West Seattle High School

Summary:

West Seattle High School is a public high school in Seattle, Washington, serving 1,329 students in grades 9-12. This high-performing school consistently ranks among the top in the state, with impressive academic metrics that outshine the district and state averages.

West Seattle High School's students excel academically, with 85.92% proficient or better in English Language Arts, 55.33% in Math, and 65.71% in Science - significantly higher than the Seattle School District No. 1 and the state of Washington. The school also boasts a 91.9% four-year graduation rate, well above the state and district averages. Additionally, West Seattle High School serves a diverse student population, with a relatively low percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch compared to nearby schools like Cleveland High School STEM and Chief Sealth International High School.

What sets West Seattle High School apart is its consistent performance across different student subgroups, including female, male, and racial minority students. The school also excels in supporting English Language Learners and Special Education students, ranking 5th and 8th out of all Washington high schools, respectively. With a relatively low student-to-teacher ratio and higher per-student spending than nearby schools, West Seattle High School's efficient use of resources likely contributes to its academic success.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 3000 California Av SW
       Seattle, WA  98116-3302


(206) 252-8800

District: Seattle School District No. 1

SchoolDigger Rank:
41st of 442 Washington High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,535 Help


Feeder schools for West Seattle High School:

Elementary:    Alki Elementary School
    Fairmount Park Elementary School
    Gatewood Elementary School
    Genesee Hill Elementary
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Middle:    Madison Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  21.8 Help
Number of students:  1,329

Racial breakdown:

White:
64.7%
Hispanic:
11.7%
Two or more races:
11.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  19.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details West Seattle High School ranks better than 90.7% of high schools in Washington. It also ranks 4th 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 88.52. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of West Seattle 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 (64.7%), Hispanic (11.7%), two or more races (11.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 19.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at West Seattle High School is 21.8. 14 high schools in the Seattle School District No. 1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare West Seattle High School employs 60.8 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at West Seattle High School is $18,535. 15 high schools in the Seattle School District No. 1 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

West Seattle High School:

SchoolDigger ranks West Seattle High School 41st of 442 Washington public high schools. (See West Seattle High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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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 West Seattle High School

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Rank History for all students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 44.23 244th 390 37.4%
2005 48.03 236th 394 40.1%
2006 54.71 206th 395 47.8%
2007 56.95 193rd 399 51.6%
2008 56.75 200th 396 49.5%
2009 57.69 200th 402 50.2%
2010 45.12 259th 423 38.8%
2011 36.52 292nd 440 33.6%
2012 52.66 227th 450 49.6%
2013 60.32 182nd 454 59.9%
2015 18.72 301st 341 11.7%
2016 73.52 65th 306 78.8%
2017 74.15 71st 301 76.4%
2018 66.61 103rd 315 67.3%
2019 80.76 58th 417 86.1%
2021 78.58 69th 455 84.8%
2022 87.81 40th 434 90.8%
2023 88.52 41st 442 90.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 60.82 56th 163 65.6%
2021 65.62 54th 195 72.3%
2022 81.10 29th 179 83.8%
2023 81.67 25th 166 84.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.91 41st 65 36.9%
2022 90.80 5th 70 92.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.74 51st 139 63.3%
2021 63.67 39th 212 81.6%
2022 91.57 5th 130 96.2%
2023 94.76 8th 110 92.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.60 116th 227 48.9%
2019 71.62 72nd 344 79.1%
2021 49.20 179th 392 54.3%
2022 70.41 84th 370 77.3%
2023 74.02 56th 362 84.5%
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Rank History for Female students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.72 110th 243 54.7%
2019 83.18 41st 358 88.5%
2021 80.81 46th 390 88.2%
2022 85.92 33rd 368 91.0%
2023 85.58 42nd 357 88.2%
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Rank History for Male students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.26 73rd 254 71.3%
2019 77.33 66th 355 81.4%
2021 75.10 75th 395 81.0%
2022 86.51 40th 363 89.0%
2023 88.10 34th 358 90.5%
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Rank History for Asian students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.80 45th 87 48.3%
2019 63.44 40th 121 66.9%
2021 61.66 47th 136 65.4%
2022 59.15 46th 124 62.9%
2023 61.38 41st 118 65.3%
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Rank History for African American students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.66 28th 54 48.1%
2019 44.97 41st 86 52.3%
2021 40.45 66th 111 40.5%
2022 46.94 47th 89 47.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.73 74th 156 52.6%
2019 73.72 48th 241 80.1%
2021 50.27 129th 278 53.6%
2022 85.48 30th 261 88.5%
2023 75.58 41st 249 83.5%
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Rank History for White students at West Seattle High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.95 56th 222 74.8%
2019 81.80 50th 382 86.9%
2021 79.19 65th 413 84.3%
2022 86.64 31st 390 92.1%
2023 85.95 37th 379 90.2%
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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.

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

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Reviews:
by a parent
Monday, March 11, 2019

Open Quote Vibrant school. Lots to offer for academics, theater, music, athletics. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, May 2, 2011

Open Quote It appears that the teachers are handing out A's like candy to low performing students to up the overall stats so they regain all of their cut funding. Incomplete homework, late assignments, and one paragraph essays will get you an easy A in almost any class. Close Quote



Enrollment information for West Seattle High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 471 207 302 43 17 n/a n/a 0 1040
1989 390 191 307 47 24 n/a n/a 0 959
1990 409 143 258 53 16 n/a n/a 0 879
1991 368 187 316 69 34 n/a n/a 0 974
1992 377 175 358 63 31 n/a n/a 0 1004
1993 356 160 350 61 27 n/a n/a 0 954
1994 327 164 309 66 31 n/a n/a 0 897
1995 403 99 225 84 22 n/a n/a 0 833
1996 403 99 225 84 22 n/a n/a 0 833
1997 509 116 278 82 30 n/a n/a 0 1015
1998 544 128 269 85 36 n/a n/a 0 1062
1999 551 134 271 78 35 n/a n/a 0 1069
2000 481 136 260 89 29 n/a n/a 0 995
2001 430 146 248 96 23 n/a n/a 0 943
2002 502 154 244 118 35 n/a n/a 0 1053
2003 502 154 244 118 35 n/a n/a 0 1053
2004 547 152 260 137 37 n/a n/a 0 1133
2005 555 153 286 150 38 n/a n/a 0 1182
2006 607 192 286 182 31 n/a n/a 0 1298
2007 615 202 297 214 33 n/a n/a 0 1361
2008 543 199 275 192 31 n/a n/a 0 1240
2009 495 198 285 193 25 n/a n/a 0 1196
2010 447 224 261 180 25 n/a n/a 0 1137
2011 386 192 209 176 22 9 24 0 1018
2012 390 184 206 143 17 7 48 0 995
2013 430 176 168 130 18 7 45 0 974
2014 453 153 157 123 18 6 57 0 967
2015 491 139 151 136 14 7 76 0 1014
2016 519 115 126 127 15 7 84 0 993
2017 521 115 124 136 9 7 80 0 992
2018 573 100 130 137 6 5 95 0 1046
2019 593 79 109 132 9 7 100 0 1029
2020 668 86 100 136 6 6 114 1 1117
2021 716 75 81 122 7 3 133 2 1139
2022 790 72 74 135 8 7 131 9 1226
2023 860 64 62 155 9 2 153 24 1329

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 West Seattle High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1040 46.0 22.6 0
1989 959 47.0 20.4 n/a
1990 879 46.8 18.7 0
1991 974 44.7 21.7 n/a
1992 1004 45.0 22.3 n/a
1993 954 40.0 23.9 n/a
1994 897 42.8 21.0 n/a
1995 833 40.8 20.4 n/a
1996 833 40.8 20.4 n/a
1997 1015 41.1 24.7 n/a
1998 1062 49.8 21.3 n/a
1999 1069 48.8 21.9 n/a
2000 995 50.0 19.9 n/a
2001 943 47.7 19.8 n/a
2002 1053 57.6 18.3 33.9
2003 1053 57.6 18.3 33.9
2004 1133 57.0 19.9 31.9
2005 1182 56.9 20.8 31.6
2006 1298 56.7 22.9 29.4
2007 1361 65.8 20.7 33.3
2008 1240 61.5 20.2 33.8
2009 1196 62.5 19.1 36.1
2010 1137 56.4 20.1 46.4
2011 1018 50.8 20.0 46
2012 995 50.9 19.5 44.4
2013 974 48.0 20.2 40.9
2014 967 n/a n/a 42
2015 1014 51.0 19.8 36.3
2016 993 49.0 20.2 29.3
2017 992 48.6 20.4 30.2
2018 1046 50.2 20.8 25
2019 1029 51.3 20.0 20.9
2020 1117 51.8 21.5 19
2021 1139 54.6 20.8 16.4
2022 1226 58.2 21.0 15.8
2023 1329 60.8 21.8 19.2

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 West Seattle High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1040 46.0 22.6 0
1989 959 47.0 20.4 n/a
1990 879 46.8 18.7 0
1991 974 44.7 21.7 n/a
1992 1004 45.0 22.3 n/a
1993 954 40.0 23.9 n/a
1994 897 42.8 21.0 n/a
1995 833 40.8 20.4 n/a
1996 833 40.8 20.4 n/a
1997 1015 41.1 24.7 n/a
1998 1062 49.8 21.3 n/a
1999 1069 48.8 21.9 n/a
2000 995 50.0 19.9 n/a
2001 943 47.7 19.8 n/a
2002 1053 57.6 18.3 33.9
2003 1053 57.6 18.3 33.9
2004 1133 57.0 19.9 31.9
2005 1182 56.9 20.8 31.6
2006 1298 56.7 22.9 29.4
2007 1361 65.8 20.7 33.3
2008 1240 61.5 20.2 33.8
2009 1196 62.5 19.1 36.1
2010 1137 56.4 20.1 46.4
2011 1018 50.8 20.0 46
2012 995 50.9 19.5 44.4
2013 974 48.0 20.2 40.9
2014 967 n/a n/a 42
2015 1014 51.0 19.8 36.3
2016 993 49.0 20.2 29.3
2017 992 48.6 20.4 30.2
2018 1046 50.2 20.8 25
2019 1029 51.3 20.0 20.9
2020 1117 51.8 21.5 19
2021 1139 54.6 20.8 16.4
2022 1226 58.2 21.0 15.8
2023 1329 60.8 21.8 19.2

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

West Seattle High School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201983.6%0.0%0.1%0.4%99.5%99.6%99.5%99.5%99.6%99.6%

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

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $180 (1.2%) $15,369 (98.8%) $15,549
2020 $84 (0.8%) $10,871 (99.2%) $10,955
2021 $1,288 (7.6%) $15,595 (92.4%) $16,883
2022 $1,285 (6.9%) $17,250 (93.1%) $18,535

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

Impact of COVID-19 on West Seattle High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 58th of 417 High schoolsRanks 41st of 442 High schools
 4.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (West Seattle High School)86.885.9
 0.9%
   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 (West Seattle High School)55.655.3
 0.3%
   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 (West Seattle High School)62.465.7
 3.3%
   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 (West Seattle High School)86.885.9
 0.9%
   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 (West Seattle High School)55.655.3
 0.3%
   All Grades Math (Seattle School District No. 1)64.457.3
 7.1%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (West Seattle High School)62.465.7
 3.3%
   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 Students10291329
 29.2%
African American7964
 19%
American Indian99
Asian10962
 43.1%
Hispanic132155
 17.4%
Pacific Islander72
 71.4%
White593860
 45%
Two or More Races100153
 53%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients20.9%19.2%
 1.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about West Seattle High School

Yes. West Seattle High School ranks in the top 9.3% of Washington high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,329 students attended West Seattle High School.

Students at West Seattle High School are 65% White, 12% Hispanic, 12% Two or more races, 5% African American, 5% Asian, 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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