SBHCs in Washington

National Context

The National School-Based Health Care Census is a triennial survey of school-based health centers (SBHCs). The national School-Based Health Alliance has conducted the survey for twenty years, capturing the growth and evolution of SBHCs across the country. The 2016-17 Census identified 2,584 SBHCs in 48 of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Over the past twenty years, the number of SBHCs in the country has more than doubled—growing from 1,135 SBHCs in 1998.

School-Based Health Centers in Washington State

Seattle World School SBHC staff, photo courtesy of International Community Health Services

In 1987, the Seattle City Council funded a three-year pilot of a school-based health center at Rainier Beach High School, and services started in 1988. This successful pilot paved the way for Families & Education Levy funding for SBHCs in Seattle and the growth of school-based centers across the state with diverse operational and funding models.

Today, there are over 50 school-based health centers serving students in schools across Washington. A map and listing by county are below.

Current SBHC locations

A current listing of Washington SBHCs (as of April 2020) by county is in a downloadable PDF version here, with mapping below.*

  • For the purposes of these listings, SBHCs that provide primary medical care + (behavioral health, dental, and/or other health services) are included.  There are numerous other schools in Washington that collaborate with licensed providers and agencies to provide behavioral health services only on school grounds.