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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Garfield High School is an elite, public school located in Seattle, WA. It has 1,712 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
Address
400 23 Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Telephone
(206) 252-2270

Garfield High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1280
440 responses
Average ACT
29
158 responses
AP Enrollment
56%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$74,458
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,266
National
$949
Median Home Value
$484,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 108 responses
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  • Purple and White Day
    29%
  • True Dawgs Cheer
    17%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Y-E-L-L
    12%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • Dramatic paws
    6%
  • Post
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,712
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,934
Teachers in First/Second Year
11%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,685/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.70 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.70 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.70 responses
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Garfield High School Reviews

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Being a student at Garfield has been amazing over the last four years. The teachers are generally very enthusiastic about their subjects and the students are incredibly friendly. The school is diverse for Seattle and very liberal (there was at least one walkout a year when I went there). There are numerous clubs and it's very easy to start one (I know because I started three). Garfield's theater, jazz and basketball programs are known for being some of the best in Seattle. However, one of the biggest problems at Garfield is the segregation between white students and students of color. The AP program is almost exclusively white and Asian (it's also known as APartheid), while the regular classes are primarily people of color. Also, as someone who's going into art, it's extremely sad to see how underfunded the art program is at the school.
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A really great community. Prides itself on its diversity and social justice, making the news every year or so. Academics for top tier students range from mediocre to good, middling students get hit or miss, and regular students don’t get a great education. Sports and music are well-funded and fantastic. Don’t let the diversity tag fool you-students are very much aware of how the white students are funneled into AP class and students of color are not pushed into these courses at all. People are incredibly accepting of LGBTQ+ students, no one even bats an eye anymore. Garfield is known for having a drug culture, which is true, but I’ve easily avoided it. Really the only thing people do is weed, the few who do anything else are gently pushed not to, as the general student body is aware of the risks. I’m immensely glad I went here.
The academics at GHS are superb. I have learned so much in my time here as a student. Even if it may not feel like it at sometimes, the teachers and staff are there to help you succeed and thrive, although it can be hard to get the classes you want. Although Garfield has a diverse student body, it is highly segregated between gen ed and AP classes and there is little interaction between students from different backgrounds. On an average day, taking mostly AP classes, I have about 3 hours of homework. There is a toxic culture in the AP program of constant comparison of test scores and GPAs which students base their self-worth on. :( We are allowed to leave the school for lunch to go to Ezell's or other restaurants nearby, which is nice. Most students go on to attend college, including elite schools like Yale and Stanford. Overall, GHS does a good job educating and preparing students for life. If you are able you should go here. It is the best Public High School in Seattle. Go Bulldogs.