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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Glendale Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Glendale, CA. It has 26,071 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 63% in reading.

Glendale Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
63%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1270
1,548 responses
Average ACT
30
364 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
26,071
Free or Reduced Lunch
47.6%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$99,494
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.9%

Finances

Total Expenses
$276,976,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,457/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$56,133
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,597
National
$949
Median Home Value
$457,722
National
$184,700

Glendale Unified School District Reviews

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The Glendale Unified School District gave me a wonderful high school experience! Despite all the good they offered, this school district definitely needs some work. The math departments are weak and need better teachers, lunch programs need improvement, and racial problems seem to be getting out of hand.
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The school district has an amazing academic program in my opinion. The bigger high schools such as Glendale High and Hoover High have a lot of AP classes available which helps students save time and money on general education classes for college. I also believe the teachers are incredible. I can't speak for all schools however at my school, Clark Magnet High, the teachers are fantastic. They provide valuable help on assignments, questions, and homework. The clubs and activities on my campus seem quite limited. ASB runs most of the activities however since my school is small there's less funding for fun activities. There aren't many clubs and even with the ones that exist most of them only have 2-4 members which can get awkward because of how often the room falls silent. I believe the food could be a lot better. Most meals are not appetizing at all. Because of this, a lot of kids at my school skip lunch. I hope the district finds a way to make food healthy but taste good.
Its a great school district, it always maintained a clear line of communication with parents and with teachers. I never felt as a student that my voice was not heard, my fellow students and I were often asked about what GUSD could do to improve our learning. Whether that was online after school help with math or other subjects, I remember informing them that a subject like Algebra 2 is often daunting to students who aren't quick learners. If one misses a module or two, they often can really participate with the class. This prompted the GUSD to open online math classes for people to catch up on what they missed, or review what they didn't understand.