Ballard High School

Summary:

Ballard High School is a public high school in Seattle, Washington, serving 1,590 students in grades 9-12. It consistently outperforms the Seattle School District and the state of Washington in academic assessments, with 89.63% of 10th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 70.98% proficient or better in Math, compared to lower district and state averages.

Ballard High School boasts a diverse student population, with 72.01% White, 7.86% Hispanic, 4.47% Asian, and 10.57% two or more races. The school's racial diversity is higher than many nearby schools, and it excels in the performance of various student subgroups, ranking 2nd out of 78 Washington high schools for African American students, 6th out of 249 for Hispanic students, and 10th out of 166 for multi-racial students. Ballard High School's four-year graduation rate of 92.8% is significantly higher than the district and state averages.

While Ballard High School's academic performance and graduation rates are significantly higher than those of some nearby schools, such as Interagency Detention School and Seattle World School, it is comparable to other high-performing schools in the area, such as Lincoln High School and The Center School. Ballard High School's consistent high performance and diverse student population make it a standout institution in the Seattle School District.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1418 NW 65 St
       Seattle, WA  98117-5237


(206) 252-1000

District: Seattle School District No. 1

SchoolDigger Rank:
48th of 442 Washington High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,321 Help


Feeder schools for Ballard High School:

Elementary:    Adams Elementary School
    Catharine Blaine K-8 School
    Lawton Elementary School
    Loyal Heights Elementary School
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Middle:    McClure Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  21.0 Help
Number of students:  1,590

Racial breakdown:

White:
72.0%
Two or more races:
10.6%
Hispanic:
7.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  12% Help


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Compare Details Ballard High School ranks better than 89.1% of high schools in Washington. It also ranks 5th among 15 ranked high schools in the Seattle School District No. 1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 86.24. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Ballard High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (72%), two or more races (10.6%), Hispanic (7.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 12% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ballard High School is 21. 13 high schools in the Seattle School District No. 1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ballard High School is $18,321. 16 high schools in the Seattle School District No. 1 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ballard High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ballard High School 48th of 442 Washington public high schools. (See Ballard High School in the ranking list.)

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Seattle School District No. 1:

SchoolDigger ranks Seattle School District No. 1 42nd of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ballard High School

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Rank History for all students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 69.82 106th 390 72.8%
2005 71.08 108th 394 72.6%
2006 79.89 61st 395 84.6%
2007 76.38 79th 399 80.2%
2008 80.70 49th 396 87.6%
2009 74.98 85th 402 78.9%
2010 81.45 56th 423 86.8%
2011 71.35 57th 440 87.0%
2012 68.17 96th 450 78.7%
2013 76.87 41st 454 91.0%
2016 62.09 122nd 306 60.1%
2017 76.27 59th 301 80.4%
2018 87.63 19th 315 94.0%
2019 93.02 18th 417 95.7%
2021 91.25 26th 455 94.3%
2022 94.99 17th 434 96.1%
2023 86.24 48th 442 89.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.32 22nd 91 75.8%
2019 91.16 9th 163 94.5%
2021 74.99 35th 195 82.1%
2022 96.63 2nd 179 98.9%
2023 91.84 10th 166 94.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.14 4th 65 93.8%
2019 57.63 25th 69 63.8%
2022 71.62 11th 70 84.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.18 6th 139 95.7%
2019 77.32 19th 128 85.2%
2021 75.43 24th 212 88.7%
2022 86.46 8th 130 93.8%
2023 98.05 3rd 110 97.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.46 56th 227 75.3%
2019 66.11 92nd 344 73.3%
2021 50.00 173rd 392 55.9%
2022 90.83 18th 370 95.1%
2023 75.10 53rd 362 85.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.89 12th 243 95.1%
2019 93.07 14th 358 96.1%
2021 89.43 27th 390 93.1%
2022 95.93 8th 368 97.8%
2023 90.36 26th 357 92.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.58 22nd 254 91.3%
2019 92.71 17th 355 95.2%
2021 91.58 19th 395 95.2%
2022 96.75 6th 363 98.3%
2023 82.09 51st 358 85.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.89 35th 87 59.8%
2019 46.58 67th 121 44.6%
2021 66.50 45th 136 66.9%
2022 84.49 23rd 124 81.5%
2023 48.84 60th 118 49.2%
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Rank History for African American students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 34.15 58th 86 32.6%
2021 72.47 21st 111 81.1%
2022 75.95 14th 89 84.3%
2023 93.58 2nd 78 97.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.33 11th 156 92.9%
2019 90.59 17th 241 92.9%
2021 79.43 31st 278 88.8%
2022 89.71 20th 261 92.3%
2023 96.97 6th 249 97.6%
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Rank History for White students at Ballard High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.87 17th 222 92.3%
2019 92.63 10th 382 97.4%
2021 90.63 19th 413 95.4%
2022 92.42 16th 390 95.9%
2023 79.38 59th 379 84.4%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Ballard High School Test Scores
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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Ballard High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 859 122 326 58 62 n/a n/a 0 1427
1989 736 105 329 62 55 n/a n/a 0 1287
1990 621 106 313 82 59 n/a n/a 0 1181
1991 594 179 314 105 77 n/a n/a 0 1269
1992 626 170 304 96 60 n/a n/a 0 1256
1993 593 151 305 107 67 n/a n/a 0 1223
1994 648 168 290 114 55 n/a n/a 0 1275
1995 650 140 208 105 41 n/a n/a 0 1144
1996 650 140 208 105 41 n/a n/a 0 1144
1997 640 150 177 118 35 n/a n/a 0 1120
1998 641 145 170 100 40 n/a n/a 0 1096
1999 667 129 163 114 47 n/a n/a 0 1120
2000 803 134 216 127 58 n/a n/a 0 1338
2001 873 155 247 160 67 n/a n/a 0 1502
2002 957 154 274 179 46 n/a n/a 0 1610
2003 957 154 274 179 46 n/a n/a 0 1610
2004 973 154 273 191 37 n/a n/a 0 1628
2005 1013 127 249 194 37 n/a n/a 0 1620
2006 1041 151 238 196 46 n/a n/a 0 1672
2007 1047 120 249 202 50 n/a n/a 0 1668
2008 1068 125 213 194 49 n/a n/a 0 1649
2009 1066 129 212 188 45 n/a n/a 0 1640
2010 1097 127 187 175 46 n/a n/a 0 1632
2011 1079 116 180 163 45 9 14 0 1606
2012 1106 85 176 179 25 5 67 0 1643
2013 1104 84 161 180 19 2 70 0 1620
2014 1105 78 129 151 18 2 75 0 1558
2015 1199 75 117 172 18 6 82 0 1669
2016 1232 72 107 165 22 3 95 0 1696
2017 1381 56 115 175 18 1 106 0 1852
2018 1442 53 129 173 13 3 117 0 1930
2019 1502 57 131 165 8 4 148 0 2015
2020 1376 43 118 144 5 3 149 4 1842
2021 1287 46 97 142 4 6 164 9 1755
2022 1209 47 83 136 6 6 174 20 1681
2023 1145 38 71 125 6 7 168 30 1590

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ballard High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1427 69.0 20.6 0
1989 1287 60.0 21.4 n/a
1990 1181 54.6 21.6 0
1991 1269 51.0 24.8 n/a
1992 1256 59.9 20.9 n/a
1993 1223 57.1 21.4 n/a
1994 1275 54.4 23.4 n/a
1995 1144 57.6 19.9 n/a
1996 1144 57.6 19.9 n/a
1997 1120 52.9 21.2 n/a
1998 1096 49.4 22.2 n/a
1999 1120 50.3 22.3 n/a
2000 1338 60.4 22.2 n/a
2001 1502 68.5 21.9 n/a
2002 1610 80.1 20.1 22.8
2003 1610 80.1 20.1 22.8
2004 1628 76.0 21.4 21.9
2005 1620 76.1 21.3 21.7
2006 1672 77.7 21.5 22.1
2007 1668 78.1 21.4 22.4
2008 1649 78.1 21.1 23.3
2009 1640 78.1 21.0 24.4
2010 1632 78.6 20.7 24.1
2011 1606 76.0 21.1 22
2012 1643 75.6 21.7 21.7
2013 1620 77.8 20.8 20.2
2014 1558 n/a n/a 19.9
2015 1669 79.0 21.1 15.6
2016 1696 80.0 21.2 13.1
2017 1852 82.6 22.4 12.9
2018 1930 87.8 21.9 11.3
2019 2015 96.4 20.8 9.9
2020 1842 84.6 21.7 8.5
2021 1755 81.8 21.4 8.3
2022 1681 76.8 21.8 8.7
2023 1590 75.5 21.0 12

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Ballard High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1427 69.0 20.6 0
1989 1287 60.0 21.4 n/a
1990 1181 54.6 21.6 0
1991 1269 51.0 24.8 n/a
1992 1256 59.9 20.9 n/a
1993 1223 57.1 21.4 n/a
1994 1275 54.4 23.4 n/a
1995 1144 57.6 19.9 n/a
1996 1144 57.6 19.9 n/a
1997 1120 52.9 21.2 n/a
1998 1096 49.4 22.2 n/a
1999 1120 50.3 22.3 n/a
2000 1338 60.4 22.2 n/a
2001 1502 68.5 21.9 n/a
2002 1610 80.1 20.1 22.8
2003 1610 80.1 20.1 22.8
2004 1628 76.0 21.4 21.9
2005 1620 76.1 21.3 21.7
2006 1672 77.7 21.5 22.1
2007 1668 78.1 21.4 22.4
2008 1649 78.1 21.1 23.3
2009 1640 78.1 21.0 24.4
2010 1632 78.6 20.7 24.1
2011 1606 76.0 21.1 22
2012 1643 75.6 21.7 21.7
2013 1620 77.8 20.8 20.2
2014 1558 n/a n/a 19.9
2015 1669 79.0 21.1 15.6
2016 1696 80.0 21.2 13.1
2017 1852 82.6 22.4 12.9
2018 1930 87.8 21.9 11.3
2019 2015 96.4 20.8 9.9
2020 1842 84.6 21.7 8.5
2021 1755 81.8 21.4 8.3
2022 1681 76.8 21.8 8.7
2023 1590 75.5 21.0 12

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

Ballard High School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201984.1%0.1%0.1%0.5%99.7%99.6%99.5%99.7%99.7%99.6%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Ballard High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,047 (7.3%) $13,369 (92.7%) $14,416
2020 $58 (0.6%) $9,572 (99.4%) $9,630
2021 $1,112 (6.8%) $15,222 (93.2%) $16,334
2022 $1,200 (6.5%) $17,121 (93.5%) $18,321

Data source: Washington Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ballard High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 18th of 417 High schoolsRanks 48th of 442 High schools
 6.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (Ballard High School)91.589.6
 1.9%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Seattle School District No. 1)81.479
 2.4%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)72.865.9
 6.9%
10th Grade Math (Ballard High School)70.871
 0.2%
   10th Grade Math (Seattle School District No. 1)57.351.1
 6.1%
   10th Grade Math (Washington)42.433.3
 9.1%
11th Grade Science (Ballard High School)76.456.2
 20.3%
   11th Grade Science (Seattle School District No. 1)56.554.6
 1.8%
   11th Grade Science (Washington)5050.5
 0.5%
All Grades English Language Arts (Ballard High School)91.589.6
 1.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Seattle School District No. 1)72.567.3
 5.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Ballard High School)70.871
 0.2%
   All Grades Math (Seattle School District No. 1)64.457.3
 7.1%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Ballard High School)76.456.2
 20.3%
   All Grades Science (Seattle School District No. 1)6560.3
 4.7%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students20151590
 21.1%
African American5738
 33.3%
American Indian86
 25%
Asian13171
 45.8%
Hispanic165125
 24.2%
Pacific Islander47
 75%
White15021145
 23.8%
Two or More Races148168
 13.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients9.9%12%
 2.1%


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Ballard High School ranks 48th of 442 Washington high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,590 students attended Ballard High School.

Students at Ballard High School are 72% White, 11% Two or more races, 8% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 2% African American, 2% Not Specified.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction.

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