Garfield High School in Seattle, WA - Niche

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    Public, Coed
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    397 3.6
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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 397 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 397 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: 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.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Academics: Some teachers are considerably better than others at what they do and you can tell when you talk to your friends from other classes. The curriculum isn't always consistent throughout the whole department and that can be a bit confusing to some. Workload depends on the classes you choose to take. If you take a lot of AP classes, expect a lot of work. Most of the popular classes are filled in based on seniority and credit requirements so don't always expect to get in. Some AP classes are also quite popular and can get really full since they don't offer a lot of periods for those classes.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Student Culture & Diversity: People are quite accepting here. There are clubs to bring more awareness such as the Queer Straight Alliance and Black Student Union. There has been a bad history of hazing here but after much of the talk about it over the past years, it has gotten quite mild. Some students are definitely more involved than others. Most students don't have much trouble fitting or making friends since most students are relatively nice.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: Lots of people take pride in their clubs or sports. There are lots of the commonly found clubs in high school like Key Club or National Honors Society and also some different ones like yoga club, where a real instructor comes in once a week to teach yoga for free.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: The school spirit is great here. Almost everyone is into the athletics at Garfield and enjoy going to games and dances. The facilities are alright, although a bit outdated. I've had lots of great teachers that really helped me in my studies while others didn't really do much to help students. It's been kind of a hit or miss for me when it came to teachers. It's really diverse here so everyone can fit in easily. There are also lots of great clubs that people can be a part of whether it be for fun or not. It's a very accepting community.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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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 48 responses

  • 83% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 20% Diversity
  • 15% Spirit
  • 12% Academics
  • 12% Music
  • 10% Strong social justice
  • 10% Fun
  • 8% Clubs
  • 6% Theatre
  • 3% 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 44 responses

  • 50% Diversity
  • 18% All the above
  • 14% Pride
  • 11% Inner city school with active student body
  • 5% Most national merit scholars in the state
  • 2% Segregation

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 27% True Dogs
  • 20% Diverse
  • 14% BullDogs
  • 14% Purple
  • 11% Pride
  • 7% Strive
  • 7% 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 40 responses

  • 10% I love everything about this school.
  • 80% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 2% I hate everything about this school.