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

Ballard High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
96%
Percent Proficient - Math
97%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1260
237 responses
Average ACT
29
64 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • The plays and musicals
    29%
  • Spirit weeks
    23%
  • Ballard Film Festival
    13%
  • Homecoming Week
    10%
  • School Dances
    8%
  • Performing Arts Events
    6%
  • Football and basketball games
    4%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,669
Free or Reduced Lunch
16%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 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.34 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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Ballard High School Reviews

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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 thought Ballard was an incredibly great school, for me individually. But like anything else, it is what you make of it - but the teachers and faculty are completely encouraging and helpful in making the high school experience right for everyone. The counselors were ALWAYS there for me - even when panicking over what classes to take, I was able to meet with Mr. Kramer and he was able to guide me in the right direction based on my goals and aspirations. There is a wide variety of classes, and the challenging classes are some of the best academics around. The AP courses are challenging and taught extremely well, and really teach students to manage their time. Regular level classes and teachers don't reach this level generally, but some of Ballard's regular classes have teachers that are extraordinary, but not common. One of the biggest complaints about Ballard is the lack of diversity, but it's growing with clubs such as the Multicultural Committee, as well as Multicultural week.
Overall my experience at Ballard High School was a good one, I had many interesting classes, good teachers, and made some really good friends. The only thing that I would like to see changed is more diversity within the student body and staff even. The more different people you meet, the more you are opened up to the world. I think this is very important, especially for those of us going off to college where there will be even more people different from us.