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White River High School is a public school in Buckley Township, Washington. It has 1,217 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 78% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 130 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

26928 120th St East
Buckley, WA 98321
(360) 829-5500

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3.7 from 130 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 4
    Student Culture & Diversity: Peer pressure is something that every school suffers from. Its hard to avoid it. However, I've found that students at White River can easily say no to peer pressure. They just choose not to. In White River its always about fitting in with the crowd. That's all that matters to most people In White River.

    Diversity is the most prominent thing in this school. We have more sexually diverse students than I've seen anywhere else. We also have a large variety of Religious and cultural diversities as well. Its a quite diverse school.
    • Niche User
    • 2
    Health & Safety: While I attended school, you knew who had tobacco products on them. There was always people chewing tobacco in the shop classes. Every day you'd find a wad of chew in a water fountain, you'd find people hiding out in the back of the school smoking cigarette's. It was very common. With the faculty it seemed to be like a "Don't ask, don't tell" rule. While some teachers and faculty frowned upon tobacco at school, others didn't care as long as it wasn't obvious.

    Bullying was prominent among my friends and I primarily. I was in the crowd of people who suffered from the most harassment. While in high school physical altercations in school were not as common as in middle school, put downs and verbal harassment became more prevalent. Bullying was common and the school staff was careless. Their interest in bullying was minimal unless it happened to their own child.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: All in all, I'll admit it right away. White River High School was a horrible high school to attend and I would have enjoyed attending a different school. I do however also admit that attending this school has built me up to be a stronger person. I learned to be more out going and to fend for myself. I figured out how to prepare myself for the future on my own and how to apply the things I learned in school to real life.

    I look back and not all of White River was bad. Native American Club was fun to attend, I had a blast in choir, and I never knew how to play the guitar until I enrolled in guitar class. White River showed me how to be myself and made me who I am. Even though I hated it, I did achieve something in attending this school.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Student Culture & Diversity: The diversity isn't all that varied but the culture of the school is fantastic
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: The safety at our school is great but the health part of our school should me monitored more

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Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
3.00 Mountain Meadow Elementary School Public
3.00 Elk Ridge Elementary School Public
White River District Special Education Facilities Public
3.00 Foothills Elementary School Public
3.00 Glacier Middle School Public
3.00 Wilkeson Elementary School Public
3.00 Sunrise Elementary School Public
Carbonado Historial School Public
3.00 Southwood Elementary School Public
Enumclaw School District Special Education Program Public
3.00 Collins Alternative Programs Public, Alternative
2.66 Enumclaw Senior High School Public
3.00 Enumclaw Middle School Public
3.00 Westwood Elementary School Public
3.33 Liberty Ridge Elementary School Public
3.00 Bonney Lake High School Public
3.00 Mountain View Middle School Public
Cedar River Academy Private
2.33 Byron Kibler Elementary School Public
3.66 Dieringer Heights Elementary School Public
3.00 Victor Falls Elementary School Public
Muckleshoot Tribal School Public
3.00 Thunder Mountain Middle School Public
3.00 Emerald Hills Elementary School Public
3.00 Bonney Lake Elementary School Public
3.00 Lakeridge Middle School Public
3.66 North Tapps Middle School Public
1.66 Orting High School Public
Lake Tapps Montessori School Private, Montessori
2.33 Orting Primary School Public
3.33 Crestwood Elementary School Public
2.00 Orting Middle School Public
3.00 McAlder Elementary School Public
2.00 Ptarmigan Ridge Intermediate School Public
3.66 Lake Tapps Elementary School Public
Buena Vista Seventh-day Adventist School Private, Religious
3.00 Maple Lawn Elementary School Public
3.00 Daffodil Valley Elementary School Public
2.66 Sumner Middle School Public
2.66 Sumner Senior High School Public
3.66 Lakeland Hills Elementary School Public
3.33 Ridgecrest Elementary School Public
3.33 Shaw Road Elementary School Public
3.33 Warren Hunt Elementary School Public
Northwest Christian School Private, Religious
3.33 Glacier View Junior High School Public
3.00 Sunrise Elementary School Public
3.33 G.W. Edgerton Elementary School Public
1.66 Cascade Christian Junior/Senior High School Private, Religious
3.33 Emerald Ridge High School Public
3.00 Pope Elementary School Public
3.33 Ferrucci Junior High School Public
3.33 Wildwood Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.00 Glacier Middle School 2 mi. 815
2.66 Enumclaw Senior High School 4 mi. 1,446
3.00 Mountain View Middle School 4 mi. 636
3.00 Bonney Lake High School 4 mi. 1,424
3.00 Lakeridge Middle School 7 mi. 627

Around White River High School

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


Male 50%
Female 49%

Student Diversity

White River High School United States Bonney Lake High School Enumclaw Senior High School Glacier Middle School Lakeridge Middle School Mountain View Middle School
White 82.0% 51.6% 80.0% 83.0% 83.0% 77.0% 76.0%
Multiracial 7.0% 2.6% 6.0% 3.0% 6.0% 8.0% 8.0%
Hispanic 6.0% 24.5% 7.0% 9.0% 6.0% 8.0% 11.0%
Native American 1.0% 1.1% 1.0% 2.0% 0% 1.0% 1.0%
Asian 0% 4.7% 2.0% 0% 0% 2.0% 1.0%
African American 0% 15.2% 1.0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 25.1%
Grade 10 25.1%
Grade 11 24.4%
Grade 12 25.4%

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 13 responses

  • 85% Yes
  • 0% Not sure.
  • 15% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 70% School spirit, pride, positive attitudes, view
  • 20% Beautiful building and view, teachers, positive
  • 10% Some good teachers, good music programs,
  • 0% Pride, Appreciation, and Acceptance

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 40% Cliques and drama
  • 20% Cliques, inferior Fine Arts program
  • 13% Some unqualified teachers
  • 13% Ignorant guards and faculty members
  • 13% Many students are disrespectful and rude

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 10 responses

  • 70% Connections program
  • 20% Good athletes, hard working students, caring staff
  • 10% Incredible involvement with Special Needs students

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Beautiful campus, view of Rainier, good teachers
  • 27% Caring, considerate, driven
  • 18% Our school has spirit but also drugs and alcohol
  • 18% School spirit, helpful staff, great view

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 60% Be yourself, smile, be friendly, do sports, study!
  • 40% Don't judge before you get to know someone
  • 0% Keep your head down until you find a group

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 20% I love everything about this school.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 30% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.