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1305 168th St East
Spanaway, WA 98387

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(253) 683-5600
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October 06, 2014
This school is pretty great. My son seems really happy here and there are a ton of activities to engage all kids. My only complaint giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is the updating of family access. I don't know how many times I have checked it and it said my son had F's and missing assignments but he didn't (I double checked). It's quite heart stopping to see your A and B student have F's. Take it with a grain of salt or you will have a heart attack. I was worried that the school would be a little rough given the area but so far it's been a great experience. If your moving to the area rest assured that your kiddo could be very happy. 2 weeks into the school year my son fit right in and having a great experience. As a mom simply put; teachers are pretty great, there are a lot of kids, freshmen share lockers (could be a diaster), don't hear a lot about drugs or bullying or gangs, there is some though but it's one of the better area schools.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2014
Although I only went there for about three months into my freshman year, I thought that school was amazing! Before I started highschool I lived in oregon all my life and hated school, I started skipping school and in 8th grade I only went to school for about 30 days out of the whole school year, then I moved to spanaway Washington and was having trouble processing the move and was scared about started school without knowing anyone. The first day I connected with many people and throughout those 3 months I became friends with many different students in many different grades. At many others school you would see different kinds of cliques and seperating and even bullying. But you will not find that at this school. When I went there i was actually editing to go to school, I came to school everyday with a smile on my face. And to find it weird I even went to bed early just to go to school. I went to stright Fs to a 3.5 and actually trying and paying attention to my grades,I became a whole different person. The teachers were amazing, for once In a lifetime I actually felt like someone cared about my future and were very helpful, I loved all of my teachers, I never dreaded going to math .

- submitted by a student

November 20, 2009
Teaching staff realy know how to relate to the student body and I believe that it's the reason why spanaway lake is so successful.

- submitted by a student

November 18, 2009
SLHS is a great school! The student body is wonderfully diverse and has more school spirit than I have seen in any of the other area high schools. The school has little or no problem with violence or gang activity thanks to top notch teachers and staff members! My kids enjoy going to school everyday and a thrilled with all of the class choices. SLHS offers somthing for everyone

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 18, 2009
Spanaway Lake has one of the best choir programs in Washington!

- submitted by a community member

November 10, 2009
In eight years I have taught in three districts and three high schools in completely different parts of the country. In my experience, Bethel School District and Spanaway Lake High School are superb compared with the others.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
October 28, 2009
A wonderful school from top to bottom! The staff is highly committed to student achievement! I give SLHS for highest rating possible!

- submitted by a community member

January 23, 2009
As a former student at SLHS I can say that it was and is an amazing school. The staff and students there are top notch. I loved the place and made a great connection with a lot of the people that I met there. There is something for everyone to do and you are always challenged by the teachers. I loved the school and of the 3 high schools in the district I would rate it the highest.

- submitted by a community member

December 22, 2008
Spanaway Lake is a great school! Lots of great sports and clubs for all interests. I love the diversity and school spirit of all my classmates!

- submitted by a student

December 14, 2008
SLHS has one of the best choir programs in the state, thanks to Mr. Bernard Crouse - SLHS choral director. He has taken his show choir 'The Music Company' all over the country to perform. The music students are given opportunities that are not available in any other school.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2008
The teachers are wonderful. Caring, professional and helpful to students. The school has a great atmosphere and extracurricular activities and programs are fabulous. Great program for advanced students with both honors and advanced placement offered. These classes prepared me for college better than anything else could have. The diversity is a good thing and adds to the thriving environment. Students learn about others and are very openminded.

- submitted by a community member

December 08, 2008
Taking into consideration that SLHS doesn't get the attention it should from the school board & the district administrators, SLHS does very well. It's successes are often ignored by the district. 4 of my kids attended SLHS, and after all that time, I've come to the conclusion SLHS doesn't get the attention is because it's highly diverse, both culturally, and transient (military kids) nature of the student body. In parts of Bethel District, racism is prevalent, but of the 3 high schools in the district, SLHS staff and students are the most tolerant of cultural diversity & the students and staff take care of what's truly important. What galls me is the only time the school board and the administration pays any attention to this part of the district is when a bond measure is coming up - then it's 'look at what we're doing for you.'

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2008
The school has the most spirit and the least gang problems of any school in our district. We all coexist peacefully without any humongous cliche issues. We may have a piece of dung building but the people are the best you could wish for. :3

- submitted by a student

January 07, 2008
SLHS has a program for most everyone . My son complains about the AP Program but alway talks about what he is learning in these classes.With the extracurricular Activities that he is active in and his desire to want to go to school makes this school one of the best in the Area

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2006
SLHS is a wonderfully diverse place, with the most positive atmosphere I've ever seen at a high school. The students and staff are committed to one another. It may not show in the WASL scores, but walking down the halls, in class, at the assemblies and games: this is a school unlike any other. The teachers are young and fun and willing to try new ways of learning. Everything from the magnificent choir program to the football team benefits from positive adult influence. They foster great ideas like an annual Culture Assembly with music/dance performances a fashion walk-off for the different cultures represented at Spanaway Lake. The kids make you jealous that you didn't go to a school this innovative and positive!

- submitted by a teacher

August 14, 2005
I graduated SLHS in 2001. I felt that it was a terrific school, given that it is a public school. I was especially encouraged to hear that they have now added a JROTC program to the extracurricular schedule. The Honors and AP Programs at SLHS are also terrific, and definately prepare students for the college environment.

- submitted by a student

January 15, 2005
As a student at Spanaway Lake High School involved in the AP/honors program I can tell you that our school has definitely been improving the variety of advanced courses to take, for instance we now have AP chemistry and AP American Literature. Which makes our total AP classes count to eight and we also offer honors classes in Biology, Sophomore Communication Arts, and History. I feel completely satisfied with my education at Spanaway Lake, each of my courses have been challenging and beneficial. Another great aspect of my school, are the teachers. The teachers here really care and have gone above and beyond for their students. They are the heart of Spanaway Lake. Finally, the student body is incredible; everyone is open and full of school spirit. If given the choice to attend any other school, I would again choose Spanaway Lake High School. Go Sentinels! -Cherrie S.

- submitted by a student

December 04, 2004
Spanaway Lake High School is a good school about getting information out to us the parents and the school has a wide range of diverse programs. I think it is a good school my oldest daughter goes there and she likes it.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2004
Although the school has many 'flaws' it is still worthy of a good name. Through the years I have been attending SLHS there have been many improvements. The school is getting better and better with every bit of funding it gets. The school has a great amount of spirit and the teachers really do love what they do. Though the building isn't in the best condition the students still learn what they need to learn. More classes are being added each semester and the school's policies on discipline are justified.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2004
Although I am not a parent, I believe that I have a right to say something. After all, who would knows the school better than a student who attends it? I admit that our school may not have the most appealing appearance but like someone said, 'Appearance isn't everything.' The thing that counts is that students interact with each other and that most everyone makes an effort to be friendly. I've heard numerous times that our school has one of the friendiest school atmosphere around. Every year that I have been there, the school is slowly expanding its curriculum selection. As of now, we have at least one AP course offered in every grade, not to mention the variety of honor classes available to all. So before anyone else can say anything, just remember that no school is perfect but there's always room to improve and that's what we're doing.

- submitted by a student
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April 05, 2004
The administration was way out of line when it took a student out of a class for not reciting 'under god' during the pledge. Sounds like they didn't like someone who actually thinks for themselves. And he did it in public. Tsk. This shows that there is really no choice for students but to recite what they are told to or face pressure or even punishment.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2004
I think that SLHS is a great school for the most part the students are nice and outgoing and all around nice people and so are the teachers. Granted the school needs some work like cleaning up the ceilings and stuff but I think what makes a school great isn't the appearance but the people in it. We have more school spirit then anyone.

- submitted by a student

September 27, 2003
The classes/courses they offer are EXTREMELY limited. They only have 1 AP math class, 3 AP history classes, and nothing else! They have hardly any money as a result students are forced to pay hundred's of dollars to simply be involved in clubs and sports, class sizes are HUGE, cafeteria is immensely overcrowded, parking is horrible, tiles are falling down in many classes. it is a horrible school

- submitted by a community member
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Spanaway Lake High School
1305 168th St East, Spanaway, WA  98387
(253) 683-5600
Last modified Spanaway Lake High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Spanaway Lake High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top