School Details

Jason Lee

602 North Sprague Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 571-7700
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 497 students 14 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Tacoma School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
52%
64%
53%
57%
69%
41%
56%
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
  • Tacoma School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

27%
37%
53%
48%
51%
66%
60%
49%
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.
34%
39%
82%

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

Jason Lee is a public middle school in Tacoma. The principal of Jason Lee is Jon Kellett. 497 students go to Jason Lee and identify primarily as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 54% of the 497 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Jason Lee is 14:1. Bryant is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 16%
Asian 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 39% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 35% 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 1%
Multiracial 11% 10%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I must be a strung out parent of Hilltop according to the parent who wrote a review b-4 me. Nice that some people can stoop to that level when they are refering to education of our children. Good luck with private school. A lot of kids in this community need leadership ...not criticism. I've watched the parents and students involvement at this school change a lot in the past 4 years. They've all come a long way and are WAY more involved now than ever.

  • (3 years ago)

    top scores for msp 7th grade best school ever!!!!!!! It really is a great place to be at. p.s. i spelt top to in my other review

  • (4 years ago)

    "We only grade on tests. A kid could never turn in any homework and still pass." "As long as he does good on tests the student's attendance doesn't matter." These two things were said to me by TEACHERS at Jason Lee when I expressed concern for my child. They are trying to make the school a better place but these things were said in 2010. It may be a good school at some point in the future but right now it's one of the lowest scoring schools in the state.

  • (4 years ago)

    Anyone who gives Jason Lee a good review is either a strung out product of hilltop or just plain crazy!!! There is some good things such as the principle is fabulous and most of the teachers are great but..... the Jason Lee students are out of control and the environment is not conducive to learning. I have never seen a more disrespectful rowdier bunch of heathens in my whole life! Their language and behavior is deplorable. My daughter went from being an honor student to barely making C's!!! If you look at the test scores Jason Lee under-performs in every subject in every grade. I am totally embarrassed to say that my child goes to this school and am currently looking for a private school. If you want your child to receive a good education spare yourself the time and trouble and find a different school.

  • (6 years ago)

    We have been thrilled with Jason Lee it h teachers programs and administration. We live in the north end and had heard that another school was better so we did some research. We found that JLee has made amazing strides these past years. Entering the school we were greated by several staff the principal made time to speak with us and we even met some teachers. Our son hasn't been so happy about school since first grade. Right away he made friends was placed in advanced classes and recieved extra help in writing. Our daughter began classes there last week. She is thrilled to take art and hopefully glassblowing next year. When asked how her first day was she said 'Everyone was really nice even my teachers. They said that school would be really hard this year but they would help me.' What more could we ask for?

  • (8 years ago)

    I think the Jason Lee teachers - most of them really care about the school. I do however have problems with the administration there. My daughter will be going into 8th grade. She has spent so far all her middle school years at Jason Lee. I am thinking about transferring my daughter but at the same time I do love some of the teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    Back when the days on Hill Top where not as good as they are now I went to this great school. I am happy that I went there and still recall many memories till this day of the great teachers who care and the rest of the staff as well. Im proud to have gone to this school and would recomend others to allow there children to go as well. There still are some of my thearches there that would be happy to see your new attend there.

  • (9 years ago)

    We started my son at Jason Lee but after a short time we decided to dig deep in our pockets and put him in private school. The facility is gorgeous the programs are there but the level of student harassment is high. Being that my son is neither weak nor a bully we were surprised that after only 2 weeks he had all of his school supplies stolen during pictures he was subjected to inappropriate name-calling and had another student threatening to beat him up. I wish I had a better experience to relate but this is honesty.

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