
Special education48%
Not special education79%
Limited English30%
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.

58 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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%
Biology I

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

60 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 Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income100%
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low income100%
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

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
Black 30% 5%
White 29% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 7%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Two or more races 6% 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 19%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 250%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 9N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 65%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jon Halfaker

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
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Music
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  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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2101 South Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
Phone: (206) 252-2600

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