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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Alta Vista Alternative High School is an above average, public, alternative school located in Santa Barbara, CA. It has 154 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.
Address
215 E. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Telephone
(805) 965-1916

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
52%
Average SAT
1190
8 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$66,916
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,575
National
$949
Median Home Value
$888,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
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Students

Diversity
A
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Students
154
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,096
Teachers in First/Second Year
29.4%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
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Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
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In Middle College, you are given a Time Magazine each week. In the magazine you relate current issues with history, english, government, politics, and economics. You don't realize you are learning all of these subjects at once, until you break it down. You work on all of the assignments on your own time and review it with your teacher in your middle college meeting. You are also given the opportunity to take classes on the Santa Barbara City College Campus. This is the best attribute of the school because you are getting your high school requirements done, while you are getting college credits out of the way. By the time you graduate high-schoool, essentially you could transfer to a 4-year college instead of applying as a freshman.
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At Middle College, you meet one on one with your teacher. They are always devoted to you and understanding. They are willing to do what it takes to push you and give you an excellent education. This is an alternative way of learning, and you don't realize how much you've learned until you reflect on your semester. Even though you only meet your teacher once a week, they are always willing to meet with you (even if they have another student at that time) or you can reach them via email or phone. They always make sure you have a clear understanding of the information and push you to get deeper into the situations.
Santa Barbara City College was recently recognized as the top community college in the nation. It deserves that designation. With an extremely diverse offering of courses, subjects and programs, abundant tutoring services and knowledgeable teachers it is a rewarding experience for those willing to put in the work.