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Shelton High School

Public | 10-12 | 1028 students

 

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Posted March 17, 2014

Shelton High is in a very poor town and it is a very poor school. the facilities are falling apart. The school needs to be rebuilt. As a former student, I took the hardest classes offered. Honors classes were a joke. They handed out good grades and gave very easy assignments. The course catalog claims to offer AP classes, they never offered a single one while I was there. They claimed that there were not enough people to fill the class. They offer plenty of remedial and basic classes. Students get to their senior year and still have trouble reading (Because they were never taught right). Violence was common at Oakland Bay JR High, but was less common at the high school. There are several good teachers, but for the most part, they contribute to the poor achievement in the school. They are graduating people who cannot read, write, or do basic math. Many students have problems at home (single parent, homeless, very poor, violence, etc). These problems are brought into the classroom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2013

I'm finishing off my sophomore year here. There are both pros and cons to this school. Good Things: Unlike what someone else said, there is little violence. Fights aren't as common as they are at the junior high. There are some ace teachers. The drainage system (which I'm surprised no one mentioned) got infinitely better after they took out the beautiful trees. They offer AP history courses and (I believe) an AP science class or two. The counselors are both very friendly and very helpful. Bad Things: The principal is awful. She's rude and is never around. Harassment is a big issue at this school. Most of the teachers will help you if you mention something, but otherwise they turn a blind eye. One of my teachers harasses me. There's nothing I can do about it. He's retiring this year. The campus is outdoors, so when it rains, you get wet. The tennis courts have major cracks in them and probably won't be repaired for another 20-40 years. As someone else mentioned, the communication issues between the junior high and the high school are bad. Schedules get messed up. A lot of people skip school. Even some of the teachers have the "it's just Shelton, you'll never get anywhere" attitude.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2012

My student entered this school from another school district, excelling and earning scholarship awards. With a good chance of fulfilling their dream of going to medical school to be a surgeon. My student found in their new school SHS that not all the classes, including Math and foreign language, had books for their students. The teachers here are not paid for any over time or coaching so the students suffer as teachers are forced to look elsewhere to supplement their pitiful income. My student doesn't want to leave friends for another school, but now my student who had ivy league paths now has to concede to a lower level state school. It is only the work from the previous school that my student even has the option of college. The school has tried to convince my student that a nursing assistant certificate is as good or better then getting a surgeon's education. Even the beauty that a reviewer stated is gone. The forest was ploughed down and a cement yard was put in it's place. For as someone recently at the school said 'SHS students aren't very smart, they might trip on tree roots'. I doubt the majority of students here had so little potential until they were taught so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

I'm a community member and a teacher (not at the HS level.) It's my impression that this high school does a fairly good job. Yes, it's a small town and there are classic issues one deals with - rivalries, politics, etc., but SHS is essentially a good school. Before I secured a permanent position I subbed here. I found reasonable lesson plans, engaging, mostly polite kids, and helpful colleagues. Make a visit before believing trollish reviews, please. Thank you -


Posted August 31, 2010

the principal is not a good leader. she is hard nosed and believes everything that she says is right. even when proven wrong she will not accept it and admit that she was wrong. strong leaders will admit that they are wrong when necessary, that is why she is not a strong leader. the school has odd dicipline methods. you can be expelled for having your cell phone in class, yet if you get in fights you just get suspended. and fights are very common. you cant even go inbetween classes without walking around a fight. teachers most of the time never see any of them. people leave campus all of teh time to smoke and they never get caught. the academica are horrible. they have a ton of remedial courses and only one or two higher (college or AP)classes. they dont offer anything else to the higher acheiving student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

I hate the shelton high school. I am so depressed when i step onto the campus. Whenever i get to school it is like a new environment. I am always afraid for my safety.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2009

The school is an average high school;some good teachers and programs. Kids ca make the most of school. The middle and high schools have poor communication,coperation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

I just graduated Shelton High School with the class of 08'. SHS is a pretty good school to grow up going to, but it has its advantages and disadvantages. There are some amazing teachers and some terrible ones. If you can, try to get either mr prante or mr faire for math, they are both tough but excellent. For english mr baugh is a must.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2008

I went to four different high schools and Shelton was my favorite. People are friendly. To this day I keep in touch with everyone I know. The teachers are great and I had the best math teacher when I went there. Shelton is a very good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2007

Shelton has excellent programs and teachers. There are many students that leave very successful out of this school. The math teachers at the higher levels are exceptional
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2006

Shelton High School has an excellent staff and is a beautiful outdoor campus. The buildings are set amongst woods and grassy areas, and are set in a cirucular pattern around the Library. The students are friendly and the violence is low.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 42% in 2010.

360 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

330 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE 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

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Native American83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income78%
Not low income91%
Special education56%
Not special education87%
Limited English50%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female94%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Native American67%
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income82%
Not low income90%
Special education57%
Not special education90%
Limited English90%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE 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 22% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
13%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
74%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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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 19% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
12%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
47%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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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 15% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

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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

All Students7%
Female14%
Male2%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic4%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White8%
Low income7%
Not low income7%
Special education3%
Not special education9%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students72%
Female76%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial57%
Native American53%
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income64%
Not low income82%
Special education54%
Not special education75%
Limited English40%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students61%
Female56%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial50%
Native American46%
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income55%
Not low income66%
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
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Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/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

Algebra I

All Students17%
Female19%
Male14%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White22%
Low income15%
Not low income21%
Special educationn/a
Not special education16%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology 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
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students21%
Female12%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White24%
Low income18%
Not low income27%
Special educationn/a
Not special education20%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/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

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/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 76% 60%
Hispanic 14% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 2%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Black 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 253%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 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 55%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Wanda Berndtson

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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3737 Shelton Springs Rd
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: (360) 426-4471

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