One of the most popular questions for families raising kids or moving to the state of Washington is around education. Specifically, what school district? With the help of data companies like school digger and great schools this question has become easier for concerned parents to answer than ever before.

Given the most densely populated areas in the state are within a 30 mile radius of Seattle proper, lets focus our attention here first.

According to School Digger, here are top districts families should consider:

Rank (2017) District Name County
1 Mercer Island School District King
2 Lake Washington School District King
3 Bainbridge Island School District Kitsap
4 Diernger School District Pierce
5 Issaquah School District King
6 Snoqualmie School District King
7 University Place School District Pierce
8 Shoreline School District King
9 Camas School District Clark
10 Tahoma School District King

If you are like many of the families we hear from, there is some other key information you might want to consider like number of students, number of schools per tier, and students / school.

District Name # of
Students
Ranked
Elementary Schools 
Ranked
Middle Schools
Ranked
High Schools
Mercer Island 4,493 3 1 1
Lake Washington 29,180 29 11 6
Bainbridge Island 3,884 3 1 1
Diernger 1,436 1 1 0
Issaquah 20,532 15 4 3
Snoqualmie 7,100 4 2 1
University Place 5,714 4 3 1
Shoreline 9,659 10 3 1
Camas 7,097 6 2 2
Tahoma 8,357 4 2 1

One consideration to be mindful of when looking at school districts, is not all schools are created equal. School rating, class size, and student/teach ration can fluctuate dramatically. For instance, on Mercer Island, every school is rated highly, but because there is only one middle school and high school respectively, student / teacher ratio increases markedly.

School Name Type Grades Enrollment S/T Ratio Star Rating
Island Park
Elementary
Public K-5 388 15.9 5 of 5
Islander
Middle School
Public 6-8 1,127 21.6 5 of 5
Lakeridge
Elementary
Public K-5 484 18.9 5 of 5
Mercer Island
High School
Public 9-12 1,500 20.9 5 of 5
Northwood
Elementary
Public K-5 477 17.2 5 of 5
West Mercer
Elementary
Public K-5 517 17.4 5 of 5

However, when you juxtapose this with the Snoqualmie Valley School District, elementary school performance varies. While all have similar class sizes, Snoqualime Elementary and Fall City have 5 stars, whereas Edwin Opal has 4 stars, and North Bend has yet to be rated.

School Name Type Grades Enrollment S/T Ratio Star Rating
Cascade View
Elementary
Public K-5 621 22.3 5 of 5
Chief Kanim
Middle School
Public 6-8 773 20.8 5 of 5
Edwin Opstad
Elementary
Public PK-5 557 19.2 4 of 5
Fall City
Elementary
Public K-5 586 19.3 5 of 5
Mount Si
High School
Public 9-12 1,833 23.1 4 of 5
North Bend
Elementary
Public K-5 462 19.2
Snoqualmie
Access
Alt PK-12 72
Snoqualmie
Elementary
Public PK-5 607 17.6 5 of 5
Snoqualmie
Parent Partnership
Alt K-10 86
SVSD
Open Doors
Public 9-12 3

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