The Center School

Summary:

The Center School is a public high school in Seattle, Washington, serving 245 students in grades 9-12. As part of the Seattle School District No. 1, which is ranked 42 out of 249 districts in the state, The Center School consistently ranks among the top high schools in Washington.

The school's students demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, with 91.67% proficient or better in English Language Arts and 55.56% proficient or better in Math, significantly outperforming the state and district averages. The Center School also excels in supporting various student subgroups, ranking among the top 10 high schools in Washington for female students, white students, and students with special education needs or low socioeconomic status. Additionally, the school maintains a consistently high four-year graduation rate of 94.5%, well above the state and district averages.

Compared to nearby schools like Ballard High School, Nova High School, and Lincoln High School, The Center School stands out for its exceptional academic performance and support for diverse student populations. With a higher level of funding per student and a more diverse student body than some nearby schools, The Center School's commitment to providing a high-quality education for all its students is evident in its impressive results.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 305 Harrison St
       Seattle, WA  98109-4623


(206) 252-9850

District: Seattle School District No. 1

SchoolDigger Rank:
21st of 442 Washington High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $21,409 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  16.8 Help
Number of students:  245

Racial breakdown:

White:
62.0%
Hispanic:
12.2%
Not Specified:
9.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  22.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details The Center School ranks better than 95.2% of high schools in Washington. It also ranks 3rd 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 93.5. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of The Center 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 (62%), Hispanic (12.2%), two or more races (6.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 22.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at The Center School is 16.8, which is the 5th best among 15 high schools in the Seattle School District No. 1. (See more...)
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Compare The Center School employs 14.5 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at The Center School is $21,409, which is the 10th highest among 15 high schools in the Seattle School District No. 1.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

The Center School:

SchoolDigger ranks The Center School 21st of 442 Washington public high schools. (See The Center 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 The Center School

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Rank History for all students at The Center School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 87.83 28th 390 92.8%
2005 92.07 17th 394 95.7%
2006 87.93 23rd 395 94.2%
2007 87.59 22nd 399 94.5%
2008 77.19 68th 396 82.8%
2009 77.46 72nd 402 82.1%
2010 83.66 44th 423 89.6%
2011 76.03 35th 440 92.0%
2012 79.92 23rd 450 94.9%
2013 76.22 45th 454 90.1%
2016 90.15 13th 306 95.8%
2018 79.83 51st 315 83.8%
2019 78.85 70th 417 83.2%
2021 91.40 25th 455 94.5%
2022 77.90 77th 434 82.3%
2023 93.50 21st 442 95.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at The Center School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 97.25 4th 212 98.1%
2023 98.38 2nd 110 98.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at The Center School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 98.65 3rd 392 99.2%
2023 96.87 7th 362 98.1%
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Rank History for Female students at The Center School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.05 31st 243 87.2%
2019 73.34 83rd 358 76.8%
2021 88.50 34th 390 91.3%
2022 67.91 106th 368 71.2%
2023 95.96 10th 357 97.2%
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Rank History for Male students at The Center School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.94 86th 254 66.1%
2019 82.33 46th 355 87.0%
2021 90.56 25th 395 93.7%
2022 73.38 86th 363 76.3%
2023 76.08 63rd 358 82.4%
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Rank History for White students at The Center School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.57 37th 222 83.3%
2019 75.52 77th 382 79.8%
2021 86.63 38th 413 90.8%
2022 76.59 75th 390 80.8%
2023 90.05 19th 379 95.0%
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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.

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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Reviews:
by a parent
Monday, February 13, 2012

Open Quote Center is a refugee school. Focuse on arts was the original charter but it offers less art study opportunities than most district high schools. Case in point; all musical instruments were removed from the school in 2010 “because they were a nuisance”. Because of its arts status Center is free of district boundary lines. Center is the only alternative for students from the worst Seattle schools. For many attending Center, their designated High School is not an option. As a result ratings of the school become inflated because the alternative for so many involved is so much worse. Parents involved enough to find this alternative are also capable of backing & defending the school vigorously. For this reason many who choose this school find that it is vastly overrated.

The gross lack of parity in Seattle Schools is inexcusable & sets up the conditions for an overrated school such a Center to exist; highest $/student in the state with less than mediocre results. District leadership & vision only prevents every school from being a Roosevelt or Garfield. If Seattle Schools had parity there would be no Center. Close Quote



Enrollment information for The Center School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 174 15 10 22 6 n/a n/a 0 227
2003 174 15 10 22 6 n/a n/a 0 227
2004 231 17 18 30 10 n/a n/a 0 306
2005 238 15 13 21 6 n/a n/a 0 293
2006 213 19 16 23 9 n/a n/a 0 280
2007 206 25 20 20 10 n/a n/a 0 281
2008 196 25 21 26 10 n/a n/a 0 278
2009 198 29 15 24 9 n/a n/a 0 275
2010 206 32 17 27 9 n/a n/a 0 291
2011 221 31 20 19 9 0 0 0 300
2012 204 17 21 20 3 0 15 0 280
2013 198 24 22 15 4 0 22 0 285
2014 204 15 21 9 2 0 21 0 272
2015 202 15 16 23 2 0 17 0 275
2016 191 17 12 27 2 0 21 0 270
2017 167 11 10 27 1 0 18 0 234
2018 175 8 12 27 1 0 19 0 242
2019 169 7 20 31 0 0 17 1 245
2020 179 5 16 22 2 0 23 6 253
2021 166 8 15 24 4 1 21 12 251
2022 182 8 11 23 3 1 20 18 266
2023 152 9 9 30 4 0 17 24 245

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 The Center School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 227 10.4 21.8 n/a
2003 227 10.4 21.8 n/a
2004 306 13.0 23.5 n/a
2005 293 12.9 22.7 0
2006 280 13.6 20.6 0
2007 281 13.3 21.1 16
2008 278 14.3 19.4 10.8
2009 275 14.3 19.2 12.4
2010 291 13.7 21.2 16.5
2011 300 14.2 21.1 17
2012 280 14.7 19.0 14.6
2013 285 13.9 20.5 19.6
2014 272 n/a n/a 22.8
2015 275 14.0 19.6 17.1
2016 270 14.0 19.2 17.4
2017 234 14.1 16.5 15.8
2018 242 13.2 18.3 12.4
2019 245 14.5 16.8 8.6
2020 253 13.4 18.8 12.3
2021 251 14.4 17.4 14.3
2022 266 13.8 19.2 20.3
2023 245 14.5 16.8 22.4

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 The Center School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 227 10.4 21.8 n/a
2003 227 10.4 21.8 n/a
2004 306 13.0 23.5 n/a
2005 293 12.9 22.7 0
2006 280 13.6 20.6 0
2007 281 13.3 21.1 16
2008 278 14.3 19.4 10.8
2009 275 14.3 19.2 12.4
2010 291 13.7 21.2 16.5
2011 300 14.2 21.1 17
2012 280 14.7 19.0 14.6
2013 285 13.9 20.5 19.6
2014 272 n/a n/a 22.8
2015 275 14.0 19.6 17.1
2016 270 14.0 19.2 17.4
2017 234 14.1 16.5 15.8
2018 242 13.2 18.3 12.4
2019 245 14.5 16.8 8.6
2020 253 13.4 18.8 12.3
2021 251 14.4 17.4 14.3
2022 266 13.8 19.2 20.3
2023 245 14.5 16.8 22.4

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

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201977.6%0.0%0.0%1.3%98.7%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.6%99.2%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for The Center School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $180 (1.0%) $17,975 (99.0%) $18,154
2020 n/a $12,637 (100.0%) $12,637
2021 $948 (5.2%) $17,264 (94.8%) $18,212
2022 $1,251 (5.8%) $20,158 (94.2%) $21,409

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

Impact of COVID-19 on The Center School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 70th of 417 High schoolsRanks 21st of 442 High schools
 12%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (The Center School)92.691.7
 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 (The Center School)42.355.6
 13.3%
   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 (The Center School)7275.7
 3.7%
   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 (The Center School)92.691.7
 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 (The Center School)42.355.6
 13.3%
   All Grades Math (Seattle School District No. 1)64.457.3
 7.1%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (The Center School)7275.7
 3.7%
   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 Students245245
African American79
 28.6%
American Indian04
Asian209
 55%
Hispanic3130
 3.2%
Pacific Islander00
White169152
 10.1%
Two or More Races1717
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients8.6%22.4%
 13.9%


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Yes! The Center School is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 21st of 442 Washington high schools.

Students at The Center School are 62% White, 12% Hispanic, 10% Not Specified, 7% Two or more races, 4% African American, 4% Asian, 2% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 245 students attended The Center School.


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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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