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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Custer County High School is a public school located in Westcliffe, CO. It has 119 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.

Custer County High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1120
15 responses
Average ACT
24
16 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$30,107
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$704
National
$949
Median Home Value
$120,000
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.4 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.4 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 7 responses
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  • Homecoming
    29%
  • Prom
    29%
  • Sporting Events
    29%
  • FFA Events
    14%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
119
Free or Reduced Lunch
39%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.4 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.4 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.4 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,209
Teachers in First/Second Year
27.5%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$11,826/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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Custer County High School is a small school with only about 200 students. It is located in the Podunk town of Westcliffe, Colorado. Since it is a smaller school and community, everyone one knows everyone and there is not much diversity. The facilities are clean, and the students who attend the school know each other very well. This school does prioritize sports over the arts, and tries to give their students the best that they can afford.
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Custer County High School is a small school that's connected to the elementary and middle schools as well. Most resources are shared between all grades from preschool to high school. Despite a small population and consistent lack in funding, Custer County High School boasts a great teaching staff, genuine interest in the student body, and an overall sense that the school does its very best with the resources available to it. This school may not have a mass amount of clubs and resources that another larger school may possess, but the opportunities presented are the best that can be offered and are beneficial to students that utilize them. You will not find another school that knows about or cares more for its students, but you may find that the location calls for a bit of seclusion and a feeling of being cut-off from other neighboring towns.
By far the most prominent thing about this school is that there is only one culture. There is very little outside influence on the students. However, the most of the teachers are fantastic! I love my teachers, especially my science teacher. They are very open with their students and dedicated to their student's success. Due to the small classes, it is very easy to have a good, personal interaction with the teachers; they are all very dedicated to the school. The administration and school board desperately needs improvement. There have been several advances on the administration by the student body with no change to show for it. Our current high school principal is very bias and probably needs to retire-- I believe she has been at the school for over 40 years.