What Criteria Goes Into Determining The “Best” School Districts In Seattle?
Choosing a new school for your child(ren) requires careful consideration. The Seattle area is well known for its high-caliber educational options, but you may not know the rating criterion that goes into consideration. Here, we’ve compiled a few of the components that factor into each district’s “grade.” While you may have specific needs that are most important to your family, most school rating sites judge quality according to the categories we share below.
Moving your family to a new city can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure which school to choose. Luckily, there’s plenty of information about Washington districts readily available online. As a parent, you want the absolute best for your kids, and academics are a significant factor in the quality of a district. When searching for a great school, take a look at students’ proficiency in reading and math, as well as average SAT scores. Graduation rates are also important to scrutinize, so be sure to evaluate how the district you have in mind measures up.
Diversity of Student Body
To encourage an inclusive worldview, it’s helpful to expose children to a diverse student body. Seattle is growing and diversifying quickly, and many of our schools receive excellent diversity ratings. Seattle Public Schools and Bellevue School District both have A-ratings in this category, and most other options in the area are also exemplary.
Most students thrive in smaller classrooms. Low student-teacher ratios generally lead to more one-on-one instruction and a personalized approach to education. Studies have indicated that smaller student-teacher ratios correlate with improved academic performance. Children that are consistently placed in smaller classes often have stronger test scores throughout their entire scholastic career. If you’re considering Seattle Public Schools, the district offers a 17:1 student-teacher ratio, which is just a touch higher than the national average of 16:1. Most other districts in the surrounding areas report similar numbers—both Lake Washington School District and Bellevue have ratios of 18:1.
Schools with larger budgets can usually offer more resources to their students. If you’re curious about the finances of a district, check their website. Most budgets should be easily accessible, and many district websites offer insight about how they plan to allocate the budget each fiscal year.
Seattle and its surrounding areas offer an incredible selection of schools. There’s a lot to consider before enrolling your kids in a new district, and it often feels like an overwhelming decision. To create the best experience for your child(ren), it’s wise to take a look at the big picture before enrolling. If you’d like to stay updated about what our schools offer, please reach out to our team.
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