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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 1,317 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.

Mountlake Terrace High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1200
162 responses
Average ACT
27
50 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$69,727
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,334
National
$949
Median Home Value
$311,300
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
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 44 responses
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  • Spirit assemblies!
    27%
  • Sport games
    20%
  • Spirit assembly
    9%
  • Art and Craft Bizzare
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Being one school
    7%
  • Playing Sports
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,317
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,635
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 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
$13,144/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
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Mountlake Terrace High School Reviews

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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).
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Award-winning music, STEM, and journalism programs, but underfunded in comparison to rather mediocre sports teams. The "STEM magnet" program and diploma are somewhat gimmicky and an effort to boost class size, but the classes within it are solid. Teacher (for the most part) are passionate and effective, and the best AP course offering in the district (although I wish AP World was offered as well.) Only high school in the district with lockers, but the building is the oldest out of the high schools and last year, electrical issues led to numerous false fire alarms.
Currently, I am a sophomore attending Mountlake Terrace High and I love my school. Mainly in STEM (Science Math Technology) is what I enjoy most about the school. We have a cool way of getting students into STEM there are three different pathways in our school there is the aerospace pathway, The computer science pathway, and the biotechnology pathway. First, as a Freshman, you go to a class called intro into engineering which is a year-long class and you learn the basics of engineering and how to work in the engineering method then after that you can branch off into the pathways that prepare you for that field. That is why I love this school many people come to this high school for STEM. I went into the computer science pathway and as a sophomore, I am currently doing AP computer science principles.