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B-
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
    D-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Foss High School is a public school located in Tacoma, WA. It has 801 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 17% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.

Foss High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
17%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1090
115 responses
Average ACT
22
18 responses
AP Enrollment
15%

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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$59,549
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Median Home Value
$202,299
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
65%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Mr. Henry, Foss Family Picnic, Leadership lock-in
    26%
  • Senior Walk-Around
    20%
  • Talent Show
    15%
  • Homecoming week
    11%
  • Sports
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    4%
  • Basketball Games
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
801
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$69,740
Teachers in First/Second Year
19%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$13,555/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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Absolutely loved the kids and teachers there; overall an extreme,y welcoming space. The small school setting allows for individual students to succeed and figure out who they are without being overwhelmed. However there are some drawbacks, the way the school treats the IB program is incredibly biased and often full IB students are given special treatment and favoritism. Also, the school lacks a great deal of funding.
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I have many experiences at henry Foss high school. Also I have many memories. I really love how welcoming Foss high school is, there really is not that much bullying that happens around the school and if there is it more than likely is going to be stopped. Many people get along at Foss high school and the teachers are great! The things that I would like to see change about Foss high school is maybe a renovation of the school and it will be perfect.
If you chose to do the IB program, you will be challenged academically. Depending on the sport, there will be a surplus of people or a need. Most of the teachers there want you to succeed. However, there are some teachers there just to get their paycheck. The administration is not that good and is lacking in that area. School spirit is also lacking. If you hang out with the right people, you will have a good experience.