Garfield High School

398 reviews
  1. Seattle Public Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Address
400 23 Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Telephone
(206) 252-2270

Garfield High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1280
307 responses
Average ACT
30
103 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
AP Enrollment
56%
AP Exam Pass Rate
81%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Very High
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    19%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    70%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    11%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 108 responses
  • Purple and White Day
    29%
  • True Dawgs Cheer
    17%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Y-E-L-L
    12%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • Dramatic paws
    6%
  • Post
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,606
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,994
Teachers in First/Second Year
11%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,436/ year
National
$11,890
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.70 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.70 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.70 responses

Reviews

398 reviews
  • Excellent
    50
  • Very Good
    165
  • Average
    154
  • Poor
    22
  • Terrible
    7
I was fortunate to be able to make the most out of my Garfield High School experience. I enjoyed swimming at the nearby Medgar Evers Pool for gym credit, playing in the Symphony Orchestra, getting my artwork published through an AP art class, and regularly volunteering with the Garfield Drama Club. I made a large and diverse set of friends, many of whom I remain close to, even as I graduate college. The school is one of the most well-respected in Seattle, is always on the forefront of important academic issues, and champions the needs of the marginalized. Once you're at GHS, you're a bulldog for life!
  • Niche User
  • Nov 10 2015
There are plenty of extracurricular opportunities held at Garfield High School. There are many programs and clubs that students may join. I know many students who are involved in this popular club called Key Club. It is a student led organization, where they teach leadership too others through services. Key Club is a very popular club that many Garfield students are involved in, with a variety of different age groups, 9th graders - 12th graders are involved. Majority of the programs or clubs are great for volunteering and earning community service hours.

There are also many different programs students may participate in, such as the music program. We have an outstanding Jazz band, Orchestra, Drum Line, and Choir. Many students with great talents take a lot of their time practicing during and after school, performing in many different places. Other popular clubs many students are involved in is Drama club, Outdoor Education Club (also known as POST), and Japanese Club.

There are other great programs that focus more on school and your future. Programs affiliated with getting into college, such as the College Success Foundation, and College Access Now programs. Those two are great programs for students (mostly Juniors and Seniors), because these two programs help students get into colleges they want to attend, and also help students find scholarships!

I believe Garfield High School has a large amount of great extracurricular opportunities for students of Garfield!
  • High School Senior
  • Mar 26 2015
I'll be honest the 4/5 are only for a handful of teachers, at most six teachers that I've encountered in my four years at garfield are actually deserving of five stars, I say this because numerous other teachers I've encountered are rude, disrespectful, aggressive and unhelpful, an example of such a teacher I won't say who would scream at there students for not remembering something from a lesson taught four months ago, said individual slammed everything, threw stuff all about the classroom and in general was just a negative person, that said teacher had me filled with anxiety and fear every day that I purposely never went to that class because of how toxic said person was. Now I will tell you I've met amazing teachers there that supported me, pushed me as a student and told me the world was mine for the taking, there are teachers who show up at the break of dawn and stay hours after to help students, who never sit one bit during class roaming the room looking who to help next, those teachers I admired and then there were teachers who honestly didn't give a damn about the students, they sat and just waited for the class, the teachers are different as every student attending the school, the school is great, the classes are great but the teachers are a guess to how they'll be.
  • Niche User
  • 3 months ago