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: 5377
  • 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 (65 Reviews)
    Page 1 of 13
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-12-01
    "Washington High School is definatly a rather.... interesting school. We're a large mix of different culture, with Whites being the minority amoung the student population. The build of the campas is rather open and paculiar, and often I find it difficult to make my way from one end of the campus to the other. Currently we have lots of AP programs, and those are quite thorough and enjoyable, and a very into school culture. We old fundraisers for school activities, and do fundraisers on a regular basis. While violence here can be an issue, and bullying never really seems to be taken care of properly, I've never had an issue. But that might not help much with me hanging in the "low crowd""
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-10-01
    "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 2016-10-01
    "Our school is the 9th most diverse in the nation, and that definitely shows. It is diverse in ethnicities, cultures, and sexual orientations. Not only is it diverse, but it is accepting, especially of all ethnicities. White people are almost a minority (well, less than 50%) at my school. There are countless opportunities for children of color, and lots of help for low-income students. We have a Gay-Straight Alliance that meets weekly. Our school culture is much better than it was even 5 years ago, but we still have some work to do. Students aren't incredibly motivated or respectful sometimes, but no one can say we aren't spirited. Our pep assemblies and football games have incredibly high spirit and attendance. Most students take pride in their school."
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-10-01
    "I would chose to go to Washington again, but there are reasons why I would be tempted to say no. I feel going to the 9th most diverse school in the country has been an incredible experience that has been very character building for me. I love all the different kinds of people I interact with on a daily basis. I love our school's spirit and determination and all the opportunities they provide for their students, especially minorities and low-income students. However, the academics are lacking in some areas, and the school overall does not have that many opportunities. I wish they gave us more college guidance (to the kids who aren't in College Bound), and I wish the councilors helped us with our schedules more because a lot of seniors are struggling with getting all their credits because they didn't get the guidance they needed with their schedule in their beginning years of high school. I wish academics were highlighted more than sports and such. But overall, I feel the experience I've had and the people I've met outweigh the cons, and I would go here again if I had the chance."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-10-01
    "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."
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