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Shahala Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 365 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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!! :)


Posted August 6, 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


Posted June 7, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted March 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted December 2, 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.


Posted September 1, 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!!!!!!!!!!


Posted 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


Posted May 5, 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


Posted 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*.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted September 16, 2009

The staff are very attentive and strive for each child's success!! My son attends and loves, loves, loves Shahala!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 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


Posted September 1, 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


Posted 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


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.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

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 64% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students77%
Female79%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income64%
Not low income81%
Special education31%
Not special education81%
Limited English35%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income74%
Not low income86%
Special education46%
Not special education87%
Limited English35%
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 Students80%
Female84%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic76%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income66%
Not low income86%
Special education15%
Not special education87%
Limited English40%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic78%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income64%
Not low income86%
Special education23%
Not special education86%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female90%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income56%
Not low income87%
Special education35%
Not special education83%
Limited English27%
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 Students84%
Female89%
Male78%
Black58%
Asian97%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income73%
Not low income87%
Special education41%
Not special education87%
Limited English70%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male76%
Black58%
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income72%
Not low income85%
Special education28%
Not special education87%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female90%
Male85%
Black67%
Asian94%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income75%
Not low income92%
Special education48%
Not special education91%
Limited English30%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 99% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
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 Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
White99%
Low income100%
Not low income99%
Not special education99%

Integrated Math II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
White100%
Not low income100%
Not special education100%
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 63% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 7%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 8% 6%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 231%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 16N/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

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