Garfield High School in Seattle, WA - Niche

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Garfield High School is a public school in Seattle, Washington. It has 1,671 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 87% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 327 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

400 23 Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 252-2270

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3.5 from 327 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 2
    Overall Experience: The administration does a very poor job of taking into account the students' opinions and student environment.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Even though we have limited resources due to the incompetency of Seattle Public Schools, I still consider Garfield to be a great school. Like most public schools, some teachers are only there because they have tenure, which makes it almost impossible for them to be fired. Considering this, so many of our teachers are great. They are nice, caring people that want to help you succeed. Communication is key. Our administration is a bit racist and overbearing, but everyone in the community, including them, seems to recognize this and work towards making our school the best it can possibly be. It's a little different than a classic high school experience, because there isn't really a popularity factor. For the most part students just stick to their social groups.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 3
    Teachers: some teachers are better than others, but in my experience all of my teachers are nice, and easy to work with.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: The clubs at Garfield are nice, there are all kinds, like the black students union, Japanese club, messenger, and more, they have some nice work too.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Resources & Facilities: We have. A lot of resources but lots of them are outdated and the few that are new like some computers and our smart boards, very little teachers know how to use.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 Franklin High School 2 mi. 1,448
4.00 Roosevelt High School 5 mi. 1,699
2.66 West Seattle High School 4 mi. 974
4.00 Mercer Island High School 5 mi. 1,456
3.33 Chief Sealth International High School 6 mi. 1,274

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 49%
Female 50%

Student Diversity

Garfield High School United States Chief Sealth International High School Franklin High School Mercer Island High School Roosevelt High School West Seattle High School
White 36.0% 51.0% 31.0% 5.0% 73.0% 64.0% 44.0%
African American 31.0% 15.0% 20.0% 28.0% 1.0% 6.0% 18.0%
Asian 20.0% 4.8% 17.0% 53.0% 19.0% 14.0% 17.0%
Hispanic 7.0% 25.0% 22.0% 8.0% 2.0% 8.0% 13.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 3.0% 2.0% 1.0% 4.0% 4.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 2.0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 1.0% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0%


Grade 9 25.2%
Grade 10 28.3%
Grade 11 22.8%
Grade 12 23.6%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 80% Yes
  • 17% Not sure.
  • 3% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 24% Diversity
  • 18% Spirit
  • 17% Fun
  • 11% Academics
  • 10% Music
  • 8% Strong social justice
  • 7% Clubs
  • 6% Theatre

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 20% The counseling department
  • 12% Students segregating themselves despite diversity
  • 12% Lack of diversity in AP classes
  • 10% Unfair suspension policies
  • 9% Not being able to choose your own teachers
  • 8% Cafeteria food
  • 7% Unfair policies in general
  • 6% Biased
  • 6% Administration
  • 5% Funding
  • 3% Superiority complex of AP kids
  • 1% Detention if you are late for any class
  • 1% Funding, seriously. We can't pay for paper.

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 26 responses

  • 62% Diversity
  • 19% Pride
  • 8% Most national merit scholars in the state
  • 8% All the above
  • 4% Inner city school with active student body

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 26 responses

  • 27% Diverse
  • 23% Purple
  • 15% BullDogs
  • 15% True Dogs
  • 12% Pride
  • 8% Strive

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 28% Get involved
  • 20% There are a lot of resources
  • 20% That you have to work for yourself to do well
  • 20% Alot of resource, get invilved, and make friends
  • 8% Establish a large friend group
  • 4% A LOT of homework

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 5% I love everything about this school.
  • 80% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 15% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.