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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Brandon Valley High School is a highly rated, public school located in Brandon, SD. It has 1,067 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Brandon Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1210
8 responses
Average ACT
27
194 responses
AP Enrollment
8%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$80,727
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$872
National
$949
Median Home Value
$198,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 57 responses
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  • Homecoming Friday
    25%
  • School musical, talent show, state games
    25%
  • Graduation
    12%
  • Unity Days
    11%
  • Sporting events
    9%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,067
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,030
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,041/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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Brandon Valley High School Reviews

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Brandon Valley High School prepared me for college by giving me freedom and independence. I enjoyed the classes I took and teachers were always willing to lend a hand. Implemented into my sophomore year, for forty-five minutes after school, teachers stayed in classrooms to allow time for students who needed it. This was especially helpful to those who rode the bus or didn't have time in the morning to communicate with teachers. At the time of my involvement, I didn't consider Brandon Valley to have amazing food; however, after experiencing what other schools offered, I am grateful for the nutrients this district provided. There were plenty of whole grains and the vegetables were always cooked thoroughly. Overall, I loved the atmosphere this school had to offer. It really felt like a whole community.
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Brandon Valley High School makes people feel very welcome. It is a place where students are very close to one another and help each other whenever it is needed. The school has many different activities that you can be involved in throughout high school. This makes it very easy to make connections not only with peers but also with teachers/coaches. At Brandon Valley, the people are very close. Once you are introduced to someone in a different grade or class you become friends easily. It is just how the Brandon community works with one another. The teachers are one of my favorite things about Brandon Valley High School. They are willing to help their students whenever they need it no matter what time of day it is. When students go to teachers for help they need, the teachers do whatever it takes to help that individual understand the topic at hand. Overall, my high school experience at Brandon has been amazing due to coaches, teachers, and activities that I can be involved in.
Brandon Valley High School provides students with a great atmosphere to learn. Teachers truly care for their students, and this shows in our test scores. The high school has been ranked number one in the state for many years because of academics, but aside from smarts, kids at Brandon Valley feel welcomed and supported by others. We have a variety of AP or honors courses to ensure students are ready for college and to give them a challenge. I love going to the high school that I do, there are so many opportunities for me to become a better student and person. I have participated in many sports and activities throughout my four years at Brandon, these have molded me into who I am now by teaching me valuable lessons and skills for later in life. Administrators at Brandon have developed methods to demonstrate responsibility and respectfulness through students and teachers at our school.