Friday Harbor High School Principal, Fred Woods:

2013 U.S. News and World Report Best Public High Schools in the Nation:
FRIDAY HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL: Gold Medal Winner {2nd year in a row}; 5th in Washington State, (587 high Schools in Washington) 161st in the United States, (out of 21,000) – TOP 1% of US.

The schools in Washington ahead of us are:
o International School of Bellevue
o International Community School of Kirkland
o Newport High School (in Bellevue)
o Bellevue High School

Currently, the Advanced Placement participation rate at Friday Harbor High School is 73%.

U.S. News calculates these award values on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college level course work such as Advance Placement.

Last year, in 2011-2012, U.S News and World Report Best High Schools Gold Medal Winner
FRIDAY HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL: 9th in State, 312th in the Nation
61 of 66 graduates left to attend post-secondary education
Second year in a row a student was admitted into MIT

Our ‘A’ team came in second place in the statewide Orca Bowl marine science knowledge competition, put on by the University of Washington. It was the first time in four years we didn’t win it. The ‘A’ team went on to compete at the National level in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our ‘B’ team got 4th. So we placed 2nd and 4th in the same competition, which is not too bad.

The Friday Harbor High School jazz band competed in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. One student was awarded distinguished soloist.

The Friday Harbor High School Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) Clubs are gearing up for another competition in both the middle and high school division. Likewise, our robotics classes will be attending a competition in May.

Ten 8th grade middle school students took the SAT this year. All 10 scored high enough to be considered for the John Hopkins Talented Youth Award. Two specifically, due to the scores, have been offered opportunities to attend seminars this summer at Seattle University. One will be on the “Physics of Sport.” The other will be “Principles of Engineering.”