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Tumwater High School

Public | 9-12

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted November 19, 2013

Wow - my child is only in the 4th grade, but there appears to be some concerning issues that need to be addressed. I hope the administration is paying attention to this feedback! P.S. I had to 'rate' this school just to get my review posted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

I really hate this school. The academics are great and all, but the environment sucks! People are mean, and cruel to one another, people call each other gay, and they threaten each other, it's full of cruel people who just hate everyone. If you are anything below "popular" then you get picked on. DO NOT GO HERE!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2013

If this was just based on academics and athletics, I would rate the school a 5/5. The teachers genuinely care for the students and are usually available outside of class time. The Honors and Accelerated teachers are particularly talented. All of the athletic coaches are great. I've participated in soccer and cross country. Both of the sports had a positive impact (soccer not as much) on the students involved. We aren't the best team in the district, but we definitely have strong school spirit. The reason I gave this a 3/5 is because the social environment is pretty hostile considering how great everything else is. If you are a quiet and shy person then you will automatically be excluded from higher social classes (which it's like with most high schools). What sets this apart from most high schools is, as an other student already stated, the lack of diversity is appalling. If you don't fit in as a "jock", jokester, or try-hard (someone who does everything perfectly) then you're automatically excluded from most groups. Almost all the students are Republican Christians, which makes it hard for LGBT students. There is a lot of hate from the students you would least expect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2011

Tumwater High School is filled with many strong and talented teachers that make sure that their students understand the material. A few exceptions here and there, but overall any average or hardworking student should be able to graduate with a adequate grasp of the material they have learned over the past four years. Another great policy implemented in 2009 was CORE/FLEX. This policy forces students with any grades below a "C" to use a 30-minute passing period to catch up on their homework. On the surface, it sounds harsh, but with it Tumwater has effectively decreased the number of failing students. However, a crippling flaw of Tumwater is its lack of diversity, both ethnically and spiritually. There a very few minorities here, and almost everyone is a Christian. The political environment is very conservative. The school (or district) doesn't seem to know its priorities when it comes to spending money, as the Performing Arts Center is, quite frankly, pathetic. The indoor theater itself makes the school look underfunded. The majority of the computers found here are frustratingly slow, and clearly need to be replaced. Aesthetically, Tumwater High School looks very aged.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2010

We are new to the public school system having home schooled most of the kids school life. Kids are 10th and 11th graders. We are a military family and live on base and selected THS and attend as "out of district". THS is a pleasant atmosphere for learning and the kids are excelling. They have good academics. The kids are in AP classes and honors. A really rigorous schedule. They also participate in Choir, and drama, which are excellent performances. I'm very pleased about THS. BTW, THS are the State Champs in AA Football. Hoorah!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2010

I am shocked to see all of the negative posts on here! I graduated spring of 2010 and was very happy with the school. I was new my freshman year and it was not hard at all to make friends. If you are shy play a fall sport to meet people. The administration was great, most of the teachers were also good. NOT a lot of drugs (compared to other schools in the area). Great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2010

this school is worse than black hills so if you get into high school and you want your kids to go to tumwater dont because it is not a good school and it is full of drugs and stuff and a very bad place to go lots of bad people (go to black hills)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2010

this school if your new you dont make alot of friends very fast (unlike black hills) and the sports system you loose alot during every kind of sport
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2010

I am a student at Tumwater, and i hate it. Do not send your child here. It's very hard to fit in, and unless you are a star athlete and popular, the staff does not give a care about you! There is hardly any diversity between the students, and if you are different in any way they make fun of you and are not accepting.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2010

I personally love love love THS! Great school spirit!! Awsome Music prgram. Great athletic department. The most winningest school. Great staff the principal and AP scott seaman and Brian Hardcastle are great.ive really connected with the Triple H! only downfault is that there is not a wide diversity of students..As a minority it is sometimes awkward
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2009

Tumwater has an amazing stuff and awesome principal. Scott Seaman relates well with the students, parents and staff which is highly unusual for a principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

Tumwater High School is an absolutely amazing school. The teachers and staff know every student, and take the time to learn about them and build relationships. The educational programs feature wonderful teachers in all classes and levels, but especially outstanding teachers in the honors and AP classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

Tumwater has an awsome staff that really cares about the students!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

Great school. Everyone is very involved in helping the students excel! Staff and administration is wonderful! Very homey and welcoming!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2008

great school. over 85 percent of the students are involved in extra curricular activities. great academics and their athletics overall are the best at the 2a level. teachers are very involved and care about the students
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2006

Tumwater High School is really an excellent school overall. They offer a wide range of courses, including honors and AP classes. The principal (Scott Seaman) is very receptive to parent and student questions and concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2005

Tumwater HS is a 'small town' HS where the kids feel a real connection - the staff know every student, the athletics are great - there's opportunities for everyone, the choirs are phenomenal, and academics are a priority. The staff genuinely cares for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

I only have one word to say about Tumwater High School, and that word is INCREDIBLE.
—Submitted by a 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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

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Biology I

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

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
33%
Biology I

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

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
61%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
35%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

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53%
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.

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Biology I

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

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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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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 Students68%
Female68%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income62%
Not low income70%
Special education50%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
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Whiten/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Asiann/a
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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 Students25%
Female16%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White19%
Low income20%
Not low income28%
Special education19%
Not special education29%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income75%
Not low income92%
Special education77%
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students89%
Female87%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income85%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
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
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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 Students19%
Female17%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low income30%
Special educationn/a
Not special education21%
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 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
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 Studentsn/a
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 educationn/a
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.

275 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

274 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income78%
Not low income95%
Special education47%
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female96%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income85%
Not low income93%
Special education58%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
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 83% 60%
Hispanic 7% 20%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 10%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 226%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 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Tumwater, WA 98501
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