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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Poway Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in San Diego, CA. It has 36,519 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.

Poway Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
66%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1280
2,750 responses
Average ACT
29
1,105 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
36,519
Free or Reduced Lunch
14.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,141
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$359,432,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,921/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    7%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$119,665
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,210
National
$949
Median Home Value
$608,375
National
$184,700

Poway Unified School District Reviews

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We have lived in PUSD now since 2010. All four of our children have gone through or currently going through this incredible school district.

The numbers for reading and math proficiency just do not simply reflect what we have witnessed first hand. All of our children read above the national and local averages. Their math scores also do not reflect what this site is reporting (and certainly don't mean to say the numbers are wrong, but I these numbers to me just seem way too low compared to the education our children are getting). This includes our friends as well who live within the Poway school district.

All of my kids' teachers are and have been fantastic! I can't praise them enough for their dedication and love they have for our greatest resource.

You cannot go wrong at all to send your precious little ones (and not so little ones) to this incredible school district!
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Being a part of the Poway Unified School district has opened me to many opportunities both academically and athletically. As a Poway Titan, I have been given many opportunities to show my potential at the next level. This school has provided me not only resources that will aid me for the rest of my education, but also friends and experiences that I will forever cherish and recommend to all that are able to attend Poway High or Poway Unified School District. In this District, one can achieve many of their goals thanks to the endless support from staff and faculty. I can honestly say that if it weren't for this school and district, I would not be pursuing my dream of being a Division 1 student-athlete at the University of San Diego.
I was a part of Poway unified school district from elementary school all the way to high school. I transferred to a San Diego unified school for sixth and seventh grade and it was drastically different. I witnessed multiple physical fights at that school and bullying was a huge issue that faculty was not addressing. In comparison to Poway unified school district when I transferred back my eighth grade year, ”no bullying” posters filled the halls and faculty would line up to welcome kids from the front door. It felt like a much safer and more supportive environment.