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Top 10 Best Washington Public Schools (2024)

Washington is the #12 largest school system in the United States, serving 1,088,094 students across the 2,555 public schools for the 2024 school year (there are , serving 112,268 students). 91% of all K-12 students in Washington are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in Washington is 50%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 59%.
Minority enrollment is 50% (majority Hispanic) and the student:teacher ratio is 17:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(WA) School Average
American Indian
1%
Asian
9%
Hispanic
25%
Black
5%
White
50%
Hawaiian
1%
Two or more races
9%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in WA.

Top Ranked Public Schools in Washington (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Cascadia Elementary School
Magnet School
(Math: ≥99% | Reading: ≥99%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥99% (Top 20%)
Reading: ≥99% (Top 20%)
Grades: 1-5
1700 N 90th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 252-5914
Rank: #22.
Challenge Elementary School
Alternative School
(Math: ≥99% | Reading: 97%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥99% (Bottom 50%)
Reading: 97% (Bottom 50%)
Grades: 1-6
5409 228th St Sw
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
(425) 431-7157
Rank: #33.
International Community School
Alternative School
Magnet School
(Math: 96% | Reading: 97%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 96% (Top 20%)
Reading: 97% (Top 20%)
Grades: 6-12
11133 Ne 65th St
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 936-2380
Rank: #4 - 74. - 7.
Nikola Tesla Stem High School
Alternative School
Magnet School
(Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 20%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 20%)
Grades: 9-12
4301 228th Ave Ne
Redmond, WA 98053
(425) 936-2770
Rank: #4 - 74. - 7.
Northstar Middle School
Alternative School
(Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 20%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 20%)
Grades: 6-9
10903 Ne 53rd St
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 936-1760
Rank: #4 - 74. - 7.
Stella Schola
Alternative School
Magnet School
(Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 20%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 20%)
Grades: 6-8
13505 Ne 75th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 936-2475
Rank: #4 - 74. - 7.
Stephen Decatur Elementary School
(Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 20%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 20%)
Grades: 1-5
7711 43rd Ave Ne
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 252-3230
Rank: #88.
Libby Center
Special Education School
(Math: 95% | Reading: 97%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 95% (Top 30%)
Reading: 97% (Top 50%)
Grades: K-12
2900 E 1st Ave
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 354-7500
Rank: #99.
Mercer Island High School
(Math: 90% | Reading: ≥99%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90% (Top 5%)
Reading: ≥99% (Top 5%)
Grades: 9-12
9100 Se 42nd
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 236-3345
Rank: #1010.
Cherry Crest Elementary School
(Math: 94% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 94% (Bottom 50%)
Reading: 95% (Bottom 50%)
Grades: PK-5
12400 N.e. 32nd St.
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 456-4900

Best Washington Public Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
17
5,373
84%
12
3,081
19%
69
37,490
45%
42
12,627
55%
30
9,710
36%
147
74,722
38%
49
16,783
29%
21
7,284
59%
11
910
42%
40
20,738
78%
60
20,536
68%
26
8,482
37%
538
277,275
61%
78
34,170
39%
18
4,625
26%
43
11,807
31%
18
2,132
15%
25
8,137
43%
37
12,382
48%
18
2,845
33%
282
141,517
53%
14
1,762
27%
55
18,480
47%
227
114,978
49%
187
75,983
26%
37
6,424
27%
87
43,432
41%
77
27,182
38%
28
4,683
27%
117
52,756
78%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Washington?
The top ranked public schools in Washington include Cascadia Elementary School, Challenge Elementary School and International Community School.
How many public schools are located in Washington?
2,555 public schools are located in Washington.
What percentage of students in Washington go to public school?
91% of all K-12 students in Washington are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Washington?
Minority enrollment in Washington is 50% (majority Hispanic)

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