A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Nathan Hale High School is a highly rated, public school located in Seattle, WA. It has 1,165 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.
Address
10750 30 Av NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Telephone
(206) 252-3680

Nathan Hale High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1210
141 responses
Average ACT
25
46 responses
AP Enrollment
42%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
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.10 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
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  • Bite of Hale ( A multi-cultural food event)
    15%
  • Mr. Nathan Hale
    15%
  • Football games
    9%
  • Sports Events
    9%
  • Yearbook
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • Dances
    9%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,165
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.2%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,685/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.16 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
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Nathan Hale High School Reviews

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I attended a private middle school and was absolutely terrified of attending a public high school. I thought there were going to cliques and constant bullying like I saw in movies, but I was surprised. Although freshman are generally perceived as annoying and disliked, the upperclassmen were very welcoming. In middle school, I was told that my high school teachers were not going to care about me. That could not be more untrue. Because Hale is one of the smaller high schools in the district, students have a better connection with their teachers. All the teachers at Hale are extremely supportive and will do anything to help their students succeed. The one thing that Hale doesn't have is a designated college counselor which would have made my application process much easier because the only people I had helping me were family members, all of whom are biased. Overall, Nathan Hale is a great school and I would recommend it to incoming freshman.
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I graduated from Nathan Hale in 2017 and I'm proud to have been a Raider. "Hale Yes" is the school's slogan, and I think that tells you something of its culture. The "growth mindset" is also emphasized here, and although many people make jokes about it, it does seem to be ingrained in Hale's culture. Peers were often pretty creative, fun/funny and accepting, and I rarely noticed anything resembling bullying in my years there. The Pride Club seems to have a strong presence in the school as well and there’s a Gender Neutral bathroom (in case that worries you, there have been zero problems with it). The school's almost-weekly Late Starts are another a well-loved feature.

As for sports, teams vary year to year and can be pretty hit or miss. For example, the basketball team during my senior year was considered the best in the nation, but other years it wasn't anything special. [Continued in next review]
Nathan Hale has a good academic set up, but there is a tendency for students to be babied, leaving them unprepared for college. There are some really amazing teachers, but others are not so great and do not provide an academic environment conducive to learning. The school is unsupportive of Running Start Students. They do not relay information or help full time Running Start students stay connected and informed.