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Spanaway Lake High School

Public | 10-12 | 1187 students

 

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Posted October 6, 2014

This school is pretty great. My son seems really happy here and there are a ton of activities to engage all kids. My only complaint giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is the updating of family access. I don't know how many times I have checked it and it said my son had F's and missing assignments but he didn't (I double checked). It's quite heart stopping to see your A and B student have F's. Take it with a grain of salt or you will have a heart attack. I was worried that the school would be a little rough given the area but so far it's been a great experience. If your moving to the area rest assured that your kiddo could be very happy. 2 weeks into the school year my son fit right in and having a great experience. As a mom simply put; teachers are pretty great, there are a lot of kids, freshmen share lockers (could be a diaster), don't hear a lot about drugs or bullying or gangs, there is some though but it's one of the better area schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

Although I only went there for about three months into my freshman year, I thought that school was amazing! Before I started highschool I lived in oregon all my life and hated school, I started skipping school and in 8th grade I only went to school for about 30 days out of the whole school year, then I moved to spanaway Washington and was having trouble processing the move and was scared about started school without knowing anyone. The first day I connected with many people and throughout those 3 months I became friends with many different students in many different grades. At many others school you would see different kinds of cliques and seperating and even bullying. But you will not find that at this school. When I went there i was actually editing to go to school, I came to school everyday with a smile on my face. And to find it weird I even went to bed early just to go to school. I went to stright Fs to a 3.5 and actually trying and paying attention to my grades,I became a whole different person. The teachers were amazing, for once In a lifetime I actually felt like someone cared about my future and were very helpful, I loved all of my teachers, I never dreaded going to math .
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2009

Teaching staff realy know how to relate to the student body and I believe that it's the reason why spanaway lake is so successful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2009

SLHS is a great school! The student body is wonderfully diverse and has more school spirit than I have seen in any of the other area high schools. The school has little or no problem with violence or gang activity thanks to top notch teachers and staff members! My kids enjoy going to school everyday and a thrilled with all of the class choices. SLHS offers somthing for everyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

Spanaway Lake has one of the best choir programs in Washington!


Posted November 10, 2009

In eight years I have taught in three districts and three high schools in completely different parts of the country. In my experience, Bethel School District and Spanaway Lake High School are superb compared with the others.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 28, 2009

A wonderful school from top to bottom! The staff is highly committed to student achievement! I give SLHS for highest rating possible!


Posted January 23, 2009

As a former student at SLHS I can say that it was and is an amazing school. The staff and students there are top notch. I loved the place and made a great connection with a lot of the people that I met there. There is something for everyone to do and you are always challenged by the teachers. I loved the school and of the 3 high schools in the district I would rate it the highest.


Posted December 22, 2008

Spanaway Lake is a great school! Lots of great sports and clubs for all interests. I love the diversity and school spirit of all my classmates!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2008

SLHS has one of the best choir programs in the state, thanks to Mr. Bernard Crouse - SLHS choral director. He has taken his show choir 'The Music Company' all over the country to perform. The music students are given opportunities that are not available in any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

The teachers are wonderful. Caring, professional and helpful to students. The school has a great atmosphere and extracurricular activities and programs are fabulous. Great program for advanced students with both honors and advanced placement offered. These classes prepared me for college better than anything else could have. The diversity is a good thing and adds to the thriving environment. Students learn about others and are very openminded.


Posted December 8, 2008

Taking into consideration that SLHS doesn't get the attention it should from the school board & the district administrators, SLHS does very well. It's successes are often ignored by the district. 4 of my kids attended SLHS, and after all that time, I've come to the conclusion SLHS doesn't get the attention is because it's highly diverse, both culturally, and transient (military kids) nature of the student body. In parts of Bethel District, racism is prevalent, but of the 3 high schools in the district, SLHS staff and students are the most tolerant of cultural diversity & the students and staff take care of what's truly important. What galls me is the only time the school board and the administration pays any attention to this part of the district is when a bond measure is coming up - then it's 'look at what we're doing for you.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

The school has the most spirit and the least gang problems of any school in our district. We all coexist peacefully without any humongous cliche issues. We may have a piece of dung building but the people are the best you could wish for. :3
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2008

SLHS has a program for most everyone . My son complains about the AP Program but alway talks about what he is learning in these classes.With the extracurricular Activities that he is active in and his desire to want to go to school makes this school one of the best in the Area
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2006

SLHS is a wonderfully diverse place, with the most positive atmosphere I've ever seen at a high school. The students and staff are committed to one another. It may not show in the WASL scores, but walking down the halls, in class, at the assemblies and games: this is a school unlike any other. The teachers are young and fun and willing to try new ways of learning. Everything from the magnificent choir program to the football team benefits from positive adult influence. They foster great ideas like an annual Culture Assembly with music/dance performances a fashion walk-off for the different cultures represented at Spanaway Lake. The kids make you jealous that you didn't go to a school this innovative and positive!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 14, 2005

I graduated SLHS in 2001. I felt that it was a terrific school, given that it is a public school. I was especially encouraged to hear that they have now added a JROTC program to the extracurricular schedule. The Honors and AP Programs at SLHS are also terrific, and definately prepare students for the college environment.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 15, 2005

As a student at Spanaway Lake High School involved in the AP/honors program I can tell you that our school has definitely been improving the variety of advanced courses to take, for instance we now have AP chemistry and AP American Literature. Which makes our total AP classes count to eight and we also offer honors classes in Biology, Sophomore Communication Arts, and History. I feel completely satisfied with my education at Spanaway Lake, each of my courses have been challenging and beneficial. Another great aspect of my school, are the teachers. The teachers here really care and have gone above and beyond for their students. They are the heart of Spanaway Lake. Finally, the student body is incredible; everyone is open and full of school spirit. If given the choice to attend any other school, I would again choose Spanaway Lake High School. Go Sentinels! -Cherrie S.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2004

Spanaway Lake High School is a good school about getting information out to us the parents and the school has a wide range of diverse programs. I think it is a good school my oldest daughter goes there and she likes it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2004

Although the school has many 'flaws' it is still worthy of a good name. Through the years I have been attending SLHS there have been many improvements. The school is getting better and better with every bit of funding it gets. The school has a great amount of spirit and the teachers really do love what they do. Though the building isn't in the best condition the students still learn what they need to learn. More classes are being added each semester and the school's policies on discipline are justified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2004

Although I am not a parent, I believe that I have a right to say something. After all, who would knows the school better than a student who attends it? I admit that our school may not have the most appealing appearance but like someone said, 'Appearance isn't everything.' The thing that counts is that students interact with each other and that most everyone makes an effort to be friendly. I've heard numerous times that our school has one of the friendiest school atmosphere around. Every year that I have been there, the school is slowly expanding its curriculum selection. As of now, we have at least one AP course offered in every grade, not to mention the variety of honor classes available to all. So before anyone else can say anything, just remember that no school is perfect but there's always room to improve and that's what we're doing.
—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 42% in 2010.

361 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

364 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students77%
Female84%
Male72%
Black72%
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander63%
White77%
Low income74%
Not low income80%
Special education30%
Not special education84%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female86%
Male74%
Black78%
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander81%
White78%
Low income75%
Not low income84%
Special education40%
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
11%
Biology I

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

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
9%
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

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
26%
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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

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n/a

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
26%
Integrated Math I

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
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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 Students15%
Female15%
Male16%
Black10%
Asian33%
Asian/Pacific Islander28%
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander22%
White14%
Low income13%
Not low income19%
Special education2%
Not special education19%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students57%
Female57%
Male57%
Black37%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander50%
White63%
Low income49%
Not low income66%
Special education17%
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students54%
Female49%
Male58%
Black47%
Asian61%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander62%
White51%
Low income54%
Not low income53%
Special educationn/a
Not special education54%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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

Integrated Math II

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
Special educationn/a
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 Students15%
Female14%
Male16%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander8%
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White21%
Low income15%
Not low income15%
Special education21%
Not special education13%
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 Students35%
Female33%
Male37%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White27%
Low income41%
Not low income21%
Special educationn/a
Not special education39%
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 Students0%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income0%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education0%
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

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

Geometry

All Students25%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education20%
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 47% 60%
Black 17% 5%
Hispanic 14% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Two or more races 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 115%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 249%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 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 68%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Michelle Ledbetter

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
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Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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1305 168th St East
Spanaway, WA 98387
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