Again, it really depends on what teachers you have. For the most part, if you show up on time and do your work the teachers are nice and will usually be fairly lenient on extending deadlines or making up absences, but if you're being disrespectful (like having your phone out during class, always showing up late, or disrupting class) they're not going to go the extra mile for you. All of the teachers I had expected you to show up prepared to learn; if you didn't do what you were supposed to, they weren't mean to you but they also didn't give you a bunch of second chances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!