A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
Address
400 23 Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Telephone
(206) 252-2270

Garfield High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1280
357 responses
Average ACT
29
124 responses
AP Enrollment
56%

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
Report
  • Purple and White Day
    29%
  • True Dawgs Cheer
    17%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Y-E-L-L
    12%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • Post
    6%
  • Dramatic paws
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,620
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
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
22:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
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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If you manage to find yourself in a clique at this school, then you should be well set for the rest of your high school year unless you are a social butterfly, in which case you can experience the diversity the school has to offer. The academics part of the school is very competitive (at least among the AP students) and classroom experience varies greatly depending if you get a more likable teacher or not. Classrooms are a bit segregated, but that's without occurring naturally because of more vigorous classes. Some staff are more lenient and favored than others, which is seen between the various counselors. There is a wide range of different club interests that anyone can get involved in, yet there is still a trend where there is a saturation of specific peoples, notably ethnic groups. Yes, Garfield is a good school, but it goes without saying that you should be prepared to step out of your comfort zone.
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Garfield is a very progressive school. The students and faculty make a point to include everyone. There are many kids from many different backgrounds and thus the school on surface appears to be very diverse. Despite this, there are very noticeable cliques within the school and few teachers push students to go beyond their comfort zone in terms of who they pursue friendships with.
There are a wide variety of electives and activities to do outside of school that really set Garfield apart from other schools. There is a lot of school spirit injected into the student population that shows at the sporting events. Garfield has an amazing debate team as well and a large collection of student run and organized clubs.
Overall, it's a very welcoming school that has some flaws. Garfield definitely strives to push its students to make the most out of their academic career and gives them plenty of ways to do that.
I was fortunate to be able to make the most out of my Garfield High School experience. I enjoyed swimming at the nearby Medgar Evers Pool for gym credit, playing in the Symphony Orchestra, getting my artwork published through an AP art class, and regularly volunteering with the Garfield Drama Club. I made a large and diverse set of friends, many of whom I remain close to, even as I graduate college. The school is one of the most well-respected in Seattle, is always on the forefront of important academic issues, and champions the needs of the marginalized. Once you're at GHS, you're a bulldog for life!