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    Marcus Whitman Middle School

    Marcus Whitman Middle School serves over 900, ethnically diverse, middle school students in northwest Seattle. We take pride in our dedicated staff, academic achievements, successful extra-curricular programs and an active and involved PTSA. At Whitman, the goal is to help every child reach their potential by providing challenging curriculum in an environment where every child feels safe and also to help each child develop pride in self and community: Whitman pride.

    Whitman Wildcats will achieve and grow in a safe learning environment with a culture of collaboration, equity and academic excellence.

    Our Mission

    At Whitman Middle School, improvement is based on effective use of student data; intentional, aligned professional development; instructionally-focused staff meetings based on NSDC standards; frequent monitoring of teaching and learning (Catwalks); the use of Purpose Statements in classrooms and High Leverage Teaching Moves; 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, and the “branding” of Whitman to our students, staff, and parent community. In order to be a great school we need to have elite achievement for ALL students academically, behaviorally, and socially.

    Our Vision

    We draw upon the Nine Characteristics of Highly Effective Schools and Jim Collins’ “Good to Great and the Social Sectors”. We use our laser-like focus on collaborative professional development that is intentional and results- oriented. The centerpiece of our whole-staff professional development will be our Study Teams, which we use during our early release days. Whitman is an LSA school as identified by the NSDC. Our vision is to go from a school of elite structures to a school of elite achievement for all students.

    We will focus on the ABCs...

    A – ATTENDANCE – All students in school and ready to learn every day.

    B – BEHAVIOR – Explicitly teaching what we expect for a productive learning environment and a positive school climate “The Whitman Way” –We Show Respect, We Make Good Choices, and We Solve Our Problems

    C – COURSEWORK ‐ Focused and intentional instruction as well as academic grades will be based on standards. Our students will be able to articulate what they are learning and why they are learning it. Students who leave our school will have the knowledge and skills to be successful in high school and beyond.

    Our school improvement is based on...

    • Using student data effectively
    • Providing additional learning opportunities for struggling students
    • Mentoring and case management
    • Aligning intentional results oriented professional development and focusing staff meetings on student learning and instruction, cultural competency, and breaking down the barriers to learning
    • Monitoring and evaluating teaching based on the Frameworks for Teaching
    • Developing common assessments and standards based grading for all curriculum areas
    • Engaging and informing families

    We will ask ourselves the Critical Questions of Learning:

    What is it we expect students to learn?
    How will we know when students have learned it?
    How will we respond when students don’ t learn?
    How will we respond when students already know it?

    As we continue to develop curriculum, assess learning and student growth; observe and evaluate staff members; and participate in Professional Learning Communities, we will ask:

    Do we have a sense of urgency for student progress and achievement?
    Do our actions demonstrate urgency?

    Contact Us

    9201 15th Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98117

    Main Office: 206-252-1200
    Fax: 206-252-1201
    Attendance: 206-252-1204 or

    Principal Christina Posten

    Christina Posten

    Administrative Secretary:
    Janice Runner

    Bell Schedule

    Start and End Time:
    9 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Early Release Wednesday:
    9 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

    Click here to see the full class schedule.