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Showalter Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 220 students

 

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Posted June 16, 2014

If you have a choice of where you will attend middle school I'd avoid Showalter. If you don't then good luck. Most teachers here are totally lazy and can't teach. They have no problems becoming best friends with their students though. You'll be lucky to have a few great teachers that actually know the material rather than reading it straight out of a book everyday. If you're an honor student expect to have a lot of busy work and projects, if you're a nonhonor student don't expect to have exciting challenging classes. The point is that academics don't really matter at Showalter. One of the most shocking things I've discovered at this school is how some teachers behave themselves. There are some very childish teachers here. Some even cuss in class. They act is if they don't know how to behave professionally. I only gave two stars because a handful of teachers here actually did make my middle school education worthwhile and meaningful. I know that without a few I would've barely made it through my 3 years of middle school. Unfortunately, I don't think some of them still work here.


Posted April 29, 2014

The staff works really hard and the students are very accepting of the school's diversity. Increased parent involvement would really help out.


Posted August 25, 2013

I'm just happy I got out of there. I truly do worry how much my education would have been corrupted and corroded had I continued attending this school as well as its high school counterpart.


Posted July 7, 2013

Ok this school is Average. It's not a bad school, nor is it a great school. My daughter is safe, fed, and has homework. That's why it's average. She came from Tukwila elementary and just finished up her 6th grade. She is in nearly all honors class. Honestly I think she's in honors basically 7th grade material Not because she's super extraordinary or gifted, but because the other students are below grade standard. I say this because I'm basing it on Msp state test scores. My daughter does well but I feel like she's doing grade level. They should emphasize more on teaching the students grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2012

This school is one of the worst schools my child has ever attended! As the parent of a special needs child I am as involved as possible in my child's education, the staff and administration at this school not only avoid communication efforts made to facilitate the child's progress, their lack of concern in regards to bullying is atrocious! There are a few good teachers, but their efforts are far out-weighed by the other negative aspects of this school. While I understand that most children in middle school are expected to be self reliant in a lot of aspects, when dealing with a special needs child some of those expectations are not possible, and this school district and school are not equipped to deal with situations outside of the complaisant child. Getting help in terms of academic progress with this school is next to impossible. If you are concerned about your child's education, special needs or not, avoid this entire district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

This is the best school ever the teachers are nice and great and everyone helps each other so much....but so sad i need to move suddenly so i really miss this school and staff of this school.....the most thing i miss is my friends......this is the best school ever love this school.....:)


Posted May 1, 2010

I Love this school they help me alot and there are alot of friends i have there buut unfortunatly i moved buut i would do anytjhing to go bck its the best school ever !!!! i love it the kids there are so nice 2009-2010
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2009

Showalter Middle School is the weakest of the the three schools in the district. WASL scores for students over the last 5 to 10 years show that children are failing from over 50% to 82% in reading, writing,, math and science. The school is in step 3, heading to step 4 for AYP. Parents should exercise caution when sending thier children to this school. Some of the teachers (very few) are supportive and try to help students; however, most appear to take an approach that children must teach themselves and some do with help outside of the school. The attitude of admistrators at the school is also negative towards parent involvement and is lacking in communicating to the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

I love this school my son has been going here for the last three years in for all these years he been a honor student, I feel the staff is great. This will be my choice school for my now fourth grader to attened for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2007

I agree that I am disappointed with how the staff communicates with parents. The teachers do not communicate with parents until the last minute, and they are concerned more with giving out 'infractions and detentions', instead of helping students with their work. I think that the teachers want kids that they dont need to teach rather than spend the time to teach the ones that need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

I'm pleased with the teachers at Showalter. They show great concern for my son and they're willing to help him outside of class. Their core support group has been very good for my son as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2005

Show Walter is an exteme disappointment. It seems that the teachers are more concerned if a child steps out the cafeteria door at lunch, rather than being concerned in how well they are actuallly doing in class. They also seem to be more subs than actual teachers. I also agree that there advanced classes are limited. This may work with parents and staff who do not want to produce upstanding children in society, but for myself and my child I expect more from my tax dollars!
—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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
45%

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 Students42%
Female42%
Male41%
Black22%
Asian54%
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income41%
Not low income46%
Special education11%
Not special education45%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female74%
Male53%
Black70%
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income60%
Not low income75%
Special education37%
Not special education66%
Limited English25%
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 Students39%
Female36%
Male41%
Black27%
Asian57%
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income33%
Not low income58%
Special education11%
Not special education41%
Limited English12%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female49%
Male42%
Black31%
Asian52%
Asian/Pacific Islander51%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income38%
Not low income71%
Special education28%
Not special education47%
Limited English14%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students51%
Female68%
Male37%
Black39%
Asian62%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income46%
Not low income71%
Special education11%
Not special education55%
Limited English14%
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 Students29%
Female34%
Male25%
Black20%
Asian34%
Asian/Pacific Islander31%
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income24%
Not low income45%
Special education0%
Not special education32%
Limited English5%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female56%
Male40%
Black38%
Asian53%
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income44%
Not low income61%
Special education21%
Not special education51%
Limited English13%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students47%
Female52%
Male42%
Black38%
Asian49%
Asian/Pacific Islander49%
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income42%
Not low income64%
Special education7%
Not special education51%
Limited English5%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 94% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
n/a
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 Students83%
Female94%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income86%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
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 Students93%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education93%

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
Hispanic 27% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 7%
Black 18% 5%
White 18% 60%
Two or more races 6% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 125%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 279%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 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 7N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 71%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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