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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Garfield High School is a top rated, public school located in Seattle, WA. It has 1,778 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.

Garfield High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1290
651 responses
Average ACT
30
220 responses
AP Enrollment
48%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$62,308
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,296
National
$949
Median Home Value
$478,039
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
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 127 responses
  • Purple and White Day
    29%
  • True Dawgs Cheer
    16%
  • Y-E-L-L
    13%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • Dramatic paws
    7%
  • Post
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,778
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.49 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.49 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.49 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,701
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.4%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.66 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.66 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.66 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,218/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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Garfield was a very good school for me academically. However, I spent a lot of my time in AP or Honors classes, so my experience wasn't necessarily reflective of the general student body, and Garfield definitely has some systemic issues with educational equity, although there is a big push to change that. A lot of people are cynical about the administration, but school spirit is still pretty strong. Overall, Garfield may have public school problems like overcrowding, but, all around, it's definitely at least a top 3 SPS high school.
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The best education you can get at a Seattle high school. Great building from the early 20th century they was extensively remodeled. Great location, with bus routes coming near Garfield from across the city. Fantastic teachers, especially in the science department. The diversity of the student body forces people across the political spectrum to challenge their own views and engage in productive arguments with people who disagree with them. I have grown both as a student and as a person by going to this school.
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I am a senior at Garfield and I have really enjoyed the past four years here. While it is a rigorous academic experience if you take lots of AP classes, it is also a lot of fun if you get involved and do activities. The school likes to advertise its diversity and togetherness, but in reality the social situation is still pretty segregated. However, the school puts in a lot of effort to try and unify its student body. There is a big push in the school culture to take lots of hard AP classes (3 or 4 or even 5-6) but I find this to be somewhat ridiculous. My advice to freshmen/transfer students would be to dive into the different clubs/activities/athletics that the school has to offer, because they have many resources. From personal experience, the theater and music programs are underfunded but great, and the sports programs are held in high regard. If you want a well-rounded high school education, look no further.