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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
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Saddleback Valley Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Mission Viejo, CA. It has 27,378 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.

Saddleback Valley Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1230
1,832 responses
Average ACT
28
727 responses

Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
27,378
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$102,176
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$260,479,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,004/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    69%
  • Support Services
    29%
  • Other
    2%
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
    C-
Median Household Income
$114,688
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,194
National
$949
Median Home Value
$668,800
National
$184,700

Saddleback Valley Unified School District Reviews

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Some teachers just need some more patience. Also many teachers treat students differently. Dress code rules should be the same for everyone no matter the size. I personally have been treated in fairly since I am a bigger girl. But other than that, it’s amazing. Laguna hills high school is so small so everyone can be involved in anything they want. There are sports teams, events, clubs and even rallies. So many teachers are very kinds and carrying. If you need help you will get it. You just need to ask and it will be provided. So many students can express themselves in different ways. They are able to act as themselves. Teachers I have met form great relationships with theirs students and motivate them to continue their education in able to be successful. Personally, my teachers have inspired, they made me feel worthy of great things. There is so much diversity in this school too. And the best part it all the students get along.
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Saddleback is extremely flexible with personalizing every students schooling. Whether it is half online and half on campus, fully online, or fully on campus. Not only do they distribute money wisely into all departments of academics, but they beautify campuses and provide students with the latest technology. I feel safe going to school due to the fact that every school has a sheriff assigned to them. The school is constantly being monitored by staff and our classrooms are well kept. All while, I am able to receive a quality and meaningful education.
There are a few things I admire about the Saddleback School District. To begin, there is a feeling of safety and security on campus among students and faculty. There has never been an instance where I felt unsafe on campus, which is important considering the string of school tragedies across the nation. Furthermore, the course range accommodate the varying educational levels across the student body. To elaborate, courses with maximum academic rigor are available to those who seek them. Regarding teacher qualification, students find teachers failing to teach certain subject matters, thus negatively impacting college readiness. Significant improvement is needed.