School Details

Washington High School

2217 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021
(623) 915-8400

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1733 students 22 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
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About this school

Washington High School is a public high school in Phoenix. The principal of Washington High School is Tami J. Strege, who can be contacted at 1,733 students go to Washington High School and identify primarily as Asian, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 12% of the Washington High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 66% of the 1,733 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Washington High School is 22:1. West-Mec - Washington High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 3%
Hispanic 58% 51%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 8%
Multiracial 0.5% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.06% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 52%
Limited English proficiency 12% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Washington High School is rated by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the best high schools in the nation.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent I believe the kids get whatever they want out of high school but I also believe Washington High School Teachers and Staff push the kids to want more and expect more. Parents who are actively involved not just at home but also in school activates helps with communication with the staff and their son/daughter overall high school experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our administration staff and teachers care about the success of our students. We have a stellar Honors/AP teaching staff who go the extra mile to prepare our students for college. WHS also was just named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation and also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek among the best schools in the nation. Our 9-school district also was named College Board's 2013 National Advanced Placement District of the Year. Our campus is clean and crime-free an indication that administration is setting the tone for high standards and achievement.

  • (4 years ago)

    Washington High school is finally strutting what it's got. I love Washington with all my heart. I know the teachers have prepared me for college and all of the faculty members are attentive at their job while still keeping a friendly environment. I always see Mrs. Lippert the principal with a smile on her face. It's a refreshing sight. All of the clubs sports and extra-curricular activities are worthwhile. WHS has it all. The theater program is amazing along with Interact and well everything! I love all of my teachers. They care and make their students think and take action. Our school color purple floods the campus on Fridays. It's a great and diverse environment and I couldn't have asked for anything better. By the way Mr. and Mrs. Darrow are my inspiration. Thank you Washington for making my four years a blast! -Jordanna class of 2011

  • (4 years ago)

    must say even do i do not recommed this school staff..the principal was great since she immediately was open to have a parent and student meeting and work out the problem....but the damage had already been done and we had decided to take a school teacher's advice to look for a charter school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I enjoyed WHS while I was there. The principal Ms. Giboney then lacked real character on the otherhand the teachers were outstanding.

  • (6 years ago)

    I say... Washington has the best theater program in the state and this place reeks (in a good way) of school spirit and pride. I LOVE it here! - Caitlin '11

  • (6 years ago)

    they have a great way of keeping kids involved in activities then the kids love to be at school

  • (7 years ago)

    WHS is awesome teachers are great!

  • (7 years ago)

    I Love this school! The teachers and staff are phenomenal! They really care about you and seem like they actually want to be there for you. I have only been going there for 2 months but it is so much better than my previous school. The school pride and spirit is very strong at WHS. There is also a wonderful diversity amongst the students. I would definitely recommend this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had 3 children graduate from WHS. The teachers are fantastic and really care about students. The English dept especially is outstanding and prepared my children for the rigors of college. They never stopped encouraging them to do their best and reach for their potential. Interact is another activity that was worthwhile and taught my children to give back to their community. Thank you Washington!

  • (8 years ago)

    My Daughter went from 1996-2000. WHS is very supportive of the kids. The Teachers are some of the best. Academically it prepares the kids for the real world and college. It's up there with more affluent-area schools. The Athletic programs could use some outside coaching help to boost their potential. championships. There are many clubs & activities for all the kids to join. The staff is caring. I always felt my child was safe at this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Cool and refreshing and acodemic!

  • (9 years ago)

    Washington High Scool has a great English departmen. The teachers are absolutly awesome. The teachers keep in excellent contact with the parents.

  • (10 years ago)

    The accelerated departments at WHS are amazing. The teachers are experienced driven great motivators and care about the success of their students. The principal while very strict loves her students and wants the best for them. I am so thankful for the education I recieved there. Not only was I very well prepared for college academically but socially as well. I couldn't have asked for more in an education.

  • (11 years ago)

    Excellent accelerated English Department.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think Washington is a great school and I highly recomend that parents consider sending their children there. My daughter went to Washington and liked it very much. The teachers are very helpful caring and polite.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think the school in itself is a great place for todays upcoming leaders. On the flip side the teachers 'most' are attentive to the needs of the students but the principal in my opinion is not the best person for the job.

  • (11 years ago)

    Washington is one of the best schools in Phoenix. Having had both my son and daughter graduate from Washington I know Washinton has a great learning environment that is both challenging and fun- with diverse extra-cirricular activities that are both academic and athletic. Washington's academic test scores are particularly good- consistently coming out above average compared to other schools in the state as well as the district. My experience with Ms. Gibney the current principal at Washington has been nothing but good. She does everything she can to ensure her teachers will succeed- She goes out of her way to help both faculty and students. Ms. Gibney is a great leader at Washington. Staff like her are what make the difference between a good school and a bad one.

  • (11 years ago)

    Our daughter is in the class of 2005. We placed her in this school based on recommendations from middle school counselors and visits to the campus. We live in the Apollo boundaries but chose to send our daughter to WHS. We have been extremely satisfied with her experience at this school. I would highly recommend this campus for serious students. The staff is comprised of a good mix of new and seasoned educators who provide a positive and challenging environment for the student.

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