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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
North Thurston Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Lacey, WA. It has 15,258 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1150
650 responses
Average ACT
26
81 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
15,258
Free or Reduced Lunch
43.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,671
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$14,747/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    51%
  • Support Services
    45%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$66,675
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,295
National
$949
Median Home Value
$251,700
National
$184,700

North Thurston Public Schools Reviews

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I couldn't agree more with Angela's review. At Meadows, you feel like a community. Your community. We too are a military family so for us, we move often. It is so nice to feel welcome each time we step foot in Meadows. They are always available should you have any concerns or needs. My son's teacher and para are amazing! My son truly looks forward to going to school every day. They're attentive to each child's needs. I've seen them first hand how they manage behavior issues and it's always with kindness and always with the intention to build the child up. I once asked if they had some sort of merit system like the Yelm school district. The response shocked me. They do not believe in merit systems where the child's lack of progress or regression is paraded to the entire class and therefore, humiliating the child and lowering their self esteem. Instead, they reward good behavior and reguide the children who need the extra help. Pure kindness and love.
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I have attended numerous public schools over the years. Many were decent but more often than not their facilities were lacking, academics left much to be desired, and opportunities outside the classroom were limited. So when I began to attend the North Thurston Public School district I was very surprised at their facilities, academics, faculty, and more. It has been one of the best public school districts I have attended so far. I'm not saying it's perfect. Their food is not the healthiest and I feel like the music and arts division can be improved but overall I really enjoy going to a North Thurston school.
Variety of different schools in the district. Most diverse is River Ridge High School and least diverse is North Thurston High School. But, no matter where you are, there are great teachers willing to help and guide you through your high school careers!