Chinook Middle School

Summary:

Chinook Middle School is a public middle school located in SeaTac, Washington, serving grades 6-8 with a student population of 599. The school is part of the Highline School District, which is ranked 198 out of 249 districts in Washington and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger. Chinook Middle School has a diverse student population, with a racial makeup that is predominantly Hispanic, African American, and Asian.

Chinook Middle School consistently ranks in the bottom half of Washington middle schools, with academic performance significantly below the state and district averages. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, only 28.16% of Chinook students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 52.86% statewide and 36.27% in the Highline School District. In math, only 16.03% of Chinook students were proficient or better, compared to 41.04% statewide and 24.38% in the district. The school's performance varies across different student subgroups, with Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and low-income students performing the worst, while African American and Asian students perform relatively better.

Despite having relatively high per-student spending of $20,272 in the 2021-2022 school year, which is higher than the state average and the spending at nearby schools like Pacific Middle School and Glacier Middle School, Chinook Middle School's academic challenges persist. The school's diverse student population, with a significant proportion of minority and low-income students, may require specialized instructional approaches and support services to address the specific needs of these students and improve the school's overall academic outcomes.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 18650 42nd Ave S
       SeaTac, WA  98188-5012


(206) 631-5700

District: Highline School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
487th of 539 Washington Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $20,272 Help


Students who attend Chinook Middle School usually attend:

High:    Tyee High School

Feeder schools for Chinook Middle School:

Elementary:    Bow Lake Elementary
    Madrona Elementary
    McMicken Heights Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  16.4 Help
Number of students:  599

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
37.2%
African American:
20.7%
Asian:
15.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  78.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Chinook Middle School ranks worse than 90.4% of middle schools in Washington. It also ranks 3rd among 5 ranked middle schools in the Highline School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.55. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Chinook Middle School has the smallest middle school student body size in the Highline School District. Student population at Chinook Middle School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (37.2%), African American (20.7%), Asian (15.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 78.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Chinook Middle School is 16.4, which is the 2nd best among 5 middle schools in the Highline School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Chinook Middle School is $20,272, which is the highest among 5 middle schools in the Highline School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Chinook Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Chinook Middle School 487th of 539 Washington public middle schools. (See Chinook Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Highline School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Highline School District 198th of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Chinook Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 13.33 390th 421 7.4%
2005 8.96 401st 425 5.6%
2006 10.42 422nd 449 6.0%
2007 8.19 447th 463 3.5%
2008 10.19 437th 466 6.2%
2009 5.98 459th 476 3.6%
2010 10.38 450th 483 6.8%
2011 17.18 439th 492 10.8%
2012 27.85 386th 497 22.3%
2013 28.26 383rd 498 23.1%
2015 22.73 360th 445 19.1%
2016 16.35 389th 443 12.2%
2017 20.35 354th 435 18.6%
2018 26.33 332nd 437 24.0%
2019 25.23 395th 512 22.9%
2021 16.64 457th 529 13.6%
2022 15.61 476th 541 12.0%
2023 12.55 487th 539 9.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 43.02 145th 246 41.1%
2021 24.91 198th 250 20.8%
2022 40.19 147th 257 42.8%
2023 37.17 156th 244 36.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.10 85th 135 37.0%
2019 34.65 61st 100 39.0%
2022 18.54 59th 63 6.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.97 227th 349 35.0%
2019 38.68 287th 448 35.9%
2021 21.30 398th 458 13.1%
2022 18.91 426th 475 10.3%
2023 14.62 419th 463 9.5%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.92 16th 59 72.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.51 300th 376 20.2%
2019 25.40 357th 452 21.0%
2021 15.46 416th 469 11.3%
2022 14.21 428th 479 10.6%
2023 10.24 431st 464 7.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.55 289th 371 22.1%
2019 24.28 353rd 453 22.1%
2021 18.41 399th 476 16.2%
2022 16.28 418th 480 12.9%
2023 13.61 424th 470 9.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.23 109th 123 11.4%
2019 37.04 100th 152 34.2%
2021 23.63 114th 149 23.5%
2022 22.22 126th 161 21.7%
2023 16.08 124th 145 14.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.76 40th 66 39.4%
2019 40.00 62nd 111 44.1%
2021 43.05 54th 106 49.1%
2022 31.90 68th 104 34.6%
2023 15.68 85th 96 11.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.70 151st 259 41.7%
2019 33.19 232nd 344 32.6%
2021 20.17 307th 353 13.0%
2022 16.79 321st 360 10.8%
2023 15.70 307th 336 8.6%
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Rank History for Pacific Islander students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 35.60 22nd 31 29.0%
2021 21.05 19th 19 0.0%
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Rank History for White students at Chinook Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.93 158th 325 51.4%
2019 63.04 152nd 470 67.7%
2021 58.61 180th 480 62.5%
2022 48.05 245th 488 49.8%
2023 26.01 370th 488 24.2%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Chinook Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 359 31 27 15 8 n/a n/a 0 440
1989 380 36 32 14 8 n/a n/a 0 470
1990 354 28 34 15 18 n/a n/a 0 449
1991 376 41 49 15 16 n/a n/a 0 497
1992 416 48 55 18 17 n/a n/a 0 554
1993 374 52 53 22 18 n/a n/a 0 519
1994 419 57 78 31 28 n/a n/a 0 613
1995 446 84 72 45 14 n/a n/a 0 661
1996 446 84 72 45 14 n/a n/a 0 661
1997 429 89 88 35 24 n/a n/a 0 665
1998 404 83 118 38 27 n/a n/a 0 670
1999 394 90 118 38 20 n/a n/a 0 660
2000 338 102 125 59 25 n/a n/a 0 649
2001 322 86 119 64 21 n/a n/a 0 612
2002 303 104 151 90 16 n/a n/a 0 664
2003 303 104 151 90 16 n/a n/a 0 664
2004 249 107 144 97 15 n/a n/a 0 612
2005 201 119 142 168 18 n/a n/a 0 648
2006 158 120 142 151 13 n/a n/a 0 584
2007 111 99 123 161 12 n/a n/a 0 506
2008 103 95 100 175 4 n/a n/a 0 477
2009 90 97 119 173 9 n/a n/a 0 488
2010 81 82 118 169 15 n/a n/a 12 477
2011 74 66 80 197 5 26 76 0 524
2012 83 87 86 202 7 35 56 0 556
2013 81 85 81 211 10 36 31 0 535
2014 83 86 78 244 5 46 26 0 568
2015 82 103 102 284 3 39 21 0 634
2016 78 103 110 246 3 37 31 0 608
2017 74 100 108 211 1 39 25 0 558
2018 72 108 96 213 1 45 24 0 559
2019 80 117 100 230 1 56 24 0 608
2020 82 161 107 285 0 60 32 0 727
2021 69 160 99 290 4 52 38 0 712
2022 64 120 93 241 2 47 39 2 608
2023 68 124 93 223 2 44 40 5 599

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Chinook Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 440 21.0 20.9 0
1989 470 24.0 19.5 n/a
1990 449 19.6 22.9 0
1991 497 24.7 20.1 n/a
1992 554 27.6 20.0 n/a
1993 519 26.0 20.0 n/a
1994 613 29.2 21.0 n/a
1995 661 32.4 20.4 n/a
1996 661 32.4 20.4 n/a
1997 665 32.8 20.3 n/a
1998 670 33.2 20.2 n/a
1999 660 32.6 20.2 n/a
2000 649 32.0 20.3 n/a
2001 612 30.4 20.1 n/a
2002 664 31.2 21.3 48.2
2003 664 31.2 21.3 48.2
2004 612 32.0 19.1 58.5
2005 648 32.0 20.3 66.8
2006 584 30.5 19.1 72.8
2007 506 n/a n/a 71.1
2008 477 29.8 16.0 67.1
2009 488 29.8 16.4 73.8
2010 477 28.9 16.5 83.7
2011 524 31.8 16.4 65.6
2012 556 35.2 15.7 78.4
2013 535 33.8 15.7 84.1
2014 568 n/a n/a 83.5
2015 634 33.0 19.2 77
2016 608 39.0 15.5 85.7
2017 558 35.0 15.9 77.8
2018 559 32.3 17.2 78.9
2019 608 38.7 15.6 80.9
2020 727 45.9 15.8 79.2
2021 712 41.7 17.0 76.5
2022 608 35.9 16.9 76.5
2023 599 36.3 16.4 78.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Chinook Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 440 21.0 20.9 0
1989 470 24.0 19.5 n/a
1990 449 19.6 22.9 0
1991 497 24.7 20.1 n/a
1992 554 27.6 20.0 n/a
1993 519 26.0 20.0 n/a
1994 613 29.2 21.0 n/a
1995 661 32.4 20.4 n/a
1996 661 32.4 20.4 n/a
1997 665 32.8 20.3 n/a
1998 670 33.2 20.2 n/a
1999 660 32.6 20.2 n/a
2000 649 32.0 20.3 n/a
2001 612 30.4 20.1 n/a
2002 664 31.2 21.3 48.2
2003 664 31.2 21.3 48.2
2004 612 32.0 19.1 58.5
2005 648 32.0 20.3 66.8
2006 584 30.5 19.1 72.8
2007 506 n/a n/a 71.1
2008 477 29.8 16.0 67.1
2009 488 29.8 16.4 73.8
2010 477 28.9 16.5 83.7
2011 524 31.8 16.4 65.6
2012 556 35.2 15.7 78.4
2013 535 33.8 15.7 84.1
2014 568 n/a n/a 83.5
2015 634 33.0 19.2 77
2016 608 39.0 15.5 85.7
2017 558 35.0 15.9 77.8
2018 559 32.3 17.2 78.9
2019 608 38.7 15.6 80.9
2020 727 45.9 15.8 79.2
2021 712 41.7 17.0 76.5
2022 608 35.9 16.9 76.5
2023 599 36.3 16.4 78.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

Chinook Middle School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201983.7%0.0%6.4%0.2%99.5%99.5%99.4%96.4%99.2%99.5%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Chinook Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,538 (8.9%) $15,736 (91.1%) $17,273
2020 $810 (6.6%) $11,414 (93.4%) $12,224
2021 $945 (5.7%) $15,720 (94.3%) $16,666
2022 $1,977 (9.8%) $18,295 (90.2%) $20,272

Data source: Washington Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Chinook Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 395th of 512 Middle schoolsRanks 487th of 539 Middle schools
 13.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Chinook Middle School)54.620.5
 34.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Highline School District)52.732.4
 20.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)6252.1
 9.9%
7th Grade Math (Chinook Middle School)3316.4
 16.6%
   7th Grade Math (Highline School District)35.820.5
 15.3%
   7th Grade Math (Washington)49.938.6
 11.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Chinook Middle School)5737.6
 19.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Highline School District)52.537.5
 15.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)59.651.3
 8.3%
8th Grade Math (Chinook Middle School)24.214.7
 9.6%
   8th Grade Math (Highline School District)3018.7
 11.2%
   8th Grade Math (Washington)47.234.4
 12.8%
8th Grade Science (Chinook Middle School)36.527.7
 8.8%
   8th Grade Science (Highline School District)41.130.2
 10.9%
   8th Grade Science (Washington)53.143.9
 9.3%
All Grades English Language Arts (Chinook Middle School)55.728.2
 27.6%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Highline School District)48.636.3
 12.3%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Chinook Middle School)2916
 13%
   All Grades Math (Highline School District)35.724.4
 11.3%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Chinook Middle School)36.527.7
 8.8%
   All Grades Science (Highline School District)37.933.3
 4.6%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students608599
 1.5%
African American117124
 6%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian10093
 7%
Hispanic230223
 3%
Pacific Islander5644
 21.4%
White8068
 15%
Two or More Races2440
 66.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients80.9%78.5%
 2.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Chinook Middle School

Students at Chinook Middle School are 37% Hispanic, 21% African American, 16% Asian, 11% White, 7% Pacific Islander, 7% Two or more races.

Students who attend Chinook Middle School usually go on to attend Tyee High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 599 students attended Chinook Middle School.

Chinook Middle School ranks in the bottom 9.6% of Washington middle schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction.

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