School Details

Kirkland Junior High School

430 18th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 822-6224
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-9 578 students 18 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

86%
85%
63%
90%
88%
73%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Lake Washington School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
82%
58%
89%
87%
68%
85%
86%
71%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Lake Washington School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
79%
56%
89%
88%
72%
89%
87%
67%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2013-2014 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 2014
  • Lake Washington School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Kirkland Junior High School is a public middle school in Kirkland. The principal of Kirkland Junior High School is Deborah McCarson. 578 students go to Kirkland Junior High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 19% of the 578 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Kirkland Junior High School is 18:1. Holy Family Parish School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 72% 65%
Multiracial 6% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 18%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    KMS has been a great school for my kids. I have had 3 kids go through and they have had a uniformly excellent experience both academically and socially. I think that the principal is very good at both attracting high quality teachers and retaining them. The staff is very caring and committed to educating and supporting all of the children whether they are at the high or low end of academic success. A lot of effort and thought is put into creating a safe supportive environment. I have high academic expectations for my children and for the schools they attend and I have been very satisfied with their experience at KMS/KJH.

  • (1 year ago)

    I would not recommend sending any child to this school not only did my child suffer a major academic decline in the time there my child was bullied at school on the bus and even during extra curricular sporting events. The bullying was so intense my spouse and I witnessed it at an after school game and were in utter shock at the flagrancy of the kids. When I say bullying what I mean is constant verbal abuse physical threats along with several students taking turns shoving students in a circle physically being kicked out of seats on a bus along with several other things that are far too hurtful as a parent to go on about. After several attempts with the school counselor and vice-principal to address the situation head on we were completely let down by the schools nonchalant attitude and lack of willingness to execute their "zero tolerance bullying policy". Not to mention the fact that every student signs the same code of conduct that comes in the handbook at the beginning of every year that clearly states students must not physically harm other students. I believe faculty mishandled this severely actually creating more of a problem than before. Academics were weak at best.

  • (2 years ago)

    Both my kids went here as a junior high... it was great. While not every moment is perfect (remember this is junior high!) the teachers and staff were magnificent. Very caring always willing to help. The PTA was a quiet group but very supportive and really helped in the communication between school and home.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have had great success at the Middle School. Both my kids were in and are currently in the honors programs. I love the high expectations placed on the kids. It's a great safe and enriched program... We looked at private schools around the area and my kids were on pace and sometimes ahead..

  • (4 years ago)

    1. Very unwelcoming to a new parent. Low parent/teacher interaction. SO much so I'm pulling my child winter break. For Kirkland It's an embarrassment. 2. SOFTBALL-If you want your child to play softball beware the coach plays his daughter most games (because she is good. but can you imagine how the children feel?!) and half the team benchsits. VERY disappointing.

  • (4 years ago)

    KJH is not for the academically advanced student. To make their advanced classes larger they include many marginal students. This policy is nice for the marginal students; but it slows the progress of the advanced students. I had both a boy and a girl attend KJH. Both were advanced. Both graduated with cumulative 4.0s. He was treated with respect and his achievements were cheered. She was berated and her achievements were denigrated. She is well-liked by her peers. But for many life-long friendships we would have removed her from this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Terrific school with wonderful staff who have helped to shape my son into the wonderful child that he is.

  • (6 years ago)

    all of these people are wrong kirkland is good and its not hard to make friends at all.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was at Kirkland junior high for the full three years and I absolutely loved it. Most of the teachers are nice and care about if you understand what you're supposed to be learning. There is tons of school spirit there and the teachers try to relate to teenage problems as much as they can. I really enjoyed my years there as a Panther.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school provides very much unneccesary drama ! Too much of it I think. I agree the girls are very judgemental and not easy to make friends with. You have to dress in top designer clothes for people to talk to you. Without the drama it would be a good school.

  • (8 years ago)

    The school's teachers are rather incompetent and my daughter rarely has homework. They raise you up from the start to assume you are going to LWHS after 9th grade so if you plan on moving you're in a bad situation. The student's are incredibly judgemental and it's ridiculously hard to make friends here (in my daughter's words 'its as if they have nothing better to do than sit around and backbite all day. They never want to make friends with anyone they havent known since kindergarten. It's too much of a close-knit community.') . Same goes for the Kirkland community in general. Avoid this place.

  • (10 years ago)

    Good school with lots of activities and highly wired. Strong academics and a great staff that cares.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a student at Kirkland Junior High. I dislike this school very much teachers really do not seem to care whether you pass or fail. Every student for themselves. The students are judgemental and I've had enough of this school. Many of my friends feel the same way and all of us cannot wait to get out of this school like I will be at the begining of 9th. Since I want to be prepared for High School I want to go to a good school which would provide me with the proper education. Which I know Kirkland Jr High will not.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child's first half of the school year has exceeded my expectations. I could not have wished for better teachers or principal.

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