School Details

Port Susan Middle School

7506 267th St NW, Stanwood, WA 98292
(360) 629-1360
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 539 students 16 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

73%
69%
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82%
79%
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
  • Stanwood-Camano School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
72%
64%
81%
76%
69%
73%
74%
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
  • Stanwood-Camano School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
59%
53%
68%
71%
66%
71%
71%
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.
100%
98%
82%
100%
99%
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
  • Stanwood-Camano School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Port Susan Middle School is a public middle school in Stanwood. The principal of Port Susan Middle School is Michael Olson. 539 students go to Port Susan Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 29% of the 539 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Port Susan Middle School is 16:1. Lincoln Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% 85%
Hispanic 7% 8%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    My second child is in her last year at Port Susan Middle. This school is mediocre at best. The instruction is hit and miss although the discipline has improved over the years (since my oldest entered 6th grade in 2007). Counselors are burned out. I don't see kids or teachers who are passionate about learning or who are trying anything innovative. A huge disappointment coming from public schools in Shoreline (north Seattle). Kids are learning in middle school what my daughter learned in FIRST GRADE (no exaggeration) in technology lab in Shoreline. There are a couple of notable standouts just good solid teachers who know how to teach. Otherwise the school makes an argument for the serious perils of inbred hiring (favoring locals who grew up here and attended Stanwood schools) - notable lack of talent energy and passion for teaching.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been very pleased with the change in leadership over the last couple of years. It feels like they are truly trying to make a change in the academic progress of every student. Interventions (Read to Achieve SuperMath) have been put in place to help more kids reach standards. All students are being helped! Seems like principal lacks in communication with community and students. I'm hoping he'll grow in this area. Staff is loving and caring. My kids feel very safe and connected to their teachers. Would recommend this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    The principal and the teachers are wonderful. This is a great school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son and I love port susan middle school.He wouldnt go anywhere else.The school and staff made him feel very welcome last year as we were new to the stanwood area. Thank you for making this transition easier for him..

  • (9 years ago)

    Music Department is lacking in quality kids dropping out this year like flies. Problem with Teachers communicating with parents when the child is not succeeding in class(day late dollar short syndrome) Sports programs good. Late start is a hassle (who voted for this?). Front office staff treats parents like children.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think that Port Susan middle is a very good school. The first year our daughter attended she was new to the area and was treated as an outsider - all new kids were put in a portable classroom next to the school making it difficult to get to know the locals kids and become part of the community. After a year she has made the honor roll and joined choir made many good friends and we are very happy with the quality of education she is getting. After you break through the small town barrier you will find it to be a very good school with alot to offer for such a small town.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter is in the Special Education program She sruggles and has a IEP plan I feel let down. We have no real IEP teachers IEP teachers are payed the same for very difficult time consuming education. There changing what they teach every year There is no real plan or cirrclum in place ! Mrs. ViZ is the only teacher that really seems to teach with a plan & from the heart in the IEP program. They also fail to reconize the real kids You know the ones that are not the most popular.

  • (10 years ago)

    It can be a bit hard to find friends if you just move. But after a little getting use to it's a nice school. Could improve with better afterschool programs.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that this is the best school for me since we have moved all I talk about is Port Susan. I think this is the best school out of all the schools I've been to and I've been to a lot of schools. Well I just thought you would like to know that your school is the best out of all the schools I have been to.

  • (11 years ago)

    Port Susan is an outstanding school which offers many opportunities for students. My kids have been involved in sports programs with supportive coaches as well as academic programs such as History Day and Science Team. The school sets high standards has supportive staff and cares about kids.

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Overall score

(based on 17 ratings & reviews)

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