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.
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
- 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
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.
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.