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Gray Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 607 students

 

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Posted July 2, 2013

This school is bad don't let any other review tell you other wise. I was a student there for one year and halfway through the year i already wanted to leave the place. These reviews need to be centered on the student's thoughts not a parents or a staff 's.Most of the students here are very irresponsible and care more about being cool,hanging out with there friends, and drama instead of doing any kind of work.Most students don't even pay attention to the teachers. The things the kinds say to each other are horrible. A student can not go any were in the school without hearing some bad language or hurtful comments to them or another student. The teachers are professional in what they do. There are some that stick out like a sore thumb that almost seem like they don't know what there doing and messed up constantly. One teacher punished my entire class for something a few people did, another after school for almost 4 minutes and i almost missed my bus and i didn't do anything! The sports programs are something i didn't join, but i know were good due to my classmate's thoughts about them. After-school programs i have no idea about. I hope everyone at this school reads this.My Initial CV


Posted February 17, 2009

This school Is So Great Everyone is nice and helpful and kind
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2008

I think Gray Middle School is great. Teachers throughout Tacoma only view Gray by what they see. I walk through the hallways everyday. Most students get along with other. No matter your race or whatever it is. There seems to be a lot of fights between females because of silly reasons, but that don't mean a thing. Students all over Tacoma are like that. But, academically Gray is fantastic. Every year our test scores are going up. The programs at our school are highly rated. Overall, this is my last year at Gray and I'm happy i got to attend there for three years. =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2006

I feel they could challenge the children more academically and have more electives. I also feel they should have more family/parent involvement and programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2004

I went to Gray and was actively involved. I loved it there! The teachers and staff were very supportive and definitely dedicated to their work. They were always there if you needed help on homework or had bigger troubles. The atmosphere in classrooms and on campus was charged and exciting. There may have been fights, but that's just a small percent of students. Of course, no school is perfect, and Gray's no exception. However, it's a great place to be. There was always after school help available and sporting events to attend. Gray was also the first middle school in Tacoma to have a cheerleading squad. My friends and I still reminisce and wish we could spend just one more day at Gray.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

This school is great. Gray gets looked down upon because it has a not-so-great building and a high fight level, but people fail to see the good parts of our school. First, it's not the building that makes the school, it's the people, and this school has amazing people, from excellent loving teachers, to students that make things happen. And secondly, we may have fights, but who doesn't? All people focus on the fights, and but they fail to recognize all the good things that happen, like our excellent science, fair, our dedicated ASB, or our wonderful sports teams. So next time you want to look down upon us, think again.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2004

This school is great...it has many activites such as IMP math ( a higher math level program ) and esl for students not fluent in english. They also have programs that bring the students into the environment such as TATU ( teens against tabbacoo use and SAD ( students against drugs). Thses programs are used to teach the younger kids in our district about the importance of anti-drugs. I highly recommend any child to become a part of the Pilot Pride system. Our pilots take pride in our school to make sure we are reconized as the amazing school we are. Our teachers know the students and work hard to work with the students in any struggles they come accross. This school may not look, smell, or have a good reputation but once you become a pilot you'll never want to leave. Believe me when I say once a pilot always a pilot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

It's a great school! They have IMP math for students with high math skills! They even have a new science 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.

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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
43%
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.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
28%
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 Students35%
Female41%
Male29%
Black24%
Asian52%
Asian/Pacific Islander39%
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander10%
White50%
Low income33%
Not low income48%
Special education7%
Not special education40%
Limited English17%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female68%
Male54%
Black63%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander20%
White66%
Low income59%
Not low income74%
Special education26%
Not special education67%
Limited English25%
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 Students42%
Female48%
Male38%
Black31%
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income39%
Not low income57%
Special education5%
Not special education47%
Limited English21%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female63%
Male46%
Black53%
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income49%
Not low income74%
Special education35%
Not special education56%
Limited English14%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students43%
Female52%
Male36%
Black40%
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White37%
Low income43%
Not low income42%
Special education5%
Not special education47%
Limited English27%
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 Students28%
Female24%
Male31%
Black25%
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander48%
Hispanic21%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White30%
Low income24%
Not low income42%
Special education4%
Not special education31%
Limited English24%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female49%
Male50%
Black56%
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander36%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income47%
Not low income61%
Special education12%
Not special education55%
Limited English17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female39%
Male53%
Black49%
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander36%
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income43%
Not low income63%
Special education16%
Not special education50%
Limited English13%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
27%
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 Students29%
Female23%
Male36%
Black29%
Asian53%
Asian/Pacific Islander39%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Low income27%
Not low income36%
Special educationn/a
Not special education30%
Limited English30%
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 34% 60%
Black 24% 5%
Hispanic 17% 20%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 16%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 256%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 18N/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 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Brenda McBrayer

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
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