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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Squalicum High School is a highly rated, public school located in Bellingham, WA. It has 1,366 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.

Squalicum High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
84%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1210
216 responses
Average ACT
26
84 responses
AP Enrollment
43%

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$56,419
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$972
National
$949
Median Home Value
$299,800
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
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 131 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    21%
  • Football games
    20%
  • Class Competitions
    15%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Assemblies
    10%
  • No Place For Hate Week
    8%
  • Basketball Games
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,366
Free or Reduced Lunch
43%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
93%
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
$66,423
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.4%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,861/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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This high school has really changed my life. Every teacher I've had is kind, understanding, helpful, and genuine. They clearly enjoy what they do, and my education was made fun because of that! The building is large and the campus is spacious. There are many student-run clubs that help host different events throughout the year. Everyone here feels welcome and unique.
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Squalicum High School was much the same as most schools. Decent staff, lots of students and an atmosphere showing that most of the people there didn't really have much interest. As usual a handful of students and teachers cared about the success of the students but in general it is the high school experience. There were good sports and afterschool activities, your typical things to do. Not much stands out about this school compared to others except the ever present "bragging right" of having the most AP classes in the district which at the end of the day doesn't do much for the average student. Much the same as most schools this is your typical urban town high school experience where most students cant wait to graduate and move on. Average is a good way to summarize it.
Squalicum high school is a safe environment for everyone to express themselves. The school is very appreciative of our staff for everything they do, so we are constantly showing them love around the school. Squalicum has the most clubs in the district, and all the clubs benefit the school because many students are involved in at least one club. Students who are invloved in clubs get the opportunity to build skills such as communication, organization and teamwork. Clubs can raise awareness to the rest of SQHS through fundraisers, posters, and anouncements. STATE PRIDE STATE WIDE!!! Is the motto our student body stood by. We would cheer this chant on top of our lungs at events and after we were done you could feel the togetherness of your fellow classmates and it seemed we were one big family. Even just walking through the halls you can see and feel the school spirit surrounding the school. Even though i just graduated, i will always feel apart of the storm family.