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West Valley City School

Public | 5-8 | 67 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted April 28, 2014

We are very impressed with this school. This schools focus is on building long lasting relationships, teaching responsibilities, and setting up kids with tools and knowledge for their everyday future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

West Valley City School encourages new students to get out of there comfort zone. That's something not a lot of other middle schools focus on. Each student has the chance to make a difference in the community while building relationships with other fellow classmates. City School teachers are easier to talk to than most teachers because they have more bonding time, it's a smaller school, and each student usually gradually gets better and more focused throughout their years. I highly recommend City School for students who want to make a difference and strive to do there best. City School has taught my children how to give perfect presentations and allowed them to be more comfortable in front of a group of people. One of my main concerns was that the students had a little to much freedom. Every teacher learns to trust students depending on their actions in class, and then once the student gets in trouble they aren't punished. Students need to know what's right and what's wrong and the teachers don't want to punish the students, so nothing happens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2013

Why would I write this school with 3 stars? The teachers are very nice, but are kind of out of it. The kids are NOT being watched. Not really anyways. Half the time the teachers are out of the classroom, (most of the time) CHILDREN are teaching CHILDREN during the class of what they call "flex" because their excuse is "we don't have enough volunteers or teachers" , the children are running the school. And yes the "children running the school" may build responsibility in the children, but if they are not willing to take the responsibility, then who will? The principal picks on CERTAIN children, he will follow them and watch their every move until they do something wrong. I have read the other reviews and nobody has mention the incidents with the police involved, the biting and stabbings! I gave it more than one star because the concept is great! I love the hands-on projects they do and the field trips they take. The younger children are learning higher concepts because they are in a classroom with older children. If you are considering this school, be concerned of your children's safety. It is a nice school.


Posted October 23, 2012

Best school in the world!! I love all the teachers. I love the classes and ow they are challenging and fun. I hope your child gets the chance to go here.


Posted August 20, 2012

The teachers are great; most communicate very well. I've had 2 children graduate from WVCS and in high school they were years above their classmates. Although the kids worked hard, I think City School is part of the reason they were able to maintain grades high enough to keep them on the honor roll. With that said, due to the fact that you don't get "grades" on a regular basis, this school is not for parents who aren't involved. You do need to look at the list of assignments and communicate with your child(ren) about outstanding items. Finally, I will say my one frustration has been with the principal. He did not take immediate actions to address issues such as bullying and racism. The school is founded on the principle that children will do the right thing if they act respectfully therefore the only rule is that students show respect. However, the disrespectful actions were not addressed. I m not sure how much experience the current principal has (there was a different one when we first came to the school) but he either needs to take a firmer stand on inappropriate actions or the district needs to take a stand and replace him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

The idea of this school is fabulous, if only it could be carried out as such. There is no accountability for students or teachers. When homework is turned in, there are times the teachers don't grade it for a month. On top of that, the principal doesn't know the definition of "bullying," nor does he adhere to parental involvement when it comes to threatening, bullying or invasion of privacy. Instead of contacting the parents when shutting down the student's email because another student sent pornographic images from it, he refuses to call or return calls. The best way to get his attention? Sit in his office until he finally shows up, then slap a restraining order against the offending student on his desk. A beyond poor example! I would never recommend this school based on the principal alone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

City School is the best! It allows the students to learn about City Governament and to work in teams.


Posted October 23, 2009

WV City School is a cutting-edge school! I wish more students had the opportunity to experience this unique educational format. The way in which the school approaches learning is unique and very effective. It allows the children to not only develop a fantastic core education of language, math, science, and history but also allows the students to accrue a font of valuable life skills. The students attain priceless teamwork skills through their many team projects and through their daily team class. Students acquire a priceless work ethic via many means, one of which is the 'city' the school operates within it's daily school day. The students have a wide variety of jobs they can apply for, interview, may or may not get and work daily. The students have the opportunity to be everything from a judge to a barista to owning their own small business! They learn financial responsibility through their paychecks, paying taxes, and 'tuition' with their city money. It's truely an Great School. As amazing as the City School concept is, the teachers are even more fabulous. I have never had the pleasure of or heard of a bunch of more dedicated, hard-working, intelligent, and a truely caring thoughtful group of individual teachers. Each and every one of them are outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

The teachers are all about the students! They love kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

West Valley City School is the most amazing jr. high, it teaches the students the value of hard work. They are proud of their accomplishments. The staff cares and creates lasting relationships with the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

I LOVE that my child WANTS to go to school & that he LOVES his school. He is rewarded with awards and special outings (water parks, amusement parks) for the good work that he does which encourages him to perform and exceed expectations. This unique school allows the children much freedom and demands much responsibility. The students learn real-life lessons which will follow them way beyond middle school. The children run the school. They each have jobs that they apply for - it requires a resume, letter of interest, letters of recommendation, etc. and they they interview for the job. Available jobs include working in the cafe, rebuilding old computers, working at a real radio station, growing and selling plants from a nursery, raising trout and releasing into the wild, being a police officer, mayor, attorney, or creating and running their own business to name a few. Not only do the children have jobs, but the curriculum includes hands-on projects. The children don't just sit in classrooms all day. For example, one whole day of the week is spent on science & the children actually go out into nature and learn in the field - hands on. I couldn't be happier with my decision to enroll my son at City School, and would HIGHLY recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

There is such a sense of community at our school! The thing that really blows it out of the water is though is that the teachers and administrators are committed to teaching our children how to 'think' for themselves, therefore becoming 'solution-oriented.' The real-life scenarios are clever and such an investment in my children. More schools should follow our model!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

This school not only teaches your child academics, it also teaches teamwork. I am so pleased that I am fortunate enough to have my children attend such a well rounded school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Great creative teachers...a forward thinking school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

The best school in spokane valley!!!!!!!!! Wonderful teachers that really care. Project based hands on learning. This is my daughters 3rd year and she loves her school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

This project based school incorporates real world experiences with academics. When kids are finished at City School they know how to make a resume, conduct themselves through a job interview, start a small business, balance a checkbook, work in a cafe, and mentor younger students. The project aspect of this school incorporates many facets of leaning into one project; just like in the real world, these kids use math, science, language arts, and history to solve problems and create projects. This is one cutting edge school, and we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Innovative and motivating!!!! Not your typical school for children who excel in leadership and teamwork.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

This is the most fantastic student run educational program I have ever seen! My son loves his classes, his teacher and his school community. How great for a 7th grader!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

My daughter loves her school. All of the teachers truely care about the students and the school is a true commiunity. They also have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, which I believe is very important for a middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

City School is a great way to get the kids to be independent and responsible
—Submitted by a parent


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 63% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
27%
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 59% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
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 64% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
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 Students56%
Female59%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income67%
Not low income50%
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female73%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income75%
Not low income64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female55%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income67%
Not low income55%
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
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 Students57%
Female63%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income57%
Not low income56%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female66%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income62%
Not low income59%
Special educationn/a
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

Math

All Students63%
Female62%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income55%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female69%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income55%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female95%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income73%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
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%
Female52%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income48%
Not low income40%
Special educationn/a
Not special education44%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female84%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income65%
Not low income86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female60%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income57%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
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.

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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
92%

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.

2013

 
 
n/a

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 Students72%
Female82%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low incomen/a
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
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 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

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 81% 60%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 14%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 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Spokane, WA 99212
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