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Mason

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Posted September 11, 2013

This school doesn't want parent involvement. They think they are superior and don't need to prove them selves or work hard. I've tried to participate in my child's education and the message is clear "Parents are NOT needed and NOT welcome". The principal is useless. If I could afford private school I'd pull my kids out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

The teachers at this school are some of the worst I've encountered as a student. My algebra teacher sits me in a corner by a girl who copies my homework and I'm never called on to answer questions for EC. He assigns homework based on NOTHING he teaches. There's nothing the school can do.


Posted September 17, 2012

This school is ridiculous for the rules and making the students uncomfortable and getting in trouble for ridiculous things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2011

There have been teachers who have given students "bonus points" towards their grades if they say their parents are voting a certain way. A lot of teachers don't take any interest in if a student does well or not and there is a lack of drive to do what it takes to help students achieve higher. When I attended five years ago I was told many times "I'm paid whether you do well or not".


Posted May 17, 2011

I was appalled just seeing the introductory packet for this school. Over a page alone on every nitpicky detail of what students are and are not allowed to wear? When do the teachers have time to teach if they're constantly on the lookout for illicit visible T-shirt hems or patches on pants? It sounds like military school. Academics are sketchy as well, according to the information we were given; art and science get the shaft. We opted out in short order and chose to send our son to a school that focuses on fostering a love of learning, not submissive obedience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2010

This school used to be one of the best in the city, but the staff has become complacent. If your child is not able to perform without extra help they will fall behind. Certain staff members do not contact parents when the child is struggling and they do not keep their online grades up to date so the parent has no idea if there child is struggling or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

I have been told this is a good school, have had one child in Mason, and have one more to go there I hope.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

this school was horrible for me. they treated the kids like they were in jail, and were very nit-picky about small rules and uniforms. if you can avoid sending your kid here, do it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2008

A great school that helps kids get ready for the future. The future is not fun or filled with athletics, it is about studying, working hard, and learning. I love this school and I love that they do help the kids learn how to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

This school is almost a scene from 1984. Security cameras cover ever inch of the school, id cards are required to be worn on the neck to identify you. Most extracurricular activities are terrible, although the band program is the best in Tacoma. The principals are extremely strict.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 24, 2005

I am very pleased with the staff and feel they hold my child to high standards, and in doing so, create an environment which has my child doing their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2004

I dont feel this school works on making all the students comfortable in there learning process.
—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 59% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%

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

All Students71%
Female70%
Male71%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income56%
Not low income80%
Special education21%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female78%
Male78%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income68%
Not low income84%
Special education33%
Not special education85%
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 Students72%
Female71%
Male73%
Black46%
Asian84%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income55%
Not low income84%
Special education19%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female74%
Male71%
Black36%
Asian96%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income58%
Not low income82%
Special education38%
Not special education75%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female80%
Male60%
Black55%
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income58%
Not low income79%
Special education29%
Not special education74%
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%
Female59%
Male55%
Black27%
Asian71%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income46%
Not low income63%
Special education14%
Not special education61%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female77%
Male70%
Black47%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income59%
Not low income80%
Special education36%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Black53%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic93%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income62%
Not low income85%
Special education48%
Not special education80%
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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
56%
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 Students61%
Female60%
Male63%
Black36%
Asian71%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Low income47%
Not low income68%
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
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 75% 63%
Two or more races 8% 5%
Black 7% 5%
Asian 4% 7%
Hispanic 4% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 126%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 20%N/A8%
Special education 27%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 47%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Patrice Sulkosky

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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3901 North 28th St
Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone: (253) 571-2256

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