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- a community member
Holy cow. Graduation for 2015 was a joke. Could the principal come off as a bigger narcissist? There was definitely favoritism that was on full display during the ceremony and I can see why so many students struggled this year. Not to mention using some of the students as a display of this school's (lack of) diversity was just icing on the cake. I'll definitely make sure my son isn't used as a show dog for graduation 2020. We'll be moving to a different area or requesting a variance. Ridiculous.



- a parent
Outstanding climate and culture. Devoted staff. Admin friendly and purposeful. I had two kids graduate from THS. Committed to a cycle of improvement. Athletics and activities first class.




- a parent
My daughter LOVES her teachers at this school but she says the mentality of the other students is bizarre. This area is fairly "run down" and there's a lot of discrepancy between socioeconomic groups. My daughter's complaints are the students in this area come off as very conservative, close-minded, and extremely misogynistic. Tumwater HS teachers are amazing so if your kiddo is strong enough to ignore his/her peers, Tumwater HS is great. It's just unfortunate they got rid of their Japanese language program (which is one of the reasons we had moved to the area).



- a parent
Wow - my child is only in the 4th grade, but there appears to be some concerning issues that need to be addressed. I hope the administration is paying attention to this feedback! P.S. I had to 'rate' this school just to get my review posted.



- a student
I really hate this school. The academics are great and all, but the environment sucks! People are mean, and cruel to one another, people call each other gay, and they threaten each other, it's full of cruel people who just hate everyone. If you are anything below "popular" then you get picked on. DO NOT GO HERE!!!!




- a student
If this was just based on academics and athletics, I would rate the school a 5/5. The teachers genuinely care for the students and are usually available outside of class time. The Honors and Accelerated teachers are particularly talented. All of the athletic coaches are great. I've participated in soccer and cross country. Both of the sports had a positive impact (soccer not as much) on the students involved. We aren't the best team in the district, but we definitely have strong school spirit. The reason I gave this a 3/5 is because the social environment is pretty hostile considering how great everything else is. If you are a quiet and shy person then you will automatically be excluded from higher social classes (which it's like with most high schools). What sets this apart from most high schools is, as an other student already stated, the lack of diversity is appalling. If you don't fit in as a "jock", jokester, or try-hard (someone who does everything perfectly) then you're automatically excluded from most groups. Almost all the students are Republican Christians, which makes it hard for LGBT students. There is a lot of hate from the students you would least expect.



- a student
Tumwater High School is filled with many strong and talented teachers that make sure that their students understand the material. A few exceptions here and there, but overall any average or hardworking student should be able to graduate with a adequate grasp of the material they have learned over the past four years. Another great policy implemented in 2009 was CORE/FLEX. This policy forces students with any grades below a "C" to use a 30-minute passing period to catch up on their homework. On the surface, it sounds harsh, but with it Tumwater has effectively decreased the number of failing students. However, a crippling flaw of Tumwater is its lack of diversity, both ethnically and spiritually. There a very few minorities here, and almost everyone is a Christian. The political environment is very conservative. The school (or district) doesn't seem to know its priorities when it comes to spending money, as the Performing Arts Center is, quite frankly, pathetic. The indoor theater itself makes the school look underfunded. The majority of the computers found here are frustratingly slow, and clearly need to be replaced. Aesthetically, Tumwater High School looks very aged.



- a parent
We are new to the public school system having home schooled most of the kids school life. Kids are 10th and 11th graders. We are a military family and live on base and selected THS and attend as "out of district". THS is a pleasant atmosphere for learning and the kids are excelling. They have good academics. The kids are in AP classes and honors. A really rigorous schedule. They also participate in Choir, and drama, which are excellent performances. I'm very pleased about THS. BTW, THS are the State Champs in AA Football. Hoorah!




- a student
I am shocked to see all of the negative posts on here! I graduated spring of 2010 and was very happy with the school. I was new my freshman year and it was not hard at all to make friends. If you are shy play a fall sport to meet people. The administration was great, most of the teachers were also good. NOT a lot of drugs (compared to other schools in the area). Great school.



- a student
this school is worse than black hills so if you get into high school and you want your kids to go to tumwater dont because it is not a good school and it is full of drugs and stuff and a very bad place to go lots of bad people (go to black hills)

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Last modified Tumwater High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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