Perry G Keithley Middle School

12324 12th Ave South, Tacoma, WA 98444 | (253) 535-9884
  • Grades: 6-9
  • Student Enrollment: 824
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4 out of 5 | 2 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Mailing Address: 12324 12th Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444
School Operational Details
  • Title I Eligible
    All students of this school are eligible for participation in authorized programs.
School District Details

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 824
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 45.1
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 18.3
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 381 (46.2%)
  • Females: 361 (43.8%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 106 (12.9%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 473 (57.4%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 579 (70.3%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Perry G Keithley Middle School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian161.9%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Perry G Keithley Middle School
  Number Percent
6th Grade25030.3%
7th Grade28835.0%
8th Grade27533.4%
9th Grade111.3%
Source: WA Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 4

4 out of 5 | 2 Reviews
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2 reviews for Perry G Keithley Middle School

  • Reviewed by Student on April 09, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Personally, I love Keithley. The staff try their hardest to keep the school safe and free of gang violence, and they actually do a pretty good job of it. I'm an 8th grader, and comparing my 8th grade year to my 6th grade year, the school has improved a lot. Sure not all of the kids are the brightest, but thats just because most of our district's middle school funds go to Ford. It's not the staffs' or the students' faults that the test scores are low, or that the school is as some might say "ghetto." Our school isn't in located in a rich area, its not a poor area either though. As for the step program, yes sometimes I think its ridiculous, but its a lot better than having to stay after school in detention or going to Saturday school.
    The teachers are great and they enjoy coming to our school and teaching us kids every day. They deal with the nonsense that we give them and teach us well. Overall, Keithley is a great school, and it shouldn't be judged the way it is. People think just because a good majority of the school is black, mexican, or asian, that the school is in "the hood." Well, really, take it from me, its not. It is just like any other middle school, it has the nerds, jocks, preps, all of those little clicks.
    So stop judging Keithley!!! I love this school and that will never change.
  • Reviewed by Student on September 04, 2007
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I am currently a student at Keithley Middle School, just entering the 8th grade. Because I AM a Kolt, and have been so for the past few years, I defend my school fiercely, and when a parent blindly bashes our school it does upset me a bit - they can't whole-heartedly speak from experience like I can, so I don't exactly view their opinions as legitimate. Issue #1, the Make Your Day system. It's a little [too] exaggerated to say "that kids get sent to Step 1 for tapping a pencil", that just isn't true. All teachers clearly set their expectations, and if a student steps past that boundary line, there's a consequence. It's as simple as that. I have NEVER seen a student get put on Step 1 for a "mistake" or "accidentally" making a noise - Step 1 is given out with reason, and most kids who choose Step 1 know they deserve it. Because parents aren't with our classes 24/7, they just can't know what it's like. They can rely on their own understandings and hear-say, but that's not good enough. Parents aren't there for the hours that we are. Sure, they can rely on what their child tells them, but you must know that ALL kids bend the truth... As every school does, we have students who blatantly refuse to act acceptable, now try dealing with these types of kids for six and a half hours a day, while simultaneously teaching another group of 30 or so kids. It's tough, and I can only defend our teachers by saying that if a parent has to leave early from work so often to have conferences, maybe... just maybe it's not the teacher's fault. Issue #2, the teachers. Keithley is stereotypically known as the "poor" school, or the "dumb" school... but those are just stereotypes. They don't mean anything. In fact, there isn't a school out there that I'd rather go to, for sheer fact that our teachers are awesome - I've never even had a teacher I didn't like! The staff is just so... COOL, for lack of a better word, and is so open and friendly, like they're truly glad you're there. Sometimes you can't always trust the opinions of students because they exaggerate heavily; there are some times I really like a teacher, but other people dislike them because "they're too strict". What's "strict" to someone who gets sent home everyday is very different than what an "average" kid thinks is strict. You just can't base an opinion on only one other. Lastly, there are issues that are unavoidable, and will pertain to ANY school. There is, to a certain degree, bullying, racism, et cetera at our school, and there lies the biggest problem. Our school could work better towards unity and school spirit, and that's what I'm especially going to work on this year. Keithley is a good school, despite all of the rumors by the uninformed.

Test Scores and Performance Information

Overall School Rating

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How is this determined?
The overall school rating shows that Perry G Keithley Middle School performed on average much worse than most other schools across the state on MSP state exams in the following subjects:
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing

MSP - Test Proficiency by Grade and Subject

Grade 6 - % of students at or above proficiency

Math Test
Reading Test

Grade 7 - % of students at or above proficiency

Math Test
Reading Test
Writing Test

Grade 8 - % of students at or above proficiency

Math Test
Reading Test
Science Test
Source: WA Department of Education 2009-2010

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