School Details

Aviation High School

6770 East Marginal Way South, Des Moines, WA 98198
(206) 716-0006
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 431 students 21 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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97%
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93%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Highline School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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17%
22%
94%
51%
66%
88%
48%
72%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
97%
75%
84%
98%
74%
85%

High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)

In 2011-2012 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Highline School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Aviation High School is a public high school in Seattle. The principal of Aviation High School is Reba Gilman. 431 students go to Aviation High School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 21% of the 431 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Aviation High School is 21:1. Cleveland High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Swimming
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 15%
Asian 16% %
Hispanic 11% 35%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 69%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    In this school many would think RAHS has great teachers and friends over there. However in my case not necessarily. I've been hated by one teacher unbearably wrongly ignored by this school and I have little or no friends over there. At the awards ceremony I was never recognized not even once when I really deserved to be recognized there. And to add insult to injury this school made me feel like a homeless man living on their property. Not to offend the teachers but I was never appreciated for my great attitude towards learning. Why an I being ignored when I shouldn't? It's a simple question. I'm not asking for a detailed 5-page report! Anyways dedicated people like me are being ignored here. And for you just get ready to have your social and mental health impacted very badly at this school. If you can't handle the stress there then this school is not for you.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a student from the class of 2013 and I cannot express how impressed I am with AHS. When I walked in I was a lonely nerd without direction. When I left I had work experience in the aerospace industry several large scholarships admission to my top three colleges and a group of friends I'll never forget. That said this place requires intense sacrifice and a burning desire to succeed. You'll work absurdly hard but in the end it's all worth it.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is a junior at AHS (now RAHS Raisbeck Aviation High School after a major benefactor). Awesome school really motivated students which in turn attracts great teachers. My son felt comfortable there from day one and it seems like all the students get along really well. It's a school where it's cool to be a geek! The extracurricular activities are challenging and popular particularly Robotics Science Olympiad and Debate. PE can be a bit of an issue though they now have their own Ultimate Frisbee team which is a fun sport that accommodates all abilities well. Electives are a non-issue plenty of interesting ones to choose between. And their new building is state of the art directly across the street from the Aviation Museum. I can't believe that this is a free public school for my son no school could be better. For others if you're not into math and science forget it. And being passionate about aviation is a big plus though not totally required. Reba Gilman should be sainted for overcoming the bureaucratic hurdles of getting this school established then driving the public-private partnership that's made it the school it is today.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children who go to this school and it has been a great experience for both. It's a smaller school so the kids really get to know each other and they all get along well. The staff is very involved for the most part. AHS has a great FIRST Robotics team and Science Olympiad team as well. I feel this school does a great job of preparing the students for college. They learn time management are challenged by their classes and present to groups (student and adult) all the time. The PE credit is an issue for some kids as they aren't able to complete at school. There are more electives now - my kids haven't had a real problem with that. Students who are in band and sports are still able to participate through other schools in the district. They are building a new AHS school building in the near future that will be quite amazing and one of my kids will be able to enjoy that!

  • (3 years ago)

    A great school for a math and science oriented child. Great kids and challenging curriculum.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is amazing for anyone who wishes to recieve a outstanding education i love it because everyone at this school (even teachers) as a want a need to learn. the staff at AHS is some of the finest men and women i have ever met; amone the great teachers is Dr. Edgerton who is usually 3 to four hours early to school so that students can go to him for any help they need Dr. Katims who is the one teacher that made me want to be in a english class if you want help he is always there for you and Mrs. Cook is a great english teacher as well she is extremely demanding but if you are in your class it would be impossible not to learn this school is a great place to go and i recomend it for anyone who has a love for learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    i love attending aviation high school... its an amazing school and i love the fact that we are a small school with only 400 students... i also love the teachers and the programs that are avalible

  • (5 years ago)

    Extraordinarily talented staff and amazing student body. I feel that any student who wants a great education and wants the best preperation for college should go here.We have some extracurricular issues but school buses provide easy transportation to neighboring highschools so you can join sports teams there. I think the only student that would complain about being in this school is one who doesn't try. At this school you are forced to try and the teachers will make sure that you succeed if you put some effort into it and that's all they ask of you. If you don't do that then this is not the place to be.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is a great school but is still working out some of the 'new school' bugs that affect every new school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My kids used to go to private school. After my daughter graduated from middle school we had a hard time trying to find the right high school for her. A good private high school is very expensive and far from home. We feel that we are so lucky to have learned about Aviation High School at the last minute; it was recommend by some parents. I have three favortie teachers Mrs. Wilson who is always there early one hour before school starts for kids who have any questions about math. Mrs. Wombold is very strict but it's good for them to ready their college. Dr. Katims is always their for kids who are eager to learn. I am very happy with the school and the teachers. I would recommended Aviation HS to anyone that Iknow.

  • (6 years ago)

    the school is aweeesome!! NUFF SAID! no i'm joking. i will give you sa little insight. Since i am a freshWOMAN at this wonderfull school there are many things that i can say. First off i feel safe within the enviroment and i can finally just focus on my work instead of worrying about whats going to happen the next second. The dress code can make some kids ify about the school but you accually dont feel like you stand out. You can still add your flavor but there are limits not just to make the school look better but it also makes you look and feel better. The classes are fun n yet educational. With hands on learnging you can accually see how things work right in front of you! =] this school can get me to where i want to be and u YOU reading this can too!!

  • (6 years ago)

    As a recent graduate of AHS (class of 2008!) and now college freshman I can never thank AHS enough for the quality education they provided to me. While it sometimes was a challenge in the end it made me a better student and better person. The staff are always there for the students and help whenever they are able to. I feel very honored to call myself an Aviation High School Alumni.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am now a sophomore at this amazing school and I love it. There is a lot of work but it teaches you to manage your time. The teachers are really nice and willing to help you (or at least most of them are) and everyone is nice to everyone for the most part. I feel like we are all one big happy family and I feel really safe here. It is difficult to do sports because they aren't offered here but I swim for my home school and I play rec league soccer I just have no 7th period. I know I will have to make this up some other way because I am missing a class for it but I really love this school. Oh and I'm not really interested in Aviation too much and it is still a really good school. )

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm on my second year at this fabulous school and I have loved every second of it! AHS is a public school but is very different from a normal school. Everyone at the school has respect for eachother because the students are carefully chosen after an application and interveiw process. I'd have to admit that the work load is pretty large but if you can manage your time you'll do just fine! I'm on the AHS Robotics team which is such a great experience! I love it! I always come home with a smile on my face and am always super excited to go to school! And parents it's always a plus to know your child enjoys school! AHS! Where the sky is not the limit!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    does not satisfy the students needs to get into college and this school does not keep their word..when they say they will help you and will get you into good colleges they dont actually do it. School barely has any extracurricular activities. Which makes it harder for students to meet district graduation requirements. The school only offers limited electives and most of them are aviation themed. Students whom are interested in the feild of Aviation benefit the most out of the school however even they have to go through taking the same electives every year. honestly for most students (especially upper classmen) it has gotten to a point where we are either forced to take the same electives for the 2nd time or turn to another school as an option. And dont even get me started about completing your Physical Education credits. thanks for listening. signed unhappy student

  • (7 years ago)

    This is truly one of the most incredible schools in the nation. It is a aviation based school that offers many rigorus courses for selected who students who have demonstrated their passion for the aeronautical field.

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