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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Cottonwood High School is an above average, public school located in Salt Lake City, UT. It has 1,768 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 28% in reading.

Cottonwood High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
28%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1040
13 responses
Average ACT
24
215 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$57,662
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,040
National
$949
Median Home Value
$245,300
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
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 120 responses
Report
  • Prom
    17%
  • Football games
    16%
  • Assemblies
    12%
  • Senior Dinner Dance
    12%
  • Musical
    10%
  • Powder Puff
    10%
  • Club Field Trips
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,768
Free or Reduced Lunch
63%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$76,744
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$7,315/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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Cottonwood High School Reviews

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With any high school there are pros and cons, but I love Cottonwood! So many of my teachers genuinely care about how I am feeling about material and are consistently willing to help me if I need help, while also pushing me further than I thought I could go! From my own experience, I know the AP teachers are fantastic, and I couldn’t respect our principal Terri Roylance more. There is a subtle drug culture and frequent fights, but I have never felt threatened or afraid to come to school. Our boundaries encompass all types of incomes and all types of people, and I feel like in some ways that will separate people, but it also brings a sort of rich culture that you don’t see in other East-side salt lake valley schools.
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I love Cottonwood. Despite my immense stress-load, I found that my teachers genuinely care about my success. For example, I had an AP Language teacher last year whole would have us schedule appointments with her so she could get to know us as individuals, and help us improve as students. This helped me so much! Additionally, I love the students at Cottonwood. I am very involved in sports, music, and academic clubs which have allowed me to get to know so many students who have now become my close friends!
Cottonwood is a great school for many reasons. They provide a variety of many different classes, as well as they have a very diverse group of students they welcome in. The boundary for Cottonwood expands to Taylorsville where they bus in students. They offer programs, and clubs to the many diverse groups within the school. Many teachers choose to work at Cottonwood because of the diversity here. The building itself actually has 2 different schools within it. The other school within it is called Ames. Cottonwood students and Ames students can have classes together, but no academic classes are shared between the students. They have an amazing auditorium, and have wonderful fine arts classes. The sports teams tend to suffer such as the football and basketball team. The baseball team has done well in the past. Overall it is a good school.