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How do you feel about the amount of homework given at this school?
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How effective do you feel the teachers are at this school?
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Sammamish Senior High School 2

Posted May 28, 2016
- a student
There is a lot of peer pressure, bullying and not a lot of self respect. Students do not respect school some teachers have very poor boundaries with students. School staff can be understanding at times but, there are other times in which they accuse students of doing things they didn't do . The school staff don't always check the facts.

Sammamish Senior High School 5

Posted December 09, 2015
- a student
Safe school for everyone, they care about the kids a lot . I think this school is under rated by others


Sammamish Senior High School
Grateful to: Teacher

Posted December 08, 2015
- a parent
It wouldn't be fair to thank just one teacher. I'm impressed with the lot. That, and the principal, counsellors, volunteers and staff who run the school. The whole school is run well from the top down--and from the teachers up.

Sammamish Senior High School
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective

Posted December 08, 2015
- a parent
The faculty and staff are as good as my best college teachers. The homework actually solves real-world problems, such as curing cancer or improving soil quality in response to acid rain, making students feel empowered to change the world for the better.

Sammamish Senior High School 5

Posted December 08, 2015
- a parent
The principal hires excellent teachers who use the problem-based curriculum. My son is currently working on the following two homework assignments. The 9th grade science teacher has each student run three, actual, real-world cancer cure experiments under his guidance. The science teacher was a laboratory researcher for many years before deciding to teach, so the students are actually running real-world cancer cure experiments in class. The AP Human Geography teacher assigned teams of three students to create case studies such as the following: The soil is too acidic in Mali due to acid rain. Improve the soil quality to avoid crop failure. My son's team is working on ways to solve the problem. Once the report is done, some teams will present the findings to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. If the findings are useful, they will be put into place to solve the actual problem. These are just two of my son's current homework assignments. Similar expectations and quality of instruction run throughout his classes in English, and Chinese language. Research, analysis, problem-solving and presentation of real-world challenges form the basis of education at Sammamish High School. The social environment is also very accepting and diverse. My son feels accepted, welcome and comfortable here. We feel lucky that our kids get to go to school at Sammamish High School.


Sammamish Senior High School 5

Posted January 06, 2014
- a parent
Talented and caring teachers understand the range of student needs at this school, from kids bound for top colleges all the way to those struggling to stay in school and graduate. Staff and students create a culture of acceptance that is remarkable and one that will serve students well in their adulthood. Totem pride is amazingly high, despite having sports teams that struggle and a high level of poverty. SHS is full of opportunity to challenge oneself academically as well as in extracurriculars. A full range of AP classes is available to all, including those who need financial assistance. Frankly, the Athletic/Activity Director is out of touch with community needs, but one way or another that is going to improve with parent involvement and open communication. This isn't stereotypical Bellevue, so it may not be the right fit for those uncomfortable with economic, cultural, and social diversity. The building is in the midst of a major remodel and will be a beautiful state of the art facility upon completion in 2016. Hopefully the amazing school culture will remain intact as district boundaries are re-drawn and families pursue that fancy new building.

Sammamish Senior High School 5

Posted June 26, 2010
- a parent
Sammamish is special with a broad diversity of students and needs. The school responds with programs such as Jumpstart and AVID to a plethora of AP classes plus College at High School and Running Start. Additionally, school spirit is very strong with the State's biggest high school fundraiser, Walk for Aidan. The principal is working tirelessly to improve the school, its teachers and its offerings.

Sammamish Senior High School 5

Posted November 20, 2009
- a parent
Sammamish High School was rated #48 in the nation by Newsweek magazine for the 2008 school year. My daughter has flourished there and I couldn't be happier with our home neighborhood high school. By the way, all of the six high schools in Bellevue made the top 100 list in Newsweek and five of them were in the top 50.


Sammamish Senior High School 5

Posted June 23, 2009
- a parent
As a parent of a student at SHS, I have found this school as having brought a well-rounded and strong academic experience for our child and future Totem. As a leader in the fine arts, math, and science depts., my kids will have a step up in their future academia world of college. The teachers actually care about their students and they hold the kids accountable for their actions. Tom Duenwald, current principal, works tirelessly in his efforts to hold the standards level high for the staff and the kids. The school spirit is much higher than other Bellevue high schools. SHS represents the real world of high school life.

Sammamish Senior High School 4

Posted September 25, 2005
- a student
School is quite safe, nice teachers except some mean councelors, who don't pay enough attention to the student's needs. Great classes and advance curriculum. Great after school programs, from sports to art to music. And the theater department is one of the best; the new theater just opened with the best teacher ever, Ms. Mordford. School had very good students a couple of years ago but the new incomming students seem to care less and less about academics. Parents are always involved in all aspects of the school, helping out at the PTA or whenever the school organizes fundraisers to help raise money for the school. The students are all very nice, although like I said, they were nicer. But all get along very well. Very low drug and alcohol use.

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Sammamish Senior High School
100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA  98005
Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. (425) 456-7600
Last modified Sammamish Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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