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Sumner Senior High School7

Sumner, WA | Pierce County

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August 24, 2013


The sense of community at SHS is unlike any other. Visit the school, drive by in the morning, around 7, and I promise you, you will see students outside holding the door for their classmates, greeting them with smiles. Students of all types! Jocks, cheerleaders, ASB kids, band kids, get to school early just to hold the door for their classmates. Go to a football game, stay after, and I promise you will see students picking up the stands for the custodians, in fact, the cheerleaders are the ones who initiate it with trash bags and gloves. Go to the Annual Community Dinner, observe the 300+ students coming together to serve the 800+ community members a free holiday meal. Go to Pack The Gym, watch the 800+ students on their feet cheering on our Special Olympics Basketball team, high-fiving them, even getting their autograph after the game. SHS radiates love, it's the perfect environment to learn and grow. SHS is so good at what they do they even host 3 separate conferences, an elementary, a middle, and a HS level Servant Leadership Conference, where SHS students teach students from 20+ other schools how to build community in their school. I'm so grateful I got to go to SHS.

Submitted by a student

October 31, 2011


I went through a HUGE change in High School, when I was a Junior, and Loved my time at SHS, I would recommend this school to anyone. I recommend the Leadership program, Band Program, and Film program, unlike many schools SHS supports all their programs and makes every student feel welcome. You'll always have your problems at any school, but if you can get passed some of petty little things, Sumner is an amazing school. completely recommended.

Submitted by a student

April 7, 2010


Great school for kids & prepares them well for success beyond high school.

Submitted by a parent

March 3, 2010


I attended sumner my freshman and sophomore year. this school is clean, welcoming and happy the councelors are amazing and most the teachers really care Ill never forget my expirience there. They do not have ap class but rather honors we have alot of clubs and we have a 90 minute late start every wednesday

Submitted by a student

October 3, 2009


the teachers are supportive and fun! We have ALOT! of spirit! We are encouraged to be ourselfs and its just comfortable to go there :)

Submitted by a student

July 16, 2007


My time at Sumner High convinced me that I will never let my own children attend public school. Sumner was a blue ribbon school when I attended, yet I believed that the award was a mockery of the true nature of the school. Although there are plenty of out of school activities to participate in, the in class learning was sub-par. I took all of the AP classes that were offered at the time (not very many) and yet when I arrived to college I still felt underprepared by my three years at Sumner. The administration and staff were less than helpful with the college admissions process, and actually proved to be more of a hindrance. I will say there were a select few caring and legitimately knowledgeable teachers, but for the most part teachers were forced to dumb down the level of education.

Submitted by a former student

November 16, 2006


More support could be given to this students of this school. My child had to struggle to find the right direction in his scholastic life to continue into college.

Submitted by a parent

June 3, 2006


Sumner Senior high is excellent. I could not have asked for a better school to put my children in!

Submitted by a parent

February 16, 2006


Overall my son had a wonderful education from Sumner High School. The academics were very good (he got into a very selective college), the staff cared about him and the administration was very supportive of the kids. Sumner High was a National Blue Ribbon school and I have read that they will be an International Baccalaureate School beginning in the next school year.

Submitted by a parent

June 22, 2005


This is a decent school. The academic programs are good, with options for advanced placement classes. The teacher are good and care about students achievement. There are lots of clubs, sports, etc. for a child to find something of interest.

Submitted by a former student

February 27, 2005


Personally I dislike Sumner high school and the district as a whole. The staff, gudience office, and faculty is very unhelpful. Thankfully I have a very self motivated child who can take care of herself, however I feel sorry for other children in this ditrict who aren't as intrinsicly moved.It will be a difficult process for them.

Submitted by a parent

September 3, 2004


I like the school. It has some policies that I disagree with, but you'll find that at any school. But overall it's been a good school for both of my kids to graduate from.

Submitted by a parent

August 3, 2004


I believe that Sumner is a good school..kind of. I mean, the halls are always dirty, most of the teachers dont even listen to the students, and they expect the students to know what to do without an explanaion. Also, this school is extremely over populated, by as much as 700 students. Over 100 didnt have a class to go to when school started because there was no room, so those students had to sit in ISS for a class. This school, yes seems pretty good, but if you look closely theres way too many things wrong with it. Dont let your kids experience it.

Submitted by a student

May 14, 2004


My son has learning disabilities and has great teachers. I have been to several functions at the school with my son and have seen how well the faculty performs. The students there treat my son very well and he has not had the teasing he has had to endure at other schools. Sumner Schools are very good to send children to.

Submitted by a parent

March 24, 2004


I beleive sumner high school has teachers that are filled with drama and do not give a second thought about the kids they teach or the education. I do not quite understand how sumner became a blue ribbon school. It is an embarassment to all that school is. I would never let my child go back to Sumner, and would never go there for anything myself. The kids are not challenged enough, and the teachers party with the kids. If you can stop your child from going to sumner please for the sake of them do it. -L. Gangl

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