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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Science & Math Institute is a highly rated, public school located in Tacoma, WA. It has 537 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

Science & Math Institute Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1180
110 responses
Average ACT
29
15 responses
AP Enrollment
26%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    NG
  2. Good for Families
    NG
  3. Housing
    NG
Median Household Income
$74,855
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,550
National
$949
Median Home Value
$339,189
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 78 responses
  • Mini Term
    24%
  • End of the year picnic
    21%
  • Camp at the beginning of the year
    19%
  • Showcase-Where students show their talents
    14%
  • After School Clubs
    8%
  • Micro Term
    6%
  • Service and study tours
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
537
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
45%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,781
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.7%
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 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
$18,237/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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SAMI is an amazing school with a lot of academic goals and opportunities as a student. I an soon to be a junior, and don't think there is any other school more unique in the area. There is a new system with signing up for classes where you can choose your "Pathway". And i am taking a Life Science pathway. Don't forget that you can always change your mind and take a new pathway later!
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I very much like the Science and Math Institute, ranging from the faculty, the students, and the environment. I really like how the school in in Point Defiance Park, where it's surrounded by forest and near the water, and I also like how the zoo plays a role in the education of students and lends us the zoo for our education. However there are some things I would change about the school. The safety of the school isn't the best in my opinion, where from personal experience of being on lockdown in a zoo classroom we didn't know there was a lockdown because we could faintly hear the alarms. We continued with our class normally while the alarms went off. I would maybe add alarms to the zoo classrooms so they could also be notified in case of an emergency. Second, the amount of drug abusers at this school. Since the school is in a forest, they take advantage of that and hide in the forest to do what they do. Overall, it's a good experience and I would recommend this school to people.
It is fun being out door. Being a freshman was the school year I got the most exercise. I would like more communication with the Transit buses. When I took the Transit bus we were packed in like sardines. Students would have to wake up very early so they can get to school on time. Sometimes I was late because I took the Transit Bus. Being at Sami I needed to know what I can handle with my classes because there is 8 core classes and 2 other classes. Being at Sami helped me be more outgoing, it really helped me step out of my comfort zone. We did not have hot lunches we had bagged lunches (small) from the school, home lunches, or we would have to go pay for lunch at one the restaurant or the boat house by Sami I feel like I was in like college because of it (say bye to your money). Can go take classes at the Sota and Idea In Jan. and June there is only one class. Being a student at Sami is very easy to graduate early; by freshman and sophomore year most the classes needed are completed.