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9-12
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Bellevue, WA
Students enrolled: 1,679

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4333 Factoria Blvd SE
Bellevue, WA 98006

(425) 456-7400
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June 20, 2014
My son went to Newport high school. The education quality matched the reputation as one of the top public high school in the USA. The teachers were capable and responsible, great academic challenging environment, made my kid to try hard to catch up and do more to out perform his friends. No bully, no drug, great discipline, just a great school for my son to grow up. Thank you all to make my son who he is now, a senior at Duke University, with great future ahead of him. If you want your kid to have a great high school, Newport high definitely should be your choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
There is a math teacher that should be fired and the school is fully aware of it. She's (hint) terrible , students are intimidated to ask questions, and yet she's protected by her union.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
Parents, teachers and students all only care about grades. Nothing else. They don't care about whether they learned anything, in the end the only thing that matters are the grades. Handouts are given without any explanation, and we are expected to do fine. Everything has to be done with a pen and paper. I believe classes should be a lot more interactive.

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2013
Newport High School prepares kids to perform wonderfully in the academic aspects - but the social aspects could use some work. There is hardly any snottiness or sense of entitlement, yet I've seen some straight out bullying.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
We moved from a private school to Newport and have found the academics are at a high standard for public school. A high percentage of the parents are highly concerned about education quality and are involved in the community. As most schools, we've found there are teachers who are outstanding and a few that are not so great. There are athletics programs, but this is not a strong point. Overall an above average high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
If you fit into either the 'smart prep/jock' category, or the '5 APs a semester' category, you will excel. If not, well too bad for you. As long as you sign up for APs, they'll like you! I had a girl who is very mentally challenged just switch into my World History class from AP World. I'm not sure why they had her sign up for AP. AP isbn't for the smart kid, it's for the average one. Most people don't really know why they're taking APs, I felt like there was actually some manipulation to try to get us to take 'the AP route'. Newport has a great rep, but honestly, I don't think this can be very balanced. Some very good teachers, but also some very poor. Administration is very concerned with the school's status.

- submitted by a student
May 10, 2011
although I know that there will always be good teachers and mediocre teachers, it seems like Newport has lowered its standards in hiring or in monitoring the quality of their teachers. Quite a few of the teachers do not even have any concept of keeping the students interested in the class, let alone engage them to be more interested in learning. I know its a public school, but it is still incumbent upon the teacher to have an open communication line between the student and the parents if there is a need for improvement. We just have not seen this at all. We had very high expectations from NHS, but are now quite disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Extremely weak eclectic curriculum and instructional materials, poor presentation, especially in math and science. Teachers don't understand elementary laws and patterns of human learning, let alone any advanced pedagogical techniques. Adherence to discovering/minimum instruction method : no explanations provided, just activities to do from the book, which doesn t have any explanations either. Then teachers just register who managed to get it and who didn t. Horrific failure rates the administration refuses to disclose. Teachers have in their contract a right to not post grades for FIVE WEEKS! They constantly lose submitted assignments and then give students Fs for them. No way to prove that it was not student s fault. No communication to parents about problems except in final grade reports. No graded papers allowed to be taken home come and see them during your work day if you want and can. Unethical behavior of some teachers, insulting and psychologically traumatizing students.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2009
Our children were B students yet were extremely well prepared for college by Newport. Our son, who graduated with a 2.6, just registered for college and earned an entire semester of credit for his AP work. Nice. Our daughter graduated with a 3.0 and now carries a 3.7 in college. She noticed immediately as a freshman the incredible quality of her preparation compared to her classmates. What students perceive as harsh discipline I would characterize as consistent and objective leadership. The environment is calm and well-managed, and we have not had the problems that other schools have had. Newport has an award-winning PTSA. Its annual Ski Swap has been the best of its kind for over twenty years. Bellevue's other high schools are also excellent. You can find the same curriculum at much smaller neighboring schools, which can be less intimidating and better able to provide a highly personal educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
Newport High School have great programs in any field of academics a public high school can offer. Students are highly motivated in all areas--sports, arts, music, and academics. There are so many students taking AP classes and still manage to be well-rounded in other areas as well. Teachers are very supportive and almost all of them are willing to help students outside the class hour (the half hour after school). Newport High School is one of few high schools that really pushes all the students to try their best.

- submitted by a student
March 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 10, 2008
Great School! Its pretty big but there is always a lot going on. Not too cliquey, tons of academic, extracurricualr and athletic oppurtunities. K-N-I-G-H-T-S Newport Knighs are the Best!

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2008
Of course this school is hard! Its job is to prepare you for the real world. The classes are tough and there's the AP push to improve the school's image. Yet the teachers (most anyways) are extremely supportive and experianced. Both the admin and student ASB leave much to be desired, but the sports program is great. If your self-motivated child would thrive in a highly competative and large student body, Newport is the place for you! Go Knights!

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2008
If your student loves music but also wants to focus on academics, go to Newport.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
Newport is best for the arts overall and probably for academics. There is less pressure to be popular and fashionable than at Bellevue, HS. For sports, it depends: Bellevue has football, basketball, but Newport has soccer, gymnastics, baseball, cross-country. Volleyball and swimming depends on the year. There are some incredible teachers and many fine ones who all care deeply about their students and their profession. Unfortunately, the administration leaves a lot to be desired; they have become more autocratic every year, with little regard for student stress levels or individuality. Student culture is not valued; there is a tendency to punish with a heavy hand. AP classes can be dangerous territory for many families: getting out of one when a student is over their head is just about impossible. Any counselor who shows a pattern of sympathy letting kids switch out of AP is shipped out to a lesser school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 10, 2008
All you adults who think the tardy policy is too harsh is complete rubbish. If you are late to work or don't bother to show up, you can't have your mom cover for you. Your boss will just fire you because he knows that he can easily hire someone who will be there on time. The real world is a harsh place, the administration doesn't have time for people being late either. So shut up, sit up, and stop complaining.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
This is my senior year, and I've spent my high school career the 'Newport' way. I'm involved in community service with two nonprofit organizations, I dance almost 15 hours per week, I'm taking 6 AP classes this year, and until last semester I had a cumulative 4.0. The experience was great for me, but the crazy thing is that I'm not considered an overachiever by most of the kids in my classes, or by my teachers. I have friends that don't handle that kind of pressure well, but what BSD has set out to do (prepare everyone for college, according to its mission statement) I think it does best at Newport. But we also have huge freedoms. we're allowed to wear hats, hoods and bandanas, listen to ipods when we're working quietly, no one enforces a 'language policy', all we have to do is show up on time and pay attention.

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2007
Newport High is a great school for the many students, but administrators are always shuffling the students who fall between the cracks. They have no concern for students who are unable to keep up with the rigor they have set for high standards. They are mostly concerned with keeping their national status. The school is too large to give everyone the education they deserve and desire. Class sizes are huge, and attendance policies are unfounded. It is all about scores!! What a shame that our local public school cannot educate all the children in our community, just the smart ones.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
Great academic program. More than enough extra-curricular activities. PTA is really strong.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
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March 15, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 29, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
no rating September 19, 2005
Very highly educated kids. Very effective staff.

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
this school does a terrible job of treating kids as learners and they instead treat them as numbers for their desire to be a blue ribbon school.

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2005
A very good school. All kids can extend their special talents at this school. It is not only good at academic, but also sports, music, art. I think it is the best public high school at eastside.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
One of the top 20 high schools in the nation according to Newsweek. Blue Ribbon Scholar award winner. Academics are extremley important. A school that was once a power house in all sports has now shifted more towards academics but great sports programs do remain. Rigorous scheduals are pushed so hard by the administration they are all but required. The number of students in Advanced Placement is astounding. Students are so overwhelmed with school work that the environment at school it often depressing. On the upside Newport has only the best teachers who are well payed.

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
Good quality instruction. Classes can be large (up to 40 in some cases) but thats not that abnormal for a public school. They have a bunch of 'advanced' classes that are really only in name. Many are easier than their regular counterparts. May just be the teacher, but the emphasis on everyone taking an 'advanced' class just means just changing the classes name in some cases. The attendence policies are rediculous. They say it really will prepare you for college and whatnot. College doesnt require attendence at all! just show up to exams. If you can do the work, whats it matter. all in all, one of the best public educations I think you can get.

- submitted by a former student
November 29, 2004
Newport High School is a very challenging school. This school is for those students that are more serious about the benefit that your grades and extra-cirricular activities can impact your college career. There are some really fantastic teachers, and some interesting class choices. However, as said before, they have a ridiculous attendance and tardy policy that makes students feel like they are in kindergarten rather than in high school.

- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2004
This school would be much better off if the administration was not as strict. When my child told me that she had detention for several days I, of course, was mad until I realized it was for being 3 minutes late. They need to loosen up on all the rules and let the students learn on their own and learn to be an independent, self sufficient person, by themselves. It may take time but they will need to get over that because for the students to be in a safe, comfortable environment they need to not be scared that they will get in trouble for everything they do.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
My freshman would like this school, if only it didn't start so early (7:30). Teenagers biological clock sleeps late and awakes late. It would help if school started even half hour later (8:00) and preferably 8:30. Every student would be refreshed and ready to learn. Whereas now, kids drag themselves to school, to beat the tardy regulations (which are too harsh) and then snooze through first period, or near collapse in 7th period, because they are just too tired. The class sizes (30 average) are way too high and stressful, for students to think clearly and have quiet moments to reflect, they are always surrounded by noise and a lot of swearing which goes unchecked. Newport needs to set a language policy in the classroom. I'm sure the large class sizes hinder quality teaching and teachers are overworked and overwhelmed, seeing each student as another report card to complete.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
This was a great school for my child! My child had a wonderful overall experience at the school. The only downfall of this school is the administration. They are whipped by the superintendent, and do whatever they are told to do. They need to prepare these kids for the future by letting them grow up and experience natural consquences and not be over-protective about everything and anything.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
For the outgoing, motivated, disciplined, well-behaved teen, Newport High is great. It has very high test scores, and in comparion to other school districts in the state, I believe it has the highest success rate in college, and is certainly one of the 'best.' It also has mny activities, as any large school does. I do not, however, think this makes it a good school. Like its students, a school must be well-rounded, and this one is not. The work load is tough, and there is a lot of pressure to not only succeed, but be involved in all these other activities, take harder classes and do lots of community service. That can be very good, but only when it still feels voluntary, because these things are not right for everyone. Classes are fairly large, and it is easy to dissappear in the crowd. It is tough for both parents and students to find the time to meet with and get help fom a teacher. When a student is falling, or has long since fallen behind, action is not taken and parents are not notified until it is almost too late, and the problem is often overwhelming by then. In addition, Bellevue School District's (and possibly Wa state's) attendance policies are excessive, a waste of everyones time, ineffective, and unfair. It is ridiculous. If you are wondering who this source is, I am a 19 year old former student. In the middle of my sophmore year, I transferred to an alternative high school, because I was shy, depressed and I had motivation issues (all of which still affect me today), s I was faling 4 of 7 of my classes. Gradually, with a little more ATTENTION and CARE AND COMPASSION, along with a few other changes in my life, my grades lifted. I graduated on time with a poor track record, but then I earned a 3.39 GPA at a community college, and earned a space on the dean's honor list in the winter. I will be starting my second year shortly, and hope to transfer to WSU in the spring. Regardless, I will earn my masters in architecture. Oh, and one more VERY subjective thing. The social atmosphere at Newport (with its often well-off students) was rather suffocating, whereas the alternative high school, filled with those who did not fit in at regular schools, was substantially more welcoming (although still high school, and everything that means), even though I am simply a shy, good girl, at heart, with little confidence or motivation. Anyway, draw your own conlusions, and, as always, please think carefully about the shool, its environment, and your teen's unique personality and situation before making any decisions. All I know is, I intend to work very hard to put my future children in smallish private schools.

- submitted by a former student
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Newport Senior High School
4333 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 456-7400
Last modified Newport Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Newport Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top