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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Seattle Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Seattle, WA. It has 55,271 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.

Seattle Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1230
3,236 responses
Average ACT
28
855 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
55,271
Free or Reduced Lunch
35.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,701
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.8%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$17,218/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$96,112
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,553
National
$949
Median Home Value
$493,608
National
$184,700

Seattle Public Schools Reviews

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My experience as a student at the Seattle Public School district was decent from what I remember, but there are definitely ways that things could be improved. One of the major things that I found problematic with the school system was that the schools in the more affluent, rich, neighborhoods of Seattle were given more funding for their education, activities, facilities, and other things like such. This bothered me because students of color are disproportionately affected by these systemic injustices. It means the schools that are in more urban neighborhoods don't get the same funding to their school. This means that the classes aren't that great. The teachers aren't that great either. The class options and after school extracurriculars aren't as diverse. This does not allow for a level playing field for all the students. This inherently gives privileged schools to have a leg up in college readiness programs, awards, scholarships, student resources and other things that are like that.
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One thing I wish Seattle Public Schools would change is offering more mental health outlets for students. I feel like counselors aren't really helpful at helping students who struggle with mental health disorders, or just struggle in general. Counselors really only care about students academically, which is great and helps students be more college prepared but at the same time the lack of mental health outlets is troublesome and outdated. Especially in this pandemic, the schools have not been that helpful in terms of offering support for students who struggle with mental health issues, and there needs to change. Students are more than a number, they are humans and once schools begin to recognize these mental health problems will continue to rise amongst students, suicide especially. Mental health is important and in ever-changing times like today, it's absurd to not offer mental health outlets that aren't difficult to obtain.
As someone who was in the public school district I can tell you that overall the school system was average. Where I believed they excelled was athletics and where they struggle the most is the arts. I would to see funding for the arts become more prevalent. As far as faculty goes, I would say it is a bit of a mixed bag. It all depends on the individual faculty member. The way that things are now, you CAN be ready for college but you will have to do more then just the required work to truly be ready. I would love to see more programs like college bound and running start as well as more encouragement to go to college as it can truly change someones life. Thank you so much!