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Truman

Public | 6-8 | 794 students

 

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Posted April 9, 2014

My son is finishing his 3rd year at Truman. * Avoid sending your child to this school. * There are only a few good teachers. Most teachers do not post on a regular basis to the grades online website. In one class my son had tests scores of 95%-100% & high assignment scores, and perfect attendance as well - yet his grade was a C. When I asked the teacher to explain how this could be his reply was my son did not raise his hand enough. ?? I had to fight just to get my son's grade to a B+ when he should have received a solid A. Since attending Truman his grades have dropped off. The principal is far more concerned with the dress code than she is academics. I had asked the vice principal face to face if I could speak with him privately. He looked directly at me & told me no. I have left voice messages for the principal & not once has she ever bothered to return a phone call. Maybe if the principal spent more time worrying about what students are actually doing instead of what they are wearing - she might figure out what really goes on at Truman. My younger child is heading into middle school next year. There is no way she will be attending Truman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

If your child has an IEP or falls under special ed DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL. My kid went here for a year and it was ridiculous joke. Teachers who are uneducated on special needs especially autism (This school does have autism program) Principals in Tacoma district don't know anything about special needs kids. I now go to a good district where I dont have to explain my child to them they get it and I no longer get the constant calls to pick him up cause they don't want to deal with him or understand why he is reacting a certain way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

The school needs to re-evaluate its transportation policy. My child lives 1.4 miles from school. Yet falls within the 'circle' of being close enough to walk. It may only be a mile as a crow flies, but my child doesn't fly so its 1.4 miles to get to school! There are numerous parents not happy with the situation. My child wasn't allowed to walk to school for elementary school ( a bus was provided) at age 11, yet it is acceptable in middle school at the same age, plus Truman is further away and is located on a busy street. The school appears clean and well maintained. I just wish that more core subjects where taught. My child can go into detail about Martin Luther, yet knows nothing of our country's presidents and has studied other countries yet nothing about America!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

I attended a Catholic school and fully understand the need for rules but Truman goes to far. The school has random dress code violation checks that requires when asked the student to lift up their tops to check for compliance. How would an adult feel if they responded to work only to have their boss ask them to lift up their tops to make sure they had on the appropriate shirt underneath? As long as a student appears to be dressing with the code why make them left their tops and pants? Students are told not to compliment each other, touch each other in anyway, you can't can't even pat a friend on the back for a job well done! Yes the school is clean, most teachers seem adequate. There are quite a few parents that are fed up with the over zealous rules.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

I have one child is just finishing her 3rd year and another who will enter 6th grade in the fall of 2005. The facilities are new and kept in excellent condition. The school organizes each grade in teams and they do an excellent job of working together. Any time I have had a question or concern, teachers were responsive and helpful. The guidance conselors were also helpful and willing to meet with me whenever requested. The principal is caring and involved with the students. The band instructor volunteers with the Jazz club which meets before school. Not sure of other activites. The student body is diverse and considering the higher free and reduced lunch percentage, maintains a higher than average WASL score. The school maintains a good handle on discipline with the students. There is a positive atmosphere for individual responsibility. PTA maintains a solid involvement and things are well.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students46%
Female41%
Male50%
Black23%
Asian70%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income39%
Not low income61%
Special education16%
Not special education50%
Limited English25%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female61%
Male63%
Black42%
Asian70%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income51%
Not low income81%
Special education42%
Not special education64%
Limited English19%
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 Students62%
Female65%
Male58%
Black35%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income53%
Not low income74%
Special education26%
Not special education65%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female78%
Male53%
Black37%
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income61%
Not low income74%
Special education47%
Not special education68%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students70%
Female76%
Male64%
Black50%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income63%
Not low income80%
Special education16%
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 Students44%
Female50%
Male38%
Black19%
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income32%
Not low income61%
Special education8%
Not special education47%
Limited English21%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female70%
Male49%
Black37%
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income48%
Not low income77%
Special education13%
Not special education65%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female62%
Male48%
Black33%
Asian59%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income44%
Not low income71%
Special education21%
Not special education59%
Limited English0%
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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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 Students40%
Female43%
Male37%
Black24%
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Low income29%
Not low income56%
Special educationn/a
Not special education41%
Limited English23%
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 53% 60%
Black 15% 5%
Hispanic 12% 20%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 18%N/A8%
Special education 16%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 245%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 16N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 58%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Brenda McBrayer

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
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

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Tutor
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5801 North 35th St
Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone: (253) 571-5600

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