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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 1,458 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.
Address
100 Mariner Way
Aptos, CA 95003
Telephone
(831) 686-6565
Website
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Aptos High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
76%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1190
239 responses
Average ACT
28
83 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-
Median Household Income
$73,663
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,552
National
$949
Median Home Value
$659,900
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
1,458
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
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
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,723
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
$12,769/ 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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Aptos High School Reviews

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I had a great experience at Aptos High! The environment of the school is very supportive and calm. Most teachers have their best interests in students and do all that they can to help them succeed academically. After being an athlete at Aptos for 4 years, I am confident in saying that the athletic director, Mark Dorfman, does an excellent job finding the best coaches. These coaches also do their best to make sure that the student athletes they train are succeeding and being pushed to their limits in the best ways possible. Although the counselors were very busy and had long lines, they were easily available through appointment. During my senior year, I had lots of support with applying for college and scholarships. One thing I would change about Aptos High, it would be school culture and pride. Our student body would work hard to get other students to participate in school spirit weeks but the outcomes were disappointing.
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The language department for Aptos is deplorable. The teachers have no idea what they are doing, and many simply have you watch youtube video explanations because they themselves cannot teach the curriculum. The other departments are average, with mostly good teachers. The English department was one of the best, with the teachers being very helpful. The counselors at the school are ok, but Ms. Martin is absolutely horrid. She will do absolutely nothing for you if it requires even a second of work for her. Overall, the school gives an adequate education.
Aptos High, while having faults, like lacking the programs to get students college ready in an efficient manner, is a very welcoming environment where students are welcome to discover themselves and their passions. While regular classes lack the rigor nessisary to be college ready there are many AP and Honors classes offered if one wants to challenge themselves. The athletic program is excellent and very successful, competing on the state level with many of our teams. The campus is riddled with stairs so it’s not ideal for people with wheelchairs or crutches and there is very little campus cleanup and maintenance. While Aptos has its fair share of inept teachers it also has a great group of very passionate teachers who’s enthusiam transfers to the students and makes them eager to learn.