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Gaiser Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 920 students

 

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Posted January 31, 2014

It's ok it doesn't have anything I like reAlly I love to sing do basketball and swimming and cheerleading but the don't have any of that so I would love to go to vsaa this year or next year


Posted December 19, 2013

I attend Alki middle school even though I should be attending Gaiser middle school. This is because Gaiser is the most open, unsanitary school I have ever seen. The kids that go there are cruel and aren't helpful. The school has no fences so kids can just run off campus also there is an opening where people can just walk in the school And take kids. There is a park across from the schools football field where they attend recess that kids draw all over. This is a community park! Not you're drawing paper. The school is in the worst condition to when ever kids get out of school I see them throw trash and throw dirt. I would say to give your child the best education is to have them attend Alki middle school Where we recycle have IPADS for education and the test scores are very high. We are against drugs and drinking. Are sports teams are one of the best in the state and we raise 15,000$ every year for the less fortunate. We also buy christmas gifts for the homeless. Please take my rating in understanding and make the right choice. Follow student. ( you can tell they have good education by my wording and speech. I know you know I'm right.) this school does not need one


Posted September 13, 2013

I am a student at Gaiser middle school and i think my school is pretty great! Ever since we started project legacy there have been less inturuptions in class and I can learn so much more!


Posted February 2, 2012

I have a special needs son that is in some mainstream classes. We had to switch one core class because of his teacher mid year. She was inpatient, harsh and unloving. At one conference she told us she had asked the class if he was welcome in it and had no problem telling us the classmate "all thought he was a distraction". She constantly singled him out and instigated most issues. All issues have been dealt with the Asst Principle, I've never even met the Principle. I think that procedure is lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

Gaiser is a good school. It's not great but not terrible. MOST teacher are helpful and try to do the best they can to help you understand the work. If you need any extra help they're almost always there to give you a hand. Few teacher are not able to help but do the best they can in class. As I've seen it just really depends on if the students are up to learning and have a challenge or just passing notes to their friends about how much they hate their teachers for actually attempting to teach them something even if it's boring it's still for their benefit. Or some students just think school as a place to socialize and never get there work done or pay attention in class.


Posted June 3, 2011

I have two children at Gaiser Middle school they both hate the school! We moved over from Evergreen District Which I feel is one of the best district in Vancouver. We are moving out of the Vancouver School District due to our children unsatisfactory of the school. The teachers at the school is poor along with the academics/ the teachers don't seem to care if the children are struggling and do nothing to support them when they do. Please do the best for your children and keep them out of of this school if you can!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

Not at all impressed with Teaching staff. I have a 7th grader there currently struggles with one teacher that is older and loses assignments after handed in.Then after denying it, later is located, with no admission of fault...or apology! Others of staff have used shouting and degrading words on students as a whole in class. My daughter has always been extremely honest and upfront regarding all aspects of her (young) life...including school. Up to this facility, she had always been an overachiever. After reading other's comments here, it is apparently NOT a good place of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

I am a student that goes to Gaiser and it is truly an awful school. Although I am a student, I am a well accomplished musician and am also interested in computer programming. The teachers here are okay, and I have learned many things throughout my middle school journey. The academics are overall fine. It's my fellow students that bother me. Kids at this school have such inappropriate behavior. Some swear every two words. The other guys are always referencing adult terms. Who I really feel sorry for though, is my bus driver. She has had things thrown at her, and she has been insulted behind her back. When she took the video footage of the bus to one of the school administrators, she says, the administrator just laughed along with the crude jokes that the kids spit out of their dirty mouths. Nothing was done. I truly hot everyone else has a better experience at Gaiser. It truly has potential to be a great school. There are just so many things that need to be changed. Good luck to everyone. Have a good educational experience. God bless you all.


Posted November 2, 2010

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Posted January 26, 2009

Gaiser is fine but i did alot better in elementary .But i can't blame it completely on the school but prior to algebra i just relearned stuff i learned in elementary
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2008

Every review that I have read about the kids liking Gaiser is due to the lack of teaching that is going on in their classrooms. Spending a full day with my son was shocking. There were kids using fowl language and dressed inapropriately, running between classrooms to 'borrow a pencil' or get something from a friend. Overall, it was just a madhouse with little or no control of the kids or their time. I felt the classes were to short (30minutes or so) due to a class they now have called advisory that has been squeezed in to their schedule. There was overcrowding in their classes with as many as 57 children in one class with one teacher. A day care could have taught my son more than this so called 'school'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2008

I went to Gaiser for my 6th and part of 7th grade year and for the most part loved it. I had the most amazing teachers I could imagine. They were all very friendly and helpfull. They have the best language program I have ever seen in a middle school. They have lots of sports and an amazing variety of extra curricular activities. The biggest problem I had were some of the students. I felt uncomfortable in class sometimes because they would start talking about inapropriate things and made me feel uncomfortable. That is the reason why i switched and I still regret it to this day, 2 years later.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2008

I love all the teachers at Gaiser middle school. Gaiser is a wonderful middle school my son attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

My oldest son has been accepted into the International Baccalaureate program at Columbia River High School no thanks to Gaiser. They had him in the wrong math class and I had to teach him algebra at home through a correspondence course. Good thing I am an Engineer and know my math. As concerns my youngest son, Gaiser has completely let him down. We have tried to work with Gaiser administration and staff all year and have done everything requested, including seeing a child psychologist, with no results. Gaiser continues to blame the child even though the results of independent testing show him to score consitently at a grade 12 level and the psychologist reports him to be an exceptionally bright and well adjusted 11 year old. I plan on moving him to another school next year. My For the above reasons I rate Gaiser zero out of
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2005

the faculty is supportive and my daughter loves her teachers. We both like the fact that there are sports and music programs that enrich her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

Gaiser Middle School seems to be a decent school. My daughter attended the 7th and 8th grade at Gaiser Middle School. There didn't seem to be many after school programs at Gaiser Middle School or a lot of sports activities. I really have much communication with the teachers or staff. My daughter had some problems making friends and she seemed pretty depressed attending school which made her miss a lot of school. She also got poor grades at Gaiser Middle. Prior to attending Gaiser Middle School she attended another school where she did very well had a lot of friends and got really good grades. I feel that if a child is having social problems at a school maybe someone can take noticed to that and contact the parents and help with suggestions to help the student become more envolved and to help become more sociable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

The level of parent involvement is avarage. I think that there definetely should be more availability in music and arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

I really like gaiser middle school a lot. I ecspeically the teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2004

I was a student apart of the 2004 8th grade class. Though I've had some good teachers, and made some good friends, I cant tell you how uncomfortable I was. It's not that its totally unsafe; it was the kids there. -Galen Olson
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2004

I'm ashamed to say my child went to Gaiser. Some of the teachers have bad attitudes as well as the vice-principles. The principle has little or no contact with parents. The office staff is the least helpful of all the schools our family has been to.
—Submitted by a parent


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.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
35%
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 Students42%
Female44%
Male40%
Black21%
Asian57%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income38%
Not low income50%
Special education7%
Not special education46%
Limited English9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female75%
Male62%
Black57%
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income61%
Not low income81%
Special education21%
Not special education74%
Limited English22%
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 Students48%
Female50%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asian36%
Asian/Pacific Islander43%
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income41%
Not low income60%
Special education15%
Not special education52%
Limited English22%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female68%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian46%
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanic44%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income51%
Not low income72%
Special education27%
Not special education62%
Limited English34%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students40%
Female56%
Male25%
Blackn/a
Asian27%
Asian/Pacific Islander29%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Low income34%
Not low income50%
Special education12%
Not special education43%
Limited English25%
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 Students37%
Female39%
Male36%
Black18%
Asian40%
Asian/Pacific Islander30%
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income32%
Not low income44%
Special education5%
Not special education42%
Limited English8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female62%
Male51%
Black32%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income45%
Not low income71%
Special education18%
Not special education61%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female53%
Male58%
Black33%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income49%
Not low income64%
Special education34%
Not special education58%
Limited English8%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

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

 
 
70%
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 Students92%
Female89%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income94%
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
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 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 64% 60%
Hispanic 20% 20%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 260%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 9N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 76%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Michael Lane
Fax number
  • (360) 313-3401

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
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  • Join PTO/PTA
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3000 NE 99th St
Vancouver, WA 98665
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