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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Federal Way Public Schools is a public school district located in Federal Way, WA. It has 23,039 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.
Address
33330 8th Ave S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Telephone
(253) 945-2000
Website

Federal Way Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
1100
736 responses
Average ACT
25
65 responses
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Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
23,039
Free or Reduced Lunch
59.5%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,833
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$228,516,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,838/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    4%

Federal Way Public Schools Reviews

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I absolutely loved being a student in this district! I am actually an out of district student who had to apply every year and the school district always welcomed me with open arms. Being in this district provided me with so many amazing opportunities. I was able to travel abroad, bring different schools together for community service and join one big family. Federal Way is a very family oriented district. Starting at the administration, our superintendent knows peoples names, knows their families asks how they're doing. The people who work in the various offices at the district and school level are so nice and accommodating. All the schools I've worked with and visited have the same story. As a school district Federal Way strives for academic excellence. They're always looking for ways that they can make improvements and provide more for their students. I would spend my time in this district over again! They really helped prepare me for college and set a great example for life.
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I attended Federal Way Public Schools my whole life. My parents moved here for the schools. However, due to changes in leadership the district is not the best. There are new policies that don't consider what is best for students, just what the district wants. FWPS is about numbers and scores because they have to report to the state for funding, many districts do that. There are certain schools within the district that are good and someone can have a great experience however there are some aspects that are out of the schools control and that is because of the district. They say they care about their "scholars" doing their best and supporting them but actions speak louder than words.
I was born in the Federal Way community, I knew at least three people every school that I went to. Everyone was kind and cared about others future. I think the most memorable experience I had was when I was starting middle school and I wanted to go to this new technology academy. My brother was already enrolled in the school so I had a higher chance to be accepted, I figured that I was definitely going to go. Luck wasn't the best, when my mom first told me I wasn't chosen I was crushed, being an eleven year old who saw her future flash before her eyes. I saw my brother do these huge presentations on building land on Mars for science, making catapults for math class and even acting as an historical figure in history. I wanted that much fun and learn at the same time. The next day the phone rang from Technology Access Foundation Academy and they told my mom that there was a mix up in the drawing and I was supposed to be chosen. From that day forward my life was changed forever.