A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
1720 M St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Telephone
(707) 825-2400
Website

Arcata High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1200
95 responses
Average ACT
28
35 responses
AP Enrollment
17%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Spring Week
    33%
  • AIBT and Homecoming
    29%
  • Homecoming and thw AIBT
    19%
  • Spring Break
    10%
  • Holiday week
    5%
  • Valentines
    5%
  • Homecoming
    0%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
830
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.1%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,447/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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Arcata High was great because the kids are very involved in sports, activities, and clubs. The teachers seem to really care about the kids and try to make it fun while learning. The classes are very challenging, and the kids learn a lot. The one area of improvement they could make is in the math department. The teachers in the math department could do a better job explaining the math concepts, and simply do not seem to teach well.
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Teachers at Arcata High School strive to ensure the best possible education for students so that they can succeed and achieve their goals at higher levels of education beyond high school. I enjoy teaching styles that are more involved with hands-on learning, rather than regurgitating textbook material, as I feel like it helps the students really process and understand what they're learning about. Communication skills of teachers are strong, and they offer opportunities for students to go in outside of class to make up assignments or get help with any questions.
Upon entering Arcata High, I was nervous about making the transition from middle school to high school. I expected everyone to be very intimidating and look down upon the freshmen. But I came to see that many students were very kind and welcoming, understanding that they too were once in the same shoes. What makes AHS so unique is how open and understanding people are, and how willing they are to help others before even thinking about themselves. Those virtues of selflessness, kindness, and involvement are what makes the school so special, distinguishing it greatly from any other school.