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Port Susan Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 539 students

 
 

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Posted May 9, 2011

My second child is in her last year at Port Susan Middle. This school is mediocre at best. The instruction is hit and miss, although the discipline has improved over the years (since my oldest entered 6th grade, in 2007). Counselors are burned out. I don't see kids or teachers who are passionate about learning or who are trying anything innovative. A huge disappointment, coming from public schools in Shoreline (north Seattle). Kids are learning in middle school what my daughter learned in FIRST GRADE (no exaggeration) in technology lab in Shoreline. There are a couple of notable standouts, just good solid teachers who know how to teach. Otherwise, the school makes an argument for the serious perils of inbred hiring (favoring locals who grew up here and attended Stanwood schools) - notable lack of talent, energy and passion for teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

I have been very pleased with the change in leadership over the last couple of years. It feels like they are truly trying to make a change in the academic progress of every student. Interventions (Read to Achieve, SuperMath) have been put in place to help more kids reach standards. All students are being helped! Seems like principal lacks in communication with community and students. I'm hoping he'll grow in this area. Staff is loving and caring. My kids feel very safe and connected to their teachers. Would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2006

The principal and the teachers are wonderful. This is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2006

My son and I love port susan middle school.He wouldnt go anywhere else.The school and staff made him feel very welcome last year as we were new to the stanwood area. Thank you for making this transition easier for him..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

Music Department is lacking in quality, kids dropping out this year like flies. Problem with Teachers communicating with parents when the child is not succeeding in class(day late dollar short syndrome) Sports programs good. Late start is a hassle (who voted for this?). Front office staff treats parents like children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2006

I think that Port Susan middle is a very good school. The first year our daughter attended she was new to the area and was treated as an outsider - all new kids were put in a portable classroom next to the school making it difficult to get to know the locals kids and become part of the community. After a year she has made the honor roll and joined choir, made many good friends, and we are very happy with the quality of education she is getting. After you break through the small town barrier you will find it to be a very good school with alot to offer for such a small town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

My daughter is in the Special Education program,She sruggles and has a IEP plan , I feel let down. We have no real IEP teachers, IEP teachers are payed the same for very difficult time consuming education. There changing what they teach every year,There is no real plan or cirrclum in place ! Mrs. ViZ is the only teacher that really seems to teach with a plan & from the heart in the IEP program. They also fail to reconize the real kids, You know the ones that are not the most popular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2004

It can be a bit hard to find friends if you just move. But after a little getting use to it's a nice school. Could improve with better afterschool programs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2004

I think that this is the best school for me, since we have moved all I talk about is Port Susan. I think this is the best school out of all the schools I've been to, and I've been to a lot of schools. Well I just thought you would like to know that your school is the best out of all the schools I have been to.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 24, 2004

Port Susan is an outstanding school which offers many opportunities for students. My kids have been involved in sports programs, with supportive coaches, as well as academic programs such as History Day and Science Team. The school sets high standards, has supportive staff and cares about kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students73%
Female76%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income60%
Not low income79%
Special education23%
Not special education81%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female84%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income76%
Not low income85%
Special education41%
Not special education89%
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 Students74%
Female76%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income54%
Not low income81%
Special education18%
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female93%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income65%
Not low income87%
Special education32%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female87%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income60%
Not low income77%
Special education27%
Not special education79%
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 Students65%
Female64%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income51%
Not low income70%
Special education7%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female77%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income59%
Not low income72%
Special education18%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female71%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income55%
Not low income77%
Special education39%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 94% in 2011.

29 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

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 85% 60%
Hispanic 7% 20%
Two or more races 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 229%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 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 76%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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7506 267th St NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
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