An important factor for many families relocating to the Seattle area are proximity to great public schools. For the year 2009, and consistently year after year, Bellevue high schools have a total of five high schools ranked in the top 100 in the nation and Washington has 31 ranked top 1500 according to Newsweek Magazine scores.
These studies, judged on students graduated, grades, honors classes taken, general academic record and other critera. Ranked in the top 100 were Bellevue's International School as number 11 nationwide , followed by Inglewood at 18, Newport Hills at 35, Sammamish at 48, and Bellevue at 79. Following those Eastside schools were Edmonds-Woodway High, Garfield and Ingraham in Seattle, Redmond, Mercer Island, Issaquah, and Inglemoor in Kenmore.
So what does this mean? Seattle and the surrounding schools, especially Bellevue, Kenmore and Northshore schools consistently rank as the top schools in the nation. For most of us that cannot afford to enroll our kids in privately schools, this is of great comfort knowing that our students will be getting a good education from our local school districts. Sports and music, which also carry weight, are well recognized with Roosevelt, Nathan Hale and Garfield High Schools in Seattle winning nationwide awards for both their Jazz Ensembles and Athletic Achievements in Varsity Football, Basketball, and Soccer.
Congratulations to our educators and students for their outstanding efforts in making national recognition for excellence in public high schools! Truly an honor well deserved.