School Details

Lakota Middle School

1415 SW 314th St, Federal Way, WA 98023
(253) 945-4800
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 794 students 18 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

52%
47%
59%
66%
67%
72%

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
  • Federal Way School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
57%
64%
68%
64%
69%
73%
68%
71%

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
  • Federal Way School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

48%
48%
53%
70%
62%
66%
66%
55%
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.
60%
57%
82%
85%
94%
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
  • Federal Way School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lakota Middle School is a public middle school in Federal Way. The principal of Lakota Middle School is Pam Tuggle. 794 children attend Lakota Middle School and identify primarily as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 53% of the 794 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Lakota Middle School is 18:1. Saghalie Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 41% 37%
Hispanic 19% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 11%
Multiracial 11% 11%
Asian 11% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 56%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I am beginning my 3rd year at Lakota as an 8th grader this coming fall and I truly enjoy all Lakota has to offer. I am in the Cambridge program and my teachers are very respectful helpful and nice to us. The Cambridge program here is excellent and challenging which is fantastic. All the events that Lakota provides is great and are sports here are good so we win district championships a lot. The music program is amazing; since in May Lakota's band won a trophy at the Music in the Parks festival at Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho. If Lakota beat out schools from different states then clearly this is the best musical middle school in Federal Way. I love Lakota and I think it has prepared me for the future very well. Lakota overall is a great school. One of the best in the district.

  • (1 year ago)

    Horrible Prison uh I mean school. Trust me don't put your child there. Drama from teachers and admin is unreal. Pregnant teens high teens crazy stuff going on here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Lakota is a wonderful school. The teachers send daily updates through email and I enjoy hearing about my daughters day. My child has struggled in math and her teacher Mr. Santo has made a special effort to encourage her in order to help build her confidence. she tells me he is one of the best teachers she has ever had. The campus is beautiful and well maintained. They put emphasis on educating students in technology and how to use it to learn as well as work. I think its never to early to prepare them for a life of successful employment. This school has been great for my child. she's never done better.

  • (3 years ago)

    I didn't care for this school and was quite happy to leave it. I refused to go to Decatur or Federal Way High School partially because Lakota feeds into those two schools and I was suspicious. Many of the teachers were unfriendly and didn't care about the students although a few were fantastic. I didn't think much of the cambridge program. It wasn't challenging at all and I honestly felt it was a complete waste of time. The teachers and staff were more focused on general academics instead of the individual student's needs. I don't know why people praise the cambridge program so much it truly isn't worth it.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have had children at Lakota for the last 5 years and have 1 more year to go. I am impressed with the quality of the administration and staff and my kids have received a great education. With the involved PTA Watch DOGS program and parent involvement it truly is a school where "Together We Win".

  • (4 years ago)

    My children have been at Lakota Middle School for 3 years now. I have seen them grow as individuals and students to heights beyond what preconcieved notions we had about middle school. All staff and administration care deeply about the success of each student. Thier motto is "Together We Win" and it couldn't be more true. Parent involvement at Lakota surpasses expectations no longer are the days of parents only being highly involved in elementary school. Lakota is also the only middle school in Federal Way to have a WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of great students)program and it's in its 3rd year!! A very dedicated PTA and dedicated volunteers. It is a win win win for all.

  • (4 years ago)

    Professional academic teaching and support staff is complemented by attentive and instructive athletics. Beautiful new construction is definately a positive. Security officer is adaquate but could use better discipline and consequences for misbehaving and inappropriate language..

  • (4 years ago)

    I have just completed my third year at Lakota and I had a blast! The staff is wonderful (Ok a few rotten eggs but nothing substantial) There is a great classroom environment and I really have enjoyed my time there. There are some gang problems but as long as you don't get involved they don't affect you. I was in the Cambridge program so maybe the genral population sees it differently but I know that I had a great time and I'm sad to leave. Especially since we just got a new building! I took a tour and it was SO cool!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have the best staff. We are professional and all work together to benefit our students and community. Our students are super. And our PTA is the BEST! We have lots of community involvement.

  • (7 years ago)

    Through my 3 years attending this school its has not been an expeirence i plan to look back to any time soon. First of all there is a huge gang problem. Not only does this make learning harder by frequent disturbances but it also makes it scary to go to. Second the teachers at the school are not very good. Dont get me wrong i have had some great teachers at this school such as ms. kiraly mr. beals and mr. howard. Anopther reason is the drug and fight problem. the very last reason is the conditrion of the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My children started going to this school last year as 6th and 7th graders... They have found it very different from thier last school in Snohomish county. The school is far more watchful of the students time as has so far been a positive experience for my girls. They have found the teachers and staff to be very kind and friendly and made friends quickly. They have wanted to move back to our old home town but contimplate only because they like this school. I mostly like that parents have the availability and access to reach all teachers and to be able to find out about any homework at any time. It really helps you keep in touch with what your kids are doing and learning and making sure they are up to date with homework. I would recomend this school is someone asked.

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