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Vashon Island High School

Public | 9-12 | 522 students

 
 

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Posted March 22, 2012

The district - especially at the high school level - needs to spend more time and effort taking care of the needs of its current students instead of working so hard to recruit off-island kids. The off-island students bring a diversity to the school which is important and we're glad to have them. But, we have too many island families frustrated with VHS resulting in either home schooling or departure for other schools. The district doesn't seem to care about these losses. Nor does the district really want parent involvement except for the annual auction or levy vote. And, when a parent complains, the district makes them feel like dirt for rocking the boat. A course in customer service should be required for administrators and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

Vashon has a history of marginal performance in Special Education. New leadership is attempting to make changes in elementary and middle school, but when the kids get to high school, they are essentially warehoused. This does a tremendous disservice to students who have an ability to learn but need individualized help to succeed. The principal likes to brag about having a "college prep" curriculum for the typical students - which is nonsense. VHS is a good public school but it is not a prep school. And the attitude toward the needs of Special Ed students is hugely disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

The school is very distant towards student goals, but a small school?-It has good a drama department, but it's academic attentiveness isn't that spectacular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

This school lacks diverse extra-curricular programs, and has very low funding. It's very average, and teachers are very particular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

The High school seems to be very disorganized with it's students, and extracurricular programs-especially considering it's new grading systems-all being a teacher's customized preferred method. The school is harder but none of that shows on transcripts, adding to an illusion of a advanced high school, the teachers also appear to play "favorites" leaving less room for other students to manifest their form of academic excellence. Pretty much- there's a lot of students who are just good at memorizing stuff, then disposing of it having no real foresight into the future or lessons learned, or what their really interested in, they're just good at "school", and this high school encourages this pattern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

The school diverts a lot of it's income away from academic departments, and councilors aren't that concerned about student plans or schedules.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

Besides cosmetic and income issues, I have never seen a better high school. The teachers are well qualified, student body is accepting and diverse, and the class size is small.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2006

I love Vashon! The teachers there aren't the kind that stand in front of the class giving hour long lectures, but instead you do many hands on activities involving the kids so they learn while having fun. Every teacher I know at Vashon is 100% committed to helping their students learn, even if it means staying after school for for hours! Parent involvement is high at Vashon. It is such a small community that parents are needed to help. Whether it is volunteering for field trips, chaperoning dances, or even helping around in the office, parents are always welcomed and needed at Vashon. The extracurricular activities at VHS are amazing! I cant even name all the activities there are so many!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

Vashon High School tries it's best. While they do offer some AP classes, offering sare still limted simply because there are not enough kids to take them. Motivated students often travel off island to local community colleges to take high level classes. On the postive side, parents are highly involved, and the community is quite supportive. Arts and music are top priorities, as are some sports. Overall, it is a great little school in a unqiue community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2004

This is a great school with wonderful teachers and fun extra-curricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2004

I am a student at Vashon High School. It is the only public high school on Vashon Island, but the quality is fairly high compared to Seattle schools. There is a strong sense of community, a good education system, and experienced teachers who are willing to give 100% to their teaching. Want proof? Check out how many Seattle students commute to Vashon for the purpose of attending the high school. Substance abuse is probably equal to other schools, but our principal has recently begun taking strong action against it, the most notable action is the recent threat to cancel prom if students didn't agree to come sober and clean, and if any students attend under the influence, serious reprocutions are in store, such as possible cancelation of future dances and events. Needless to say, this has given students a serious wake-up call. Obviously, the staff is very commited and caring.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

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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.

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Biology I

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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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.

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

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The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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

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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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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

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Low income76%
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Special education28%
Not special education93%
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Geometry

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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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Biology I

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Geometry

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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.

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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Geometry

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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.

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

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Geometry

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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.

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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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92%

2011

 
 
92%

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92%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

116 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

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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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income100%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited Englishn/a
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Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income95%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
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 84% 63%
Two or more races 7% 5%
Hispanic 6% 18%
Asian 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 116%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 20%N/A8%
Special education 27%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 15N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 65%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Vashon, WA 98070
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