School Details

Cedar Heights Middle School

19640 SE 272nd St, Kent, WA 98042
(253) 373-7620
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 711 students 19 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Kent School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
53%
53%
69%
65%
66%
70%
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65%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 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.
85%
70%
82%
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99%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Kent School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cedar Heights Middle School is a public middle school in Covington. The principal of Cedar Heights Middle School is Heidi Maurer. 711 children attend Cedar Heights Middle School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 24% of the 711 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Cedar Heights Middle School is 19:1. Kentwood Christian Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 47%
Multiracial 6% %
Asian 5% %
Hispanic 14% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 47%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I think the school is similar in fashion to other middle schools. There is a lack of usage with computers I think for a lot of people. But you can choose the right classes and use computers more. Also I have heard that the middle school is good. I was never there before the newest principal. However the current principal is okay and technology is strict. I think they could do better in technology department. A couple teachers give you automatic d's for doing nothing. Also some teachers aren't really excited about school. I wish that the school was more diverse and the races were more spread out like Kent-Meridian High School. But if you are thinking about this school I would recommend it.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is having a great year at Cedar Heights. She has the best grade she has ever had. I feel that having a new principal has made a difference in this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I had to apologize to my daughter for sending her to Cedar Heights. The level of education (honors track) varies from very good in History and Language Arts to below average in Mathematics. The weakness is administrative and control. Administrative control is detached and cowardly reacting versus becoing involoved/interacting with the students..Overall very disappointed.

  • (6 years ago)

    i go to this school and am in honors. ALL of my teachers are very good and have a fun and interesting learning environment.

  • (6 years ago)

    It is a great school with a great teacher

  • (6 years ago)

    Cedar Heights is not a great school but it is not a bad school. This school has average discipline for a middle school. The principal Mrs. Grutko does lots of things behind the scenes but is never interacting with the students. She leaves that to her assistants. I see that as a problem. The teachers seem content with teaching everything that comes out of the book except a certain few such as 7th grade history teacher Mr. Maier. He is the kind of teacher you would want. Some teachers are just getting to old and grouchy to teach while others seem bored with their job. Others like I said are very good.

  • (6 years ago)

    I got to this school and it's a really great school

  • (8 years ago)

    Cedar Heights seems to be very average on most levels. Nothing outstanding or horrific. While a few of the teachers have achieved special certification many staff members seem content to show up for work. I have been most disappointed with how volunteers do not seem welcome or wanted yet the school is always asking for more help. I have been most impressed with the dedication of a few of the teachers. They love their kids and want them to succeed! The facility is wonderful but not used to its potential.

  • (9 years ago)

    I would highly recommend this junior high. It is a large school and I was aprehensive about my child's success rate at a huge school with a very young faculty. My son has ADD and I was a strong advocate for him and a bit over-protective. I found that the young (mostly master's degreed) teachers were on the cutting edge for special academic application and I found the administration to be very proactive...Something rarely found in public schools today!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is middle of the road. They are limited on elective choices for the students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Cedar Heights is a great school offering sports drama music cheer and numerous clubs. They offer Honor Classes for students who need the challenge. The school administration and staff are very supportive and constantly looking for ways to improve. The team teaching concept allows teachers more one on one time for students who really need it. The school has a L.I.T. (Learning Improvment Team) made up of Staff Parents and Community Leaders who meet monthly to continually improve ways to educate the students. The school has a very safe environment. Teachers are in the halls between classes and they have a full time Security Officer who does and outstanding job working with and relating to students. No hats no gum and no tolerance for alcohol tobacco weapons or violence of any kind. Parent involvement is very strong through PTSA Volunteer Coaching Chaperones for dances and field trips sporting events etc. Kevin Esping (Parent)

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