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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Mountlake Terrace High School is an above average, public school located in Mtlk Terrace, WA. It has 1,323 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.

Mountlake Terrace High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1210
186 responses
Average ACT
28
66 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$72,955
National
$62,843
Median Rent
$1,464
National
$1,062
Median Home Value
$392,600
National
$217,500

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 55 responses
  • Spirit assemblies!
    25%
  • Sport games
    22%
  • Spirit assembly
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Art and Craft Bizzare
    5%
  • Being one school
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,323
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,719
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,299/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.33 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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Mountlake Terrace High School is a diverse and friendly environment. While there is plenty of focus on sports in the school's community, art is also given more focus than at other schools, with the school promoting plays performed by the drama club, and requiring 1.5 credits of art classes, thus exposing the world of art to students who wouldn't normally be interested in taking art classes. The teachers are also a highlight, with all of them willing to help their students learn and grow. MTHS is trying out new types of alternative classes as well, such as offering Literature of Social Justice as a different choice for 12th grade English, and Ethnic Studies as an different choice for 12th grade Social Studies. Overall, it is a school that is friendly, informative, creative, and was an absolute blast to attend. If I had the chance to attend high school again, I would definitely choose to go here, no doubts about it!
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I liked how inclusive Mountlake Terrace High School was. They tried their best to make all of their students feel welcome and represented, both in class and during school events. They even had clubs for non-white students, and for students in the LGBTQ+ community. The school community was hardly hostile, with both students and teachers being friendly and amicable. MTHS had many options of classes for students to take, even providing alternatives for seniors' English and Social Studies classes. These alternatives focused on non-white, non-heterosexual, and non-male creators/issues/history, being vastly different to usual English and Social Studies classes. I loved taking those classes, and overall, I loved my time at MTHS. I just wished they opened classes like those to the lower grade-levels, instead of just seniors, and that they focused more on personal finance, and other important information, that seniors need to know after high school.
It's a bit of an older building with a very spirited community and many passionate educators, and the STEM program here is considered best in the district. The school spirit is usually in no short volume, and it's considered cool to care about your community here! There also really aren't any cliques and the school is pretty open to LGBTQ+ students. However, the arts program has suffered many budget cuts and is in danger of having its major avenues cut. The school has also been susceptible to multiple threats of violence, and while the staff has done a good job at keeping us safe, it's rattled the student body- this is no fault of the staff or faculty however! This school has been responsible for the better half of my teen years, and is a great place to send your child if they're in need of a tight-knit, accepting community (especially if the child is LGBTQ+! Lots of resources available).