School Details

Foss

2112 South Tyler St, Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-7300
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1022 students 17 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Tacoma School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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72%

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.
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85%

High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)

In 2011-2012 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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
  • Tacoma School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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35%

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
  • Tacoma School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

17%
15%
15%

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
  • Tacoma School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Foss is a public high school in Tacoma. The principal of Foss is Thu Ament. 1,022 students attend Foss and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. 47% of the 1,022 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Foss is 17:1. Bellarmine Preparatory School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 33% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 23% 17%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 18% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 10%
Hispanic 15% 16%
Multiracial 10% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    A very nice caring wonderful school where every teacher cares about your well being and the counslers know your name and the principle is always there and so is the vice.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school was named after Henry O. Foss. He was an elected official businessman and civic leader. Our school was built in 1973 and in 1982 Foss became the first school in Washington State to introduce the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This program is one of great standards as well as one that gives all students who have enough work ethic and discipline to grow immensely in critical thinking and college like attributes. In 2001 the school was elected by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as an Achiever High School in Washington State. The school its self is a phenomenal education destination. Students are diverse and come from everywhere around the world. Our ASB is a very unique set of people who are the teachers and students cheerleaders throughout the year. Using their skills to really get people to keep their heads up keep smiling and always continue to improve. Our school is exclusive and uncommon to others around our state and nationwide. Please make us one of your choices. Our daily saying is on the intercom in the morning is " I'm a Henry Foss Falcon full spirit of pride and I love to hold it down for Henry Foss High. Have a great day Falcons!"

  • (4 years ago)

    Foss has great teachers who work really hard to make a positive learning experience for the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    I came to Foss from Curtis high school and I have to say I was quite impressed. I had a wonder time there and the teachers are amazing. A lot of diversity which helped me a lot and fairness in grades as well.

  • (9 years ago)

    Foss is a large diverse urban school with students from all backgrounds economic status ethnicity country of birth and academic ability. Teachers are committed and caring. When our son was struggling every one of his teachers and his counselor came to a 7 a.m. conference with us to talk about how to best help him. We have two students there with totally different learning styles and for the most part both have received excellent instruction. The school is going through a lot of changes and staff morale is low but I don't think that has affected the teaching. Communication from the administration can only be described as inadequate. In an effort to bring up WASL scores the administration is quietly weakening the prestigious International Baccalaureate program which draws ambitious students from all over. This is disheartening and could result in bright students choosing to go elsewhere. Overall many plusses and minusses!

  • (9 years ago)

    A very nice school with great acedemics but the students aren't the greatest and there are many students in gangs.Parents are not very involved but this school has many elective class choices.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think Foss is the best school in the surrounding area hands down (including all the private schools). Although the school has had some problems with student-administration relationships I have throughly enjoyed my time here. I agree that the gates grant has overall lowered attention on certain aspects of the school however now that it is instated the school should support the program to it's fullest (as long as it does not interfere with the IB program).... 1 thing the school could do is focus more on the IB program because from what I see Foss has excellent college placement among IB students (Within the last couple years students from Foss have gained admission to; Havard Yale MIT Berkeley Cornell Georgetown Stanford etc.).... The school could reward these high achiving students more than they already do. But those are just my general comments. Overall it is still the best school.

  • (11 years ago)

    I would like to say that the quality of Foss has greatly gone down. My son graduated in 2001 and he loved it. The people were great and Mr. Lange was the greatest. My daughter is a junior and she despises Foss. The principal is never there her counselor doesn't even know her name and she has been there for 2 years. She has one teacher that actually cares what happens to the students.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think one of the best decisions I have ever made was to enroll my daughter in Foss. The Academic Standards set by the staff are wonderful. We also have completely enjoyed the Girls Basketball Program. The coaches are some of the best I have ever seen. They set the stakes and expectations high. Thank you Foss for the wonderful experience.

  • (11 years ago)

    Foss High School has good students and bad faculty. The principal and the staff needs to concentrate on the students and curriculum more than the construction of the building and meeting with each other. Quit talking and let's see some action being made.

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter loves Foss and its diversity. The staff is very caring but firm with the discipline when needed. She loves the cross country and track program. She is in the IB program and it is very challenging but she receives the support she needs from the staff. She participates in the chamber orchestra and it is an excellent program. I have my son at Bellarmine Prep around the corner and I can say overall she is receiving the more challenging program and has more compentent teachers. The temptation of drugs seems to be not as high at Foss as it is in some of the surrounding schools.The principal treats everyone like a long lost cousin and the counselors have been wonderful. My daughter has received great information about college testing and admissions and has heard more than her brother at the expensive private school. Whenever I have contacted the staff they have been very helpful and they treat parents very well. I am very very pleased with Foss.

  • (11 years ago)

    The 'new schools' concept has greatly interfered with the academics of the present population of junior & seniors. Too much time spent on that has affected the teachers' time they should be spending on the current student body.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child is a senior there this yr(c/o 04) and she has loved it there. I think Foss is the best Tacoma school.

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