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Gig Harbor, WA
Students enrolled: 1,638

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5101 Rosedale St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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(253) 530-1400
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July 14, 2013
I graduated from Gig Harbor High School this year and I am grateful for the experience. I transferred from a private high school after my first year for financial reasons, and I was worried that public school would terrible. I am happy to say that I actually liked attending GHHS better than my old school. I feel totally prepared for college. I took advantage of honors and AP classes (lots of options to choose from), and the teachers in these programs were excellent. They challenged us and taught us critical thinking skills. My AP scores allowed me to start college as a sophomore and I thank my dedicated teachers for that. I also found several activities to be involved in, like cross county and the debate team. Both of those programs are excellent, no-cut, and have terrific coaches. Like the person before me said, I was kind of intimidated at first because I'm kind of nerdy and shy and I was worried about cliques, but I found that there really is a place for everyone there...you just have to jump in with both feet, get involved, and keep a positive attitude and soon you'll feel right at home. I am thankful for the education I got here and I'm proud to be a Tide!

- submitted by a student

January 21, 2011
As a parent, The total lack of leadership is the most frustrating...there is no leadership..Parental input is not only discouraged /ignored it is penalized. Incident after incident is mishandled at every level..math program is still very weak..Sport teams are very political..the majority of kids that give the teams a try walk away feeling inadequate.....quality of programs..some good ..most well below what would be expected at this size of a school that has the tax base it has to draw from. Given the opportunity I would without hesitation send my child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2011
I'm another former student of GHHS and I'm now a sophomore at the University of Washington. For the most part, I had a very positive experience at this school. However, I think that there should be some major changes in the curriculum to better prepare students for college. Watch out - the math program at this school sucks! I went all the way through caculus (the furthest you could go), but I can't apply what I learned to anything. From what I've heard, other GHHS students have struggled with this as well. They also do not give their students finals. Yes, this seems great when you're a high school student, but it's a rough awakening in college. The athletic programs are mostly fantastic (XC, Volleyball, Track, Soccer, Football), however, there are the occasional horrendous coaches that the district has refused to let go after multiple problems (Girls Bball) . The sports can be very political as well. Good school, but like any other it has its positives and negatives.

- submitted by a student

February 04, 2009
I am a former student of GHHS and current WWU student, and I must say what made me what I am today is GHHS. With few exceptions, I was offered a wide-variety of course choices and I had good relationships with all but a few teachers. By far, GHHS' greatest asset is its staff: any attempt to seek assistance was always met with a great deal of help and it was obvious they wanted me to succeed. Three teachers in particular, above and beyond the regular scholarship notebook program, took time out of their schedules to help me achieve a full-tuition scholarship for two years: this staff is like family to the students.

- submitted by a community member

November 08, 2008
As a 3x mom of very different kids, here's my input: English - Very good, prepares well for college Science - Good - miss Mr. B tho Math - with the exception of one (Mr J) it's terrible; one great teacher can't possible prepare 1500+ students Choral Music Dept: simply the best, great director - probably the best thing about GHHS History - Good Extra Curricular: Athletics - strong programs, (Track & XC consistant championships - terrific coaches) but sometimes political; Theater & Arts - terrific plays, talented kids and director; diverse Clubs, pretty much something for everyone Staff - depends on the teacher; agree about the liberal slant (keeping personal views out the classroom is a problem); VPs - both helpful and committed to the kids; Principle - pretty much avoids controversy, but gets no support from the District Office either (what a joke there - overpaid, clueless and lazy) all three had good experience

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 07, 2008
Very disappointed in the staff and their lack of communication with parents. Unhappy with the way an important incident was 'mis'handled by faculty and staff. Would not send my child here if I had another choice.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2008
We are very impressed with GHHS, we have two students there, and although we are interested in purchasing a different home, we absolutely decided that GHHS was the school we had to be in for the years our children were still in school. This was both because of the School newspaper program, and because individual teachers worked with our children to help them realize their potential and their skills, particularly in the writing skills. In regards to the math, I know at another school (CA) there was a lot of students that had to repeatedly take the Grade 9 math & that was not considered an anomaly. We had a problem that required an interview with a Vice Principal and a teacher, I was totally blown away with how supportive the VP was with my teenager and how totally well he handled the whole situation. It was really excellent!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 12, 2008
I just graduated from this school. I have been to other schools and this one by far is the best. It has classes that many other schools don't have and allow the students to broaden their horizons to other opportunities to pursue in college.

- submitted by a student

July 05, 2007
My daughter is going into her junior year and she has grown up so much in just 2 years. I give credit to her teachers especially who wouldn't let her be lazy. Now when she talks about college I am not so nervous!

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2007
Like any school, what you put into it is what you get out of it. GHHS has been a good environment for my kids both academically, sports-wise, and for extracurriculars. There are opportunities at GHHS for kids to travel competitively for debate and for cultural exchanges with Germany and China. Overall, this is a safe school environment with caring staff and I think GHHS is doing a good job at educating our teenagers. That being said, there is always room for improvement. If I had to point a finger, it would be that the math department is weak, but that is also a fallout of the math curriculum the district has chosen to adopt. The kids have the convenient option of doing Running Start if this is a problem for your student.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2007
I have had four children attend GHHS. It has been a constant struggle to get help from school officials. The math program is an absolute disaster. When my son began to have trouble in math I requested the teacher send weekly e-mails updating me on his progress. This lasted about three weeks and stopped. I had no idea he was flunking math until I saw his report card. My children have been harassed for their religious beliefs and their communication difficulties. When I complained about this the typical answer was 'kids will be kids'. The teaching environment is extremely liberal and my children have come to the point of simply not commenting in class over liberal remarks made by faculty members. My children have attended three different high schools in WA, I would rate the faculty by far the lowest. If I could afford a private school I would send them.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2006
I attended Gig Harbor High School from 2000 to 2004. It is a fantastic school committed to education of both the mind and the heart. Many parents in Gig Harbor choose to send their kids to private school. This is a case where I do not deem that as necessary. I was especially surprised at the great Christian community that culminates inside the school.

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 01, 2006
There is a lot of parent involvement at this school. The teachers have a big impact on the students and are available outside of class many times. After school sports are also present as well as many clubs for students to join.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2006
Gig Harbor High School has not been a good environment for my child. A B-student in middle school, his grades have been steadily declining from the day he set foot in GHHS and I find it difficult to get support from the school. They seem only interested in punishment, not in helping the student make positive choices for improvement. I am researching other schools.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2006
this school is an awesome school for any child. filled with different types of peoplea different programs its a good choice for your teen. they're also very focused on college and working hard to get your child where they want to go.

- submitted by a student

January 07, 2006
GHHS is the best school imaginable, and has the best teachers, and the best classes!

- submitted by a student

October 27, 2005
GHHS is, in many respects, a relatively good school. However, as in any school, there are some bad apples. Yes, test scores are somewhat higher than those of most public high schools, but the fact remains that it is still an under-funded government-run propaganda centre.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 14, 2005
Seemed like a very modern school, each room had computers, and tvs. The school has excellent social and academic programs.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2005
This school has great potential. The teachers are hit or miss as far as reaching the students. The students that do the best seem to be the ones whose parents are most involved. As a parent you need to stay tuned into the social environment due to a prevalence of wealthy families and 'spoiled' children - and the attitudes that go along with that. The extra curricular programs are terrific, and highly pushed by the administration. While a very clique school, there is a place for everyone.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2005
I graduated from ghhs in 2002 and loved every moment of my time there. It is an excellent school with exceptional staff that truly care about their students. the community is very supportive, great sports teams and lots of volunteer activities. I loved every year of ghhs and made countless friends in my 4 years there. This school is HIGHLY recommended all everyone!

- submitted by a student

February 20, 2005
Gig Harbor High School consistently produces well rounded graduates who are prepared for the rigors of graduate and post graduate education. It is an excellent educational institution that provides serious students opportunities to pursue educational excellence as well as a diverse array of well-respected ahtletic, artistic, and musical programs.

- submitted by a student

January 09, 2005
Gig Harbor High School has excellent academic programs taught by high quality teachers. The school's principal is fair and works hard to protect the learning environment. The only people I ever hear complain are those with children that misbehave or don't like their children being in an academically challenging environment. I believe Gig Harbor High School is a role model for other schools. I am glad I attended school there, and will be pleased to send my own children there very soon.

- submitted by a student

May 15, 2004
I am a 2000 GHHS graduate as well. I am currently in my 1st year of graduate school. I believe that although GHHS wasn't perfect, it was a wonderful school to get the basics from. I had a lot of opportunities at Gig Harbor, that others do not have at other schools.

- submitted by a student

April 22, 2004
Gig Harbor is the best school in the state. Why? There is no violence, teaching staff is great, and extracurricular activities are great. If your a parent and are unsatisfied with GHHS than try and go to a different school in the district and see how nice it is, trust me you will want to come back.

- submitted by a student

February 05, 2004
I am not a parent. I am an old student of GHHS. I do not feel that the reviews that have been given are a fair representation of the school or its faculty. I am a 2000 grad of GHHS and am scheduled to graduate in 2004 from the U of Wash with a 3.7 GPA in Poli Sci. I had a GPA of 2.5 at GHHS, it was nobody's fault but my own. The skills I learned from this school are what enabled me to succeed in college. I would have to agree that the math department is a little week, but other than that I think the results speak for themselves. Check out the test scores for the entire state. Last time I checked, GHHS scored 14th on the list of all public and private schools in the state. I wouldn't have rather attended school anywhere else. And I can say with confidence that most of the other students and parents feel the same way.

- submitted by a student

October 30, 2003
Principal is a poor leader for our children. Math department is terrible, but strong in english and history through the honors program. Overall, bad environment, over 300 students from the junior and senior grades seek outside education.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
School Principal does not know what to do when it comes to student safety and issues involving diverstiy. Staff is poor at communicating with parents.

- submitted by a parent

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Gig Harbor High School
5101 Rosedale St NW, Gig Harbor, WA  98335
(253) 530-1400
Last modified Gig Harbor 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.
Gig Harbor High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top