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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Kent-Meridian High School is an above average, public school located in Kent, WA. It has 1,960 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 20% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.

Kent-Meridian High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
20%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1060
227 responses
Average ACT
18
25 responses
AP Enrollment
8%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$50,176
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,174
National
$949
Median Home Value
$303,316
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
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 116 responses
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  • Multicultural assembly
    31%
  • Football games
    16%
  • Theatrical Productions/Talent Shows
    11%
  • Anti-bullying assembly
    9%
  • Multicultural assembly represents my student body
    8%
  • Dances
    8%
  • MLK assembly
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,960
Free or Reduced Lunch
70%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,261
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.2%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.52 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.52 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.52 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,837/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.51 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.51 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.51 responses
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Kent-Meridian High School Reviews

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Lots of people talk about KM being "GHETTO" how students are "BAD" and how KM's sports teams don't win anything. The problem with the people is that they judge the school by its cover. Kent-Meridian looks ghetto but is not ghetto at all. The main and art building has not been renovated or upgraded since it was built. When it comes to the administration and staff, they care a lot about their students and the school. They are doing everything that they can to improve the school. The school has been gradually improving when it comes to test scores. Sports in KM is doing good. It has really been improving, especially this year. The Boys Track & Field Team were STATE CHAMPIONS of 2011. Km judo won triple crown in 2019 without any losses. KM Sports is not the greatest. Overall, KM is a really good school so, "DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER!
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Despite popular belief, Kent meridian is great. The IB program is fantastic and an often overlooked segment of KM. Alongside KMTA(kent meridian tech academy). They are both amazing niches that this school offers, unlike any other highschool in the kent school district. The IBO offers college level courses with rigorous preparation for the real world and college world. While KMTA offers students the opportunity to become more engaged in technology- a fundamental skill that the modern world calls for. The physical campus may not be the prettiest, however, what it offers is much more than aesthetic experiences. It offers what a school should- a wide array of opportunity for any person, of any creed. Kent meridian gives you programs for english language learners, people with disabilities, highly capable students, and every other bunch. Kent meridian also celebrates its diversity- not just diversity of race, but of ethnicity, sexuality, politics, and interests.
Many people say that Kent Meridian High school is "Ghetto" or "trash", but honestly its the best High school in the District, and its really diverse with each classroom having one student from different cultures / backgrounds, the only struggle is that when we have a teacher take a leave day the District cant find a substitute because so many are afraid of the students, and they hear the rumors about KM being a bad school, but being there for 4 years its really an amazing school with amazing kids who just want a good future for them selves! yes we have a few bad apples but that doesn't mean all whole bunch needs to be thrown away.