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Posted May 2, 2014

If the student wants Rigor it's at Mount Tahoma. If the student doesn't want AP they can put it off until Senior year. The school offers AP and College credit classes in just about every subject. The best example is the High School PreCalculus/Calculus teacher has his program accredited from Central Washington University so students earn 5 college credits from Central for PreCalculus. This is huge because it opens 90% of the majors at the university level. This is just one of over a dozen examples. The best part about this school is the students! We moved my daughter when bullied at the North End High School because she was not a Barbie, she is however, a very pretty young lady and very nice to everyone. The students at Mt. Tahoma have such a diverse ethnic heritage they all accept each other. The Multiculture event is huge and everyone supports each other and compliments one another. The culture at Mt. Tahoma promotes groups and clubs and getting involved. They also promote academics and have at least five different college programs: TRiO, CSF, College Bound, Pacific Culture Outreach Program, and a couple of others my daughter told me about but I forgot what they are called.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2011

I think Mount. tahoma is a good school considering somethings that have gone on here. I really enjoy the JROTC program and i recommend it to other students to join it. GO T-BIRDS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2011

I attended the new school for 4 years. I really enjoyed my time there. The staff was amazing and the teachers are really nice and yes, they do care whether or not you learn. That being said, the college prep and education in general is below standard. I was easily a 4.0 student with minimal studying. Toughest class I took? Honors chemistry and that wasn't even that hard. I moved onto the Running Start program at a community college and enjoyed it a lot more (and that wasn't even on par with university level education, but hey, it was free and it was more challenging). Enjoyed the school, not the level of education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2009

I went to Mount Tahoma from 04-08. For all the parents that say that the students will enter college not knowing what to do and what not are wrong! I am going to WSU and doing fine. I have a 3.2 GPA where as at MT I had a 3.65. I love that school and it made me want to become a teacher. Thus I'm majoring in mathematics and hoping to become a math teacher at Mount Tahoma in a few years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2007

Mount Tahoma is the best school i've ever attended. Mount Tahoma has gorgeous campus. i attended at there for my sophomore year and unfortunately i had to move the school. a bit of homework but not too bad and there's no pressure. it's like almost small society. I'm really glad that i've attended school. nicest teachers around me and joyful memory. 'T-bird Power is justified!'
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2007

This is a beautiful school although very little homework and direction is given. My daughter is a freshman taking honors math and never has homework! The teachers seem to have little control over the classes and students do what they want. It is more of a social gathering rather than an academic learning environment. Very frustrating as a parent as these kids will have a real wake up call when entering collage with no solid study habits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2007

School lacks class selection or stimulation for kids. Result kids are bored, no homework, and not learning. Lack of class structure & curriculum. Very poor education in the technical areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2006

Quality of academic programs, Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities, Level of parent involvement
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 16, 2006

The school is brand new, opening in 2004, and so physically it is clean and beautiful. However, they seemed to have spend all their money on the school and left none for school supplies. There are virtually no books, paper, any type of supplies and therefore my daughter receives no homework and is often times bored with her classes. I asked that she be placed in honors classes and still it is not challenging enough to keep her interest. Test scores for this school are low and they do not push the students as much as they could. Staff is pleasant, but is greatly lacking in strong organization and serious learning techniques.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Modern new school. Offers alot of programs, but are not followed through. Needs tough guide lines for students and staff. Low parent involvement, and low teacher communications to family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

Mount Tahoma is a great school who has commetted themselve to trying a new, small school way of teachings.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 1, 2005

Both of our kids graduated from MT.T. One in 03 and one in 04. The teachers/staff and especially Principal Shearer were so helpful in our kids academics and personal lives that is probably one of the reasons they are both attending college now! They did not get to attend the 'new' MT.T but they will always be THUNDERBIRDS at heart!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2004

There is no other school like Mount Tahoma. The staff are close knit, fun and really work hard for the students. It's like a small community. There's a club/extracurricular for almost everyone- and if there isn't, then you can start one! I had the chance to go to Foss, but am so glad that I stayed at Mount Tahoma.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2004

I went to Mt. Tahoma after transferring from Clover Park. My grades were immediately better, I made honor roll every semester, and got a scholarship to college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2003

This school has had a great impact on my life. Thanks to all the staff that cared so much about thier students!!
—Submitted by a former student


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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
31%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
69%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
19%
Biology I

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

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
42%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
24%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% 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 15% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
10%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
31%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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 Students11%
Female11%
Male12%
Black3%
Asian31%
Asian/Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White12%
Low income11%
Not low income11%
Special education3%
Not special education12%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students42%
Female65%
Male27%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income36%
Not low income57%
Special educationn/a
Not special education41%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students70%
Female74%
Male65%
Black55%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Low income65%
Not low income78%
Not special education69%
Limited English50%
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
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
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
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%
Female15%
Male15%
Black14%
Asian32%
Asian/Pacific Islander29%
Hispanic3%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White19%
Low income16%
Not low income13%
Special education7%
Not special education16%
Limited English28%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students45%
Female49%
Male40%
Black44%
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income44%
Not low income47%
Special education12%
Not special education48%
Limited English5%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students35%
Female36%
Male34%
Black29%
Asian21%
Asian/Pacific Islander27%
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Low income32%
Not low income44%
Special educationn/a
Not special education36%
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 Students20%
Female19%
Male21%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic11%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White23%
Low income14%
Not low income38%
Special educationn/a
Not special education22%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students30%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low income30%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education30%
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students33%
Female17%
Male48%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low income34%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education34%
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 Students11%
Female8%
Male17%
Black10%
Hispanic0%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income12%
Not low income8%
Special educationn/a
Not special education12%
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Students16%
Female9%
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low income8%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education16%
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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

322 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students73%
Female77%
Male69%
Black75%
Asian77%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income72%
Not low income75%
Special education36%
Not special education77%
Limited English16%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female87%
Male75%
Black87%
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income80%
Not low income84%
Special education55%
Not special education83%
Limited English47%
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 38% 60%
Hispanic 19% 20%
Black 18% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 7%
Two or more races 8% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 15%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 246%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 55%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kevin Kannier

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
  • Swimming pool
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

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Performing arts
  • Drama
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