Federal Way High School

★★★☆☆
  • 30611 16th Ave S

    Federal Way, WA 98003

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  • 253-945-5400

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NATHAN HALE IS WHERE U WANT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!! BEST HIGHH SCHOOL ANYONE HAS EVER GONE TOOOO!!!!!!!! or shorewood!!!!!!!!!!!
THUNDER HAWK
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RAIDERS!
rederal way high school sounds like ingraham high school (IHS)

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NATHAN HALE IS WHERE U WANT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!! BEST HIGHH SCHOOL ANYONE HAS EVER GONE TOOOO!!!!!!!! or shorewood!!!!!!!!!!!
THUNDER HAWK
&
RAIDERS!
rederal way high school sounds like ingraham high school (IHS)

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I transferred to Federal Way High School in eleventh grade, and am going to graduate this June. The funny thing about the other reviews I've read, is that I am in class with Zoe H. this semester. We take anatomy together, really, one of the best science electives. She has a great boyfriend, and she doesn't seem to hate "Fed" all that much. In fact, no one really seems to. Sure, some people have terrible grammar, some deal drugs, and some are stuck up and rude, but the majority are pretty well rounded. Yes, some girls are pregnant, but not that many, and the high test scores are acheived by the effort put in by both the teachers AND the students. The building could use some fixing up, but the only places it really smells like a "sewer" or "fish" is in the boys' bathrooms. Especially in the 300 wing, where there is occasionally a propane leak, because someone has decided to kick the pipe. The principal is friendly and tries to include people, taking extra time to make sure each of her students feels welcome. If a student doesn't, it's because s/he has chosen to not take this opportunity and act as if the world is out to get her/him. There are occasional fights, but you would get that in any high school, simply because of the fact that teenagers are territorial and emotional. Nobody here is dumb or oblivious, but we choose to ignore the faults of our school because for many of us, myself included, it is a sort of second "home". And, for some of us, it is way safer than the place in which we live. Notice I use "us", because in all simplicity, "Fed" is a community, one you can't find anywhere else.

Oh, and I'm in Cambridge. It's awesome, and even though a couple people do seem to think they're better than everyone else, most of the students in these classes are focused on their academics and take them seriously. With the homework load, we don't have time to deal with other students' drama. We have our own.

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★★★★☆

I transferred to Federal Way High School in eleventh grade, and am going to graduate this June. The funny thing about the other reviews I've read, is that I am in class with Zoe H. this semester. We take anatomy together, really, one of the best science electives. She has a great boyfriend, and she doesn't seem to hate "Fed" all that much. In fact, no one really seems to. Sure, some people have terrible grammar, some deal drugs, and some are stuck up and rude, but the majority are pretty well rounded. Yes, some girls are pregnant, but not that many, and the high test scores are acheived by the effort put in by both the teachers AND the students. The building could use some fixing up, but the only places it really smells like a "sewer" or "fish" is in the boys' bathrooms. Especially in the 300 wing, where there is occasionally a propane leak, because someone has decided to kick the pipe. The principal is friendly and tries to include people, taking extra time to make sure each of her students feels welcome. If a student doesn't, it's because s/he has chosen to not take this opportunity and act as if the world is out to get her/him. There are occasional fights, but you would get that in any high school, simply because of the fact that teenagers are territorial and emotional. Nobody here is dumb or oblivious, but we choose to ignore the faults of our school because for many of us, myself included, it is a sort of second "home". And, for some of us, it is way safer than the place in which we live. Notice I use "us", because in all simplicity, "Fed" is a community, one you can't find anywhere else.

Oh, and I'm in Cambridge. It's awesome, and even though a couple people do seem to think they're better than everyone else, most of the students in these classes are focused on their academics and take them seriously. With the homework load, we don't have time to deal with other students' drama. We have our own.

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This school is ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. I transferred here sophomore year, and even being a good person, I was alone and depressed the for a lot of the time. Most of the teachers are fantastic, but the students are morons. Don't listen to the other person. I've been here for 4 months and I've seen 3 fights, and I've seen people deal drugs. A lot of people here drink alcohol and nobody listens to good music. Cambridge students are arrogant and stupid, all other students have no sense whatsoever. This school is VERY ghetto, a ghetto person is too busy being dumb to notice how horrible it is here. There are also a lot of pregnant girls. I don't know how they get good test scores, probably because the teachers are good. The students are also EXTREMELY unruly. The office ladies treat you like some sort of huge burden if you ask a question when THEY applied for the job. NEVER go to this school unless you want to be miserable or be around a lot of terrible influence. Luckily, if you simply PASS a standardized test you're in an advanced class with really smart people, even if you're not as smart or quick. It also always smells like fish or a sewer in the cafeteria. They have a stuffed eagle corpse in a trophy case. A REAL EAGLE. The school newspaper is AWFUL and IRRELEVANT! You can really only be in Cambridge if you're privileged enough to be in this school district before high school starts. It doesn't matter if you're truly intelligent or not. They lack a lot of electives and they are TECHNOLOGICALLY IMPAIRED, using extremely cheap computers for design classes. The servers can't handle it and computers are always crashing. The library is small, useless, and dusty. The people here are usually (with some exception) rude, ghetto, annoying, loud, needy, and they have terrible grammar. This school is poor, corrupt, and stupid. PLEASE DON'T GO HERE!

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★☆☆☆☆

This school is ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. I transferred here sophomore year, and even being a good person, I was alone and depressed the for a lot of the time. Most of the teachers are fantastic, but the students are morons. Don't listen to the other person. I've been here for 4 months and I've seen 3 fights, and I've seen people deal drugs. A lot of people here drink alcohol and nobody listens to good music. Cambridge students are arrogant and stupid, all other students have no sense whatsoever. This school is VERY ghetto, a ghetto person is too busy being dumb to notice how horrible it is here. There are also a lot of pregnant girls. I don't know how they get good test scores, probably because the teachers are good. The students are also EXTREMELY unruly. The office ladies treat you like some sort of huge burden if you ask a question when THEY applied for the job. NEVER go to this school unless you want to be miserable or be around a lot of terrible influence. Luckily, if you simply PASS a standardized test you're in an advanced class with really smart people, even if you're not as smart or quick. It also always smells like fish or a sewer in the cafeteria. They have a stuffed eagle corpse in a trophy case. A REAL EAGLE. The school newspaper is AWFUL and IRRELEVANT! You can really only be in Cambridge if you're privileged enough to be in this school district before high school starts. It doesn't matter if you're truly intelligent or not. They lack a lot of electives and they are TECHNOLOGICALLY IMPAIRED, using extremely cheap computers for design classes. The servers can't handle it and computers are always crashing. The library is small, useless, and dusty. The people here are usually (with some exception) rude, ghetto, annoying, loud, needy, and they have terrible grammar. This school is poor, corrupt, and stupid. PLEASE DON'T GO HERE!

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Federal Way High School has long been recognized as a "ghetto" school. Maybe it was a few years ago, but now, as a sophomore at FW, I find that very hard to believe that Federal Way HS is more "ghetto" than the other high schools in the district.

Never have I witnessed a "gang fight", or drugs being dealt in the hallways. And the whole myth about the inability to walk the halls of FWHS without being "capped"? Forget about it. The majority of the students at Federal Way respect each other, despite all of the diversity. Of course, there is the occasional bomb threat, but most of the people found guilty doing so were attending another school.

Federal Way High School has also had a reputation of giving their students bad education, compared to other high schools. I can also tell you that this is also most certainly false. The majority of Federal Way's teachers (about 60% of them have a master's degree compared to TJ's 50%) are very dedicated in helping students achieve their academic goals, especially in the AP and Cambridge programs. (On a side note,FWHS is the only high school on the West Coast to offer the Cambridge Program) WASL scores have been consistently increasing every year, but as we all know, the WASL is not the only way to gauge a school's success. Many FW graduates have gone on to attend major colleges and universities across the nation, so contrary to belief, academic success from high school to further beyond is as possible at FWHS as any other high school. Of course, a student at FW must work hard to succeed; I know as a student in the Cambridge program that you can't "slack" your way through this school.

Federal Way's athletics have enjoyed much success throughout the years. In the 2007-2008 year alone, the boy's basketball team went on in the state championship to place 2nd in 4A, beating cross-town rival Decatur in the process. The boy's swim team were academic state champions for 4A, with an accumulated GPA of 3.73. The football team enjoyed an undefeated 7-0 season in SPSL league play. Many of Federal Way's other athletics have also have success, for example a number of athletes in boy's/girl's swimming, track, and wrestling qualifying for the state championships. Of course, every student, regardless of athletic ability, is welcome and encouraged to join a sport at FW.

Many of Federal Way's clubs have also succeeded my expectations. The Speech and Debate team has won many awards at various tournaments, and several members of the team went on to compete in the district, state, and national championships. The school's newspaper, known as the "Eagle Eye", is regarded as one of the best student publications in the area. And this year, the AVID program became the first AVID national demonstration school in Washington state. There is a wide diversity of other extracurricular clubs at Federal Way, from Gamer's Club to Pacific Islander Club, and like athletics, all students are welcome and encouraged to join any club.

I could write more about how Federal Way High School exceeds most people's expectations, but for the sake of length I will conclude my review here. Just know that FW is far from being a bad school for parents to send their children to attend, and GO EAGLES.

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★★★★☆

Federal Way High School has long been recognized as a "ghetto" school. Maybe it was a few years ago, but now, as a sophomore at FW, I find that very hard to believe that Federal Way HS is more "ghetto" than the other high schools in the district.

Never have I witnessed a "gang fight", or drugs being dealt in the hallways. And the whole myth about the inability to walk the halls of FWHS without being "capped"? Forget about it. The majority of the students at Federal Way respect each other, despite all of the diversity. Of course, there is the occasional bomb threat, but most of the people found guilty doing so were attending another school.

Federal Way High School has also had a reputation of giving their students bad education, compared to other high schools. I can also tell you that this is also most certainly false. The majority of Federal Way's teachers (about 60% of them have a master's degree compared to TJ's 50%) are very dedicated in helping students achieve their academic goals, especially in the AP and Cambridge programs. (On a side note,FWHS is the only high school on the West Coast to offer the Cambridge Program) WASL scores have been consistently increasing every year, but as we all know, the WASL is not the only way to gauge a school's success. Many FW graduates have gone on to attend major colleges and universities across the nation, so contrary to belief, academic success from high school to further beyond is as possible at FWHS as any other high school. Of course, a student at FW must work hard to succeed; I know as a student in the Cambridge program that you can't "slack" your way through this school.

Federal Way's athletics have enjoyed much success throughout the years. In the 2007-2008 year alone, the boy's basketball team went on in the state championship to place 2nd in 4A, beating cross-town rival Decatur in the process. The boy's swim team were academic state champions for 4A, with an accumulated GPA of 3.73. The football team enjoyed an undefeated 7-0 season in SPSL league play. Many of Federal Way's other athletics have also have success, for example a number of athletes in boy's/girl's swimming, track, and wrestling qualifying for the state championships. Of course, every student, regardless of athletic ability, is welcome and encouraged to join a sport at FW.

Many of Federal Way's clubs have also succeeded my expectations. The Speech and Debate team has won many awards at various tournaments, and several members of the team went on to compete in the district, state, and national championships. The school's newspaper, known as the "Eagle Eye", is regarded as one of the best student publications in the area. And this year, the AVID program became the first AVID national demonstration school in Washington state. There is a wide diversity of other extracurricular clubs at Federal Way, from Gamer's Club to Pacific Islander Club, and like athletics, all students are welcome and encouraged to join any club.

I could write more about how Federal Way High School exceeds most people's expectations, but for the sake of length I will conclude my review here. Just know that FW is far from being a bad school for parents to send their children to attend, and GO EAGLES.

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FW High School isn't known as the greatest academic institution. They've had some trouble with gangs and bad students, but overall its a decent school. It is an old building that needs improvement. If you live close enough, I'd suggest sending your kids to Thomas Jefferson High School instead, which is known for its academics.

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★★★☆☆

FW High School isn't known as the greatest academic institution. They've had some trouble with gangs and bad students, but overall its a decent school. It is an old building that needs improvement. If you live close enough, I'd suggest sending your kids to Thomas Jefferson High School instead, which is known for its academics.

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