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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Bethel School District is a public school district located in Spanaway, WA. It has 20,130 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.

Bethel School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1110
610 responses
Average ACT
24
140 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
20,130
Free or Reduced Lunch
55.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,386
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.2%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$12,084/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$68,667
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,249
National
$949
Median Home Value
$221,900
National
$184,700

Bethel School District Reviews

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District loves to notify students and parents about important information at the very last minute, causing absolute inconvenience for everyone involved. Planning ahead seems impossible for Bethel School District. Whenever I mention that I attend Bethel High School, 99% of the time, the response I receive is some variation of “Yikes. Bethel was much better back in the day compared to today.” Surveys are given to students as to “give insight” into the thoughts and problems are having with their schools, but nothing is done about the responses given in the surveys, making utterly useless, and making students feel unheard. Overall, the district has the talent of giving a multitude of people a collective headache.
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The teachers and staff are, for the most part, lovely. They love their job, they put in the time and effort to help their students succeed, etc. The students, however, are some of the worst people I've ever met. They go out of their way to make it more difficult for you to get an education. I've seen kids get bullied to the point of crippling depression and anxiety. Some people will bully you out of opportunity, not because of reason. Others will make it the focal point of their time at school. The teachers aren't big help, only giving lectures to students about harassment. Overall, I would advise caution to those looking to enter Bethel.
There is a place for everyone in the Bethel School District. Since entering the district in the third grade, I have never felt as if I did not belong. Having friends and teachers around that made me feel included and valued have made my elementary, middle and high school experiences everything I could have asked for. The district not only provides a good education, but opportunities for its students to strive for further possibilities as well as medical and emotional support. I could not ask for a better district to send me into the next phase of my life.