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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    D+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Higher Ground Academy is a public school district located in Saint Paul, MN. It has 762 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 49% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.

Higher Ground Academy Rankings

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Elementary Schools in Higher Ground Academy

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
Average Graduation Rate
65%
Average SAT
Average ACT
22
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Students

Diversity
D+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
762
Free or Reduced Lunch
96.1%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,878
Teachers in First/Second Year
22.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$8,771,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,801/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    54%
  • Support Services
    40%
  • Other
    7%

Higher Ground Academy Reviews

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HGA has an amazing PSEO program for juniors and seniors. Teachers use effective teaching strategies and use common core curriculum!
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In this school what I liked the most was how connected everyone was to other people. We as students and teachers help one another and also get helped. In my old schools I didn't feel like I got in but in this school I could be myself and I am not ashamed to be. It probably has to do with how we have the same religion or same color but this school is like no other. The academic there is excellent. We take classes that are higher than what normal high schools teach. In this school we are expected and put on a high pedestule.
Even though there are goods ther are also things I would love to change about this school. One being there aren't a lot of activities to do there which is sad. The other reason being there is little to no sports. Which I could live without but sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I played a certain sport.
The school doesn't have a gym, which makes it seem depressing but the learning there is amazing. I have been going there for 10 years now and I dont regret anything. Yes,, they lack diversity but you cant blame them for being an afro-centric school. Their ELL is great, and the program boosts the children's ego. Another Program the school has is a Accelerated math/reading program. Kids go from being below average readers to exceeding. Last but certainly not least my favorite, is the work study for the seniors. We can work for any class and grade of our choice and pretty much help the teachers and get paid, during our free time.