How to Become a Teacher in Washington

You have made the greatest decision of your life. You are about to become someone who imparts wisdom on a daily basis. You are going to be a teacher! The following steps will help you become a teacher in Washington.

Choose What You Want to Teach

One of the first things you should do is decide what you want to teach. Do you have a passion for a specific subject? If so, you can consider working with high school or middle school children. Do you prefer teaching multiple fundamental subjects like reading and writing? If so, you can consider becoming an elementary school teacher. Deciding what grade level(s) or subject area(s) can be tough, but take your own feelings and preferences into consideration when making this decision. If you need more information before making your decision, you can learn more about educators and schools on the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website. You can also seek advice from a college advisor. The specific steps you take will be dependent on which level and/or subject you want to teach.

Complete Your Education Requirements for Teaching in Washington

As with all other states, Washington requires teachers to possess, at a minimum, a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university. It is also required that prospective teachers complete a teacher preparation program. If you are just starting out in your educational career, you may want to enter a blended or joint degree. The majority of accredited colleges and universities offer joint or blended programs. A joint or blended program is one in which you may earn your Bachelor's Degree while also completing requirements for a teacher preparation program. This route will help you become a teacher faster. If you already have a Bachelor's Degree, see the "Alternative Teaching Certification in Washington" section below.

Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

Public school teachers are required to be licensed to teach in order to teach full time in the classroom. In order to receive teaching credentials one must attend and graduate from an accredited college or university.

Teacher preparation programs typically contain two separate but important elements, that of curricula and fieldwork. Washington does not have extra hours required for any specific certification. However, different colleges may require different course loads, schedules, or number of hours. To learn specifics it is best to contact the head of the department at the accredited college of your choice.

In addition to actual classes and assignments, teaching candidates are often required to complete fieldwork. This includes hours of observation at different schools and grade levels, as well as student teaching toward the end of the program. Student teaching will require the teaching candidate to create, implement, grade, and reflect upon lesson plans while managing and running a full classroom under the guidance of a mentor teacher.

Alternative Teaching Certification in Washington

For those who decide to become a teacher after already obtaining a Bachelor's Degree, a new four year degree is not required. Washington offers an alternative program to receive teacher certification. However, alternate certification is usually an option for areas of high need which include:

  • Special Education
  • English Language Learner
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Level Math
  • Middle Level Science
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Bilingual Education

Residency Teacher Certification (Route 1)

There are four routes to alternative certification in Washington. Route 1 allows current employees (paraprofessionals) with transferable degrees to seek residency teacher certification with endorsements. These candidates will complete their baccalaureate degree, residency certification, and mentorship program in two years or less.

Certified to Teach in Another Area (Route 2)

Route 2 is for teachers who are certified, but not in the area in which they are applying. These individuals must complete a mentored internship with flexible training and coursework at a local site. These individuals must also pass the subject area specialty exam.

Intensive Summer Teaching Academy (Route 3)

Route 3 is for those who have a Bachelor's Degree in an area other than teaching. These candidates will attend an intensive summer teaching academy followed by a full year of mentored internship, and if necessary, another summer of teaching academy. All subject area tests must also be passed with appropriate scores.

Conditional Certificates (Route 4)

Route 4, the final option, is for those with conditional certificates. These individuals will be required to complete an intensive summer teaching academy followed by a year of mentored internship in which they are the teacher or record and considered highly qualified as determined by NCLB.

All alternative route candidates will be required to pass appropriate subject area tests, provide letters of reference, demonstrate successful experience with students or children, and meet age, character, and personal fitness requirements.

Pass the Required Tests for Washington

The next, and for some the hardest, step is passing the required exams for teacher certification.

Basic Skills Test

You must complete the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic (WEST-B) or the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) for certification. Often, this test is required before official admittance into a teacher preparation program.

Subject Tests

In addition, you must pass a subject area competence exam. The Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E) is also required for subject competence areas and will vary based on your field of study. These are PRAXIS exams and study guides or practice tests are available for those who need them. Determining the specific test you need will depend on your field of expertise, speak to your college advisor to find which is needed.

Apply for your Washington Teacher Certification

Application Requirements

There are a number of different certificates available in Washington. Each is outlined with a link below.

Residency Certificate : This is for individuals who have earned a Bachelor's Degree or higher from any accredited institution, completed a state's approved teacher preparation program, or 3 years of verified teaching experience and hold a qualified certificate in another state

Nonimmigrant Exchange Teacher Certificate : The visiting teacher must fill out and sign the application form; receive a district review of the application; be fingerprinted within the district; pay $33 to OSPI Professional Certificate office for processing; gain district approval to become the teacher of record

Substitute Certificate: This certificate is good for life, but the substitute must complete the same level of preparation as a regular teacher. This is not a certificate for those who graduated from a Washington teacher preparation program.

Limited Teaching Certificate : This limited certificate is used when enough teachers cannot be found for a given area. This is available to school boards who need to hire someone with expertise in an area, but does not hold a teaching certificate. There are three levels under this heading known as contracted teaching. These include: conditional teaching, emergency teaching certificate, and transitional teaching certificate. Applications can be downloaded above.

Foreign Trained Certificate: This certificate is for those trained outside the U.S. These applicants will need to submit transcripts and class translations to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for approval. A transcript must be evaluated in order for certification to be received.

Student Teaching in Washington : Those who wish to do a student teacher placement in Washington (all students in a teaching certification program) will need to obtain a pre-residency clearance prior to placement. Candidates must show enrollment in an approved educational institution, evidence of good moral character, and personal fitness. Students in a Washington based teacher preparation program need not apply as schools will handle this aspect.

Contact Information

Old Capitol Building
PO Box 47200
600 Washington Street, S.E.
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
(360)725-6000
TTY (360)664-3631

Find a Teaching Job in Washington

After completing the previous steps, you will be ready to find a full time position as a teacher in Washington!

Washington State uses a number of third-party databases in order to ensure that district job postings are widely available to potential applicants. Some of the auxiliary sites that the state uses for these means are Educational Service District (ESD), Retire - Rehire, and the Washington Education Joblink. Applicants can use these portals or district websites in order to view up-to-date postings. In both public and private schools, shortages have been identified in subjects such as languages, sciences, special education, and math.

Professional Teacher Association

New teachers are invited to join the state's professional labor union, the Washington Education Association.

Retirement Benefits for Public School Teachers

Upon retirement, public school teachers can begin accessing their pensions funds through Washington State's Teachers' Retirement System (TRS).

Private Schools in Washington

In addition to the public system, teachers may apply to any of the state's 782 private schools to help mitigate the teacher shortages. Bear in mind that tenure, compensation, and benefits may accrue differently than Washington's public school system. Some private schools may not offer retirement benefits at all.

Teacher Shortage in Washington by Subjects or Discipline (2014-2015)

The following list of teacher shortage areas in Washington has been obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) list for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Bilingual Education
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Earth and Space Science
  • English Language Learner
  • Mathematics
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physics
  • School Nurse
  • School Psychologist
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Speech Language Pathologist

Number of Public School Teachers By Grade

The table below lists the number of public school teachers in Washington by grade level during the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Pre-kindergarten & Preschool Teachers479
Kindergarten Teachers3,147
Elementary Teachers24,513
Middle & High School Teachers23,575
Ungraded Class Teachers1,985

Data obtained from the State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Data 2013

Number of Private School Teachers By Grade

There are more than 590 private schools with an estimated 6,500 private school teachers in Washington. The table below details the number of teachers by grade level during the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Elementary School Teachers3,543
Middle & High School Teachers699
Combined K-12 School Teachers2,295

Data obtained from the Private School Universe Survey (PSS) 2012

Continue Your Education and Professional Development

Teachers are required to engage in a career-long endeavor of professional development. This requirement of individuals in education ensures that teachers continually strive to improve their practice while increasing their salary and achieving their career goals. Professional development can take a number of forms and platforms, from online seminars to scholarly review. However, it is important to remember that the purpose of professional development is to ultimately boost student academic achievement and leadership within the school environment. The results of PD can have far-reaching positive consequences.

Clear Your Preliminary Credential

In order to obtain your professional certification you must hold the NBPTS for at least five years. The professional certificate is the advanced level of teacher certification. This is typically given to those who hold a residency certificate and complete the ProTech Portfolio, though some out of state programs will also be accepted. Specific steps to receive this form of certification can be found here.

Professional Development in Washington

The state of Washington manages educator professional development through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, a division of the Department of Education. With teachers in mind, the Teaching and Learning initiative was designed to provide leadership and support for teachers in order to ensure that adequate support is provided throughout the professional development process. To this end, Teaching and Learning works to ensure that professional development offerings remain focused on learning standards development and professional learning, as well as content support for state assessment systems and K-12 education policies. Teachers with additional questions are encouraged to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Employment and Teacher Salary in Washington

With an average starting salary of $36,335 per annum, new teachers in Washington state can enter their chosen career at the preschool, elementary, or high school level in virtually any subject, as the state is experiencing significant teacher shortages. Teachers are advised to apply to districts with high enrolment; In particular, Seattle Public Schools, Spokane Public Schools, and Tacoma Public Schools are key employers of their respective areas.

Total Employed

26,010

Salary Range

$51,040 - $74,700

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $51,040 to $74,700 a year in Washington. There are around twenty six thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett9,740$60,480
Tacoma2,920$61,280
Spokane2,110$59,940
Yakima1,230$57,640
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland1,120$58,170
Olympia960$57,770
Bremerton, Silverdale920$60,960
Bellingham630$59,520
Mount Vernon, Anacortes490$59,960
Wenatchee, East Wenatchee480$58,390

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

1,400

Salary Range

$41,550 - $85,980

English teachers have a salary range between $41,550 to $85,980 a year in Washington, with over 1,400 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett570$63,130
Spokane240$46,890
Tacoma110$58,330
Olympia80$53,600
Bellingham70$60,040

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Total Employed

12,580

Salary Range

$52,010 - $77,160

As a high school teacher in Washington you can expect to make between $52,010 - $77,160. There are around twelve thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett4,500$63,030
Tacoma1,330$62,070
Spokane1,000$62,060
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland600$60,320
Yakima540$59,190
Olympia440$60,220
Bellingham390$60,150
Bremerton, Silverdale250$61,870
Wenatchee, East Wenatchee210$61,130
Longview170$61,600

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Total Employed

370

Salary Range

$45,850 - $107,780

In Washington, a history teacher's salary may range from $45,850 to $107,780. There are around 370 employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett150$72,990
Tacoma40$66,040

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

3,690

Salary Range

$43,290 - $72,990

Kindergarten teachers in Washington, can earn between $43,290 to $72,990 a year. There are around three thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett1,340$54,830
Tacoma480$53,430
Yakima260$47,500
Spokane210$56,230
Olympia140$48,730
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland140$54,140
Bremerton, Silverdale120$57,800
Bellingham100$56,690
Mount Vernon, Anacortes70$54,220
Wenatchee, East Wenatchee70$54,190

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Total Employed

52,920

Salary Range

$43,290 - $127,110

As a math teacher in Washington you can expect to make between $43,290 - $127,110. Washington is home to about fifty thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett360$84,240
Tacoma60$62,950
Bellingham40$70,180

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

Total Employed

8,480

Salary Range

$23,460 - $56,580

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $23,460 to $56,580 a year in Washington. Washington is home to about eight thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett3,310$43,140
Spokane620$36,280
Olympia570$29,340
Tacoma530$34,650
Bellingham430$32,170
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland360$33,290
Wenatchee, East Wenatchee230$35,690
Bremerton, Silverdale190$39,330
Mount Vernon, Anacortes180$32,110
Yakima180$31,920

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

7,220

Salary Range

$22,670 - $37,890

In Washington, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $22,670 to $37,890, with over 7,220 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett3,980$28,280
Tacoma480$26,090
Spokane430$25,850
Yakima350$32,390
Bellingham210$28,440
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland210$27,540
Olympia140$28,510
Longview120$30,880
Mount Vernon, Anacortes100$27,800
Bremerton, Silverdale50$31,810

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

Total Employed

5,170

Salary Range

$32,780 - $122,560

As a school administrator in Washington you can expect to make between $32,780 - $122,560. Washington is home to about five thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett600$44,840
Tacoma80$38,890
Spokane60$47,680
Yakima30$46,940
Olympia-$45,800

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett1,420$106,830
Tacoma470$107,300
Spokane240$102,930
Yakima230$100,180
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland190$99,120
Olympia170$99,210
Bremerton, Silverdale150$104,850
Bellingham130$91,760
Mount Vernon, Anacortes80$98,210
Wenatchee, East Wenatchee80$96,450

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

4,320

Salary Range

$49,110 - $76,880

School counselors in Washington, can earn between $49,110 to $76,880 a year, with over 4,320 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett1,780$58,110
Tacoma470$59,150
Spokane440$57,000
Yakima180$62,300
Olympia160$62,690
Bellingham150$54,050
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland140$63,570
Bremerton, Silverdale110$63,310
Mount Vernon, Anacortes70$60,280
Longview60$56,680

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Total Employed

3,030

Salary Range

$54,050 - $83,250

School librarians have a salary range between $54,050 to $83,250 a year in Washington. Washington is home to about three thousand school librarians. Read about what it takes to become a school librarian.

Librarians
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett1,460$68,680
Tacoma290$66,990
Spokane230$57,410
Olympia140$58,560
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland90$64,270
Yakima90$60,770
Bellingham60$62,650
Bremerton, Silverdale60$63,690
Mount Vernon, Anacortes-$49,770

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Librarians (SOC Code: 25-4021)

Total Employed

6,570

Salary Range

$48,510 - $75,960

In Washington, a special education teacher's salary may range from $48,510 to $75,960. Washington is home to about six thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Preschool)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett160$58,910
Tacoma70$60,450
Bremerton, Silverdale40$59,280
Olympia30$58,510

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Preschool) (SOC Code: 25-2051)

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett1,080$59,450
Tacoma380$59,280
Spokane270$56,680
Yakima150$60,100
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland130$55,580
Olympia120$55,070
Bremerton, Silverdale110$60,120
Mount Vernon, Anacortes60$57,750
Bellingham60$58,520
Longview50$53,910

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Special Education Teachers (Middle School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett400$60,330
Tacoma190$60,090
Yakima70$61,080
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland60$56,330
Spokane60$57,920
Bellingham40$60,590
Bremerton, Silverdale40$59,690
Olympia40$55,090

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Middle School) (SOC Code: 25-2053)

Special Education Teachers (High School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett640$61,750
Tacoma240$62,500
Spokane150$59,810
Yakima90$62,090
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland70$60,400
Olympia70$60,300
Bremerton, Silverdale60$60,970
Bellingham50$60,300

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (High School) (SOC Code: 25-2054)

Total Employed

16,770

Salary Range

$32,560 - $45,750

In Washington, a substitute teacher's salary may range from $32,560 to $45,750. Washington is home to about sixteen thousand substitute teachers. Read about what it takes to become a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett6,520$40,000
Tacoma2,270$36,570
Spokane1,410$31,520
Yakima610$39,050
Olympia590$35,720
Bellingham480$32,050
Wenatchee, East Wenatchee320$27,260
Mount Vernon, Anacortes200$36,600
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland-$31,930

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Substitute Teachers (SOC Code: 25-3098)

Total Employed

33,280

Salary Range

$26,230 - $38,120

In Washington, a teaching assistant's salary may range from $26,230 to $38,120. There are around thirty three thousand employed teaching assistants. Interested in becoming a teaching assistant?

Teacher Assistants
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Seattle, Bellevue, Everett11,910$32,910
Tacoma3,560$31,610
Spokane2,220$26,880
Yakima1,660$29,550
Kennewick, Pasco, Richland1,470$27,520
Olympia1,410$29,670
Bremerton, Silverdale1,020$32,020
Bellingham920$28,900
Mount Vernon, Anacortes690$32,100
Longview600$28,430

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Teacher Assistants (SOC Code: 25-9041)

Top School Districts Supporting Teachers in Washington

homepage_badge_topTeachers work hard every day and the more support they have the better they can succeed at inspiring our future. This is why Teacher.org has ranked school districts in Washington that excel in supporting teachers inside and outside of the classroom. 109 school districts in Washington were analyzed with the top 30 school districts being featured below. The school districts were scored on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers.

For more information on school district rankings, see our methodology page: http://www.teacher.org/school-district-ranking-methodology.

Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.76
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 94.66
% Proficiency Score: 77.86

The Rochester School District is located in Thurston County, Washington, USA and services the Rochester and surrounding areas. There are over 2,200 students from pre kindergarten to grade 12 attending its 5 schools with a student to teacher ratio of 20:1. The Rochester School District is committed to the education of the community's youth and takes great pride in developing educational programs that prepare students for a successful adult life. Learn more by visiting the Rochester School District website at rochester.wednet.edu.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 70.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.08
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 90.37
% Proficiency Score: 86.66

The Olympia School District is located in Thurston County, in Washington, U.S.A. This District serves about 9,500 students from pre kindergarten to grade 12, in 21 schools in the Olympia area with a student to teacher ratio of 21:1. Olympia School District aims to equip all of its students with challenging opportunities and the knowledge and skills essential for life-long learning in our changing and diverse world. Learn more by visiting the Olympia School District website at osd.wednet.edu.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 78.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 82.2
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 81.41
% Proficiency Score: 92.26

Serving the Bellevue and surrounding areas, the Bellevue School District is located in King County, Washington, USA. Over 19,000 students from pre kindergarten to grade 12 attend its 30 schools with a student to teacher ratio of 20:1. The Bellevue School District aims to provide all students with an exemplary college preparatory education so they can succeed in college, career and life. Learn more by visiting the Bellevue School District website at bsd405.org.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 400 Total Support Staff
  • 83.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.36
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 95.21
% Proficiency Score: 79.49

The Woodland School District is located in Cowlitz County, in Washington, USA and serves the Woodland city area. There are more than 2,250 students enrolled in its 7 schools ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio for this District is 21:1. The Woodland School District educates all f its students to excel in their chosen endeavors while becoming productive members of society. Learn more by visiting the Woodland School District website at woodlandschools.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 72.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.45
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 78.36
% Proficiency Score: 96.12

The Bainbridge Island School District is located in Kitsap County, Washington, USA and services the Bainbridge Island area. There are 10 schools servicing almost 4,000 students with a student to teacher ratio of 19:1. The Bainbridge Island School District is committed to providing each student with an excellent academic program in an engaging and supportive environment. Learn more by visiting the Bainbridge Island School District website at bisd303.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 87.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.82
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 74.9
% Proficiency Score: 100

The Mercer Island School District is located in King County in Washington, USA and services the Mercer Island area. It has over 4,300 students from kindergarten to grade 12 in its 5 schools and has a student to teacher ratio of 20:1. Mercer Island School District believes in successfully preparing students for the cognitive, global and digital world. Learn more by visiting the Mercer Island School District website at mercerislandschools.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 90.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 88.63
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 83.8
% Proficiency Score: 82.22

The Port Angeles School District services the Port Angeles area in Clallam County, Washington, USA. There are 11 schools with almost 3,800 students enrolled from pre k to grade 12 with a student to teacher ratio of 19:1. The Port Angeles School District creates and sustains learning communities that prepare each student to live, work, and learn successfully in a changing world. Learn more by visiting the Port Angeles School District website at portangelesschools.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 74.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 86.4
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 92.11
% Proficiency Score: 75.03

The Colville School District is located in Stevens County, Washington, USA and serves the town of Colville. They have over 1,800 students attending 7 schools ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12 with a student to teacher ratio of 18:1. The Colville School District promotes academic excellence by providing all students a quality education based on high expectations in a safe and caring environment. Learn more by visiting the Colville School District website at colsd.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 68.1 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.76
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 91.84
% Proficiency Score: 76.73

Located in Lewis County, Washington, USA and servicing all of the City of Chehalis area. This District has about 3,000 students from pre kindergarten to grade 12 enrolled in 7 schools with a student to teacher ratio of 19:1. The Chehalis School District provides a comprehensive educational program that inspires and prepares them to become responsible, contributing citizens. Learn more by visiting the Chehalis School District website at chehalisschools.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 69.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.13
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 100
% Proficiency Score: 70.63

The Clarkston School District services the Clarkston area in Asotin County, Washington, USA. It has 9 schools with over 2,700 students enrolled from pre k to grade 12 and a student to teacher ratio of 19:1. The Clarkston School District ensures high levels of learning for each student in Clarkston. Learn more by visiting the Clarkston School District website at csdk12.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 64.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 91.07
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 77.41
% Proficiency Score: 82.3

The Seattle Public Schools District is located in King County, Washington, USA and services the Seattle area. It is the largest public school district in Washington. There are 108 schools with over 50,600 students in attendance, ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12 and with a student to teacher ratio of 18:1. The Seattle Public Schools District are committed to ensuring equitable access, closing the opportunity gaps and excellence in education for every student. Learn more by visiting the Seattle Public Schools website at seattleschools.org.

District Details
  • > 2,500 FTE Teachers
  • 50,000-100,000 Students
  • > 1,000 Total Support Staff
  • 74.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.41
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 93.53
% Proficiency Score: 81.7

Located in Whatcom County, in Washington, USA, the Lynden School District services the Lynden and surrounding area. About 2,800 students from pre kindergarten to grade 12 attend its 7 schools with a student to teacher ratio of 21:1. The Lynden School District focus's on strengthening the interaction between classroom instruction, the curriculum, and the learning task. Learn more by visiting the Lynden School District website at lynden.wednet.edu.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 74.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.08
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 89.19
% Proficiency Score: 77.28

The Battle Ground School District in Clark County, Washington, USA services the Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie and Yacolt communities. There are 13,000 students attending 22 schools ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12, with a student to teacher ratio of 20:1. The Battle Ground School District prepares its students for the next step in their lives. Learn more by visiting the Battle Ground School District website at battlegroundps.org.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 300 Total Support Staff
  • 70.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 100
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 71.27
% Proficiency Score: 77.31

The Enumclaw School District services the city of Enumclaw in King County, Washington, USA. There are about 4,150 students ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12 attending its 9 schools with a student to teacher ratio of 18:1. Emphasis on strong academic programs and equally effective vocational opportunities has long been a priority of The Enumclaw School District. Learn more by visiting the Enumclaw School District website at enumclaw.wednet.edu.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 70.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 92.09
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 95
% Proficiency Score: 61.28

The Aberdeen School District is located in Grays Harbour County in Washington, USA. And serves the City of Aberdeen. There are 11 schools enrolling over 3,200 students ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio of this District is 18:1. The mission of the Aberdeen School District is to be a strong, inspirational learning community that empowers students to embrace life’s opportunities. Learn more by visiting the Aberdeen School District website at asd5.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 55.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 86.25
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 95.47
% Proficiency Score: 66.22

Mount Vernon School District is an integral part of the community of Mount Vernon and serves over 6,000 public school students from kindergarten to grade 12 in its 12 elementary, middle, and high schools. Employing almost 350 classroom teachers, the district boasts a teaching ratio of about 19:1. Mount Vernon schools are proud to graduate inspired and critical thinkers who embrace diversity. Learn more by visiting the Mount Vernon Schools website at mountvernonschools.org.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 60.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 73.4
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 83.45
% Proficiency Score: 90.56

Serving the Maple Valley area, the Tahoma School District is located in Southeast King County in Washington, USA. The District has 9 schools with over 7,700 students from pre kindergarten to grade 12 and student to teacher ratio of 22:1. The Tahoma School District provides a quality learning environment for all students, including those with special needs and those who are qualified to participate in gifted education programs. Learn more by visiting the Tahoma School District website at tahomasd.us.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 82.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 90.09
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 87.74
% Proficiency Score: 69.56

The Prosser School District is located in Benton County, in Washington, USA and services the Prosser and surrounding areas. Over 2,800 students ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12, attend its 6 schools with a student to teacher ratio of 18:1. The Prosser School District will provide opportunities for all students to develop specific academic, technical and vocational skills and knowledge. Learn more by visiting the Prosser School District website at prosserschools.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 63.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 86.3
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.24
% Proficiency Score: 78.4

Servicing the community of Silverdale and City of Bremerton, Central Kitsap School District is located in Kitsap County, Washington, USA. About 11,500 students are enrolled in 23 schools ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12 and with a student to teacher ratio of 19:1. The Central Kitsap School District equips their students with the knowledge and skills to prosper and succeed in an ever changing global society. Learn more by visiting the Central Kitsap School District website at cksd.wednet.edu.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 71.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.6
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.62
% Proficiency Score: 74.54

Selah School District is an important part of the fabric of Yakima County. With 9 elementary, middle and secondary schools throughout the district, total enrolment is approximately 3,400 students. Selah Schools employ more than 150 classroom teachers to instruct students from preschool to grade 12. With a classroom ratio of about 19:1, Selah School District is dedicated to showing students how to succeed through integrity and academic purpose. Learn more by visiting the Selah School District website at selah.k12.wa.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 67.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 77.15
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 81.68
% Proficiency Score: 86.7

Serving the communities of Gig Harbor and Lakebay, Washington, Peninsula School District enrolls more than 9,000 elementary, middle and secondary students throughout its 15 schools. Employing more than 400 classroom teachers and over 350 additional staff members means the district has a ratio of about 21 students per teacher. Peninsula school district is committed to guiding students toward their individual academic success. Learn more by visiting the Peninsula School District 401 website at psd401.net.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 78.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.36
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 87.3
% Proficiency Score: 82.82

The North Kitsap School District services the Poulsbo area in the northern part of Kitsap County, Washington, USA. About 6,500 students from pre k to grade 12 attend 14 schools with a student to teacher ratio of 21:1. The North Kitsap School District provides an academically challenging, educational program to meet the diverse needs of all students. Learn more by visiting the North Kitsap School District website at nkschools.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 75.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 89.89
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 83.99
% Proficiency Score: 70.65

Located in Whatcom County, in Washington, USA, the Mount Baker School District serves the Deming community with over 1,900 students attending its 7 schools ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio for this District is 19:1. The Mount Baker School District will provide all of its students with a strong educational foundation upon which they can build their futures as productive citizens of our changing world. Learn more by visiting the Mount Baker School District website at mtbaker.wednet.edu.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 64.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 82.97
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 66.06
% Proficiency Score: 94.46

The Lake Washington School District is located in King County, Washington, USA and serves the Redmond community. It is one of the largest school districts in Washington with other 25,500 students attending its 55 schools ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12 and with a student to teacher ratio of 19:1. The Lake Washington School District strives to provide the best possible educational experience for their students and families. Learn more by visiting the Lake Washington School District website at lwsd.org.

District Details
  • > 1,000 FTE Teachers
  • 25,000-50,000 Students
  • > 500 Total Support Staff
  • 85.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 80.21
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 71.5
% Proficiency Score: 91.66

A public PK - 12 school district in Clark County, Washington, Camas School District is located on the north bank of the Columbia River. With a school population of more than 6,400 students and a teaching staff of more than 300, Camas Schools have a classroom ratio of about 20 students per teacher. Camas' 11 elementary, middle and secondary schools are dedicated to ensuring that students are 'future-ready'. Learn more by visiting the Camas School District website at camas.wednet.edu.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 83.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.89
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 73.87
% Proficiency Score: 90.6

The Northshore School District is located in Snohomish County in Washington, USA and serves the City of Bothell and surrounding areas. There are over 20,000 students in 34 schools ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio in this District is 20:1. Northshore School District is committed to providing a world-class education for all Northshore students. Learn more by visiting the Northshore School District website at wwwnew.nsd.org.

District Details
  • > 1,000 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 400 Total Support Staff
  • 82.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 77.76
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.31
% Proficiency Score: 88.87

The Anacortes School District is located in Skagit County, Washington, USA and services the City of Anacortes. There are 7 schools educating over 2,700 students ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio of this District is 20:1. The Anacortes School District prepares its students to thrive in a globally competitive world. Learn more by visiting the Anacortes School District website at asd103.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 80.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.09
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 89.68
% Proficiency Score: 75.05

Located in the community of Oak Harbor, Oak Harbor School District is an integral part of Island County, Washington. The district has 10 elementary, middle and secondary schools that employ more than 250 classroom teachers to meet the needs of the district's 5,600 students. With a classroom ratio of about 21:1, Oak Harbor staff members are committed to maintaining a reputation of award-winning schools and programs. Learn more by visiting the Oak Harbor School District website at ohsd.net.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 68.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 78.03
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 79.58
% Proficiency Score: 85.05

Serving the North Spokane, Washington area for over 90 years, Mead School District 354 is a publically funded pre-kindergarten to grade 12 school district comprised of 16 schools and more than 9,500 students. Taught by more than 450 classroom teachers, the district has a ratio of about 21:1. Mead teachers are committed to helping students strive for excellence every day. Learn more by visiting the Mead School District 354 website at mead354.org.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 77.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.12
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.91
% Proficiency Score: 73.42

The West Valley School District is located in Spokane County, Washington, USA. Over 3,800 students attend their 11 schools ranging from pre kindergarten to grade 12. The student to teacher ratio is 20:1. West Valley School District vows that each West Valley student will have a rigorous and relevant education achieved through strong Relationships. Learn more by visiting the West Valley School District (spokane) website at wvsd.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 66.5 Avg % Proficiency

Continued List of School Districts in Washington

RankingSchool DistrictSchoolsTeachersOverall Score
#31 Kelso School District1424680.81
#32 Central Valley School District2869880.79
#33 Tumwater School District1433480.75
#34 Stanwood-Camano School District1121880.49
#35 Steilacoom Hist. School District815380.33
#36 Renton School District2979080.31
#37 Everett Public Schools3290280.29
#38 Auburn School District2377980.13
#39 Highline Public Schools421,01680.02
#40 Ferndale School District1226379.99
#41 Spokane Public Schools631,67779.78
#42 North Thurston Public Schools2174879.59
#43 Ephrata School District812379.58
#44 Deer Park School District711379.51
#45 Sumner School District1441879.49
#46 Edmonds School District401,01279.39
#47 Richland School District (Washington)1855079.3
#48 West Valley School District (yakima)1224279.27
#49 Snoqualmie Valley School District1330179.06
#50 Shoreline School District1943478.85
#51 Evergreen Public Schools381,44578.76
#52 Cheney School District1123278.65
#53 Shelton School District823678.4
#54 Walla Walla School District1334478.38
#55 Bellingham School District2555978.35
#56 Burlington-Edison School District820278.34
#57 Riverview School District916078.27
#58 Eastmont School District1229078.24
#59 Sedro-Woolley School District1122678.1
#60 Tacoma Public Schools671,56978.07
#61 Sultan School District810478.05
#62 Kent School District431,39578.04
#63 Bremerton School District1329777.93
#64 Sunnyside School District835477.89
#65 Pullman School District512477.87
#66 Centralia School District718577.86
#67 Snohomish School District1944677.84
#68 Sequim School District514877.83
#69 South Kitsap School District1745377.76
#70 Franklin Pierce School District1541477.44
#71 East Valley School District (spokane)923877.4
#72 Blaine School District611177.33
#73 Othello School District620577.04
#74 Mukilteo School District2175977.03
#75 Yelm School District1028676.9
#76 Lake Stevens School District1237676.81
#77 Quincy School District715776.66
#78 Moses Lake High School1640776.56
#79 Clover Park School District3367276.26
#80 Washougal School District815776.01
#81 Puyallup School District391,03775.94
#82 Kennewick School District2883475.92
#83 Vancouver Public Schools411,15675.8
#84 University Place School District929575.76
#85 Issaquah School District No. 4112790075.75
#86 White River School District817575.13
#87 Longview Public Schools1635675.05
#88 North Franklin School District911574.8
#89 Bethel School District (Washington)4087774.75
#90 Fife School District718174.73
#91 Wenatchee School District1843174.56
#92 Ellensburg School District815674.21
#93 Tukwila School District715574.16
#94 Arlington School District1026174.03
#95 Yakima School District2881873.87
#96 Grandview School District717173.65
#97 North Mason School District611773.28
#98 Federal Way Public Schools501,19473.27
#99 Lakewood School District510872.25
#100 Marysville School District No. 252855671.77
#101 Monroe Public Schools1430671.02
#102 Pasco School District (Washington)1987370.23
#103 Wahluke School District812270.16
#104 Orting School District511570.02
#105 Toppenish School District919769.32
#106 East Valley School District (yakima)616469.28
#107 Wapato School District618767.83
#108 Quillayute Valley School District613064.79
#109 Omak School District820557.69

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey