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Aspire Middle School is a public middle school in Lacey. The principal of Aspire Middle School is Monica Sweet. 303 students go to Aspire Middle School and are mostly Hispanic, Asian, and Multiracial. 12% of the 303 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Aspire Middle School is 17:1. Komachin Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 11%
Asian 8% %
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 69% 60%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 39%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    This school is by far the best I've been too. I am graduating this year '14. I've made such good friends and you have so many opportunities for activities such as dancing singing acting and instrument playing. Also we have a challenge academy program and it is for kids who exceed there grade level standards so they learn higher grade level stuff. All in all this school is by far the best!

  • (10 months ago)

    This is my sons second year in the Challenge Academy and he really enjoys it. He does struggle with the amount of homework but he has learned to plan out his entire week based around his assignments which is an amazing life skill. Love the teachers and the curriculum. Wish all schools could have similar programs and PE alternatives (last year he had yoga and this year he has dance). I love the everyday PE (which my daughter does not get at his school).

  • (10 months ago)

    My 12 year old daughter will attend Aspire Middle School (challenge academy) for the 2nd year. It is truly amazing. I was shocked by the amount of after-school work she brought home last year but after several months she figured out how to balance her time better and the workload is not as bad for her now. The teachers are amazing and really push the kids. Overall my wife and I are VERY impressed with the challenge academy.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fantastic school North Thurston school did a awesome job to bring challenge academy in Aspire. Kids are way ahead in maths & science. I wish if all school will have same type of curriculum as Aspire has.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school. Great teachers. The teachers go above and beyond to teach the kids the best they can. They put lots of time after school for after school activities and improvements and they do hard work to be the best school ever.

  • (1 year ago)

    my school is the best shcool i have ever been to. the teachers are all very friendly and helpful.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son was in the Challenge academy which is located in Aspire Middle School. We found that it was a weird mix of Academically gifted children and performing arts children. For 7th and 8th grade the standards were high but the homework load is what we found unrealistic. My son left after completing 6th grade and 1 quarter of 7th. He was miserable.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is truly an exceptional middle school. Aspire is a magnet school and they have a high ratio of challenge academy and TAG teachers who don't seem to alter their curriculum down for the "regular" kids. This translates into a tough but effective curriculum for the kids. If your kids get in prepare for a heavier load than other schools. The school has a focus or emphasis on the performing arts so the drama dance and music programs are exceptional indeed. You should hear and see the talent of the kids there - it's phenomenal! Mark my words some of them will be famous artists and entertainers some day. The only downside is that parent involvement doesn't seem to be quite as easy or welcome as in elementary school - maybe that's just a middle school thing. The principal hasn't seemed open and friendly to me really but the success of the school speaks for itself regardless of what my impressions of her are. There is a long waiting list to get in. Our older son got in but the younger one was in the low 20's of I think over 200 on the waiting list - it's taken a year to move 14 places. Why can't this be the standard for other schools?

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