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Denny Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 861 students

 

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Posted February 27, 2014

Our daughter has attended this school since 6th grade, she is now in 8th grade. We have not always been thrilled with her attending this school, it was not our first choice to begin with. This has been our experience: In 6th grade she had a teacher who bullied her, the principal was no help. In 7th grade shecwas bullied by another 7th grade student while in class. Again I had to get involved and get the principal, dtaff and tesvhers to take this seriously. A no contact was signed by the bully. 8th grade the teachers are abit more receptive to parents asking questions, don't ask questions to the 6th or 7th grade teachers they do not like parent involvement. As a result she will not be attending the neighborhood high school. Be an advocate for your kids, no one else will. Oh, and the principal needs to listen to the parents and students more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

I am not amazed at Denny. Being a seventh grader in the school isn't easy. I understand that kids will be kids and that the administrators and teachers are doing there best to help but I cant really go a day without being called some completely inappropriate thing! On one occasion I was actually followed home by a kid trying to mess with me, I told the administrators about it and it was handled very efficiently. This does not negate the fact that I was still followed home and I do still get called names and honestly fights break out in the halls or on the field quite a bit! -An unhappy student


Posted September 28, 2012

I am raising my granddaughter and I was actually afraid to send this child to this school because of experiences I had with my own 2 children back many yrs ago, BUT I have been very impressed by the teachers and the principle, everyone is doing everything in their power to help my child succeed and I could not be happier with her achievements, we had problems with the orchestra program but she has since moved to the jazz band area and couldnt be happier,, thank you staff for caring
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

our entire district has a problem with science but Denny International Middle School just moved into a beautiful new building and for the first time has ACTUAL SCIENCE CLASSROOMS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2009

im in eighth grade and i recently started this school.I have been here about a month. at first it was ok and i thought i would adjust to it well, but as i went on i found a lot of things confusing. it wasnt horrible, and the international acceptance was great but sometimes the students were just not listened to by the teachers. if they did something wrong, they were just yelled at and sent down to the office. no questions asked. it got so bad that one student got sent down for humming! there are also constant fights. and then the teachers make it worse by handling it the wrong way! i used to attend mcknight middle school before and this sort of thing was unheard of! we had some bad kids but it wasnt nearly this bad! the teachers and administration need to learn to be firm but fair!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2009

i am a student at Denny and so far i think that denny is a pretty good school. i have learned a lot and i am still learning more. the teachers are fun. for example mr. lai is my favorite teachers. hes funny nice and always tries to make math fun. at first when i was a 5th grader i thought denny was a very bad school. now that im in that school in spectrum i really like it. some of my other friends at Madison Middle School wish they went to denny.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2008

I'm a student at Denny and overall I'm very satisfied with this school. The teachers here are fun and easy to relate to, and they still teach us what we need to learn and more. The music program at Denny is excellent, and the advanced learning program is good, too. I think that Mr. Clark is trying really hard to make Denny a good school, he cares about the students and checks up on us individually from time to time. I'm very happy at Denny :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2008

Principal Clark loves his job and it shows. The schools moto - 'We all belong' says it all. I was nervous about my daughter entering middle school but I have been delighted with the welcoming attitude, focus on learning and commitment to students shown by teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

What a great staff lead by an inspired principal. The parents are involved and the kids are learning and having a great time. We are so glad we chose Denny
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

I go to Denny, and really do not like it. Some of the teachers are really nice at stuff, and teach well. But the curriculum isn't that good, and the administration is really frankly... Horrible. I just started 7th grade her, and already I don't like. In fact they got my schedule wrong, I was supposed to be in Spectrum (passed the test and stuff, even got the letter that said I WAS in Spectrum) and know I have to go to school early just so they can check that I got into it. I hope to transfer schools soon, the only reason I went here for 7th grade (or rather started it) is because I thought maybe this year would be better then 6th grade. Did I mention that the kids aren't very nice, and there are fights just about every month or so.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2008

My child is just finishing up her 6th grade year in the Spectrum Program at Denny, and it has been a fabulous one. The block schedule classes and electives, the gifted and caring teachers, and the academic and musical opportunities she has had this year have been amazing. The school's leaders are outstanding, and there is a real community feel to Denny, whose motto is 'We all belong.' The staff make an effort to include all students and families, and they really care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

My daughter entered Denny in her 8th grade. She is an extremely bright person but required some special educations services. I feel that she had an encouraging and challenging experience overall at Denny Middle School. Mrs. Chin, especially, was a very impacting advocate on behalf of my daughter's abilities. Mrs Chin recognized my daughter's natural knack for science and enrolled her in honors science. She expected her students and helped to give them the tools required to achieve. I feel Mrs Chin did so in a way that compelled the students who desired to do better to actually do better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

My teachers were lacking.. There were exceptions though like Ms. Tomlin and Mr. Pimpleton. Most of the teachers were busy screaming at kids rather then teaching, and everyone suffered. They are so unorganized along with the administration. I can't even count how many fights I saw at this school; there were at least 5 every year. I find it funny that they have a 'bully free zone', but people were constantly bullying and nothing was really done at all. It's definately a relief to be out of this school. Now I'm at Chief Sealth HS and I'm actually learning things, people are friendly, and there are actually teachers who know how to teach.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2007

The atmosphere is downright oppressive and uninspired. Bullies run rampant, groups segregate themselves and solutions shortcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2006

Denny was a fantastic school with Mrs. Torklep as principal. The change that happened under her direction and leadership was amazing. Students excelled and teachers were able to hit their stride and teach effectively. When entering the school, you could sense the positive atmosphere and the caring that was in the school. Unfortunately, things have changed drastically in the year since Mrs. Torklep retired. The school is now struggling. Many of the achievements that the staff worked so hard to make, have since been lost. And now the atmosphere has changed dramatically. The laughter and happiness that used to permeate the school is now gone. It s no longer a place where both students and teachers want to be, but rather one they have to be. I am happy that my child was able to attend Denny through some of its great years, but glad she will be attending a different school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2004

Denny is a great schcool it has a bully free zone and the teachers are AWESOME my child switched to denny for her 7th grade year because at her past school she was failing but at Denny so far she has a 4.0 she went from a 2.3 to a 4.0 I was shocked
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
41%
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 Students62%
Female65%
Male59%
Black42%
Asian74%
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income52%
Not low income82%
Special education26%
Not special education69%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male69%
Black56%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income65%
Not low income91%
Special education60%
Not special education77%
Limited English35%
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 Students62%
Female65%
Male59%
Black35%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income52%
Not low income79%
Special education26%
Not special education70%
Limited English31%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female73%
Male53%
Black46%
Asian71%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income57%
Not low income75%
Special education48%
Not special education67%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female83%
Male60%
Black48%
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income67%
Not low income82%
Special education53%
Not special education77%
Limited English43%
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 Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Black63%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income69%
Not low income94%
Special education44%
Not special education85%
Limited English48%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female61%
Male62%
Black43%
Asian56%
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income50%
Not low income88%
Special education48%
Not special education65%
Limited English21%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students65%
Female64%
Male65%
Black41%
Asian69%
Asian/Pacific Islander66%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income53%
Not low income91%
Special education58%
Not special education66%
Limited English32%
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.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2011.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 100% in 2011.

2011

 
 
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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%
Biology I

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

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n/a

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2011

 
 
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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income100%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

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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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

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 28% 60%
Hispanic 26% 20%
Black 22% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 7%
Two or more races 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 116%N/A8%
Special education 118%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 265%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 20N/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 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jeff Clark

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

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