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Bethel Junior High School

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Posted March 26, 2014

The staff seems to have way too much on their plate and it shows in the way they teach. I have also heard that most of the teachers have to buy their own supplies or try to coerce parents into buying the supplies for them. I also know first hand that they have a problem keeping an eye on all the children, I found this out after there was a fight at the school which caused injury to my child and when I went to the school to find out why I was not informed they said it was because there was so much "rough housing" during gym and that was ok because it was just kids being kids. The teachers and their lack of enthusiasm for their job is jaw dropping. I feel as if I am doing more teaching at home then my child is being taught in school. I know this is the first year for the 6th grade to be in the middle school, but when the Science class doesn't even have a book for the children to take home it shows that they were not prepared for this transition to actually happen. I am a very disappointed parent and I am considering of putting my child in another school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Teachers are stretched beyond belief and seem unhappy in their jobs. Discipline is very lax and I am concerned about my child's safety at times. I do not feel that the teachers care at all about their students and my kid feels the same way. Sad
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2011

My daughter has been going to this horrible excuse for a school for three weeks now, and still only gets work out of two of the classes. The teachers are beyond rude and lazy. The math teachers my daughter has are making it clear to all the children that they hate children. They are bad at explaining and not fit to be around our kids. I knew Bethel schools were bad, but this is like a nightmare. I will be pulling my daughter out of this craphole on Monday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2010

I went there, and i left as soon as i could. The people are rude, and dis respectful. The bullying is a huge problem the teachers dont work hard for nothing. Its a lame excuse for a school. I hate that school and ive been to 7 schools in the past two years. BETHEL WAS THE WORST!!! its simple, bethel sucks!


Posted March 28, 2010

This school is excellent. The only people who say that it is horrible or that they bullying is a huge problem, are the parents who don't know jack about it. I'm on my 9th grade year here now. I will admit that there is some bullying however it is pretty mild and only was there when I was in 7th grade. Usually the only kids who get bullied are the 7th graders and the kids who call other people names.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2009

My Grandchildren go to this school, and I am disgusted with the student behavior. The bullying is not only atrocious, it is not dealt with properly. Just riding on a bus with these kids is dangerous, let alone standing at the bus stops. Someone needs to take control. Since the school won't take responsibility, how about the parents?


Posted December 4, 2008

Bethel junior high school is a place where teachers and students work together well. It has seen it's share of threats including bomb threats at the naboring high school, and has received allot of attention and obstacles in the past year. I believe it is very capable of coping and adapting to any student in a way to provide a enriching and successful enviorment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2008

I was forced to withdraw my child from this school because the environment was hostile. The teachers seem to be overwhelmed - which is the only logical explanation as to why the bullying and name calling is so rampant. The kids that are out of control ruin this school. It's really a shame that our kids can't get a decent education at this public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

I have found that all of the teachers are very active in insuring that your children get the best education possible. Unfortunitly the principal is non-existed. You will never see him at a school function or for that matter promote the school as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2004

Bethel Junior High has provided my son with a challenging and exciting educational opportunity. I have been very pleased with my childs teachers and coaches at BJH.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2004

The school seems to lose focus of its goals and most of the office staff is rude and arrogant. Bullying is rampant and the school officals cant and wont control it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2004

Bethel Jr. High and the Bethel school district in general has many outstanding teachers and staff and (as every school district has) a few that are just ok. It is apparent to me that the district strives for the best. I have students in 3 different schools, and they are all doing well.
—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 64% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
45%
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 Students69%
Female66%
Male71%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic84%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander64%
White69%
Low income57%
Not low income82%
Special education22%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female62%
Male54%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander64%
White61%
Low income50%
Not low income66%
Special education9%
Not special education64%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female81%
Male65%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander91%
White75%
Low income66%
Not low income81%
Special education26%
Not special education79%
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 Students48%
Female62%
Male36%
Black63%
Asian52%
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Low income37%
Not low income60%
Special education3%
Not special education56%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female73%
Male42%
Black63%
Asian71%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income45%
Not low income68%
Special education13%
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female68%
Male49%
Black75%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income47%
Not low income70%
Special education13%
Not special education66%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%
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

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
39%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
82%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
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 Students96%
Female95%
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Not special education96%

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

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

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Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

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
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 60% 60%
Black 12% 5%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 7%
Two or more races 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 112%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 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 70%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Paul Rempfer

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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22201 38th Ave East
Spanaway, WA 98387
Phone: (253) 683-7200

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