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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Pajaro Valley Unified School District is a public school district located in Watsonville, CA. It has 20,400 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 21% of students are at least proficient in math and 31% in reading.
Address
294 Green Valley Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
Telephone
(831) 786-2100

Pajaro Valley Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
31%
Percent Proficient - Math
21%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1100
530 responses
Average ACT
24
201 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
20,400
Free or Reduced Lunch
56.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,723
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$210,798,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,769/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$51,548
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,325
National
$949
Median Home Value
$397,900
National
$184,700

Pajaro Valley Unified School District Reviews

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What I liked most is that they know how to hire teachers. My teachers at Aptos High. They were almost all so eager and ready to help and teach me as a student. I could always count on them for homework help, advice, and sometimes emotional support. What I didn't like was the lack of pay cuts and deductions from our teachers. The adminstration heads didn't deserve more money our teachers do! They are the ones engaging with students, teaching students, and even learning from students. They work twice as hard.
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Pajaro Valley Unified School District is rich in culture and diversity. Pajaro Valley High School and Watsonville High School both offer a course Coastal Ecology also called WATCH. WATCH stands for Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats. This is an honors course, which is offered to high school students starting in their sophomore year. This course helps prepare high school students for college; it is rigorous work and students conduct a 6 week research project at Elkhorn Slough. Moreover, Pajaro Valley District is quite open minded to the needs and complaints of students, faculty and staff, and parents. However, they do not address them rapidly.
My experience in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District has shown me that there is a a lot of unity among everyone. I attended Starlight Elementary, Cesar Chavez Middle School, and currently Pajaro Valley Highschool. I have done good all my years; since elementary, PVUSD teaches their students to have grit, wit, perseverance, and many other encouraging terms. PVUSD highly encourages their students to do good, specifically because it is mostly a Hispanic population. They want to see more people from our district succeed, and it has been shown because there are currently people from our district at Ivy League schools. Overall, PVUSD is a great district because it encourages students while also giving them many opportunities to succeed.