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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
1,990 responses
Average ACT
28
621 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
53,317
Free or Reduced Lunch
32.3%

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

103 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.
I have had a very good experience in my personal school, but have had difficulties with the experience overall. Planning field trips has been a nightmare, and I've felt very discouraged by the school board. I have heard that they even went as far as to actively recommend that teachers don't accompany students on field trips. However, I think the IBX program, allowed by the school district has been tremendous (as long as they don't eliminate it in upcoming years). Overall, besides the complaints about field trips, fairly good experience!