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Garfield High School is a public school in Seattle, Washington. It has 1,723 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 81% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 300 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.5 from 300 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: 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 Junior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I've had a mixed experience at this school, often the AP classes don't seem very diverse. The counseling department sucks, I ended up with a counselor who is very bad at his job. I never like having to go in there and meeting with him. I am more than halfway done with my experience here at Garfield and I have to say I am overall disappointed with the school. Although the school is almost brand new on the inside i would have to say administration is very biased since there are children of alum that attend this school who are treated very differently than everyone else. Overall students are very nice, sometimes it seems like the classes are sort of cliquey, I've noticed more Caucasian students hang out in the social studies hall and most of the African american students hang out on the balcony by the library.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Food: I've never had food from the lunchroom but I've had friends who have. It's fair. There's a option of salad and always pizza/burgers and whatever the lunch special of that day is. I mostly eat a ton from the vending machines, the vending machines are packed with healthy snacks and juice. Most students go to the fried chicken place across the street. There is often a long line and some people have been eating there everyday since freshman year which is gross. But there's an AMPM, and a Starbucks/Magic dragon and a subway a few blocks down. It just depends on how timely you are.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: Most of the students at this school are really engaged in school and it doesn't seem like there's a ton of punishment here. I do know just in my experience as a student here at administration has favorites and the punishment can sometimes be different for everyone determined on the type of person you are and the trouble you get in.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Sports & Fitness: We have a football field in the back of the school and a baseball field near Garfield community center. The school gym has been remodeled before I got here, but it's really nice. I do feel like most of the credit goes to the basketball teams and other sports aren't as recognized. The school spirit here is fair. But the male varsity basketball team gets more praise than the female teams or any sports team for that matter.

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3.66 Washington Middle School 0 mi. 1,121
2.66 Franklin High School 2 mi. 1,415
4.00 Mercer Middle School 3 mi. 920
4.00 Hamilton International Middle School 4 mi. 921
4.00 Roosevelt High School 5 mi. 1,666

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


Female 50%
Male 49%


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 25 responses

  • 80% Yes
  • 16% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 27% Diversity
  • 22% Spirit
  • 20% Fun
  • 10% Music
  • 6% Academics
  • 6% Clubs
  • 4% Theatre
  • 4% Strong social justice

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 22% The counseling department
  • 14% Unfair suspension policies
  • 12% Not being able to choose your own teachers
  • 9% Unfair policies in general
  • 9% Lack of diversity in AP classes
  • 9% Students segregating themselves despite diversity
  • 8% Cafeteria food
  • 8% Biased
  • 3% Administration
  • 2% Superiority complex of AP kids
  • 2% Funding
  • 2% Funding, seriously. We can't pay for paper.
  • 2% Detention if you are late for any class

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 21 responses

  • 71% Diversity
  • 19% Pride
  • 10% Most national merit scholars in the state

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 29% Diverse
  • 29% Purple
  • 14% Pride
  • 10% BullDogs
  • 10% Strive
  • 10% True Dogs

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 30% 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
  • 10% Establish a large friend group

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding parent involvement at this school?     Based on 15 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most parents at this school put too much pressure on their kids
  • Most parents at this school are very involved in their child's education
  • The PTA/PTO (i.e. parent groups) are very committed and have a positive impact on the school environment
  • Most parents at this school care about the success of all students, not just their own
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for school athletic events
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for non-athletic school events
  • The parents at this school have a very positive impact on the school's environment and culture
  • The parents at this school respect the opinions and judgements of teachers and administrators
  • Most parents at this school are really great parents.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 87% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 13% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.