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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D-
Aptos High School is a highly rated, public school located in Aptos, CA. It has 1,409 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
100 Mariner Way
Aptos, CA 95003
Telephone
(831) 686-6565
Website

Aptos High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1180
200 responses
Average ACT
28
76 responses
AP Enrollment
22%

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$70,088
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,482
National
$949
Median Home Value
$615,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 57 responses
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  • Club Carnivals
    25%
  • Homecoming
    23%
  • Plays
    16%
  • Football games
    14%
  • Dodgeball Tournament
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,409
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,435
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.6%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,831/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.35 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.35 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.35 responses
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My experience at Aptos High School was great, although my freshman year was one of the hardest for me. I came from a K-8th grade school, so this meant that I had to change my friends and everything at Aptos was harder for me. I think that making friends was hard and trying to come out of my comfort zone! What I loved from Aptos High was the way the teachers treated you, they are super helpful and made me feel safe. I got to open myself and become a completely different person than I was at my middle school. Now I'm a much more confident person and I think that Aptos High is a very good school that helps you develop more skills!
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I really have enjoyed the science department at Aptos High School. The teachers are excellent and they offer a number of different science class options, as well as AP classes. Aptos also has excellent sports programs, with great coaches and equipment. The campus is slowly being updated, as we recently got a new performing arts center. The classroom buildings could use updating, but our sports fields, pool, and gyms are all in great condition.
My experience of Aptos High for the most part was very positive. Despite the turbulences of the teenage years, I met some incredible people and had several teachers in all departments that were supportive and truly cared about the students. Even though I struggled in math and history classes, those teachers took the time to reach out and help me, as well as recognize the activities and subjects that I was good at, never making me feel like I was inadequate.