Hidden River Middle School Shifts Culture to Improve Every Student's Success

Hidden River Middle School Shifts Culture to Improve Every Student's Success

In 2014, the Hidden River Middle School staff embarked on a journey to shift the school's culture to ensure ALL students learn the essential academic, social, and citizenship skills to be successful in middle school and beyond.

Through their steadfast commitment and relentless efforts, four years later, the staff culture and climate data is at an all-time high; the performance of their students on the state assessments has improved, especially with regards to the level at which students are showing growth on those assessments in comparison to other schools in our state; and they are being recognized for their work both at the state and national level.

In addition to their recognition from from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent (OSPI) for the inclusion of special education students in the general education classroom, and being named a model Professional Learning Community (PLC) school by Solution Tree last year, the Hidden River staff are now being featured on the ReadyWA's website for their commitment to improving every student's success.

The ReadyWA article featuring the work at Hidden River is aimed at inspiring educators in Washington to break down barriers to student success and close achievement gaps.

As a shining example of how a shift in a school's culture can impact student success, the article highlights that at Hidden River, "students take ownership of their learning and set weekly goals addressing academics and behavior, as well as planning for high school classes.

Discipline issues have decreased as staff promote positive choices with students and take a proactive, rather than reactive, approach.

"We have teachers who are trying to meet every kid where they are," Hidden River Principal Brett Wille said."

You can read the article in its entirety by visiting the ReadyWA website