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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Hela High School is a highly rated, public school located in Vancouver, WA. It has 592 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
9105 NE 9th Street
Vancouver, WA 98664
Telephone
(360) 604-6340
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Hela High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1150
33 responses
Average ACT
28
5 responses
AP Enrollment
52%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$55,355
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,012
National
$949
Median Home Value
$218,034
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
60%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 7 responses
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  • The annual lip dub we have!
    71%
  • biotech/pathway day!
    14%
  • Homecoming
    14%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
592
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,465
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.3%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,827/ year
National
$12,239
57%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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I enjoyed attending this school. From my experience, HeLa High School was very strict and they were absolutely not lenient on the grades. The grading system was drastically different compared to College grading system. I have been enrolled in Running Start which allows me to take College classes at College while I am still a High School student. The differences between HeLa High School and Colleges is large, and I would personally have not taken HeLa if I knew it was going to be so difficult. I am fine with HeLa being difficult but I am not fine with the fact that the grading system does not set you up to succeed in College. College has been great, and I am doing better than I ever thought I would! When I was in HeLa, I was afraid to attend College because of how difficult they implied it was going to be. I only have one recommendation, do not be afraid of College because if you try your best, you'll do amazing!
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Without a doubt, I do not regret attending this school (even if it was a VERY long 4-year experience) as I got to meet a lot of new and friendly people. Because the school holds under 700 students within its campus grounds you get to learn a lot about all walks of life and diverse cultures in a productive manner. Everyone knows almost everyone there and it's a guarantee that you will not go one day without someone making you smile.

For the most part, the teachers and staff members do truly care for their students as many of them themselves have an impressive track record of education and many past and current students praising them for their passion to strive for learning every single day. Through my 4 years of being a student at HeLa from the first day of freshman year to my last as a graduating senior, I had a good handful of teachers who have helped shape me into the person I am (as cliche as it sounds it's true).

Overall great school and environment.
I am very grateful for time I have spent at HeLa. The teachers are amazing and care about you both as a person and a student. It's common to have the same teacher more than once over your high school career. I love being able to establish and grow these relationships with my teachers. The size (600 students) is perfect. Love having a block schedule too.

While the teachers and classes are awesome, the administration side of HeLa (specifically the counselors) is quite frustrating and part of the reason for my low rating. It appears favortism is at play, and the knowledge the counselors have about the college process is very limited and not helpful. HeLa struggles with retention of their students, and the counselors have been blatant in trying to keep students at the school, instead of encouraging them in their endeavors to earn college credit through Running Start. Their intentions do not always align with the best interest of the student. My advice - Do the opposite of what they say.