Garfield High School in Seattle, WA - Niche

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Garfield High School is a public 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 361 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 361 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: There are a lot of options on extracurriculars-sports, clubs, etc, but there isn't a lot of participation in them.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Garfield is nice because it is pretty diverse and there are a lot of people who go there so you can find good people you like. However, it is pretty segregated and clique-y. The groups are pretty tight-knit and it can be hard to find friends. Another nice thing is that the school grounds and amenities are very nice and they were recently updated.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Teachers: The teachers at Garfield are very unpredictable. Some are very good and some are awful. Most of the math and science teachers are not very good and are bad at explaining things. The history and language arts teachers are usually better; however a lot of their classes are very boring. Chances are a student at Garfield will get at least one class they like per semester, but that's about it.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Can cause a fuss over unnecessary things
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: Most teachers will go out f their way to say hi

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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3.00 Franklin High School 2 mi. 1,307
3.66 Cleveland High School 4 mi. 837
4.33 Roosevelt High School 5 mi. 1,719
3.00 West Seattle High School 4 mi. 967
4.00 Mercer Island High School 5 mi. 1,384

Around Garfield High School

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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 Cleveland High School Franklin High School Mercer Island High School Roosevelt High School West Seattle High School
White 37.0% 51.0% 5.0% 6.0% 71.0% 66.0% 46.0%
African American 28.0% 15.0% 35.0% 26.0% 1.0% 5.0% 15.0%
Asian 20.0% 4.8% 42.0% 54.0% 20.0% 13.0% 16.0%
Hispanic 8.0% 25.0% 10.0% 8.0% 3.0% 8.0% 12.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.8% 3.0% 2.0% 2.0% 5.0% 5.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 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 42 responses

  • 86% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 2% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 37 responses

  • 21% Diversity
  • 16% Spirit
  • 12% Music
  • 12% Academics
  • 11% Strong social justice
  • 11% Fun
  • 8% Clubs
  • 6% Theatre
  • 3% Art
  • 1% 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 36 responses

  • 47% Diversity
  • 22% All the above
  • 14% Pride
  • 11% Inner city school with active student body
  • 6% Most national merit scholars in the state

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 37 responses

  • 24% True Dogs
  • 19% Diverse
  • 16% Purple
  • 14% BullDogs
  • 14% Pride
  • 8% Spirit
  • 5% Strive

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 32 responses

  • 12% I love everything about this school.
  • 78% 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.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.