Garfield High School is an elite, public school located in Seattle, WA. It has 1,620 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Garfield High School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.70 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.70 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.70 responses
Garfield High School Reviews
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.
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.
My experience at Garfield High School has been amazing, the diversity is most definitely better than other schools, but there is segregation within normal and AP and honors courses. I have taken normal courses and Honors courses and have seen improvements over time, but the fact the the education gap is showing in GHS, there is a huge difference in participants between racial groups . I just hope that the gap improves and that we reach equilibrium in the amount of education given out to all.