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9-12
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Langley, WA
Students enrolled: 527

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5675 South Maxwelton
Langley, WA 98260

(360) 221-4300
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March 01, 2013
South Whidbey High school is the perfect small town American school. I have had two daughters in this high school, and one is off at Harvard in her third year. Small schools thrive on accountability which becomes a tremendous asset to both academics and to social health. The staff and teachers have provided excellent teaching and resources during challenging economic times. The athletic and extracurricular programs are great. Thank you SWHS!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
The four period day at SWHS, along with shrinking enrollment, has made scheduling a nightmare--especially if your student is in band. One "extra" class as an underclassman, and your child will have to give up chemistry, physics, additional foreign language, or band (for example) as a junior or senior--or pay to take a class online. At the same time, registration requires students select six alternatives! If your student gets a class s/he didn't really want or need, s/he is stuck. "You signed up for it!" the counselor will say. Hmm. Choir is now an after school club. Spanish is the only world language offered. The classes of 2015 and 2016 are required to take two years of world language. The four period day makes it difficult for students to do Running Start or internships during the school day. Some graduates DO end up going to Ivy League schools, but many others don't test into college level math at the community college.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
SWHS is a great school. Athletics have been good, some years great. Academics are good and you can get a great education if you choose the right teachers, which is the same in any school. Many of our AP teachers and classes out perform private schools across the state. There are many ways to be involved in the school and community and the blame cannot be put on the school if a student chooses not to be involved. You get out of the school what you put into, if you want a great education there are the tools necessary to achieve one.

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2010
The review submitted October 12, 2007 hit it right on the head, but it's worse now. We've had 4 kids go through SWHS, and I have wished many times that we could have moved and/or sent them to decent schools on the mainland, but could not manage it. Band, AP classes and Running Start have been the only saving graces. I know there are teachers at SWHS who care, but the kids are not getting a good education (see "board" student reviewing 5/11/10). I was amazed to find that the kids are routinely given photocopied novels in English, and yet the teachers have new electronic blackboard setups this year. What??? When Our first child started kindergarten in 1990, there were so many more families with children on the island. Now, enrollment is so far down, schools are closing. Weekenders and vacation home owners are more and more plentiful. This is no place for kids anymore, and SWHS does not prepare students for the world after high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
South Whidbey has an unsatisfactory approach to 'higher' learning. I have attended a few high schools and found that SWHS lacks academically challenging courses. During my time here I have been extremely board in my academic career. I f you are looking for a school for its art department you choose right, but not for academics. Two programs that this school has going for it are its football program(single A), and its high school fire fighting.

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September 07, 2009
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November 30, 2008
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May 30, 2008
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February 20, 2008
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no rating January 25, 2008
The academic program is outstanding and the people are all friendly and wonderfully competitive.

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January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2007
I am a senior at this high school and I love it. It's academically challenging, is full of excellent teachers, and is part of an amazing community. It was given a National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence by the US Department of Education (one of 300 schools nation wide to earn this honor). It is number 1 in the state for its size. It has an excellent arts program, athletics are usually pretty good (with football finishing 2nd in Conference and 12th in state), and there are many great extracurriculars. So maybe textbooks aren't in great shape, who says that text books are the best way for kids to learn? We are living in an evermore paperless world, and I for one think it's better that teachers are opting not to use textbooks because it means that they spend their class time teaching and not simply having their kids read.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2007
I have a student attending this school. Declining enrollment and high administrative turnover are taking a toll on the quality of education, communication, technology available. This area has gone from family friendly to mainly retirement and vacation. While I find the environment to be safe for my child and the overall attitude of the students to be very welcoming and kind, I am not happy with being in the middle of a district in transition. The band program is great. My child isn't in band. Too bad for us. The textbook situation is so bad many teachers opt not to use them at all. Most parts of the website haven't been updated in years. The only of my child's teachers to post online grades and comments is the PE teacher. I am not sure we will stick around this district long enough to send our second child to this high

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
I have a student attending SWHS right now and another that will start there next year. My overall impression is that it's a decent school, however the text books need serious updating and enough for each class would be wonderful. I appreciate the teachers that keep their online grade books updated so that I can keep track of what my kids are and aren't doing but so few of them keep them current. The teachers have been very willing to meet with me when I have concerns about my daughter's progress. They do what is necessary to help my daughter stay on track or get back on track if she's having problems.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
Very high quality if selective...but best to see counselors to assure good placement and to get good support and guidance...there is good babysitting available also for those not interested in learning... the school is known for its art programs and phenomenal teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
I think this school is kind of bad in quality. Its arts/music/drama program is ok though. Choir class, and band are great!

- submitted by a student
December 21, 2005
Best non private school in the state. I have never felt more cared aboved or loved by these teachers. They are honestly motivaded by helping students succeed in education but more importantly life, school was above states average in test scores. Great sports and club coaches. Never could see myself be anything other then a falcon.

- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2005
The best group of people on the planet. Having attended Lynnwood HS in the 80's, I just wish I had attended SWHS. Maybe I would have actually learned something (the way that my kids are now)!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
I'm a student there now and it's a pretty good school. Most of the teachers care about the students and there are a lot of clubs and sports opportunities.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2004
I am a former student. I think South Whidbey High School was a decent school with most of the teachers actually caring about the students abilities and understanding. The books supply could have used some updating and a few more books, enough for a class would have been nice. The lunch choices were various and, for once, actually consisted of healthy choices in addition to the normal junk food. The only bad thing about South Whidbey was that there is almost no diversity at all, especially among the administration and teachers. This is not really a fault of the school, no tricky lines were drawn around all white communities or anything, there just aren't anything but white people on Whidbey Island.

- submitted by a former student
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South Whidbey High School
5675 South Maxwelton, Langley, WA  98260
(360) 221-4300
Last modified South Whidbey High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Whidbey High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top