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Ferris High School

Public | 9-12 | 1618 students

 
 

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Posted July 10, 2012

This school is the best you could hope to have. My parents hate it, but i think this school has amazing students, understanding teachers and there programs are phenomenal, if you want a high school just right for your kids, this is the perfect place


Posted April 23, 2012

Ferris features a plethora of extracurricular activities, and nearly everyone is doing at least one or two (or three, or four, or ten). The Wind Ensemble is one of the best in the state, as is the football team. The latter has won several state championships as well as academic state championships. The basketball team is also pretty good. The Canterbury Belles (an all-female, audition-only choir) are good on a national level. Unfortunately, rules are seldom if ever enforced, so the school is marred by extreme amounts of profanity, inappropriate attire, vandalism, smoking, and general lack of tact. This alone is what causes the school to be 3/5 rather than 5/5. Lots of AP programs are offered as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2010

Ferris is a wonderful school. Despite some reviews stating the teachers are difficult to communicate with, I find the opposite; Every request or concern I have stressed has been handled with the greatest concern for my child. I have not had much luck with the counselor as she doesn't seemed the least bit interested. So I prefer to go through the teachers. Music program is awesome!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

Excellent school, great classes, fun students, great sports, amazing music program. My child loves it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

The school is generally fine as far as public school education, but the teachers are difficult to communicate with, the counselors are too busy to really pay much attention to individual students, and the administrative staff consistently treats parents as if they are an inconvenience--the opposite of friendly customer service. There are some shining exceptions, but generally speaking we would give the school a low rating from a parent perspective. As alumns and the parents of three kids that have gone to Ferris, have a good deal of experience with the school. Our kids have been good students, many honors classes, involved in varsity sports, etc., but we are glad to be moving on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2008

Everyone has commented on the music programs, which as have been stated, are amazing! The Wind Ensemble and Advanced Percussion groups put on great shows and recieves awards every year. But we also have a great ASB, and sports programs. Our Boys Football and Basketball teams are always at the top of the highly competitive GSL.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2007

As a former student now attending a public University in Washington, I can say that Ferris prepared me very well for the rigor of college academics. The honors and AP programs at Ferris were just as rigorous as my honors classes in college, and the high expectations of my former teachers are equal to the expectations of my professors now. Also, Ferris has an excellent music program that I was a part of for all four years. The program includes students of many skill levels and stresses having fun and learning to improve music skills rather than being competitive.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 28, 2006

Great school. Wonderful music program. Teachers really care.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 2, 2005

Most of the teachers are absolutely terrible and do not have even mediocre expectations for student performance. Many teachers do not respond to parent communications and when they do, the issue is not addressed. Students at this school are not prepared for the future as grammatical and analytical skills are not reinforced. The administration also does not repond to many parent communication and concerns and this frustrates the parent and escalates the concern to the superintendent and/or state level for resolution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

Ferris offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities to supplement a very strong academic program. The music program has consistently been one of the top programs in the state over the past ten years. The staff stresses strong academic and athletic performance. In 2004-2005, Ferris won the prestigious WIAA scholastic cup, recognizing the succes academically and competitively of the extracurricular program. Ferris is a comprehensive high school, offering a wide variety of academic programs ranging from remedial to AP programs in all academic disciplines. Every spring, the Ferris PTG sponsors a variety show which raises over $50,000 annually to support both academic and extracurricular programs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 2, 2005

Decent school. High expectations. Excellent honors programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

Ferris doesn't really have any extracurricular activites, and most of the ones they have are pretty expensive. They dont have much punishment, when i drop my kids off at school I see about 50 students outside smoking on school grounds.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Algebra I

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

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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70%

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Biology I

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
100%

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100%
Integrated Math I

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

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% 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 22% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
46%
Biology I

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

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
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Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
64%
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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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 Students74%
Female76%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income62%
Not low income85%
Special education47%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Low income96%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Low income97%
Not low income100%
Not special education99%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

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Low incomen/a
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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 Students33%
Female42%
Male27%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White30%
Low income34%
Not low income32%
Special education21%
Not special education37%
Limited English25%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students82%
Female80%
Male83%
Black82%
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income69%
Not low income93%
Special education86%
Not special education81%
Limited English28%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students82%
Female80%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial65%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income76%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
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Low incomen/a
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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
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Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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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 Students32%
Femalen/a
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income10%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education35%
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 Students58%
Female67%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Low income58%
Not low income58%
Special education73%
Not special education54%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

351 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

376 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students89%
Female94%
Male85%
Black67%
Asian71%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic85%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income80%
Not low income96%
Special education66%
Not special education91%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
Black75%
Asian76%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income79%
Not low income96%
Special education61%
Not special education92%
Limited English39%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 14%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 238%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 14N/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 81%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Spokane, WA 99223
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