School Details

Chief Sealth High School

2600 SW Thistle Street, Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 252-8550
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 10-12 1074 students 19 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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.
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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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

21%
29%
19%
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35%

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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

33%
28%
15%

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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Chief Sealth High School is a public high school in Seattle. The principal of Chief Sealth High School is John Boyd. 1,074 children attend Chief Sealth High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 57% of the 1,074 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Chief Sealth High School is 19:1. Seattle Lutheran High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 32% 43%
Multiracial 3% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 19%
Hispanic 21% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian 18% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 18%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Since the new principal at Sealth started just this year everything has been going downhill. Not only are students looked down upon but the teachers are as well. The administration now has no respect for their students and don't take the opinions of the students and staff into consideration whatsoever. Although the administration is sub par the teachers are wonderful and extremely great at what they do. With that said I still believe the authority of the administration outweigh the good of the teachers. I find it sad to see Chief Sealth's great teachers under the horrid rein of the new administration who seem to only care about what they think is right. I haven't once seen the principal interact with any of her students other than telling girls their outfits are inappropriate or boys to pull their pants up. I look forward to if/when this principal begins to understand her duty as a principal is one who doesn't just scold kids for the bad but to encourage them for the good. I'm so sorry if you ever have to go to this school in the future -- it will not be a pleasant experience.

  • (9 months ago)

    This school has the worst principal in the district. She is new to the school this year. Has a top down only management style and has no respect for some great long term teachers and support staff. She talks to no one. Staff moral is at an all time low. Teachers and support staff are leaving and going elsewhere. I have observed this school over the past 20 years. This is it's worst time ever.

  • (1 year ago)

    This probably one of the worst high schools in Seattle. There's has been many bullying cases. Students do not feel safe. It is a crime to be smart to want to thrive. Students will get beaten for being a 'nerd'. The teachers frankly have given up on all students because the students don't care anymore. This school gives students a reason for depression and I won't even say what depression leads up to. Do not send your child to this school. It may have been good in the past but as of 2011 and beyond stay clear.

  • (4 years ago)

    I feel very fortunate to have chosen Chief Sealth International High school where I am soon to be a senior (c/o 2011). The teachers and staff are extremely helpful and quick to accommodate special needs. Other students are friendly. In regards to the "reputation" it has received from students enrolled in other schools and middle school students looking at high schools is almost completely unfounded and undeserved. This school is extremely diverse and safe no matter what people continue to say. The IB (international baccalaureate) program is challenging and yet informative. Another bonus is the two academies offered by the school Academy of Hospitality and Tourism as well as the Academy of Finance. Other notable programs include Proyecto Saber Global Leadership/Global Visionaries exchange program and the school now houses the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington Education Center. I love Chief Sealth International High School.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our family feels incredibly fortunate to have our children at Chief Sealth. Our children have had an outstanding experience academicaly socially musically. The students are friendly the staff and principal are outstanding and our kids are challenged and engaged.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our school has the most amazing students--polite smart and globally aware. They rock!

  • (5 years ago)

    the Staff and students do a great job of welcoming all families.

  • (5 years ago)

    World-class instruction and academics through the International Baccalaureate program! A culture of respect and inclusiveness that permeates the entire school community hallways sports clubs cafeteria etc.! Faculty and staff who genuinely love kids and do all they can to support them! Leadership focused on how to meet students' needs effectively and efficiently! LOVE THIS SCHOOL!

  • (5 years ago)

    Caring teachers great principal diversity of all types and the IB program

  • (5 years ago)

    Chief Sealth High School has a beautifully diverse student population that is civically creatively & academically engaged. These are mindful young people with a committed supportive staff who value community.

  • (5 years ago)

    There are so many great things to say about Sealth...the wonderfully diverse students the dynamic staff the dedicated PTSA...the list goes on! Overall it's a fantastic school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Sealth has amazing students faculty and parents. We are one of the most diverse schools in Seattle. Moreover we celebrate that diversity in toughtful relevant ways every day.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our school has probably the most diverse student population in the state of Washington. We have the most amazing teachers that students get to work with throughout four years of their high school career! Our academic program with the International Baccalaureate and Running Start makes it all the better plus our countless various activities and classes that are offered to us.

  • (5 years ago)

    I honestly dont think this school was the best choice i could've chosen. Garfield has way more clubs and at sealth the remodeled school already has grafitti on it! Go garfield my sister loved it there. But then again it's very diverse at sealth.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has the most diverse student bodies in all of Seattle. This school also has the reputation of a better music program then the other schools in the neighborhood. With IB added to the curriculum this school rises to the top with the opportunities it gives its students. I am very happy I sent my child here and my daughter is delighted with her choice.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a parent and teacher whose children are enrolled students at Chief Sealth High School I am very satisfied with the school. Being new to the community we were pleasantly welcomed to the school by the staff. I felt a genuine caring and interest by the staff towards my children. I was contacted several times by the school counselor who called to check and make sure all our needs were met and if we had any questions or concerns. My children were encouraged to participate in honors classes clubs sports and other positive opportunities. Overall our experiences with this school have been positive.

  • (10 years ago)

    Chief Sealth High School is a wonderful small community where students can explore a wide range of experience including a close relationship with South Seattle Community College's running start program and MESA. We love being part of this community! My son is very happy taking classes at high school and at SSCC - he is well supported at both schools. If you are considering high schools or colleges just call Chief Sealth or SSCC and everyone there will blow you away with how helpful and friendly they are.

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