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Cedarcrest Jr High School

Public | 7-9 | 631 students

 
 

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Posted 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


Posted August 5, 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


Posted August 4, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted December 5, 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


Posted September 14, 2010

Cedarcrest has great students and a great staff. It is a joy to be at Cedarcrest everyday.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted September 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 19, 2009

The staff really care about the kids-


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


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.

About these ratings

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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
34%
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 Students65%
Female71%
Male61%
Black59%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander42%
White71%
Low income58%
Not low income74%
Special education7%
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female73%
Male57%
Black59%
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander83%
White67%
Low income60%
Not low income69%
Special education28%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female81%
Male57%
Black73%
Asian71%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander67%
White68%
Low income63%
Not low income73%
Special education10%
Not special education76%
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 Students43%
Female44%
Male42%
Black23%
Asian47%
Asian/Pacific Islander48%
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income36%
Not low income52%
Special education5%
Not special education47%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female69%
Male47%
Black43%
Asian74%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income48%
Not low income68%
Special education0%
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female56%
Male53%
Black38%
Asian53%
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income46%
Not low income64%
Special education5%
Not special education60%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Math I

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

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

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
38%
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

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students68%
Female77%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income68%
Not low income68%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
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 Students84%
Female71%
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low income70%
Not low income93%
Not special education84%

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

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Whiten/a
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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

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Limited Englishn/a
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Geometry

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Limited Englishn/a
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Integrated Math I

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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 46% 60%
Black 20% 5%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Two or more races 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 257%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 19N/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 70%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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191201 13th Ave Crt. East
Spanaway, WA 98387
Phone: (253) 683-7500

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