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7-9
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Spanaway, WA
Students enrolled: 631

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191201 13th Ave Crt. East
Spanaway, WA 98387

(253) 683-7500
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September 10, 2013
Both my children transferred from Tacoma school district schools. My son went to Cedarcrest and loved it (he's now 18). This was the first school my son attended that were interested in him passing classes and helped him to succeed. My daughter now attends and she thinks the school is great and the teachers are nice. Yes, the communication could be a bit better but overall, I think it's a great school. I chose Cedarcrest over Spanaway Lake Middle School and don't have any regrets.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
My daughter started 7th grade last school year and I was sKeptical at first due to the rumors that this school was the worst junior high in the district. Well the rumors proved to be wrong. My daughter had an excellent year and all of her teachers were supportive and caring. I don't doubt at one time the school was at the bottom, we lived near the school for 8 years and witnessed the constart issues. Over the years the quality of students has improved as well as the level of respect the students have towards each other, the teachers, and the school itself. The pride is back and it shows oncen. I would highly reccomend the school for those parents who are hesitant and want to transfer to another school. Be careful what you wish for, even the newer schools have their problems. I offer these words of advice, get involved and stay involved. These are some important years for your child, your presence and support will make all the difference. Heres to another great year, GO CHARGERS!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
I have no rating for this school as of yet. Since i have to rate this school i will give it 3 stars since i know nothing about this school. We are comming from the U.P. district which is absolutely outstanding. Hoping to find the same here. The whole dress code thing is different but understandable. The reviews on cedarcrest lack of communication worries me just a little bit. Communication is a very important key to learning and success. Some students are willing to learn but have a very hard time asking for it and it should be up to those teachers to notice that and try to help them out. Right now we are trying to figure out which one of these middle schools will be the best for our children. It's between 3 schools which are Cedarcrest, Spanaway and Liberty we live right in the middle of all three schools. Hopefully we can choose the right school. Please feel free to offer any suggestions. Thank You.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
I am a student at Cedarcrest, going into the 8th grade. I can honestly say that it is a great school. Many parents to disagree because their children are immature, childish, and incapable of correct behavior. Parents pull kids out of school for many reasons. The common reason for these parents are because they believe the teachers do not care. That is not true. The teachers care very much about education and student sucess. But, they will not tolerate bad behavior and will not help children who do not ask for it, and who do not care. They will help those who are willing to participate and learn. Just because your child does not wish to listen, does not mean it is right for you to judge my school, and blame my teachers. I do not appreciate this. Stop because it is not their fault your child does not wish to learn.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2013
Cedarcrest Junior High School. No communication. Teachers don't care. Discipline is to remove a child from the classromm and give him F's. They don't work with the parents. I TOOK MY CHILD OUT AND WILL NOW HOMESCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
I have been teaching at Cedarcrest for 13+ years now, and absolutely love it here. We are an extremely diverse learning community, and quite proud of that fact. Our scores are climbing higher, our technology department is top-notch, our musical groups consistently win awards, our new robotics teacher and his robotics club have just qualified for a state competition, and won the "innovative solutions" award. Sports are doing well, but there is a general lack of desire from the students towards athletics. We have many grants awarded to our school for various programs, and most of all, we care and love our school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 14, 2010
Cedarcrest has great students and a great staff. It is a joy to be at Cedarcrest everyday.

- submitted by a teacher
September 10, 2010
I love it at the 'Crest! I have been teaching here over 20 years and still have fun sharing and learning every day!

- submitted by a teacher
September 08, 2010
I am a new teacher who chose to come to CJH although I received many offers of employment. I chose to come to CJH because I feel that it is a great school where all staff truly cares about the education and overall welfare of all students. If I did not truly believe that CJH was an excellent school I would have accepted one of the many other offers of employment I received instead of coming to CJH.

- submitted by a teacher
September 07, 2010
I love Cedarcrest. I have taught there for 10 years and have seen it continue to improve. We are blessed with a diverse population that brings more than just academics into our lives. The teachers care about the students and their learning. It is a great place to be.

- submitted by a teacher
September 02, 2010
I have worked at Cedarcrest Junior High for 10+ years and the school is a hidden gem. There are many great offerings at the 'crest'. Get involved and talk be heard Thanks

- submitted by a teacher
June 13, 2010
I had to remove my child from this school due to bullying. Every week for 3 months I was over talking to the vice principal, principal, who ever would listen. They stole my student gym clothes, her earring and pencil case. The pencil case they threw at her after they filled it with cheetos and smashed everything in the case. I wouldn't send my dog to this school. It is extremely prejudiced and amazingly skewed school I have ever seen!!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 20, 2009
My 7th grader has adjusted to junior high fairly well, other than the occasional 'meltdowns' when her teacher has failed to tell her when a project is due or keeps on changing the due dates. There are some teachers that are great at communicating with parents and there are some who tell us nothing. It just depends on who your child gets. As a parent of a 7th grader, it would have been very helpful to receive information about such things as 'Civi Day' and some of the clubs/extracurricular activities that are offered after school. Overall, the school communication is poor. I believe the quality of teaching is there, however I wish the teachers/school did a better job of communicating to parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
I just found this website, and wanted to give my two cents. I have had both my kids enrolled at Cedarcrest with no issues. I've heard less than positive things, but I think that they are prety much just writing on the wall. Parent contact with teachers is easy and efficient, and I love how the band teacher sends me (and the bands) information about performances, schedules, uniforms, and other updates regarding the band program. I only wish that the other teachers would be so proactive with their communication. I will say that my kids were not in the honors program, but they were A students and I feel received a well-rounded education while at Cedarcrest. Thanks for all you do!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
The staff really care about the kids-

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2009
I have a 7th grader at this school. And the reports about this school that I first heard bothered me. I went and met with the principal and her staff. They showed me and my son around and made me feel so much better about him being there. He has very caring teachers and is excited to go to school everyday. The school is strict and orderly. They have high expectations of their students. I am proud to say my child goes to Cedarcrest.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
I am a current student at Cedarcrest Junior HIgh and I think that the teachers are great and they spend tons of time helping students earn a better grade by staying after school. I'm glad they have certain rules on no gum chewing and rules of affection. They have many clubs and groups you can join, which can help in the long run. The Honors teacher, Mrs. Lynda Parker, is an excellent teacher that any student would love to have. The uniforms are great so that you don't have to 'fit in' and that it is easy to get ready in the morning. The portfolios help out also, because you learn more about yourself and you feel proud when you present your accomplishments.They may have gangs, but they are easy to avoid and the staff is working hard on reducing them.Overall a great school :]

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2009
Cedarcrest is a great school. You'll find what you are looking for. I look for a dedicated staff: I find teachers coming early and staying late to assist students and meeting with parents; embracing a 'Failure is not an option' attitude; teachers giving students opportunities to redo assignments until they meet standard; attending Summer Institute taking additional courses to continue to increase powerful teaching and learning; award and grant winning teachers. I look for a classified staff that goes above and beyond their duties. I find a staff that provides great customer service to parents and students. I look for students achieving, I find students achieving: more students reading than ever before; a rise in 08-09 WASL scores; athletic championships, Tech Fair winners 5 years in a row; superior ratings for all musical groups; a Heritage Club and Boys & Girls Club that promotes student success and celebrates diversity.

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2009
I am a grandmother of the student attending this school. My daughter went to this school. My experience with this school has been nothing but great. The principle has given me a new look at schools. She really has heart for the students, and you can feel the passion she has to make sure every student has the chance to better themselves . I have not seen this at any other school. They would tell the parent everthing thats wrong and you figure it out, there is no compassion. I would like to thank Ms. Barnett for the wonderful school she is running and I wish there were more people like her. It is not just a job for her, she puts her soul into these children. She made the summer school happen, so like I said before, every student has the chance to show the total potential they have inside.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2009
I am a former student of Cedarcrest Junior High, the school is great, but it doesn't have the best reputation. I'm not saying that Cedarcrest is the best school in the district, but i also think that the school is NOT getting the credit or the reputation that it deserves. People such as parents and students from other schools might say that Cedarcrest is a 'ghetto' school, but it really isn't. It's a perfectly normal school with a great staff and some really smart,talented, and gifted students. The school's Video Productions class has won the District Tech Fair several times, the school Newspaper is written by great writers and is proofread by last years Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Lynda Parker.

- submitted by a student
July 03, 2009
My children have all attended cedarcrest and I am absolutly satified with the service. When ever my children have a problem in there education, the teachers are always there to help. I love the fact that they have to wear uniforms. It allows me to keep a great deal of my paycheck. There are many good extra couricular activities and my children love it there. Whenever summer comes, they are always excited to go back to cedarcrest. I personally love the school myself, and would recommend this school to any parent whos child graduated from elementary school in the betel school district.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 28, 2009
ok..im not so crazy about the uniforms. i love Mrs.Barnett. she rocks. and there are some stupid rules about affection and gum. and the stuff about gangs isn't good. nut overall i love it there.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2008
i think this school is like other schools yea theres drama but there is drama everywhere else too.

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 23, 2008
All of my children have come through this school and I have been pleased with the educarion they have received. The teachers have always gone out of their way to help us. And we really appreciate the care that Mrs. Barnett shows for our kids. This school has gotten a bad rep but I am a very involved parent and that's what it takes.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
OK I went here all three year of my junior high years and i thought it was a bad school 1: some stupid rules. crazy about no gum 2: yes there was gang activity idc wat anyone says there was. 3: over 50 cameras but when i got in a fight in the lobby they couldn't tell us who hit who first. only out waist;s down wtf! 4: heritage club, ok good idea but in reality it separated our school, after it started i felt like the people in that club thought they were better than people not in the club. well that's my imput.

- submitted by a student
October 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
I have had all of my children come through this school. I have always been treated with kindness and respect by all staff members. It really shows that the principal cares about the students. She is at a lot of activities The assistant principal and dean are great too. People say it is a gang school but I do not see that because if I did I would not snend my kids there..

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
I am very happy with this school. We transferred here in Nov. 2008 and came from a school with lots of discipline problems and no dress code. Cedarcrest was a good change and I feel that the dress code helps as they are very strict about it. The school is not 'free' of problems but what school really is?

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
I am fed up with this school and the lip service I get when an issue needs to be addressed. My daughter is a 7th grader and has never had problems in school with teachers or other students until we enrolled her at Cedarcrest. This school is inefficient in dealing with bullying, extra help for students who need academic guidance is nonexistent, there is little to no follow through with parent eacher communication. I have gone as far as to file a grievance with the school board and if I had my way this poor excuse for a school would lose its accreditation. I am not just ranting, I have several very specific instances that solidify the credibility of this review. Final word....if you are considering enrolling your child in Bethel school district I would under NO circumstances suggest Cedarcrest.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 08, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 16, 2005
If I could take my kids out of district, I would. Cedarcrest (and Bethel schools in general) are pathetic at best. You try to communicate with the teachers, they won't. I have a special ed student who gets no extra help at all. When I talk to the faculty I always get 'Our classes are too big', we don't have enuff staff (as evidenced by a multitude of substitutes. my child averages 3-4 subs per week!) What's wrong with this picture. The studentgs get very little instruction as to what is required on homework assignments. I don't know how many times myself and their mother have tried to get the teachers to be more specific in their requirements for homework. The only bright spot here is the music program (most districts have cut them). Both my children are band members and doing very well. Truly sad.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 23, 2004
Cedarcrest is a really great school. As a student there I should know. The teachers try their best to teach students. Its really hard for the teachers sometimes beacuse you can't teach a student doesn't want to learn. The teachers there are great and they make the work challenging and fun. If your moving to the Bethel school district area pick Cedercrest because it's better than any of the others school in the district. Usually kids don't look foward to the upcoming school year but I'm going into the ninth grade can't wait.

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2004
Both of my children attended Cedarcrest. Both wore the required school uniforms. We requested a district transfer so both of my kids could enroll in Cedarcrest rather than a school that allowed liberal dress codes. We made the right decision. Both of my children received adequate education and both were promoted to high school as honor roll students. Perhaps the problems parents and students encounter with Cedarcrest is not the school so much as what is happening at home.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2004
I go to this school (8th grade) and I absolutely hate it. The teachers never give any discipline to the bad children but are constantly giving detentions to someone who has never broken a rule in there life because 'It wouldn't be fair.' As sad as it is though, out of all three schools (now four) this is the best. The school presidential elections are more of a popularity contest than anything, one security guard is not enough. I'm constantly pushed out of the way in the hall. There is also a lack of computers at the school and most of them are outdated I-macs. The teachers have barely gotten new computers for themselves (they still use e macs, which is a step up) I wouldn't recommend this school. If your going to put all your love and care into one student then don't bother having a school

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
This school is rediculous! My son has absolutely no say in anything, such as what to wear, even though the staff said he would if he joined the PTSA. Lies, all lies! How is this teaching our students how to live in a democratic world? The ASB president also has no say. Come on now! What are we teacing our kids?

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
I think that you learn a lot from this school, you learn what it's like in the real world, and you learn a lot academically. I've been there the past three years, and have learned a lot. I have won lots of nationally recognized awards, won essay contests, and have 3.9 and above. The math at Cedarcrest is really high, I am in the 9th grade, in Algebra 3 (which is 12th grade math). So if you are looking for a junior high in the Spanaway, Bethel School district, I would definately choose Cedarcrest over any other school.

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2003
A child coming in from an outside school should be tested to see where his/her ability is math/reading is, not what someone who has never invested any time into that child education and guesses. They don't read transcripts they assume.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
My son went to this school last year and is in special ED. The staff at this school does not have enough knowledge to even be teaching these kids. I have gone around many times with this school. Bethel school Dist. in general I would not reccomend to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
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Cedarcrest Jr High School
191201 13th Ave Crt. East, Spanaway, WA  98387
(253) 683-7500
Last modified Cedarcrest Jr High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cedarcrest Jr High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top