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    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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Bethel School District is a public school district located in Spanaway, WA. It has 18,941 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 44% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.
Address
516 176th St E
Spanaway, WA 98387
Telephone
(253) 683-6009
Website

Bethel School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
44%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1100
436 responses
Average ACT
23
102 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
18,941
Free or Reduced Lunch
46.8%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,275
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$193,522,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,381/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    5%

Bethel School District Reviews

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The Bethel School District isn’t bad, but their isn’t anything extraordinary about it. They do however leave a bad taste in my mouth. Over the past, I believe, two years, they have been trying to pass this bond. Obviously it hasn’t passed yet. This is because most of the people voting no don’t think the district us spending their bond money properly, also because they are still paying for, if I remember right, three of the previous bonds. I get that they want new schools built to create smaller classes and rebuild Bethel High School (which has been falling apart for the past year), but the fact they Bethel High School as the main reason to pass this bond, it would be pretty much the last thing done.
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It has problems with drugs and violence and infrastructure failures just like every school district. However, this relatively average group of people all care deeply about their community. In the past few months, I have had the chance to be part of the Bethel School District's "strategic planning team." This team was a collection of individuals from the Spanaway area, all from completely different backgrounds including; college reps, local businesses owners, teachers, students, workers, and parents who were devoted to creating the best possible plan for the future of the Bethel School District, its faculty, the community, local business, nearby colleges and most importantly the pursuit of an outstanding public education for all students regardless of race, gender, identity, political ideology, opinion and any other potential barriers to their success.
I enjoy the staff at Bethel High School. They have helped me succeed and become who I am today, and I can say the same for my counselors and coaches. The only problem that I have is the administrators. Now, I've never had a disciplinary issue, ever, so I'm not biased. But the administration does not take into account the opinions of the students on some issues. For example, we have an exceedingly loose dress code, yet we cannot wear hats. I understand why we cannot wear hats, but I do not think the dress code should be as loose as it is.