SQUALICUM HIGH SCHOOL

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3773 MCLEOD RD
BELLINGHAM, WA 98226
School Information
  • School Rating: 2
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Bellingham School District
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 341.3
  • Number Students: 1365
  • Number Teachers: 80
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5498
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr James Everett
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (4238 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (120 Reviews)
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    Topic: Student Culture & Diversity | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "Again, we were a very diverse school but we all loved each other and we made the best out of what we were given."
    Topic: Student Culture & Diversity | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "Student involvement is very easy if you come from the east side of town. For those coming from the generally poorer north/west parts of town, it's very difficult to do more than join a club or activity, as so many others have had the resources to prepare for this sort of thing their whole elementary and middle school lives. Peer pressure is not too bad, although there is quite a party scene below the surface and it is easy for people to get sucked in, but not because others tell them they should/have to. Acceptance is tricky to address because a lot of people are fake-nice or pretend to accept people when it's convenient. I felt as though there were specific groups that were almost cliques and everyone else floated around between those groups, sometimes with one and other times with another. Racial diversity was not very good. The majority of the school is white, there is a significant number of Hispanic students, some Asian students, very few Black students, and almost no Native students. There was a lot of cultural separation between the races, especially if you weren't good at sports (as cliche as that sounds). Some people were out as part of the LGBTQ+ community, but only a few couples and one person who was openly transgender. There was a lot of talk and judgement behind the backs of people in the LGBTQ+ community but not as much to their faces. For being known as one of the most accepting schools in the area, there were a lot of issues. One thing that was prominent in the culture was religion. A lot of students were Christian and it felt almost pushy, especially with Young Life and Malibu being so huge among many of the students."
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "Lots of AP classes, which some times can get overwhelming for students that are not ready for that much of a work load yet. Favorite classes were most definitely Comparative Religion and the mandatory senior class Citizenship."
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "Squalicum is known for offering an extensive selection of AP courses, which is the main reason I'd even consider going to this school if I had to redo high school. I was able to take 10 AP classes and ultimately 11 AP tests during my high school years, and there are so many more AP classes available through the school. As far as teachers go, it fully depends on who you get. There are some average and subpar teachers, a few really awful ones, and quite a few incredible ones. Most of the incredible teachers taught AP classes, whereas their standard course counterparts tended to have a lower quality of teaching. Mostly this is because they have taught their subjects for so long, and have truly become experts in their subjects, but their willingness to take way more time than required to help struggling students is what truly sets them above the others. Scheduling is a nightmare when trying to take specific classes that are limited to one or two class periods, most of which were specialty electives. Workload varies greatly by teacher, and even more by AP vs Honors vs standard classes. There is tutoring in the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the after school busses come at 4:00, football has mandatory study time after school to keep GPA above the minimum, and AVID has college students in for tutoring every week. Other than that, you're left to go to your teachers individually or study with friends outside of school. THOR (20 minutes on long block days for "Tutoring, Homework, Organization, and Reading") is a waste of class time and not consistently enforced at all. Popular classes tend to be graduation requirements like biology and health, as well as some of the fun or easy sounding AP classes like AP Psychology, AP Economics (because Settem teaches it), or AP Human Geography. I think there's a lot of work to do to make the standard classes better and to improve the quality/ease of use for online courses but Squalicum offers a lot of promise in the academic area."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "While I did not get to experience many teachers personally due to my many music-based classes and Running Start, I do know that my friends all loved the teachers that they had. I've only ever heard a handful of complaints about certain teachers."
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