School Details

Nathan Hale High School

10750 30 Av NE, Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 252-3680
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1130 students 18 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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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.
87%
83%
84%
89%
83%
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
  • Seattle Public Schools average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

31%
29%
19%
69%
39%
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

About this school

Nathan Hale High School is a public high school in Seattle. The principal of Nathan Hale High School is Jill Hudson. 1,130 children attend Nathan Hale High School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 26% of the 1,130 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Nathan Hale High School is 18:1. Middle College High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 44%
Multiracial 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 22%
Asian 16% %
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 21%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I personally like this school. I'm currently coming back as a junior and my experience as a sophomore was quite exceptional. I wasn't pleased with the freshman that year too many annoying freshmen cliques. I sincerely hope that the incoming freshmen this school year are gonna be at least a bit better than the freshmen last school year but hearing that most kids are coming from Eckstein I highly doubt any improvement is gonna happen. I agree there are at least a handful of students suffer from marijuana use but I know for sure that half of them have quit their habits. So drug use won't be a huge issue. Most of the teachers know what their doing and are familiar in their field. My freshman history teacher Teacher Ted being a Harvard grad and all is AMAZING at his field. As a former student of his I found his class quite challenging and I love it. There are a ton of other teachers who are quite similar to him as well. The counseling is superb as well. I know kids who suffered depression and got help from the counselors and the school nurse and the outcome was incredible. They are now more positive and joyful. Hale is an amazing school despite the annoying freshies.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter finished her freshman year at Hale this spring and our entire family was pleasantly surprised by the school s quality. Because Hale doesn't have the academic reputation as its neighbor a few miles south we were concerned our APP-qualified daughter wouldn't be challenged enough; but in talking with friends whose kids attend the "other" school as well as other parents at Hale we feel the culture and curriculum at Hale were probably MORE challenging and stimulating (critical thinking is emphasized and interdisciplinary work is commonplace). We have heard graduates laud Hale for its ability to prepare students for college and we now understand why this might be the case. Our daughter did have a couple of marginal teachers but the rest were good to excellent and the marginal ones were receptive to feedback. Beyond academics we LOVE that Hale faculty and administration work hard to develop a culture of respect and appreciation for differences. Sure some cliquishness remains but it seems to be less than at other schools. On most days my daughter comes home excited about school and life and she has even reported being proud of [her] school multiple times.

  • (1 year ago)

    Nathan Hale is a reflection of its staff. For the most part they are caring involved and really seem to have the best interests of individual students in their hearts. The student body is diverse. I was hoping my daughter would learn about other cultures from the Somalis Kenyans Germans Tajikastanians etc. and understand different points of views. But she ignored my advise and made great friends ignoring skin color race country of origin and political views. The principal sets a supportive friendly but no nonsense tone. She has a great sense of humor and eyes on the back of her head. Creative organized and smart Spanish Teacher MM will get even my language-challenged child to speak sing and/or act in Espanol. Coach CS will have your slug of an offspring running a couple of miles every day and loving it. Ms. R Algebra 2 created real-life-example worksheets with my daughters name subtly included. Mr E Physics a great teacher of lifetime learning not only takes inner city kids to tide pools on the Peninsula but also heads the robotics team. Improvements? School District in a more supportive role. Not policing or money pit.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school for four years. I was there before and after the remodel and I can honestly say I am a very successful student because of it. I am currently a sophomore at a top rated college and I have been getting A's in all of my classes. The thing about Nathan Hale is that it prepares you for life not just academics. It might not exceed state standards but it teaches students how to become adults. I haven't had t go home to see my parents in two years because I matured so much in high school. I believe Nathan Hale had a say in that. I have a great relationship with my family but I am out in the world and not a child anymore. Hale taught me that. If you want amazing academics you will forfeit life learning opportunities.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school its the best out there. don't waste your time on other schools. i switched my son out of shoreline school district; Shorewood just to see how he would do and he has done the best job ever! Shorewood wasn't very divers and didn't care much about African American kids . Now at hale he has scholarships coming in. this school really tends to African American kids. I made a switch and my son and i love Hale! I had second thoughts about it because my oldest son didnt do so well there. But the new principal is great.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is great I recomend the new Mock Trial club that has just started it is loads of fun.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the best school. I love it the teachers are great and fun. I live in ballard and i made the decision to commute everyday and i have never regreted my decison.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child started at Hale this year. Our observations are that the teachers are better than average in quality. The (new) principal Jill Hudson is outstanding. Test scores are high. Academics are rigorous. There are some issues though some racial tension more than average amount of students with behavior problems (IMO) no separate honors classes only a handful of AP classes and rampant marijuana use. Not sure if this is typical of all urban high schools or unique to this school? Overall though a great school. Teachers know every student well. Tons of parent volunteers and fundraising. We are pleased thus far.

  • (5 years ago)

    Nathan Hale is a great school. With it's diverse student population great staff and helpful parent base I couldn't want my kids going anywhere else. My daughter graduated with the class of 2009 and my son has just started his freshman year there. There is a wide range of sports and extracurricular activities and clubs that all of the student body is encouraged to participate in. With a later start time than other high schools in the area the students are able to get the needed extra sleep/study time needed to be successful scholars. The school is undergoing a big remodel/renovation upgrade project now to be completed in 2011 and the students have been very cooperative and understanding while the project is underway. The new state of the art radio station art studio photography library and some of the gym classes have been completed with more great new spaces for learning to come. We look forward to the future of our school and all that it has to offer us. Go Nathan Hale!

  • (5 years ago)

    Nathan Hale is an interdisiplinary school. It combines subjects to look at social historical and scientific issues from many angles. It is a school that encourages a community that cares and encourages all students from the top to the bottom of the academic spectrum to reach their own individual best while participating in a school community that is cohesive.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a senior and sophomore at Nathan Hale. It's been a great school for both of them--it's like a private school with no tuiton. The staff is dedicated & collaborative the curriculum is progressive & solid there are lots of sports & clubs parent involvement is welcome. It's big enough to allow lots of options but small enough so kids don't get lost.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am currently a Junior at Nathan Hale and I LOVE it! For the most part the teacher's are amazing and they're very easy to talk to. At Hale we have almost every type of club possible and I find that for the most part Hale isn't a clicky school. The students there are pretty openminded and there is a wide variety of classes.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our son graduated last year from Hale. He was happy there but as parents we weren't. Great mentorship program great radio station good to great counselors (Jeff Jones is top-notch).

  • (8 years ago)

    Great commitment of staff to student learning focused on diversity and critical thinking.

  • (8 years ago)

    What impresses me the most is the school spirit among the students and the friendliness. Upper classmen don't hold it over lower classmen. Easy atmosphere has made my freshmans' first year fairly stress free. Math is a problem as the program is poor as it is across the state.

  • (9 years ago)

    This has been the best school I have gone to. I have been to many bad schoosl where there are fights and no control over the students. Nathan Hale has been the first school where I have seen harmony betwwen the students and very excellent teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    An all in all average school. Academic programms meet all state standards but do not exceed them. Sports is a very important subject for students.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers and the support staff are all excellant and dedicated. They really care about the kids and are devoted to developing the best educational program possible. They have fantastic music drama and sports programs. Parents are extremely involved in the PTSA. This school comes highly recommended.

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