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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
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.
Address
1418 NW 65 St
Seattle, WA 98117
Telephone
(206) 252-1000
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Ballard High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
75%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1260
438 responses
Average ACT
29
108 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$95,871
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,635
National
$949
Median Home Value
$578,620
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
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 63 responses
Report
  • The plays and musicals
    24%
  • Spirit weeks
    19%
  • Homecoming Week
    11%
  • Ballard Film Festival
    10%
  • School Dances
    10%
  • Football and basketball games
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,852
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,174
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$14,678/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Ballard High School Reviews

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Ballard High School has an incredible amount of resources and dedicated staff members and students that make that give opportunities that many people do not have. I spent most of my time in the music department, which is nationally awarded, but also in other fields like mathematics and science I found passions. However, there are many issues surrounding how the staff treat serious issues and deal with complicated situations. Ballard is also not diverse and separates distinctly into groups of ethnicity and activities.
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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.