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Chief Sealth High School

Public | 10-12 | 1074 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted June 4, 2014

Since the new principal at Sealth started just this year, everything has been going downhill. Not only are students looked down upon but the teachers are as well. The administration now has no respect for their students and don't take the opinions of the students and staff into consideration whatsoever. Although the administration is sub par, the teachers are wonderful and extremely great at what they do. With that said, I still believe the authority of the administration outweigh the good of the teachers. I find it sad to see Chief Sealth's great teachers under the horrid rein of the new administration who seem to only care about what they think is right. I haven't once seen the principal interact with any of her students, other than telling girls their outfits are inappropriate or boys to pull their pants up. I look forward to if/when this principal begins to understand her duty as a principal is one who doesn't just scold kids for the bad, but to encourage them for the good. I'm so sorry if you ever have to go to this school in the future -- it will not be a pleasant experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2014

This school has the worst principal in the district. She is new to the school this year. Has a top down only management style and has no respect for some great long term teachers and support staff. She talks to no one. Staff moral is at an all time low. Teachers and support staff are leaving and going elsewhere. I have observed this school over the past 20 years. This is it's worst time ever.


Posted February 15, 2014

This probably one of the worst high schools in Seattle. There's has been many bullying cases. Students do not feel safe. It is a crime to be smart, to want to thrive. Students will get beaten for being a 'nerd'. The teachers, frankly, have given up on all students because the students don't care anymore. This school gives students a reason for depression and I won't even say what depression leads up to. Do not send your child to this school. It may have been good in the past but as of 2011 and beyond, stay clear.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2010

I feel very fortunate to have chosen Chief Sealth International High school, where I am soon to be a senior (c/o 2011). The teachers and staff are extremely helpful and quick to accommodate special needs. Other students are friendly. In regards to the "reputation" it has received from students enrolled in other schools and middle school students looking at high schools is almost completely unfounded and undeserved. This school is extremely diverse and safe, no matter what people continue to say. The IB (international baccalaureate) program is challenging and yet informative. Another bonus is the two academies offered by the school, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, as well as the Academy of Finance. Other notable programs include Proyecto Saber, Global Leadership/Global Visionaries exchange program, and the school now houses the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington Education Center. I love Chief Sealth International High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2010

Our family feels incredibly fortunate to have our children at Chief Sealth. Our children have had an outstanding experience academicaly, socially, musically. The students are friendly, the staff and principal are outstanding, and our kids are challenged and engaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Our school has the most amazing students--polite, smart, and globally aware. They rock!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

the Staff and students do a great job of welcoming all families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

World-class instruction and academics through the International Baccalaureate program! A culture of respect and inclusiveness that permeates the entire school community: hallways, sports, clubs, cafeteria, etc.! Faculty and staff who genuinely love kids and do all they can to support them! Leadership focused on how to meet students' needs effectively and efficiently! LOVE THIS SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

Caring teachers, great principal, diversity of all types and the IB program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Sealth has amazing students, faculty and parents. We are one of the most diverse schools in Seattle. Moreover, we celebrate that diversity in toughtful relevant ways every day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 6, 2009

There are so many great things to say about Sealth...the wonderfully diverse students, the dynamic staff, the dedicated PTSA...the list goes on! Overall, it's a fantastic school!


Posted October 6, 2009

Chief Sealth High School has a beautifully diverse student population that is civically, creatively & academically engaged. These are mindful young people with a committed, supportive staff who value community.


Posted October 3, 2009

Our school has, probably, the most diverse student population in the state of Washington. We have the most amazing teachers that students get to work with throughout four years of their high school career! Our academic program with the International Baccalaureate and Running Start makes it all the better, plus our countless, various activities and classes that are offered to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

I honestly dont think this school was the best choice i could've chosen. Garfield has way more clubs and at sealth the remodeled school already has grafitti on it! Go garfield, my sister loved it there. But then again it's very diverse at sealth.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2007

This school has the most diverse student bodies in all of Seattle. This school also has the reputation of a better music program then the other schools in the neighborhood. With IB added to the curriculum this school rises to the top with the opportunities it gives its students. I am very happy I sent my child here and my daughter is delighted with her choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2004

As a parent and teacher whose children are enrolled students at Chief Sealth High School, I am very satisfied with the school. Being new to the community we were pleasantly welcomed to the school by the staff. I felt a genuine caring and interest by the staff towards my children. I was contacted several times by the school counselor who called to check and make sure all our needs were met and if we had any questions or concerns. My children were encouraged to participate in honors classes, clubs, sports and other positive opportunities. Overall, our experiences with this school have been positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2004

Chief Sealth High School is a wonderful small community where students can explore a wide range of experience including a close relationship with South Seattle Community College's running start program and MESA. We love being part of this community! My son is very happy taking classes at high school and at SSCC - he is well supported at both schools. If you are considering high schools or colleges, just call Chief Sealth or SSCC and everyone there will blow you away with how helpful and friendly they are.
—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.

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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

175 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

262 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
Black71%
Asian93%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income72%
Not low income93%
Special education49%
Not special education85%
Limited English34%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Female82%
Male66%
Black63%
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income64%
Not low income87%
Special education53%
Not special education76%
Limited English29%
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

Algebra I

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

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
21%
Biology I

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

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
49%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Integrated Math II

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
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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 19% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
9%
Biology I

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

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
84%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
42%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Integrated Math II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

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

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
71%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
50%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/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.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students15%
Female19%
Male10%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income15%
Not low incomen/a
Special education14%
Not special education15%
Limited English8%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students65%
Female65%
Male65%
Black53%
Asian69%
Asian/Pacific Islander66%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income57%
Not low income76%
Special education67%
Not special education64%
Limited English23%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students62%
Female60%
Male64%
Black58%
Asian59%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income56%
Not low income75%
Special education79%
Not special education61%
Limited English26%
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 Students21%
Female24%
Male19%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income22%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education21%
Limited English8%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students43%
Femalen/a
Male35%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White55%
Low income31%
Not low income60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education43%
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students36%
Female36%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low income44%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education40%
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 Students33%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income40%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education33%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 32% 60%
Black 24% 5%
Hispanic 21% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 7%
Two or more races 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 114%N/A8%
Special education 113%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 257%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 19N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Seattle, WA 98106
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