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Posted April 16, 2014

For the most part I love my school and I love my teachers! They are amazing,The only thing I could think to complain about would be the dances never have adults watching kids...other then that it is a fantastic school!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2013

My Son will be a Senior this year. I think Wilson is the Best High School in Tacoma! The Principal and his staff are the friendliest, knowledgeable, and they know how to run a great High School. Thanks Wilson!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

One daughter graduated from Wilson. She had a great high school experience and was prepared her for a successful experience at an out of state private college. Our second daughter is currently attending Wilson and is having a very positive experience. The Honors and AP classes are challenging, the teachers caring, and the principal is incredible. Mr. Besett is involved, positive, and effective. Wilson provides great opportunities for involvement in sports, choir, clubs, and music. There are dedicated parents involved in the Ram Fans and Wilson Music Boosters. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

I was in the "honors" and "AP" programs at Wilson High School. The teachers had high expectations, and provided us with all the instruction that we needed to attain those goals. The principal and other senior staff were present in our daily activities. They could always be found interacting with students. This aided to the order of things around campus. Also, you know teachers are good when students are being challenged, but still love to come to class. That was my experience at Wilson.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2007

I think Wilson is fantastic! The staff have been more than helpful since my daughter transferred from University Place! Her teachers have been supportive & encouraging, and the principal is the best! I have had same day responses from a teacher, her counselor, and the office mgr! What more could you want? We love it & are glad we switched from Curtis!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2006

Wilson High School has a great enviroment for the students attending and hopefully it will stay this way thanks to the great teachers teaching at this school. The dropout rate has changed positvely in the last 20 years its abosoultely amazing.~ Shela
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2005

So far this year the atmosphere is charged. Probably because of the new construction going on. Because of this the classes seem a bit over crowded, but with the decent teachers this seems to not be a problem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2004

This school is very money oriented. I find there are fees for everything and the cost of school events are sky high. Yes this is an upper class school, but there are those who aren't in that upper class that just can't afford these extra's. I find that even though they state they want parents input, they discourage it when faced with a parent. Acting like you are interfering with the school. There are some teachers that are very nice and helpful. I think they need people skills taught to the faculity. I also attend this school in the 80's and it hasn't changed a bit in these issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

The administration of Wilson High school leaves a lot to be desired. They are unable to connect with parents. When asked for assistance you get a run around and way too many interuptions. Some of thw teachers are excellent while others either don't care or have issues with language barriers or not caring about the students. Wilson has a very low drop rate but look at the withdrawal rate instead. Many students go to other schools looking for the connection that just doesn't happen at Wilson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

I am a student at Wilson and I defenetly think that this is the best school in Tacoma specially if you compare it with the dropout and Wasl improvements at the other schools.


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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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
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Biology I

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

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
19%
Biology I

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

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
57%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
56%
Integrated Math I

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

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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.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Biology I

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

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2012

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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n/a

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2011

 
 
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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

All Students21%
Female24%
Male18%
Black12%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White24%
Low income14%
Not low income30%
Special education5%
Not special education24%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students78%
Female74%
Male81%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income57%
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Black73%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Low income82%
Not low income91%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
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 Students22%
Female27%
Male19%
Black12%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White20%
Low income19%
Not low income24%
Special education0%
Not special education26%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students67%
Female68%
Male65%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income60%
Not low income73%
Special education33%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students70%
Female60%
Male80%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income68%
Not low income72%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
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 Students28%
Female33%
Male21%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income23%
Not low income33%
Special educationn/a
Not special education32%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology 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
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students48%
Femalen/a
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Low incomen/a
Not low income44%
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
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 Students0%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education0%
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

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

Geometry

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
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.

337 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

332 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students89%
Female93%
Male86%
Black85%
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic87%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income86%
Not low income92%
Special education50%
Not special education92%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Black88%
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic93%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income88%
Not low income94%
Special education84%
Not special education92%
Limited English36%
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 63% 60%
Black 13% 5%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Hispanic 7% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 16%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 229%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 50%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dan Besett

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

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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Tacoma, WA 98406
Phone: (253) 571-6000

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