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About This School

Eckstein Middle School is a public middle school in Seattle. The principal of Eckstein Middle School is Sherri Cox. 1,213 students attend Eckstein Middle School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 19% of the 1,213 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Eckstein Middle School is 21:1. Concordia Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cross country
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 21%
Hispanic 8% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 44%
Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 22%
Asian 15% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 42%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    Coming from an eighth grader i hate this school. The teachers here dont care about the students at all the cafeteria food and staff are awefull there is a fairly high amount of drug use by the student body and EVERYTHING is standardized. In gym we take tests and write notes and in all of the other classes its just a barrage of tests one after another. Most of the teachers at this school dont care about the students at all and nothing is remotely interesting. I used to be a straight A student until this new curriculum started and everything became standardized . It is the worst taco place I have ever been to.

  • (4 months ago)

    I'm surprised by all of the bad reviews! We have a current 7th grader and have had a very positive experience at Eckstein. She is involved in 2 different bands school sports advanced math and writing classes takes a foreign language and comes home happy each afternoon. The teachers seem responsive encouraging and capable. We had an unfortunate incident with one of the PE teachers but you can complete a PE waiver and skip it altogether. The school is very full but I expect that there will be a bit more room next year when half the school attends the new Jane Adams Middle School. Bottom line I would recommend this school to a friend.

  • (8 months ago)

    Female bullying is NOT taken seriously at this school. My daughter was tormented by a group of girls (who in previous years had gotten in trouble for this behavior) and when she finally had the courage to talk to principal Sherri Kokx she was told that it wasn't a school issue! The math program is a joke. Homework is only checked to see if it is complete and is never graded so students don't know if they are doing it correctly until quizzes/tests. Nothing besides tests are counted towards grades on report cards. I added 1 star as there are a handful of caring teachers which are really interested in the students and want them to succeed.

  • (1 year ago)

    Used to be a student I thought this school was terrible. The teachers were bad the students were awful. It was either a really good teacher or really bad teacher. The principle is really unreasonable and some of the students are awful. If you're not part of the popular group they treat you differently. I would never recommend this school to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    this is the best school i have ever been to! the teachers are terrific! and there are great people there!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I would recommend this school to no one. The only people who enjoy it are the "popular" kids who constantly berate and make fun of everyone else. The teachers are either great mediocre or terrible. All the other adults are patronizing and somewhat vindictive. The rules are strict and the authority has clearly gone to all of the Office's collective heads. The education is dull and non inclusive. The teachers rarely focus on the individual students. Full of cliques and moderate racism/homophobia. Would. Not. Recommend.

  • (1 year ago)

    ECKSTEIN MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A ROCKIN SCHOOL. its fun idk what y'all r sayin'. i mean like i got friends. im in the pop group u know like popular. i mean when i walk in the halls i see great people swearing a cussing but its alright we used to it. no actually. it might not have a great reputation but as far as the learning goes and the teachers they are great! ive made the best relationships here because its so diverse. small schools suck because you cant get to know people that arent exactly like you.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am unimpressed by this school. I have a 7th grade daughter who doesn't complain gets all A's but is totally uninspired. It is overcrowded there are no after school activities except a couple of sports and there is nothing special about the place. Lots of cliques no real effort made to encourage school spirit or to connect with people you don't know. Can't wait til she graduates. Would move her to private school if she wasn't so devoted to her friends. Sad state of affairs here.

  • (1 year ago)

    I hate this school its no fun all I get is bad grades and stress all the kids are mean and the teacher don't care I can't wait to get out of this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    After having 2 children at Eckstein over the last 5 years I would have to say that I can no longer recommend this school. It has gone so downhill since we first started there it is very sad. They have teachers teaching subjects that they know little about many of the teachers my two had showed little enthusiasm for teaching or being in the classroom. Both kids left (or are leaving the school) with a much reduced interest in math and science from when they arrived especially our 8th grade student this year that my husband and I worry about their approach to these subjects in high school. Our daughter used to love math and enjoy science but no longer. They also switched their philosphy this year to only tests count towards their grades no projects speeches presentations daily work - nothing but tests. A very stressful place to be this year for the kids. The lunchroom is run like a prison with lots of yelling by lunchroom supervision entire grades being kept inside on beautiful days due to poor behavious choices of a few. We'll be happy to be done!

  • (3 years ago)

    I would have to agree that the size of this school is a huge issue. Its like a mini university! The neighborhood covers an area of well mostly affluent 1-2 kid families. My son attends 6th grade and I can see the change in his character but then again it is a hard age so its difficult for me to blame his attitude entirely on the "up-yourself" majority that attend. The administration staff really are not very helpful and a bit rude sometimes. But the academics are worth it considering there are more bad performing schools in America then good. One thing is for sure the kids here grow up a little too fast but then thats mostly because of the demographics of this neighborhood....... typical up yourself Seattle. But my son averages A and B's so I am mostly happy.

  • (3 years ago)

    Eckstein is huge let's be honest; at least 1300 students. Recently the students were given instructions about walking on the right side of the hallway so they would not collide with each other. It is also a well-greased machine. Contact is great as a parent I always know what is going on between The Source and the mail I get from school. Teachers are enthusiastic many are Eckstein alums. If you need feedback they are happy to give it to you. Now if I didn't have internet access at home I would know nothing so keep that in mind. Being in band is important yes and participating in any school activity like music or athletics does give you entry into a level of information that you would not get if you just did the regular curriculum. Because it is such a huge school there are not a lof of field trips or outside activities for the general population. We have loved it for our first son but am just fine with second son going to Hamilton (boundary changes) as he will get more out of going to a smaller school (although not that much smaller for long they are looking to increase their numbers and see it as positive change).

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been going to Eckstein for the past two years and it was really tough in sixth grade (it got better this year because I made some friends). Lots of people are in their little cliques and just act so exclusive. It is really exhausting to put up with. The teachers tend to be either really great or really horrible. I'm really not academically challenged there even in Spectrum which doesn't even make a difference especially in humanities classes. Now I just think the whole thing is a joke. I'll have another year of this before I get to leave. Oh joy. but then again I was always the cynical pessimistic kid on the block so other folks might be just fine with Eckstein MS.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to Eckstein from 6th-8th grade and I really hated it. I did have some amazing teachers that taught me a lot but I also had quite a few that were less than mediocre. The kids that attend Eckstein tend to be very cliquey and materialistic as well as very judgmental to kids that are actually unique. I was ridiculed and ostracized at Eckstein not only by my classmates but by a few teachers as well. I would only recommend this school to parents who want to change their kids and turn them into stuck-up children that only care about what people have instead of who people are. Based on the actual classes Eckstein is not a bad school but I believe that there is more to a school than its courses and the way the teachers and administrators see the school. It s the experiences that make the biggest impact.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to Eckstein for the entirety of my middle school career and really didn't like it. The standards are moderately high and some teachers are great. However the vast majority of the staff are mediocre at best and really don't pay any attention to most of the children. The environment at this school crushed my childhood innocence and optimism and made me into the sardonic cynical person I am now. Do not send your child here unless you live in a gated community and are of slightly above average intelligence.

  • (6 years ago)

    Eckstein is an ok school if you play music. If you don't you better start. a few of the teachers here are awful while some are amazing!! Different teams have incredibly different workloads some with none and others with mountains...

  • (6 years ago)

    eckstien middle school is a great school! it has nice teachers a new principal and everything about it is great

  • (6 years ago)

    Its an excellent school but the teachers need to make sure they encourage 'every' student more and have a good way of teaching and to making sure everyone 'understands' how to do each math problem.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been attending Eckstein for the past two years and now I am going into 8th grade. Overall Eckstein is a wonderful school. I have learned so much from this school from books and papers to socializing and meeting new people. Eckstein is a great school but sometimes I feel too disciplined with tons of rules. They don' let us have much freedom and they pound us with so much homework and projects. Even though there is lots of homework and rules I still am sort of happy when I wake up in the moring to attend school to see my friends and to learn something new from my fabulous teachers. There is also plenty of after school activities sports for boys and girls and also lots of other school subjects that you can chose to take.

  • (7 years ago)

    I go to Eckstein and overall it's an excellent school but there are always some flaws. We'll be getting a new principal but over the last two years I've been at Eckstein I always felt there were too many rules too many restrictions. It's almost like the administrators are afraid to give us the students and the staff some freedom. Most of the teachers are great but some just don't deserve the job. Lastly there's also a lot of unfairness going around esp. in the elective classes - for ex the band has tons of priviliges both in and out of school than the orchestra.

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