Ballard High School is a highly rated, public school located in Seattle, WA. It has 1,852 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 75% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.
Ballard High School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
Ballard High School Reviews
About average school, diversity is low and the admins are awful. Many teachers are unfit, rude, abusive, or indifferent, but others are amazing. Who you get will be crucial to your experience. The admins are very inconsistent with discipline, often either too lenient or too harsh. The schools health amenities are superb, including the onsite Teen Health Center. The sports and music programs are great, especially the band and other the music programs, however, they’re underfunded, requiring lots of out-of-pocket donations. Upkeep is fair thanks to the janitors. There are several places on or near campus where students can mingle without intrusion and there’s a wide range of restaurants reachable by bus. But, it is quickly becoming too crowded with classes being forced into portables, but this means there’s a place/friend group for all. Good AP and running start options are readily available. Even with the problems, it is decent. Don’t expect to be treated fairly by the admins.
The science programs at Ballard are amazing! Most of the teachers are nice except a new of them. The principal is very kind and funny! He's always around and will always give you a high-five, which is refreshing compared to some other principals I've heard about.
Overall, my experience at Ballard has been great. The performing arts program is quite nice, and is inclusive of all members. The school spirit is amazing! Each assembly and event has you exhilarated and proud to be a Ballard student. While I do love Ballard, it absolutely has room for improvement. The administration really tend to hesitate when dealing with problematic teachers and students, and it would be much more efficient if the staff put more energy towards being prompt when it comes to dealing with issues throughout the school. Other than the lack of action that sometimes occurs with complaints, Ballard is a wonderful institution who is constantly working on improving themselves through monthly developmental meetings of department heads and I hope to see improvement that students want to see rather than exclusively district mandated improvements.