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Jason Lee

Public | 6-8 | 184 students

 

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Posted December 18, 2011

I must be a strung out parent of Hilltop according to the parent who wrote a review b-4 me. Nice that some people can stoop to that level when they are refering to education of our children. Good luck with private school. A lot of kids in this community need leadership,...not criticism. I've watched the parents and students involvement at this school change a lot in the past 4 years. They've all come a long way, and are WAY more involved now, than ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

top scores for msp 7th grade best school ever!!!!!!! It really is a great place to be at. p.s. i spelt top to in my other review


Posted February 27, 2011

"We only grade on tests. A kid could never turn in any homework and still pass." "As long as he does good on tests, the student's attendance doesn't matter." These two things were said to me by TEACHERS at Jason Lee when I expressed concern for my child. They are trying to make the school a better place, but these things were said in 2010. It may be a good school at some point in the future but right now it's one of the lowest scoring schools in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

Anyone who gives Jason Lee a good review is either a strung out product of hilltop or just plain crazy!!! There is some good things such as the principle is fabulous and most of the teachers are great but..... the Jason Lee students are out of control and the environment is not conducive to learning. I have never seen a more disrespectful, rowdier bunch of heathens in my whole life! Their language and behavior is deplorable. My daughter went from being an honor student to barely making C's!!! If you look at the test scores Jason Lee under-performs in every subject in every grade. I am totally embarrassed to say that my child goes to this school and am currently looking for a private school. If you want your child to receive a good education, spare yourself the time and trouble and find a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2008

We have been thrilled with Jason Lee, it h teachers, programs, and administration. We live in the north end and had heard that another school was better, so we did some research. We found that JLee has made amazing strides these past years. Entering the school we were greated by several staff, the principal made time to speak with us, and we even met some teachers. Our son hasn't been so happy about school since first grade. Right away he made friends, was placed in advanced classes, and recieved extra help in writing. Our daughter began classes there last week. She is thrilled to take art and hopefully glassblowing next year. When asked how her first day was, she said, 'Everyone was really nice, even my teachers. They said that school would be really hard this year, but they would help me.' What more could we ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2006

I think the Jason Lee teachers - most of them really care about the school. I do, however, have problems with the administration there. My daughter will be going into 8th grade. She has spent so far all her middle school years at Jason Lee. I am thinking about transferring my daughter, but at the same time, I do love some of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2005

Back when the days on Hill Top where not as good as they are now, I went to this great school. I am happy that I went there, and still recall many memories till this day of the great teachers who care and the rest of the staff as well. Im proud to have gone to this school, and would recomend others to allow there children to go as well. There still are some of my thearches there that would be happy to see your new attend there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 2, 2005

We started my son at Jason Lee, but after a short time we decided to dig deep in our pockets and put him in private school. The facility is gorgeous, the programs are there, but the level of student harassment is high. Being that my son is neither weak, nor a bully, we were surprised that after only 2 weeks he had all of his school supplies stolen during pictures, he was subjected to inappropriate name-calling, and had another student threatening to beat him up. I wish I had a better experience to relate, but this is honesty.
—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.

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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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
48%

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 Students45%
Female52%
Male36%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income38%
Not low income60%
Special education8%
Not special education54%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female71%
Male44%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income53%
Not low income69%
Special education8%
Not special education70%
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 Students55%
Female56%
Male54%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income44%
Not low income82%
Special education8%
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female58%
Male48%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income42%
Not low income82%
Special education8%
Not special education61%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students41%
Female54%
Male29%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic24%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income36%
Not low income55%
Special education4%
Not special education47%
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 Students27%
Female27%
Male28%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income18%
Not low income62%
Special education0%
Not special education33%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female57%
Male41%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income42%
Not low income69%
Special education13%
Not special education54%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female63%
Male57%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income55%
Not low income79%
Special education9%
Not special education70%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
29%
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 Students34%
Female33%
Male35%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Low income28%
Not low income54%
Special educationn/a
Not special education35%
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 39% 60%
Black 35% 5%
Two or more races 11% 6%
Hispanic 8% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 254%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 53%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jon Kellett

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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