A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
1113 Legion Way Se
Olympia, WA 98501
Telephone
(360) 596-6100
Website

Olympia School District Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
64%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1230
439 responses
Average ACT
28
87 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
9,756
Free or Reduced Lunch
30.8%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,158
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$111,239,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,799/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    4%

Olympia School District Reviews

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As far as districts go, it was a pretty good one. The administration was very supportive of the various clubs and extracurriculars there and worked very hard to make the school a safe place for everyone to be. They strived to be accepting and welcoming to all, which is a quality of increasing scarcity. The only thing that bothered me was that one of the graduation requirements was slightly discriminatory towards military families and those who moved there after 7th grade. The requirement was that all students complete a course of Washington State History that was offered in 7th grade. If you moved into the district after that, you had a more difficult time trying to get that fulfilled. But as a senior, you could take the Civics class, which would count, so overall it's not too bad. Just annoying.
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Every school district struggles in areas of education, whether it be time management, administration, or financial support for low-income families. The Olympia School District is great at supporting low-income families and students with reduced-price lunches, fee waivers, and counseling. The administration is hardworking and holds high expectations for all students. However, OSD is terrible at managing time. Snow days, test days, SAT's/ACT's, sports, meetings, after school help, late-starts, etc. The District could really work on their communication in this area, because the students are impacted as well by poor time management.
In my 6+ years of attending school in the Olympia School District, I have never had a bad experience. If I had one thing to change I personally would change something about the teachers. The only times I have had trouble while in the OSD, has been with teachers. Sometimes they're too lenient and sometimes they are too strict and even disrespectful sometimes. As a student it is hard to deal with teachers who are disrespectful or problematic in some way because you are only a small piece of the big picture and teachers, unfortunately, are more key pieces of it. Olympia School District has its fair share of AMAZING teachers, but with every good thing, there's always something not as good. With that, I'd say the biggest critique id have on OSD would be some of the teachers.