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Sammamish, WA
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1122 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075

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(425) 837-7700
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October 23, 2013
Had to reply, as it seems a lot of the information is old on this website. Skyline does have many students who come from an upper-middle class family. They also have many who do not. But there are also many kids who have great hearts, irregardless of their financial circumstances. This is not a school where students can easily "slide by," and budget cuts have limited some of the variety of curriculum. One of the biggest complaints from my student was requiring so much PE credits even for students who have a school sport. I think they may be "preaching to the choir" here. But that is a district, versus a school decision and I am not sure serves the students well when it prevents them from taking other career-exploration electives that they could take. Principal Hechtman truly cares for all of her students...no complaints there at all!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I am former graduate of skyline high school and can say that it s a miserable place if you don t fit in. It all depends on who you are, where you re from, and how much money you have. The students have a really nasty attitude towards minorities as well. I used to be in sports and the team members really didn t support each other as a team and even excluded some of their minority members. It s not a very diverse school unless whites and Asians are diverse enough for you. I would not recommend this school to anyone who is not white or Asian. I guarantee you won t make many or no friends at all. The environment is a hostile one as well. The students are very cliquish and they do all kinds of nasty things to each other. The environment is very competitive for a high school and there is a lot of pressure to fit in with the kids who are rich. As a minority with a disability I am not satisfied with the students or teachers.

- submitted by a community member
July 27, 2012
This school is great if your student is a star athlete or Ivy League bound. If your student does not fit into this category look at Issaquah or Liberty High. The teachers and attitude are better than at Skyline.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
Very rigorous courses. Way too much emphasis put on athletics to the detriment of other programs. As a parent, be prepared to be your child's only advocate is this is a large and impersonal school. Very cliquey and very spoiled kids. Your child will do well here if they are either very gifted academically and can tolerate the nasty kids or talented athletically. Please do not use my email.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
As I parent I am distressed to see the lack of fun and joyfulness in the students eyes, though it could be the lack of sleep they get. I think parents perhaps have set too great of expectations for our children and the students in turn feel a sense of competitiveness that doesn't allow for good friendships or the enjoyment of school in an atmosphere of brotherhood and sisterhood. The kids appear competitive, unsharing and unhelpful toward each other, even to the point of guarding their friendships from others. In this environment we will possibly have smart kids, yes, but quite possibly they will fail to learn the qualities that make them decent human beings. My child feels there are very few genuinely friendly students at SHS. It's such a shame. Please don't use my email address.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
If you don't have money and I mean lots of Money your kid will not fit into the Peer groups here. I finally had to transfer my child to another high shool because of it. The kids compete socially by seeing who can drive the most expensive car to school. My child saw a lot of drug usage as well. The athletes are put on a pedestal at this school and are allowed to slide through classes academically. If you care about your kid and are middle income send them elsewhere Like I did.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
I am a junior at Washington State this year, and i did not feel prepared for college. Instead, I felt left behind when I attended Skyline. Students can brag about their school all they want, but this is one that I would never send my children to. I hope that Skyline will turn for the better in the future, but I dont see that happening.

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2011
Skyline lacks key qualities to make it even a fraction enjoyable. The other students are terrible. They know that their parents make triple what any teacher there makes so they feel superior, and the teachers unfortunately accept that. On to the topic of teachers. As a sophomore I have had only 1 teacher in the past 2 years that have cared about the students, and really care about their jobs. The classes , are designed for college level students. I would consider myself an average student, not that smart, but definitely not dumb. I could say truthfully that I struggle in every class that I am in. Now, skyline prides itself in being a "challenging" school, but for me to be STRUGGLING in every class, is completely unacceptable. The athletics are all based around football, which is quite frustrating coming from a volleyball player. The football players are also put on a pedestal and their academic infractions are almost always overlooked. My point here is not to vent about my teenage issues as a high schooler, but to bring up serious problems that are very present everyday in the halls, and classrooms of skyline high school.

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2010
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- submitted by a student
June 05, 2009
As I student I can honestly say Skyline is a stressful place to be. I am currently a Junior (only 8 more days!) and this has been the hardest year for me. The teachers varry from exceptional to poor depending on the subject. Though the school is difficult I do feel it will pre-pair me for college. My older sister, who is attending UW currently as a junior, said Skyline is harder than college. If you are willing to stick it out, the reward is worth it.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2008
Skyline is awesome. Some of these reviews say that the teachers are bad, and the classes are too hard, or that the students are mean but its not true. There is a great variety in rigour of classes and the staff is mostly good. Also the students get a bad reputation from these few that have reviewed the school

- submitted by a student
no rating November 20, 2008
Skyline is a great school! We moved to the area from the east and were in one of the top school districts in our area with small class sizes and have found this school to be fantastic with a great learning culture. Our child is in the IB program which is rigorous program and is thriving in it. The school also offers top knotch athletics. Great and caring teachers. A+

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
It is a great school. The teachers are there to help you. There are flaws though. I think that sports play to much of a part in it. The kids are rude and cruel. They are rich and expect things to be served to them on a silver platter. I think that it is not the schools fault though, it is the parents. There are still some good kids though. There are good music programs and other things you can join. It is challenging but later you will be greatful for it.

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2008
Skyline High School is extremly challenging and is horrible for the average student. I would only reccomend it to students who think the average school is too easy and wants more of a challenge. The only thing I like about Skyline is the football program. Alot of the students are very rude to teachers and their other students. As a student of Skyline, I would not recomend this school to other students.

- submitted by a student
May 06, 2007
Much of this info is old. Skyline NOW in our exp (06 grad & a jr):SHS's had public problems in admin over past 3-4 yrs. Suffers from poor culture that must be addressed top down. It is an adversarial one, not a collaborative one. Yes there are some wonderful teachers, but it's 80/20 rule. Setting bar high is good; realistic support structures to achieve that is what's lacking.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
I think this school is an extremely challenging and harsh environment. Many of the students are disrespectful and I don't think there are that many good teachers on staff. A lot of the kids are stressed out and not happy. Great advanced orchestra program, but lack of AP classes is definitely a huge downfall.

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2006
I enjoy the vary of classes besides the lack of Art programs. Over all in a parents view Skyline is a great school but in my eyes it is not the best environment for some students.

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2006
As a graduate of Skyline High School, I would NOT reccomend it. The school itself is good and the teachers are fine but the students are not nice to put it lightly. The curriculm is very challenging average students do not do well. I was in the IB program which was very hard, 3+ hours of homework a night and my friends and I would often study all night long for the tests. Many of the good teachers leave because the parents can be so demanding and the students can be disrespectful.

- submitted by a former student
March 21, 2006
Great school, nice facilities. High faculty turnover in initial years, but has stabilized and established itself as leader in KC.

- submitted by a former student
March 08, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
January 04, 2006
Skyline High School is a very challenging school, almost too challenging. A lot of the teachers don't have good realationships with us. I've had very few good teachers that I learned a lot from. It is a horrbile atmosphere for a lot of the students. Most of the students are judgemental and cruel.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2005
Skyline is a great school. There are absolutely no safety issues and teachers are great. It is a challenging and rewarding school.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 06, 2005
The classes are all really rigorous and most students do fairly well on standardized tests. Skyline also offers the IB program which is actually more challenging than AP and there is a diploms if a student meets all requirements. Skyline also has the best theater program in the area with many students coming through NEVAC to take advantage of it. The sports at the school are also thriving, with the varsity football team just barely losing the state championship in their first season in 4A.

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2005
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March 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 24, 2005
Skyline High School is great. It is 100% safe and the academics are very good. Its athletics and academics are top 5 in the state. The teachers and staff are the best and very kind. They help with any needs. My son and daughter graduated Skyline in 2001. They got accepted into Yale, MIT, and Harvard. The IB Diploma looked great on their transcript. They saved me money on one whole year of college. Now they graduate with majors in Chemistry and Biology (Double major).

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2004
As a top performng junior student at Skyline, I just want to share an insider perspective of our school. I think it is fair enough that I give my own opinion of Skyline. I am probably in a better position than most parents. It is very important that some parents should start getting a grip of themselves and stop accusing Skyline of being at fault in their children's low performance in school. It is always easy to put a blame on the school. Doing well in school can be traced to a nurturing home with responsible parents. We go to school to learn. Our personalities, values, and character are developed in our own homes, and not in school. If we have a very good foundation at home, where we are taught how to work hard, we shouldn't have problems doing well in school. In junior class, it is sad that a lot of students don't have the kind of home I have, where my parents know what their priorities are. I don't think there is any other way to explain it. Skyline is not for the faint hearted. Skyline is a school of heroes. If your kids adore super charged education and extreme challenges, Skyline is for them.

- submitted by a student
September 14, 2004
I think Skyline offers the kind of education that prepares students for selective colleges. I understand how tough it is for a lot of students trying to cope with the rigors of the school work. I heard all about it. The regular course program is a 'killer'. My son got into MIT. Skyline played a huge part to it. There are schools in the Issaquah school district where students have the option of transfering.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
I graduated from Stanford. I am grateful to Skyline for the tough preparation they gave me. If it weren't for Skyline, I don't think I'd have the confidence to go through the dizzying challenges at Stanford. A diploma from Skyline will get you to any top school.

- submitted by a former student
August 31, 2004
Skyline is not for everyone. The regular courses offered at Skyline are considered college level classes and provide more than enough challenges to any student. If students want more challenge, they can take IB courses. Having IB courses on the transcript are very highly sought after by top colleges around the country. Thanks to Skyline, my daughter got accepted at Harvard.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
Excellent school if you have a high achieving student. Our daughter earned a 4.0 her first year of college at Michigan. Has gone back to Skyline administration to thank them for teaching good study habits. She hopes to be a doctor in 7 years and attributes her success to Skyline High School.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
We are new to Skyline HIgh School this year and have found that even though the school claims to have an intrest in every student it is just not true. My child has problems understanding his math teacher (teachers language) has voiced his concern and yet issue has not been addressed. It spends so much time on stressing sports (football) what about other activities? How can they claim to be the one of the best in the state when present and past students can't wait to get out of there? Let Skyline High School's administratrs ask the tough questions ask students for the truth, let them look at themselves? What are they doing wrong? They have problems and refuse to address them.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 28, 2003
Skyline is a very good school. It is one of the best in the state, however the students are required to think a lot and it's very challanging. Skyline is highy involved with sports and academics. Football is very big at school and so is learning. It's quite crowded however I do highly recommend that you take a close look.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2003
Skyline is a great school- disciplined, challenging, and exciting for the students as they are constantly involved in and informed of extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2003
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Skyline High School
1122 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA  98075
(425) 837-7700
Last modified Skyline High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Skyline High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top