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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  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 1,696 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
1418 NW 65 St
Seattle, WA 98117
Telephone
(206) 252-1000

Ballard High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1260
309 responses
Average ACT
29
76 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$74,458
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,266
National
$949
Median Home Value
$484,600
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
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 54 responses
Report
  • The plays and musicals
    28%
  • Spirit weeks
    20%
  • Ballard Film Festival
    11%
  • Homecoming Week
    11%
  • School Dances
    9%
  • Football and basketball games
    6%
  • Performing Arts Events
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,696
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,934
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,685/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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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.
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I am an active member of the BHS community. Ballard has endless clubs, sports teams, and programs to immerse yourself in from day 1. As I graduate in 3 shorts months I have been in 3 choirs, on asb for 3 years, basketball, soccer, cross country, track, National Honor Society, Thespian, 2 musicals, 1 play, and a part of Unified Soccer. Ballard was an amazing high school!
Ballard High School isn't amazing and isn't the school that people are dying to get into, but it does what it needs to do - which is more than other schools in SPS can say. The staff for the most part is good - teachers range from being absolutely amazing and some of the best teachers ever to self-unaware, cruel, clinically insane, and even subtlety racist (though they don't realize this). The tip I would give to anyone hoping to escape to the good teachers: pick hard classes. While this might seem counter-intuitive, as a general rule of thumb, the best teachers are teaching the best students so become the best students; AP teachers (for the most part) are competent and usually can get you prepared for the test (though one class was pretty much self-taught), and I can't speak more highly about the two academies (Academy of Finance especially!!!). Good Luck!