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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Seattle Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Seattle, WA. It has 53,317 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 71% in reading.
Address
2445 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
Telephone
(206) 252-0010

Seattle Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1230
2,085 responses
Average ACT
28
644 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
53,317
Free or Reduced Lunch
32.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,934
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$629,926,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,685/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    3%

Seattle Public Schools Reviews

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I liked the organization, the diversity of all the students and the teachers including the staff. And the parents involvement in the school in my opinion is crucial because it provides peace of mind knowing that our children are in a safe, not judgmental zone. The teacher are very friendly, and approachable.

Facilities as per what i have seen, the structure is on good shape, but for some reason, public schools they look like they might need a extra layer of paint, because over the time the paint fades and is really noticeable.

Clubs & Activities, represent such an important job. It takes planning, budget, and a lot of coordination and dedication on behalf of the people who organize the events.
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I've been Seattle Public Schools all my life! Every school I went to I had great connections with my teachers and have made life long friendships. One of my favorite things about Seattle Public Schools was the sports life. They really connected us to newer opportunities and taught us a lot about who we are and how we are involved with the outer world. Seattle Public Schools evens out with the academics, some classes were somewhat easy while others were quite challenging, but I also think thats up to the student themselves. When I have kids I would not hesitate to put them in Seattle Public Schools.
In my experience of the school district, a lot of politics played a huge part. With sports and other things there was definitely a huge divide. A lot of the parts of schools who were involved in sports had better experiences because they had more help instead of having to reach out and ask for more. Yet, it gave a good background, it gave people an understanding that sports can work for people and it does have a lot of benefits no matter how old you were. Definitely over the years the school district has changed by hiring amazing teachers, yet with the pay of being a teacher sometimes it is hard for people wanting to stay.