Education

Leading Education Institutions

Spokane Valley is dedicated to investing in all stages of education. Its K-12 schools have been recognized as leaders in the state and across the nation. Students can earn college credits by taking elective advance placement classes. Spokane Valley includes three school districts:

Combined they serve over 20,000 students in more than 40 schools. East Valley School District has a 91.5 percent graduation rate and Central Valley School District has an extended graduation rate of 91.80, both consistently among the region’s best. Additionally, 55 percent of East Valley School District students and 57 percent of Central Valley go on to college.

The Spokane region is also home to the 77-acre University District. Major universities Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University and Whitworth University all have a presence in the University District. This unique district mixes neighborhood revitalization with innovation and entrepreneurship. It includes office, lab and maker spaces, as well as warehouse, residential and mixed use developments. This creates a diverse and vibrant community. Learn more at SpokaneUDistrict.org.

Additionally, the Spokane region is home to Community Colleges of Spokane, a community college district that includes Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College.

Universities in the region include Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University. Gonzaga University is a private, liberal arts, four-year institution with an annual enrollment of over 7,000 students. In 2017, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Gonzaga No. 4 best “Regional University” in the West and No. 4 in the West for “Best Colleges for Veterans.”

Whitworth University is a private, 200-acre university that enrolls over 2,500 students annual and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. The university consistently ranks in the top 15 in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of the best private colleges and universities in the West.

Eastern Washington University, located just 17 miles from Spokane, is a regional comprehensive public university. It is the state’s fastest growing public institution, yet still maintains a 21:1 student-faculty ratio.

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