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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    C-
Federal Way Public Schools is a public school district located in Federal Way, WA. It has 23,110 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.

Federal Way Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1100
1,026 responses
Average ACT
26
76 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
23,110
Free or Reduced Lunch
61.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,025
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$228,516,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,854/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$66,011
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,224
National
$949
Median Home Value
$307,100
National
$184,700

Federal Way Public Schools Reviews

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I left my high school to participate in the Running Start program. I was ready for a bigger step and something more challenging in the classroom to prepare for college. But I was disappointed that while I was taking more demanding courses at the college. My GPA for the classes I took at the college, did not transfer to my transcript with the same grades as my classmates that stayed at the high school. For example, a 3.5 or better at the high school was an A, while at the college I would get a 3.7 and my grade would transfer over as an A-. Which was very frustrating I was not told this information before enrolling in the program which hurt my overall GPA. The grades should transfer over with the same grading standards.
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Fair warning to anyone deciding to attend FWPS. Resources are available, you just have to find it yourself. Emailing counselors, teachers, school admin on a regular basis is essential to your students' success. There are students who are going to ivy league level schools from this district so it's not a complete failure on the academic spectrum but parents have to help their kids navigate through it since the staff is overwhelmed and they cannot afford to tailor to your students' needs -- that's why it's a public school, folks. I've seen some pretty incompetent behaviour from AP staff who are highly regarded (admittedly I think we all have those moments) so everyone has to be vigilant. Parents have to care for their student to succeed. If your child's goal is to attend UW, it's achievable with little to no parental involvement. If your child wants to do something outside of UW (like trade school, ivy league, etc) you have to help them achieve it.
Freshmen year of high school I did not care so much for my grades. I am from Guam where the education system is underdeveloped and my normal was to just drop out of high school or not attenened college. I realized I wanted to change that, I decided to switch to Federal way high school. This had surrounded me with people who care for the future, making me care for mine. The one thing I love about being here is the diversity, our schools have many ways of celebrating everyones culture. However, no school is perfect, one thing I would change is school spirit. Many feel that it’s not “cool” to celebrate our schools achievements and doings.