WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

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12420 AINSWORTH AVE S
TACOMA, WA 98444
School Information
  • School Rating: 1
  • Educational Climate: Low
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Franklin Pierce School District
  • Students/Teacher: 19:1
  • Students/Grade: 252.8
  • Number Students: 1011
  • Number Teachers: 50
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5610
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr James Hester
  • 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 (2734 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (64 Reviews)
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    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "Most of the teachers I've had at my school are amazing. They, with a few exceptions, are extremely knowledgable and good at passing that knowledge on to students, using multiple different methods if needed. They are interested in our lives and most students have at least one teacher they go to outside of school for guidance and just when they need to talk to someone. Most teachers have school spirit that they pass on to their students, and attend and encourage students to attend school events. Most are not too strict and not too lenient. Most are some inconsistent with their grading, which can be difficult because then students don't know what they need to work on or make up, but some upload grades regularly. I have only had one experience with a teacher who had no classroom control, did not know the subject or the material at all, and often helped students cheat or gave them speeches about how trying hard and overachieving are not necessary in life. But other than that, I love the teachers at my school and appreciate them."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "The teachers at the school constantly make it known that if we need someone to talk to or need guidance outside of school topics - they are willing to listen. All the teachers I've personally been with has constantly shown interest in the student as a learner and as a person. Teaching styles are unique and effective in their own way - and though it may not work for me personally sometimes, it will often be very helpful for another student. They find a good balance in teaching us new content, and pushing us past our limits/comfort zones once in a while - while also on the other side they try their best to make the content engaging and interesting for the students as a whole. They are very knowledgeable with the subject they teach. Teachers clearly communicate well when due dates are and when they are coming up. If work isn't done then it really isn't the teacher's fault at that point with the numerous reminders they give out. Grading has been made clear since day one, and if a student forgets then the teacher will show them where to find it. Overall I truly love the teachers and staff at our school, and their constant efforts towards the students individually and as a whole. They have made my high school experience one to remember - and have helped me personally grow over the years as a person that I couldn't imagine doing on my own."
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "The academics offered here at school equips the students with the tools they need to be successful after high school. While academics are important, the extracurricular activities help balance out the student's life here at school. Some of my personal favorite classes during my time here at WHS would be AP Art, Band, Graphic Design, ASL, Junior English, and PE (Team Sports and Strength & Conditioning). They all have been memorable classes for me with it having to push me as a student and as a person in general (not saying that the other classes weren't, but these stood out for me) the teachers especially made the class fun and the curriculum used is unique to their own and it's helped made learning more fun for all students, do they choose to be engaged. The teachers all cooperate with one another so that the curriculum are all similar in the classes. The workload assigned in each class is given in manageable portions (if the student works on it a timely and organized fashion), over a fair time period. Most teachers are lenient to students who do try hard but fall a bit behind, but not too long that those who finish don't do anything productive at the same time. Teachers (mostly AP) offer their classrooms as a place for group studies do the students choose to use that opportunity or not. AP Classes also will also offer after school study sessions as the AP testing gets closer and closer, while also proving other resources in methods to study for the test. Scheduling process for next year's classes are done in March - and we have a few resources we can go to near the end of our summer to see our classes and make changes if needed. A lot of schedule fixes are made during the first two weeks until it settles down for the semester."
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "I've had some very great teachers throughout my high school career. I don't like some of the curriculums very much, but some teachers find ways to adapt them best to their students. The workload can be a bit much in some classes, especially when combined with all the extracurricular activities we also do. There are no tutoring options except occasional athlete tutoring in the spring, but teachers let you stay after school in their classrooms to work on things. Probably the majority of students at my school don't work incredibly hard in most classes and while we do really well for a school of our income level, it still isn't the greatest. However, I have learned a lot and some teachers have been absolutely amazing. I have passed all but one of my 6 AP exams I've taken so far, which is probably saying something."
    Topic: Student Culture & Diversity | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "The school's diversity here is rather unique compared to most schools. It has a very wide variety, and none of the ethnics are more than 50%. And this is something I'm very very proud of being in and exposing myself to. Now, I personally haven't been in the loop/involved in a lot of the student social life on campus, so I'm not sure I can accurately portray what it's like. But for me personally it's generally ok. There's the occasional big fight that occurs after school, and there can be a lot of drama that goes on. But I feel like our school is good at addressing the problem as soon as possible. The acceptance here when it comes to sexual orientation and everyones' ethnicity is generally accepted and embraced, which is something I'm really thankful for."
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