Garfield High School in Seattle, WA - Niche

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    Public, Coed
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Garfield High School is a public coed school in Seattle, Washington. It has 1,606 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 379 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 379 reviews
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    • Recent Alumnus
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Clubs are normally ran by friend groups which makes it a little bit exclusive if the club isn't publicly advertised in the school. You can normally find a list of clubs in the student handbook but it's never really clear who is running these organizations so it's normally a "word on the street" thing when it comes to joining clubs.
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 3
    Overall Experience: This school doesn't value students in regular curriculum classes which means that we're all mostly being babysat for 50 minutes a day. I wouldn't go here because this school promotes and protests change and then they make the city news about the issues but they're never really resolved fully. Not entirely but it always seemed like a publicity stunt, I never participated in any of the walk out protests because I never felt like we got the whole entire story.
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 2
    Teachers: There are some amazing teachers and some that really don't try. An incident that occurred a few years ago that resulted into suspension of that teacher and raised a ton of safety concerns, and then the teacher was placed back at the job. It made me really question the judgement of the staff and made me extremely happy that I graduated. I also had a class that didn't have a teacher for a whole semester. You either get a few great teachers, average or no teacher at all.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: There are many different clubs, but they are typically made up of friend groups.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: My high school experience was up and down, all over the place, and extremely unique and special. I wouldn't change anything. I learned a lot, met amazing people, and developed self-awareness.

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3.00 West Seattle High School 4 mi. 967
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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 50%
Male 49%

Student Diversity

Garfield High School United States Washington Cleveland High School Franklin High School Mercer Island High School Roosevelt High School West Seattle High School
White 37.0% 51.0% 58.1% 5.0% 6.0% 71.0% 66.0% 46.0%
African American 28.0% 15.0% 4.5% 35.0% 26.0% 1.0% 5.0% 15.0%
Asian 20.0% 4.8% 7.2% 42.0% 54.0% 20.0% 13.0% 16.0%
Hispanic 8.0% 25.0% 21.1% 10.0% 8.0% 3.0% 8.0% 12.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.8% 6.7% 3.0% 2.0% 2.0% 5.0% 5.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 1.4% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 1.0% 1.0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 25.5%
Grade 10 24.5%
Grade 11 21.9%
Grade 12 28.2%

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 45 responses

  • 82% Yes
  • 13% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 39 responses

  • 20% Diversity
  • 15% Spirit
  • 12% Music
  • 11% Academics
  • 11% Strong social justice
  • 11% Fun
  • 8% Clubs
  • 7% Theatre
  • 2% Art
  • 2% CORE

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 19% The counseling department
  • 13% Students segregating themselves despite diversity
  • 12% Lack of diversity in AP classes
  • 9% Not being able to choose your own teachers
  • 9% Unfair suspension policies
  • 8% Cafeteria food
  • 7% Administration
  • 6% Unfair policies in general
  • 6% Funding
  • 5% Biased
  • 4% Superiority complex of AP kids
  • 1% Funding, seriously. We can't pay for paper.
  • 1% Detention if you are late for any class

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 39 responses

  • 49% Diversity
  • 21% All the above
  • 15% Pride
  • 10% Inner city school with active student body
  • 5% Most national merit scholars in the state

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 40 responses

  • 25% True Dogs
  • 20% Diverse
  • 15% Purple
  • 12% BullDogs
  • 12% Pride
  • 8% Strive
  • 8% Spirit

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 29% Get involved
  • 23% That you have to work for yourself to do well
  • 16% There are a lot of resources
  • 16% Alot of resource, get invilved, and make friends
  • 10% Establish a large friend group
  • 3% A LOT of homework
  • 3% It's so much more than the classroom experience!

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 35 responses

  • 11% I love everything about this school.
  • 77% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 3% I hate everything about this school.