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West Valley Jr High School

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3 stars

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Posted February 19, 2011

I am disgusted with the health/cooking teacher's conduct with students who aren't popular. She is very low class and always has no problem calling them out or embarrassing them in front of her class. But she just LOVES all the popular kids in her class and always had something kind to say to them. How can the school board actually allow such a socially prejudice woman to work at that school? Anybody who has been to WVJH would know exactly which teacher I am talking about so I feel no need to state her name.


Posted February 9, 2011

While the principal touted having web sites for each class at the beginning of the school year, almost none of the teachers keep them up. The advance placement classes are average. The non-advance placement classes are poor, mostly due to the lack of engagement with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2005

Sports availability very good. Parents were involved, most kids had good grades. Quality could be better, courses seem to be too laid back, but good nevertheless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2005

I'm not impressed with the way mentally ill and handicap children are treated at this school. Even with counselors and Psychiatrist on my son s side they would rather ignore his problem and label him a drop out. As for the director of special education for west valley I see him useless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2004

So far I've been happy. I mostly appreciate the updates on grades I receive through email and the homework hotline is wonderful. I do think that although the students are told to respect others and no bullying, it isn't necessarily enforced which in my view should be worked on. When I emailed the superintendent of the district to question the bullying policy, I did not get a response which didn't impress me. The teachers that we have dealt with, however, seem like wonderful caring role models and the school expects the students to work hard and turn in homework, and I like that they are on top of that with parental communication - it really helps parents assist their children with healthy study habits and higher grades. Much better than I've seen in other middle schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

i think that there is a severe lack of cooperation, understanding, and willingness to work with children with special needs, which is detrimental to the learning process.
—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 64% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

431 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students65%
Female68%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income54%
Not low income74%
Special education10%
Not special education71%
Limited English55%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female73%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income51%
Not low income75%
Special education17%
Not special education69%
Limited English50%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female86%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income61%
Not low income84%
Special education20%
Not special education80%
Limited English45%
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 Students56%
Female58%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income41%
Not low income66%
Special education8%
Not special education62%
Limited English16%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female79%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income54%
Not low income79%
Special education21%
Not special education75%
Limited English42%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students62%
Female66%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income46%
Not low income73%
Special education19%
Not special education67%
Limited English21%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
94%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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 Students98%
Female95%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Low income100%
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 60%
Hispanic 22% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
Two or more races 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 241%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 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 58%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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