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Morris Ford Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 311 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted March 26, 2014

This school is horrible my son is special trying to take normal classes now but kids picking on him doing nothing about it calling him names don't pick this school horrible should go on strike
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2013

I actually purposely transferred both my children into Ford. Both my girls have been honor students, thanks to staff, curriculum and after-school activities (tutoring, beading, sports). I've heard a complaint about a teacher from my children but always seems to be on behalf of another student. I personally have been given all the support I've needed to help my children be a success toward their futures. Thank you Morris Ford, GO Thunderbirds!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

Very Poor school. With a principle 2 assistant principles and a Dean of students they are poorly managed and self congratulatory even when faced with huge problems of violence and bullying in their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

Ford is an excellent school. My daughter transferred in as a 7th grader last year and she couldn't be happier. She's had wonderful math and science teachers and she adores her core teacher this year. The office staff is helpful and kind. Extracurricular activities are a bit scant, but several are excellent (Jazz Band, Honor Choir, Bead Making, Mathletes). My only complaint is that my daughter is virtually ignored in Band (her favorite subject at her old middle school) and hasn't had the opportunity to show her stuff. Favoritism seems to rule the roost there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

The teachers are very nice at Ford.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2006

We have two daughters attending Ford (7&8th) and until 2 years ago neighther child had attended public schools. We were very reluctant to send them considering all of the behavioral problems children seem to have these days, however, they have acclimated into the system quit well and both are excelling in thier scholastics and overall we are very pleased with the school, faculty and the other children as well. Both girls have been involved in sports and afterschool events and enjoyed them alot. From what I've seen, the parents involvement is outstanding and most seem sincerly concerned about their childrens education and welfare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2005

I have found that Ford Middle School has hard working teachers that put in long hours to help the students. The students that are at Ford want a safe place to learn and are eager to improve themselves. The students at Ford are good kids with normal middle school behaviors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2004

I am very impressed with Ford Middle School. I know that the leadership and teachers work very hard to accomodate and teach at all levels. My son is a 6th grader who can participate in sports and extra curricular activities as well as learning important lessons about accountability for his actions. I am pleased with the school trackers, assemblies, and progress reports. There is also a no tolerance for grades below a D which I believe is a very positive step for the shool and its kids as a whole. Coming from a different district that was more relaxed with its followup on learning, it has been refreshing to have such involvement at Ford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

This school has been a big dissapointment. This school has no educational teachers! They took out the schools 1 facinating feild trip.... Wild Waves! no thats over doing it its bad enough that they have bd teachers! i do not recomend thid school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2004

Ford is a great school. My daughter has had problems with other schools because of her autism but she has had no problem with Ford and not to mention she was transforing to not only to a diffent school but also into the 7th grade middle school from a k-6 and she has never been happier than at Ford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2004

This school is great. It teaches your kids about the real life and things they may encounter.
—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.

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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.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

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 64% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students62%
Female64%
Male60%
Black43%
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income57%
Not low income74%
Special education10%
Not special education68%
Limited English8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female83%
Male71%
Black71%
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic77%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income73%
Not low income86%
Special education30%
Not special education82%
Limited English54%
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 Students71%
Female76%
Male66%
Black68%
Asian62%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander54%
White76%
Low income66%
Not low income83%
Special education38%
Not special education75%
Limited English31%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female85%
Male69%
Black71%
Asian57%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander62%
White83%
Low income71%
Not low income88%
Special education44%
Not special education81%
Limited English23%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female96%
Male73%
Black91%
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic86%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander92%
White84%
Low income84%
Not low income89%
Special education47%
Not special education90%
Limited English46%
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 Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
Black20%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander47%
White58%
Low income47%
Not low income58%
Special education17%
Not special education55%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female75%
Male66%
Black43%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander59%
White78%
Low income65%
Not low income80%
Special education17%
Not special education77%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female75%
Male77%
Black57%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander53%
White87%
Low income70%
Not low income86%
Special education48%
Not special education79%
Limited English14%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
84%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students91%
Female98%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income91%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low income100%
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

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 47% 60%
Hispanic 17% 20%
Two or more races 12% 6%
Black 10% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 14%N/A8%
Special education 18%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 265%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 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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