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About This School

Sylvester Middle School is a public middle school in Burien. The principal of Sylvester Middle School is Vicki Fisher. 678 students go to Sylvester Middle School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 58% of the 678 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Sylvester Middle School is 17:1. Erac Special Education is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 12%
Hispanic 38% 32%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 29%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 19%
Multiracial 12% %
Asian 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 63%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Teachers give attention too all students not just one in particular. If the student is not excelling in their subject they are quick to notify the parent or parents so we can work together to help the student succeed in their subject or subjects. They give encouragement and help the student obtain a tudor when needed. The Principal is quick to help find solutions to situations when it can't be met by the student or the teacher.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great if your an honors kid... I went to this school and personally my experience was so-so. Language arts (great) amazing teachers History (basic) teachers are mediocre Science (basic) teachers are mediocre Math (terrible!) teacher was great but he seemed like he had no teaching experience what so ever! I had asked to move to a higher math class but there was only one algebra 1 class ! How ridicules. Health(basic) Teachers are on also basic Physical education (basic) good teaching and basic. Electives (great) the teachers are nice if your good these classes almost seem like the most informative. Overall this school isn't great it honestly sucks. As a student I'm glad I'm out of that school. They don't even have avid..

  • (3 years ago)

    its a nice comfortable environment the staff works hard to give the stu8dents the best education in the world and they have a nice caring strong relationship with the students

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are caring and smart. The principal is very political and detracts from the learning and good work of the teachers. I would like to see more parent involvement - again that falls on the administration.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's the greatest school in the world nothing is better! Thank you Sylvester. It even improved my grades alot!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I teach math at SMS and I love it. The staff works very well together to ensure that every student has a chance at being successful. The District offers many opportunities to improve teaching practices keep current on research and to increase content knowledge. I was also a student at Sylvester; I teach there now that might speak for itself.

  • (6 years ago)

    i went there and it wasn't really that great. some of the teachers were really rude and couldn't control the class. i went to cascade middle school and it not true that it is bad and i wen t there and now i'm going to wetern university.

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended sms both years and am heading off to seattle preparatory. This is indeed the best school in the highline school district. This middle school's honors program is amazing. We went to washington D.C. For spring break & learned more than imagined. The memories are gold. There is also an avid program. All the teachers are caring & great.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child goes to this school because it is the best in the district. Before she went to Cascade middle school and didn't like it not very good teachers and not enough dicipline and education is too easy. This school has much better teachers that are more involved with the students and a good choice of electives wich everyone likes. I recomend this middle school over the other middle shcools in the district!

  • (10 years ago)

    We are very impressed with the teacher and staff commitment and willingness to work with the students and parents. We are especially thankful for the extra efforts of Ms. Fernley Ms. Raney & Ms. Hacker to ensure our child's academic success.

  • (10 years ago)

    Sylvester has some great teachers; they are concerned about their student's education more so then other middle school teachers in the district. I have been consistently impressed by their ability to get through to students that others couldn't. I can't say enough to express the commitment that these teachers display on a day-to-day basis. Extra kudos to Mr. Dennerline and Ms. Leonard as they go that extra step to get involved in their students learning experience. If all or most teachers had the commitment to their students as these two do I am sure that teachers would have much higher esteem and salary base than they do now. I have not been able to meet his other teachers at length yet because the need hasn't occurred. In other words all of his teachers are doing what they are supposed to do and I am impressed! Thanks

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