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6-8
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Vancouver, WA
Students enrolled: 1,107

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601 SE 192nd Ave
Vancouver, WA 98683

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(360) 604-3800
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April 17, 2014
Shahala Middle School is one of the best middle schools I have worked in as a substitute teacher. The students are engaged, teachers prepare great lesson plans, are willing to help me as needed, and the administration deals with the few problems I have had during the 3 years I've worked there.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2014
This is our first year at Shahala. I will tell you that it is very difficult to transfer here from another district. There are 2 counselors for 1200 kids, they are overwhelmed and obviously not happy in their jobs. So you MUST be an advocate for your child to make sure they are placed in the proper classes. They do offer EXCEL or advanced classes, but those are "already full", good luck getting into them! Kids are either advanced ( the 1%) and those same kids do the science bowl, knowledge bowl, etc. or you are the other 99%. The music program is their claim to fame at this school. Drama is good as well. Other electives are mediocre. Most kids eat lunch in their electives, not productive use of time. Little or no choices for 6th grade sports. History and Language Arts are lacking. Parent involvement ? again the 1% and not welcoming to new families. May have a 10 rating but it's still Vancouver demographics. Next year the school will have over 1200 kids and busting at the seams.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
My son attends the SCIP program at Shahala and it has literally changed our lives. His reading level at seventh grade when we moved him there was second grade. Halfway through his eighth grade year he is testing just below seventh grade level for reading. The support is phenomenal, and the teachers are extremely cooperative and work wonderfully as a team. I cannot say enough about the special ed teachers, especially the main SCIP program lead. They really get these kids and understand where they are coming from. I am grateful every day we found this program!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
Shahala Middle School is an amazing school! They offer really advanced math classes -- the highest math being Integrated 3 (11th grade math) that you can take in 8th grade....one girl in my class took Intg. 3 individually as a 7th-grader last year. When you're put in a class, you have the same exact kids with you for humanities (Lang. Arts/English/social studies/history), science, and math, but you might have different kids for your electives (usually music + something else like art or pre-engineering, etc). The music programs are excellent and a majority of the kids are really nice and helpful, even the popular kids. The teachers are really nice and some are super funny!! :)

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2012
Shahala Middle School is AWESOME!!! I had the best 3 years at Shahala. Being at Shahala for 3 years with the same classmates helped me make real and awesome friends, and made me feel like I belong. The teachers are all really fun and cool. Even the strict ones can surprise you with exciting games and lessons. I was in Excel for 3 years at Shahala and am going to High School. Shahala is the very best middle school ever!! We were really good at everything. Our class in 8th grade achieved a lot of things, mostly in Math Counts, Orchestra and Science Bowl. I loved 8th grade the most. Mr. Parsons is one of the best teachers ever! He helped every student understand math and gave us all encouragement. If we needed help, he was there to help us. His class was also really fun, and we got candy and fun activities. The smart boards were cool too!!! He helped us realize we had to work hard and strive towards our goals, because we aren't any better than anyone else, even if we were in a really high math class. Mr. Cantonwine was also a really fun physics teacher, and orchestra was fun doing WMEA this year. Shahala is the best middle school ever, and I'm going to miss it so much in 9th grade. :D

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
I love Shahala! The teachers were amazing. They are friendly and helpful. I loved my experience here, and regret that I have to move this summer to another school. Shahala offers many extracurricular activities and amazing electives, including orchestra, band, choir, art, tech ed, pre-engineering, drama, drama club, cooking, leadership, etc., etc.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2012
My 6th grader went to Shahala and loved every minute of it. The staff from councilors, office, and teachers were all fantastic. They went above and beyond what I have experienced in other schools. Highly recommend for educating your children.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
Shahala Middle School is an AMAZING school. I really enjoyed my expirence at Shahala and I know a lot of my other classmates did too. The teachers are all wonderful and if you don't understand anything, they usually schedule some one-on-one time during lunch or after school to make sure that you understand. The principals are super nice and helpful. Along with all of the security guards. If you ever need help, they would have no problem trying to fix it as best as they could. The only complaint that I have is the Choir Director. She is very unorganized and rude. I am in 8th grade now and I have done choir for all 3 years and to be perfectly honest, I don't know why I joined again. I am very embarassed when we go to concerts because she picks songs that are just flat out embarassing. But other than that, Shahala Middle Schol is an amazing school and I'm sure you will love it just as much as I did.

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 2011
If I could give it zeros I would. Nothing but problems with the over worked administration at this school. It doesn't seem like they even want to care. Way too overcrowded with so many children they need a big burly security gaurd to threaten and intimidate students and parents. And any child that falls between the cracks, like my son did, gets lost. I pulled him out when he brought home a report card with straight F's. No contacts from ANY teachers whatsoever over the 3 month term. Then 6 months later he was getting A's and B's through an online program. This school is a joke and the teachers have false expectations that the parents should do their job for them.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Good school but the choir director has absolutely no leadership skills. Sitting through the concerts is simply embarrassing, there is no organization and you can tell the kids simply don't know what is going to happen next. Have you ever heard of a rehearsal?

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
Ok so i am a current student at Shahala & it is a really bad school! Yeahh, its big and everything but the principles are badddd.. they dont even care about the students!! The ONLY teacher i really even liked is Mr.Colson (7th Grade Teacher) I Am Now In 8th and i REALLY don't like this school. A lot of other students will agree with me.

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2010
I went to this school as a student for 6th grade and hated it!!! The staff were incredibaly mean!! They had no controll over the students. the kids were constanly jumping on desks in the middle of class and cussing. it was not a healthy learning enviornment!!!! the principal and vice principal were rude and un helpfull. Definietly not a good school!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2010
If your child has special needs or a learning disability...look for an alternative to this school. They have a program called SKIP for kids with social delays but the staff is not extensively trained so its potential is wasted. Because of the schools large class sizes, it's easy for kids to get lost in the shuffle and teachers can't give students individualized attention. The Principal and VP only seem to care about the high achieving kids. It s almost like they want the Sp. Ed. kids to leave so they won t tarnish the school s reputation.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
I had 2 children attend Shahala. The school is very large for a m.s. & because of this, I believe many kids get 'lost in the shuffle.' My children received excellent grades, but very little personal attention from staff. The principal is unapproachable - very different from the m.s. we came from out of state (the principal seemed to know ALL 500+ students by name & something personal about them - she even approached me after a choir concert to thank me for my student!). I don't think Shahala's principal knows any students' names, unless they've been in her office for disciplinary reasons, or unless the students parents are very involved in school life. The 'security' staff tend to favor certain students, often not noticing scuffles/fights occurring in front of them because they are playing games rather than 'floating' around/observing what's going on.(My son's glasses were broken twice as a 'joke...')

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
I'm in 8th grade Excel. This school provides wonderful extra curricular acttivities such as clubs, jazz band, sports. My last year's teachers were pretty good. Mrs.Sochacki is nice and Mr.Scott is stirn and firm, in a good way. This year I have Mr. Parsons for math... He is quite a good teacher and is very nice. Mr. Parsons finds ways to challenge us, keep us busy, and all ways make us look forward to math. But he could take off a littel of the daily homerwork load *ahem what*.

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January 28, 2010
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- submitted by a student
September 29, 2009
I go to this school and i think its an okay school. The music program is great. Mr.Davey is the best. The teachers are the best too. They help you out when your in need most of the time. But the principal and associate principals are pretty bad. They don't even care about your side of the story when you get in trouble. They don't even let you talk or they will give you 2 detentions. Happened to me and it's really not worth it trying to tell your side of the story. But the security gaurds will listen to you. Overall it's pretty good.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2009
The staff are very attentive and strive for each child's success!! My son attends and loves, loves, loves Shahala!

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September 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
Excellent school with number of great programs for kids to learn. Awesome band, drama and sports programs. Great teachers team.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
Shahala is a fun and cool school. All the teacher, they r funny and amazing i hope ever year is a cool and exited year.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2009
I went to shahala 2 years ago and i loved it. i had amazing teachers and grades! and i miss it very much

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2009
Shahala is the best im a 7th grader at shahala middle school and the acidemics and everything that the teachers teach us really benifit me in real life,they make learning fun for our age and gets us involved in our work,i have all A's and i still get homework.This school is the best.

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August 03, 2009
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June 09, 2009
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April 29, 2009
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no rating March 13, 2009
Shahal is a great school, and is very flexible. The teacher and staff are great, especially their music program.

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March 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 18, 2009
My daughter is the new kid at school. She had some trouble with girls at school. When she turned to a teacher for help or advice, she was turned away and told it wasn't there problem. I had to get involved before the teacher cared. As for education, she said she doesnt feel challenged. She has all A's but never has homework.

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October 01, 2008
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September 06, 2008
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July 23, 2008
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May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2008
This school was amazing. Everything was great, the staff were all friendly and helpful. Everything...but, the principal. Renee Bernanazi was a horrible principal, she hurts Shahala's pristine reputation. Hopefully Shahala can find a better principal than the current one. The administrative officers weren't as good as well, such as Miss Beggs. These people are complete failures in connecting with the students. I have high expectations for Shahala in the years to come, I have a daughter going to Shahala in two years. Hopefully the failures in office have been replaced or stepped up in their game. I have to say though, the music program was excellent even though it is fairly new. The security is somewhat lax, letting some fights happen behind their backs.

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May 07, 2008
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no rating April 02, 2008
My son attended this school for his 6th-8th grade years. He had the benefit of excellent academics, great teachers and fabulous sports, music and activities. We enjoyed Shahala.

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February 28, 2008
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no rating February 27, 2008
My experience as a parent with Shahala has been dismal at best. I have had repeated in person conferences with teachers, counselors and the principal regarding my childs academic challenges. I feel I was never heard and instead as being a part of their team I felt I was pushed further outside their circle. I had daily emails from one or more teachers telling me something that was wrong or went wrong with my child. I rarely heard encouragement, positive remarks or any solutions and plans on helping my child succeed. I am left feeling frustrated, defeated and with even greater worry about how to help my child succeed.

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January 29, 2008
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January 22, 2008
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January 14, 2008
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December 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 01, 2007
Awesome! all the teachers are nice, cool, and fun! They do all sorts of cool things!

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2007
Shahala Middle School was an excellent school. Mrs. Halls was an excellent choir teacher, and the rest of my academic teachers did a fine job at what they were doing.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2007
I taught at Shahala for five years (2001-2006) and will always speak favorably of the place and the people there. From the office staff to the teachers to the students, there is no better school in the shadows of the Cascade foothills.

- submitted by a teacher
July 14, 2007
i hated shahala. the staff was helpless. they didnt do anything for my students. and the principle was HORRIBLE.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2007
I can't speak highly enough for Shahala! The Staff is fabulous and work with the students to strive their very best. We have moved and lived all over the US and Europe and Shahala is by far the best school my child has attended.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
We love Shahala middle school! The front office is always friendly and always willing to help in any way. The atmosphere is clean and welcoming. We find it to be the best of the best schools in Vancouver

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
My daughter has truly enjoyed this school, the teachers have been great, and the violin program is excellent

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May 05, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
April 18, 2006
My son truly has enjoyed this school. The teachers are inspiring and require a high quality of work and responsiblity.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
My son is in his in 2nd year (7th grade) at Shahala, and I'm really impressed with the school and the Excel program (advanced classes). Also, the music and sports programs are very impressive, as well other clubs (chess, computer, etc). I ask my son all the time if there are issues with kids fighting or picking on kids, as he can be an easy target for this. He indicates it is pretty rare, and I think having seperate halls for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders helps.

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August 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 02, 2004
This school was awesome. I learned so much. The teachers are so nice and their high expectations helped me to become a better student in life. I have been going there since the year it opened. I am now an eighth grader and it was so much fun. All the teachers helped so much in preparing me for the WASL, ITBS and the 8th grade exit project which I did good on. I would highly reccomend this school out of any. It was so much fun.

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December 05, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
I loved Shahala! I attended the school the year it opened, and I had so much fun. The teachers I had were amazing, the classes were well structured and organized, each teacher was supportive and offered extra help before and after school. Each grade has their own hall in which all curriculum classes were located as not to mix lower/upperclassmen. The school is tidy, easy to get around in, and the administration is not only firm but very helpful and interact well with students. I was very sad to leave! If you're trying to find a school for your child, I definitely recommend it!

- submitted by a former student
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Shahala Middle School
601 SE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA  98683
(360) 604-3800
Last modified Shahala Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Shahala Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top