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Fife High School

Public | 10-12 | 783 students

 
 

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Posted September 6, 2012

If you're new here it's hard trying to make friends since everybody is in some sort of clique i've seen it happen quite often. some teachers are amazing meanwhile others are biased


Posted June 27, 2012

PROS: -Somewhat welcoming to new students. If you're sitting alone chances are someone will come up to you and invite you over. -Special needs kids aren't bullied. The other kids treat them pretty nicely. -There's not a lot of drug/alcohol/tobacco use, beyond what's normal for kids that age. -Very few fights. Well, chances are there'll be none during the years that any given student attends. -The teachers and staff are nice. CONS: -It's quite true that there are a lot of cliques. But, everyone acts civil so it's okay. -They're really into school spirit. Could be your kind of thing, though. -Not a lot of healthy snack options from the vending machines and cafeteria. -Seating arrangements in the cafeteria are unsatisfactory. -There are few choices for AP classes and other electives. Overall, it's an okay school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Fife High is the best school I have been too. I am a senior this year and I wish I was a Junior again! There is so much that is offered and the staff is amazing! All my teachers show compasion in their job and all they want is the best from you! The teachers help you with whatever they can do and that is what counts. The school is small but it helps make us feel close. Fife is like one big family. I love all the sports and activities that they offer. The school is positive in everyway!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2010

Fife meets the needs of most average students. Those that have special needs are left behind and those that need more challenge don't get enough. Fife has good extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

This is my 4th child to go through Fife High School. Iam proud to say it. The teachers are caring and very helpful. the office personel know the kids well. Our admin is taking great care of our finances so we are not having to cut programs. The classes are back to the 6period schedule which I like and the sports, boys AND girls are great. The football program is amazing and we are very competive in almost all sports. We are a small school which is great and desirable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2009

Fife High School happens to be one of the many schools in Washington State that offer a wide variety of extra curricular activities to appeal to large and expanding cultural base. The teachers are very accommodating when it comes to disadvantages, and the staff works hard every day to ensure that the students are working in an enriched and accepting environment. The athletics department is excellent with a focus not on winning (although the do pretty well in that case) but more on being the best and fulfilling your own goals as a person and a team. The musical departments frequently challenge themselves with new and creative sounds, from the concert choir to the jazz choir and the many bands who proudly get out there to festivals and the like and win many awards. This school goes above and beyond all expectation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2009

Fife is the best school around! The athletics are great, we had a person score a perfect score on the SAT. The school spirit around here is unbelievable, which is probably why we ended up winning the KING 5 most school spirit in Washington state!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2008

Fife is a great school. Many of you are saying that our sports aren't good? Maybe you should check some numbers on that. We're league champions in basically every sport and usually go to state. And also, about some kids not being included, that's not true at all. You don't have to be an athlete or a scholar. There's plenty of other activities, clubs, ASB events, etc. Trust me, I go there! And if you ever doubt our school spirit, just come to cabbage patch!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2008

Hmmm I sense a bit of bitterness surrounding these reviews. Just because an individual couldn't fit in, get good grades, or make a sports team does not validate a negative score. Teacher were very helpful, often volunteering to stay after to help kids. The sports/arts programs were also excellent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2008

This is my first year at Fife High School and I must say that I am very pleased with the school. This is the first time I can actually say that I love going to school. Students and teachers welcomed me with open arms. Fife really cares about its students and its school. I love the school spirit and being able to represent such an awesome school. I've learned so much and I am finally getting good grades with the teachers help. I definatly reccomend Fife High School to everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2008

fife high was once a good school but is now turned downhill for the worse.......i sent my kid there and he has had trouble meeting people. basically if you havent gone there since middle school yuo might as well not go there now. kids are very 'cliqy' and everyone seems to be in there own little world with no regard to what is realistic and not. athletics seem good but in reality the kids and teams are not as good as they precieve themselves to be. enroll your kid here with much caution
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2007

One of the worst school districts in my opinion. The teachers don't help with anything and they just focus on the 'geeks'. The sports are pretty straight forward but they work a little to hard and don't have the numbers and talent to play in a tough league
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2007

This school has an excellent academic program and the teachers at this school are all very passionate about their students. It is a great enviornment to learn in. Though Fife does tend to put a lot more focus on students in ASB, the more popular sports, and students in Jazz Bandd/Choir.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2005

The high school has very caring teachers. It seems that there is more emphasis and caring to the male sports than many other programs. The expense of some of the special programs excludes many children who are economically unable to participate. I believe that the school overall has a wonderful academic program. It has just 4 classes a day, and they are 1 1/2 hours long. It's a long time for a class, and I'm not sure how much learning can happen that last 45 minutes or so of the class......it would be tough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2004

Great school with caring teachers and staff members. Much of what's expected in a private school is avaibale in the Fife SD
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

The kids are seen and evaluated on an individual basis. Lots of teacher involvement as well as community effort and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

My children have all attended this school & now my grandchildren will be attending. For the last ten years this is a school that just keeps getting better & better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

'Everything about this school is awesome! From the challenging curriculum to truly caring teachers, to a sharp young principal that has a geniune love for education and the students
—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.

About these ratings

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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

222 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students82%
Female86%
Male79%
Black82%
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income69%
Not low income91%
Special education24%
Not special education87%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female90%
Male85%
Black82%
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic83%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income77%
Not low income94%
Special education24%
Not special education92%
Limited English36%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
51%
Biology I

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

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
58%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%
Integrated Math I

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

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Integrated Math II

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

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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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
28%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%
Integrated Math I

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

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n/a

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Integrated Math II

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

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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 15% in 2013.

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n/a

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2011

 
 
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Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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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 Students24%
Female20%
Male28%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White30%
Low income17%
Not low income34%
Special education0%
Not special education29%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students67%
Female65%
Male68%
Black55%
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income49%
Not low income79%
Special education12%
Not special education71%
Limited English10%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students73%
Female69%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income60%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited Englishn/a
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 Students31%
Female29%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White41%
Low income28%
Not low income33%
Special educationn/a
Not special education31%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students55%
Female50%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Low income29%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
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 61% 60%
Hispanic 16% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Black 4% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 15%N/A8%
Special education 17%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 238%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 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 72%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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