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Federal Way Senior High School

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Posted March 13, 2012

I currently go to FWHS. I am only a freshman but so far in my experience i have learned that fed is a good place to go. We have a lot of good programs here and really good coaches. As a student i am involved in many sports and programs that they have here at fed. When i go to fed i feel safe. The staff is amazing. Being a student i feel like there is a connection between the teachers and students. The students are willing to learn and the teachers love their jobs. As a Cambridge student though i feel like i am not being challenged enough. All my classes are easy, especially since this new grading system. Sometimes i feel like i'm learning middle school all over again. Another flaw is the building. It is falling apart. Fire alarms randomly going off, no heat, clocks breaking down, tiles falling, leaks. All of those are some of the things i have witness during my 6 months here. Recently there was a levy for our school to be rebuilt and sadly it did not pass. We now have to make due with what we have left of this school. Despite those flaws the atmosphere here at fed is amazing. Many kids are kind and respectful. From what i have heard and experienced fed is an overall great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2011

The teachers are FANTASTIC but everything in or about the facility is disgusting. The hallways are abnormally crowded, people are extremely rude, and people get privileges they truly don't deserve. This place is NOT diverse, 49% white, but why does that matter?? It shouldn't. The people here are acceptable at times, but the school itself is a piece, and the whole establishment is practically useless. I am NOT challenged in any class because the requirements to be in it are to pass the state tests...So average people end up in advanced classes. I'm in tenth grade, and we were going over how to write a persuasive essay in my Cambridge english class. I LEARNED HOW TO DO THAT IN 5TH GRADE!!! WHY DO THEY ALLOW STUDENTS TO BE IN CLASSES THEY DON'T DESERVE TO BE IN?? I don't know why everyone's so prideful, this school is a dump. GO ROYALS!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2010

My granddaughter goes there and my son once attended. My granddaughter is on the tennis team and is learning lots, and has great grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

Federal Way is NOT perfect, but when it comes to being real, it's as real as it gets. Diversity is not the only key to a good enviorment, but acception to diversity is what matters most. The students can't be generalized, but when it comes to homosexuality, being black, white, asian, whatever... I think Federal Way is one of the best schools in the area for you to feel like you can be yourself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2009

This school is great. It's a good place to get a good educations and a good place to do sports. Cambridge program is very unique around the Northwest. The rumors about this school being really dangerous and such is not true. The teachers are cool and the principle as well. I know this school is the best school in the Federal Way district. I would definitely recomment you to go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

Im a student, and started my begining school year, as a freshman. And im already liking this school very much, great school spirit, we act as a family, and support one another. I've heard this school has top wasl scores, and have wonderful extracurricular activities, and programs like cambridge. Teachers at Federal Way High School are really helpful, and it does not have a high crime rate like people say, actually it's the least. No student i know of, have committed a crime from federal way. It's an awesome school, and i love it. Eagles Dynasty!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2008

this school is not a school that cares about student opinion anymore, if it ever did. the princapal has told students to not be rude, wile being extremely rude and saying we dont matter. the only reason she has not been caught is because nobody in that school district will listen.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2007

As a student, high jumper, and cheerleader at Federal Way High School I must say that I love my school. We are very diverse and the several different groups get along very well. It's like a family atmosphere here. My teachers are always available to help me with work or just talk about my home life. The staff honestly cares. Our building is a little older then the others in the district but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. In my history class we went to the bomb shelters and learned our lesson. What other school can offer that? No matter what others think of my school I will stand by it always. Eagles Unite, BLUE AND WHITE!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2007

If you want a school where kids can get some of the best education in the Northwest enroll your child in the 'Cambridge Program' at FWHS. There isn't a program like this anywhere west of the Appalachians. This is a very unique opportunity for goal minded students and parents.


Posted March 9, 2007

FWHS lacks in organization. The school has a huge problem with no crediting excused absences and teachers can't even get absences right. Don't let your child take college writing; my child worked 4 hours a night and hours on the weekend in that class and still got a c-. Now you wonder why they aren't passing the wasl.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

I'm also not parent, but a student at FWHS. I can say that although this school may be diverse, its just that that makes it such a joy to be there. School spirit does lack a little, but i feel that that will change with this coming year. We have very sucessful sports teams, like Basketball, and our drama program is very good. Choir is outstanding at Federal Way High, and also the Dance Team is fantastic. I love this school, and if you are a parent thinking about sending your child here, I think that you should. Eagles of a Feather Stick Together! :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2006

Im not a parent but a student...Fwhs is a diverse, fun and good school and Im proud to say that I attend fwhs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2006

Federal Way High School is rich in tradition and has remained a very successful public high school. It is currently dealing with a boundry change (Todd Beamer High School now gets most of what Federal Way used to have)that has it serving a very different clientel than it did even five or six years ago. Still, academics are solid, athletics are successful (in a very competitive region) and it's choirs, drama, speech and debate and drill team aer among the best in the state.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 30, 2005

Federal way high has a pretty diverse mix of students. They offer many extracurricular activities such as baseball, football, track and ect. I believe it is very possible to get a great quality education at this school. There are many good teachers happy to work with our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

I have two kids that go to this high school. The school is old, dirty and way too diverse. The problems that occur between ethnic backgrounds is awful. The sports are okay, but they seem to have a 'secret society' when it comes to informing certain students and/or parents on how to have your child excel in their sport of choice. On the other hand, I will say that my experience with the teachers have been great. The teachers and the principle is great, the school just needs to be torn down and have everything start from scratch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

This school lacks the involvement of parents, teachers and the community. The school really has no community involvement. The teachers are good and the principal is a great man, but the kids are not great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

Since going to Federal Way High School, my son has become a drug addict. I am very disappointed in the lack of control over the outbreak of drugs and marijuana roaming the halls. I understand that kids go through this in high school, but the extent of which this is happening is incomprehensible. Along with the drugs, comes violence. There is almost a fight everyday and I am scared to the extent that I pee in my pants that my son will get hurt. DO NOT send your children here unless you want to pee too.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 7, 2003

I would like to see more securitiy at this school. Too many fights have happened since the first of the year. Maybe it is time to UA several of the kids that may be using drugs. It has been going on for a long time and really needs to be handled. I feel that our new principal is very good and if anyone can get a handle on this school, he can. Since this is the first time in 13 years that I have had a student in FWHS for me it will be a wait and see situation. I have already had 3 children plus several exchange students attend FWHS but with the changing attitude of both kids and teachers I will be watching to see what will happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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10%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
26%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 82% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
79%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
18%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
33%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
64%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
10%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
12%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students10%
Female8%
Male12%
Black10%
Asian0%
Asian/Pacific Islander7%
Hispanic9%
Multiracial10%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander13%
White13%
Low income9%
Not low income12%
Special education9%
Not special education10%
Limited English5%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students50%
Female51%
Male50%
Black39%
Asian62%
Asian/Pacific Islander48%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander18%
White69%
Low income40%
Not low income66%
Special education7%
Not special education55%
Limited English5%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students62%
Female50%
Male76%
Black47%
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Low income65%
Not low income58%
Not special education61%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students6%
Female5%
Male7%
Black3%
Asian18%
Asian/Pacific Islander12%
Hispanic2%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander7%
White13%
Low income4%
Not low income10%
Special education5%
Not special education6%
Limited English6%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students19%
Female20%
Male17%
Black30%
Asian31%
Asian/Pacific Islander25%
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander17%
White22%
Low income16%
Not low income24%
Special education6%
Not special education21%
Limited English5%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students33%
Female26%
Male40%
Black26%
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander39%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander29%
White36%
Low income33%
Not low income34%
Special educationn/a
Not special education34%
Limited English54%
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students11%
Female14%
Male7%
Black4%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander10%
Hispanic12%
Multiracial13%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander8%
White19%
Low income11%
Not low income12%
Special education0%
Not special education14%
Limited English6%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students11%
Female11%
Male12%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low income6%
Not low income30%
Special educationn/a
Not special education13%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students0%
Femalen/a
Male0%
Blackn/a
Hispanic0%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income0%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education0%
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

376 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

329 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Reading

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Black72%
Asian78%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander79%
White88%
Low income74%
Not low income86%
Special education18%
Not special education85%
Limited English30%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
Black79%
Asian89%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic74%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander90%
White95%
Low income78%
Not low income92%
Special education21%
Not special education90%
Limited English52%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 30% 60%
Hispanic 26% 20%
Black 15% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 8% 1%
Two or more races 8% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 19%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 261%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 67%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253) 945-5400

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