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Foster Senior High School

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Posted March 7, 2014

Very small, very quiet school. Test scores are so low because many of the students speak English as a second language. Never a fight, everyone gets along. Extremely low crime rate within school, though not around.


Posted August 30, 2009

I am an alumni of Foster High school. I attend this school all 4 years and was also a student in the Tukwila school district for over 8 years. Though Foster may not have the Highest test scores they do have something that most other schools in the nation do not. Foster has a great level of diversity, and not just your average black and asian mix. They have students from all over the world, from different cultures, ethnicities, countries and religions. In 2009 is was polled by the New York Times in a nationwide census to literally be the most diverse school in the nation. The experience and knowledge one can gain at this school is priceless and very rare. I feel privileged to have been able to attend this school and experience all that I was able to experience.


Posted November 17, 2007

Foster High School is a very good high school and they teach the students very good information that will help them in the future. Foster is a very diverse school and their are many different languages spoken their. There is very little violence of any sort and the atmosphere of the school is very enlightning it makes you want to come back again and again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

this is a great school. the teachers are available and ready to help the children as much as they can.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 10, 2006

Foster High has been a wonderful school. My son flunked out of Seattle Christian and then barely passed his freshman year with D's and F's. He entered Foster in the 10th grade and what a difference. They have 4 classes each day that are worth 2 credits so the teachers actually get time to teach rather than just collect homework and pass out the next homework. The teachers and kids stay together for the 4 years (no child gets left behind concept)and I have never met a more engaged and energized staff - they are such a positive influence on the kids. I can't say enough good and I believe they have turned my son around enough that he will continue to college. Thanks Foster!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2005

This is good school , I know this because my son went there and he has very good education that prepare him for the future
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

This school is one of the best looking schools i've ever seen. It's extremely clean, and the academics aren't bad either. One more amazing thing about this school is it's diversity. There is probably about 30 different languages spoken in the hallways of this great school. It's been a great school for both of my children and the teachers are ready to help the students set new goals and challange them with some work but preparing them for the future after high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2004

I was shocked by the poor quality of this school. The office staff failed to get our contact info into their computers, & on top of that, they lost all the paperwork too! When my student was sick, they couldn't reach us because of their disorganization. The principal was arrogant and acted as if he knew everything (and he sure didn't!). The students were undisciplined and outright rude to the teachers. Only one of the teachers showed any potential, and that was the French teacher. I will not let any of my other children attend this school! This review is for school year 2002-2003.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

I don't like attending this school. They have a great staff and everything but I don't believe it is the school for me. I'm sure there are a lot of kids that would do well here but with the new academy structure students are slammed with work.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2003

This school has a great community feeling although the academics are not the best. If your child is self-dedicated and puts effort into the school, he/she can can accomplish a lot. In my class about 20% went to a four year university, only two students went to schools out of state right after graduation. The student that succeeds here is the one who knows what they will do beyond high school because in that case they can create their own environment inside and outside of school and help out the education that they get from the school where it falls short. If your child is not really sure what they want to do and need the extra push, then I don't recommend this school.
—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 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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

2012

 
 
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n/a
Biology I

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

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
82%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
44%
Biology I

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

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
41%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
64%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
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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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
50%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
46%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
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Integrated Math II

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

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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

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
45%
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 Students54%
Female58%
Male49%
Black59%
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Low income52%
Not low income64%
Special education25%
Not special education57%
Limited English58%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students95%
Female90%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low income100%
Not low income100%
Not special education100%
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 Students27%
Female35%
Male19%
Black7%
Asian41%
Asian/Pacific Islander37%
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White25%
Low income30%
Not low income13%
Special education7%
Not special education31%
Limited English23%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students46%
Female44%
Male48%
Black46%
Asian33%
Asian/Pacific Islander32%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income41%
Not low income63%
Special education24%
Not special education48%
Limited English6%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students89%
Female84%
Male94%
Black95%
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income89%
Not low income91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English85%
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%
Female27%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income22%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education21%
Limited English20%
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 Students59%
Female50%
Male71%
Black46%
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low income63%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited English63%
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 Students27%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income30%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education20%
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

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

Geometry

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low income50%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
Limited English50%

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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

226 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
24%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students66%
Female67%
Male65%
Black67%
Asian52%
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander70%
White84%
Low income62%
Not low income78%
Special education41%
Not special education68%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female69%
Male63%
Black64%
Asian55%
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander70%
White81%
Low income61%
Not low income79%
Special education24%
Not special education69%
Limited English27%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 29% 7%
Hispanic 22% 20%
White 21% 60%
Black 19% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Two or more races 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 130%N/A8%
Special education 18%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 273%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 21N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 66%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Tukwila, WA 98168
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