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Shaw Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 624 students

 

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Posted January 25, 2013

My son attented both 7 and 8th grade here. I would not recommend anyone sending their child to school here. There is never homework, no challenge for the students whatsoever, and a majority ot the students who are there don't want to be and make it very hard for the few who actually want to give their very best. At the beginning of the school year the principle stated that they do not give homework because the majority of the students wont do it so they just give extra time in class. My son has come home on more than one occasion having been completed w/ his assignment to have them sit and do nothing for a week while they wait for the other students to turn it in. However I do have to say that the music teacher truly does care about the students and they have an amazing music program even offering Jazz band. I would hightly recommend thinking twice about enrolling your child in this school unless you are ok with them just getting by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2012

I strongly advise anyone who considers enrolling their student at Shaw to refrain from doing so . I myself have a fourteen year old daughter who has been continuously bullied by the staff , harassed by the trashy students , singled out , and punished for ridiculous things. Although there is a small bunch of students who strive for success , the majority of them do not want to be there and do not give any effort whatsoever. I can say these things because I have devoted many hours to volunteer at Shaw to monitor activities which I've heard about. I can vouch for just last year on the last day of school , three girls were caught in the bathroom smoking!!!! And yes , I do acknowledge that every school has it's issues ,but Shaw has far too many to even be a possibility for my daughter to stay enrolled. At this time , no special requests are being considered. Therefore , as of this past summer , my husband and I have put our house on the market , in hope to move to a different school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2007

The curriculum at this school is great and the teachers are very understanding of my child's needs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

This school is somewhere I would not send my child. My neice attends and they never bring home books they bring home homework that you can pull out of a crackerjack box. Where is the challenge instead of settling for standard? Not at Shaw everything is below standard here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2004

The teachers at Shaw Middle School really care about their students, both academically and emotionally. Many of the students at Shaw come from high poverty broken homes and they need some extra TLC. Most of Shaw's teachers provide that for their students inside and outside of the classroom. My daughter was on the basketball and dance team at Shaw this year, and her teacher was the coach. I have never seen my daughter's self confidence and respect for herself shine like it has from the encouragement and influence of this teacher. I was just informed that Shaw teacher's have the highest number of Masters degrees in the district! Wow! The education that your child will recieve from the teachers at Shaw is wonderful, but the education they MAY recieve from their peers is undesireable. Just pray that you've raised your child to make good choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2004

The teachers really care about the students and want them to succeed. Too bad parent involvement is almost nil. Kids know that and if they flunk the parents won't care. It's hard for good students who really want to learn to put up with all the chuckleheads.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2003

I'd like to know why my son and three of his friends (who didn't have the same teacher) all failed math this year. Maybe they need to look at improving their math program.


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.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
41%
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 Students54%
Female63%
Male46%
Black25%
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander0%
White60%
Low income51%
Not low income67%
Special education10%
Not special education61%
Limited English9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female65%
Male43%
Black35%
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander35%
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander10%
White61%
Low income51%
Not low income65%
Special education37%
Not special education56%
Limited English4%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students50%
Female68%
Male34%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander30%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander0%
White56%
Low income48%
Not low income59%
Special education15%
Not special education56%
Limited English4%
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 Students30%
Female33%
Male28%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White34%
Low income28%
Not low income46%
Special education4%
Not special education36%
Limited English13%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students41%
Female49%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asian36%
Asian/Pacific Islander26%
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Low income39%
Not low income57%
Special education16%
Not special education47%
Limited English13%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female52%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income46%
Not low income66%
Special education26%
Not special education54%
Limited English19%
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.

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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

All Students80%
Female100%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income81%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
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 Students92%
Female86%
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Low income89%
Not low incomen/a
Not special education92%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 63%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 2%
Two or more races 5% 5%
Asian 4% 7%
Black 4% 5%
Hispanic 3% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 182%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 26%N/A8%
Special education 219%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 77%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Christine Lynch

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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