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Sumner Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1451 students

 
 

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Posted August 24, 2013

The sense of community at SHS is unlike any other. Visit the school, drive by in the morning, around 7, and I promise you, you will see students outside holding the door for their classmates, greeting them with smiles. Students of all types! Jocks, cheerleaders, ASB kids, band kids, get to school early just to hold the door for their classmates. Go to a football game, stay after, and I promise you will see students picking up the stands for the custodians, in fact, the cheerleaders are the ones who initiate it with trash bags and gloves. Go to the Annual Community Dinner, observe the 300+ students coming together to serve the 800+ community members a free holiday meal. Go to Pack The Gym, watch the 800+ students on their feet cheering on our Special Olympics Basketball team, high-fiving them, even getting their autograph after the game. SHS radiates love, it's the perfect environment to learn and grow. SHS is so good at what they do they even host 3 separate conferences, an elementary, a middle, and a HS level Servant Leadership Conference, where SHS students teach students from 20+ other schools how to build community in their school. I'm so grateful I got to go to SHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2011

I went through a HUGE change in High School, when I was a Junior, and Loved my time at SHS, I would recommend this school to anyone. I recommend the Leadership program, Band Program, and Film program, unlike many schools SHS supports all their programs and makes every student feel welcome. You'll always have your problems at any school, but if you can get passed some of petty little things, Sumner is an amazing school. completely recommended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2010

Great school for kids & prepares them well for success beyond high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

I attended sumner my freshman and sophomore year. this school is clean, welcoming and happy the councelors are amazing and most the teachers really care Ill never forget my expirience there. They do not have ap class but rather honors we have alot of clubs and we have a 90 minute late start every wednesday
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

the teachers are supportive and fun! We have ALOT! of spirit! We are encouraged to be ourselfs and its just comfortable to go there :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2007

My time at Sumner High convinced me that I will never let my own children attend public school. Sumner was a blue ribbon school when I attended, yet I believed that the award was a mockery of the true nature of the school. Although there are plenty of out of school activities to participate in, the in class learning was sub-par. I took all of the AP classes that were offered at the time (not very many) and yet when I arrived to college I still felt underprepared by my three years at Sumner. The administration and staff were less than helpful with the college admissions process, and actually proved to be more of a hindrance. I will say there were a select few caring and legitimately knowledgeable teachers, but for the most part teachers were forced to dumb down the level of education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 16, 2006

More support could be given to this students of this school. My child had to struggle to find the right direction in his scholastic life to continue into college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

Sumner Senior high is excellent. I could not have asked for a better school to put my children in!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

Overall my son had a wonderful education from Sumner High School. The academics were very good (he got into a very selective college), the staff cared about him and the administration was very supportive of the kids. Sumner High was a National Blue Ribbon school and I have read that they will be an International Baccalaureate School beginning in the next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

This is a decent school. The academic programs are good, with options for advanced placement classes. The teacher are good and care about students achievement. There are lots of clubs, sports, etc. for a child to find something of interest.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 27, 2005

Personally I dislike Sumner high school and the district as a whole. The staff, gudience office, and faculty is very unhelpful. Thankfully I have a very self motivated child who can take care of herself, however I feel sorry for other children in this ditrict who aren't as intrinsicly moved.It will be a difficult process for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2004

I like the school. It has some policies that I disagree with, but you'll find that at any school. But overall it's been a good school for both of my kids to graduate from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

I believe that Sumner is a good school..kind of. I mean, the halls are always dirty, most of the teachers dont even listen to the students, and they expect the students to know what to do without an explanaion. Also, this school is extremely over populated, by as much as 700 students. Over 100 didnt have a class to go to when school started because there was no room, so those students had to sit in ISS for a class. This school, yes seems pretty good, but if you look closely theres way too many things wrong with it. Dont let your kids experience it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2004

My son has learning disabilities and has great teachers. I have been to several functions at the school with my son and have seen how well the faculty performs. The students there treat my son very well and he has not had the teasing he has had to endure at other schools. Sumner Schools are very good to send children to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2004

I beleive sumner high school has teachers that are filled with drama and do not give a second thought about the kids they teach or the education. I do not quite understand how sumner became a blue ribbon school. It is an embarassment to all that school is. I would never let my child go back to Sumner, and would never go there for anything myself. The kids are not challenged enough, and the teachers party with the kids. If you can stop your child from going to sumner please for the sake of them do it. -L. Gangl
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2003

This school has some teachers who really care about the students and the futures of the students. My kids are in a safe place, learning from teachers who care in a very diverse environment that teaches us to respect each other's differences. I appreciate the quality of education they represent.
—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.
Algebra I

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

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
41%
Biology I

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

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
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

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
33%
Biology I

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

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
19%
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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
56%
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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2011

 
 
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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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n/a

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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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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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 Students47%
Female49%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income39%
Not low income52%
Special education47%
Not special education47%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income72%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students93%
Female95%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Low income94%
Not low income93%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/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
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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
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%
Female17%
Male14%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White16%
Low income16%
Not low income15%
Special education11%
Not special education18%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students63%
Female58%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income51%
Not low income70%
Special education59%
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students67%
Female66%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income73%
Not low income65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
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 Students19%
Female28%
Male8%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White23%
Low income14%
Not low income24%
Special educationn/a
Not special education21%
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 Students38%
Female42%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White39%
Low income40%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education38%
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.

314 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

311 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

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 Students90%
Female90%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic78%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income81%
Not low income94%
Special education57%
Not special education93%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic95%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income83%
Not low income94%
Special education57%
Not special education94%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 60%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 231%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 21N/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 60%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Sumner, WA 98390
Phone: (253) 891-5500

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