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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Science & Math Institute is an above average, public school located in Tacoma, WA. It has 466 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
Address
5501 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
Telephone
(253) 571-2300
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Science & Math Institute Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1180
93 responses
Average ACT
29
13 responses
AP Enrollment
26%
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Living in the Area
NG
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    NG
  2. Good for Families
    NG
  3. Housing
    NG
Median Household Income
$66,419
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,500
National
$949
Median Home Value
$317,181
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Mini Term
    26%
  • End of the year picnic
    22%
  • Camp at the beginning of the year
    20%
  • Showcase-Where students show their talents
    14%
  • After School Clubs
    7%
  • Micro Term
    6%
  • Service and study tours
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
466
Free or Reduced Lunch
38%
48%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,740
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.7%
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,555/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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I love the Science & Math Institute because of the strong sense of community there. The staff actively work to create a friendly environment by having mentor group every Friday, an all-school retreat before school starts, and mixed grade level classes. As a student, I feel listened to. If I ever have a problem with a teacher or another student (which I doubt I will), I know people that I can talk to that will help me with my issue. Additionally, I love the classes I am able to take there. Our school has a Makerspace, an internship program, and even an Early Learning Center, which is great for me because I want to major in education in the future. Our school does not have sports, which is one thing I would change because it makes some people unsure about applying. Our diversity could also be better; I only have two teachers of color. Overall, I love this school, and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. It will change your life for the better.
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The teachers are some of the most understanding and supportive people that I have ever had in a classroom. They genuinely care about their students and what they are teaching because they are allowed to create their own ciriculum. The school as a whole is motivated and close knit to their class. While we don’t have school sports are clubs are large and often supported by the school, especially the robotics team.
The Science and Math Institute is a great place for students who enjoy the outdoors. I love being able to walk through the forest and to breathe in the fresh air on the way to my classes. It was easy for me to fit in, because the teachers and students are all very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. My overall experience with this school has been amazing and I encourage other students to apply.