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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Yelm High School is a public school located in Yelm, WA. It has 1,619 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 34% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

Yelm High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
34%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1120
182 responses
Average ACT
24
32 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$65,377
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,348
National
$949
Median Home Value
$236,700
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
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
65%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 51 responses
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  • Football games
    31%
  • Tennis
    10%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Anything FFA related!
    8%
  • National Honors Society
    6%
  • Sports medicine
    6%
  • Soccer
    4%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,619
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,988
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.5%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,026/ year
National
$12,239
58%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Overall my experience at Yelm High School has been pretty good. I've had some great teachers and I'm also good friends with one of the lunch ladies! She always gives me updates on her cute dog and also has given me a few scrunchies! The staff there really does work their hardest and tries to make every student feel welcomed and acknowledged. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that I think if we had a pool it'd make the whole experience that much better. I think the students at Yelm would agree with me.
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Yelm High School is like the students who attend it; Great in some aspects, could use improvement in others. Depending on the student and how much effort they put into their school experience, it could be amazing or just adequate.

The school as a whole can be summarized as "a small school in a rural/military area with an active student population that emphasis career and technical education."

My experience as an honors student aiming towards an Ivy League college majoring in agriculture/animal sciences, going to YHS has been a generally positive experience. Being a smaller, more conservative school I have faced the problems one would expect (most funding going towards sports rather than other organizations or facilities, judgement for LGBT+ population, etc.); however, most of these can be overlooked by the active and outgoing student population and rather excellent academic/support programs.
At YHS, there are plenty of options in classes for every student. There’s also a wide range of clubs, although not many students take advantage of that. In additions to that, the new turf field is amazing and going to the football games is a blast, considering how talented the athletes are. The bad part of the school is mainly the students. A very large amount of students, maybe even the majority of students do drugs, cuss more than necessary, and are just rude in general. Because of those students, the school can feel unsafe and it can be difficult to learn surrounded by these people. Fortunately, the school district has put an emphasis on safety. Plus, there is a lack in rule enforcement. It seems that no staff make an effort to enforce rules. The punishment for having drugs or vapes at school is very minor and not much is done about majorly disobedient students, which can be upsetting as a student who is trying to learn.