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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
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is a public school district located in Santa Maria, CA. It has 7,900 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 21% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.
About Santa Maria Joint Union High School District...
Address
2560 Skyway Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Telephone
(805) 922-4573
Website

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
21%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1070
545 responses
Average ACT
23
197 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
7,900
Free or Reduced Lunch
71.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,192
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$76,109,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,499/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    4%

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Reviews

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The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is a well- rounded school district that is healthy and offers many opportunities for their students' success. Attending Pioneer Valley High school(PVHS), which is in this district, all four years has allowed me to find the pros and cons of the school and district. A major downside at this school in particular, for example, is the athletics. I have personally asked many of the coaches at PVHS about the athletics and all agree that all but the sports of wrestling and soccer are substandard. However, the school and school district are overall a great option for students to prepare for college through the advanced courses that are offered and the helpful staff.
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I like that they offer multiple language courses as well as agriculture classes. I think that the school needs better teachers that don't give up on the students and want to help them succeed. I see that a lot of the students passing through school lacking motivation and encouragement from the teachers. I also thing that the school and their staff need to crack down on all the plagiarism because almost half the kids in all of my classes copy off of each-others work and get by without learning any of the curriculum. This is both a waste of time for the school, teachers, and students which is not good. Also almost every time I use the bathroom at my school there is always students smoking weed in the bathrooms with isn't terrible but is very distracting and I'm sure it in no way helps the students to be high at school. Also there is littering problems all over campus which I think that the school should try to raise awareness to.
The teachers are generally very dedicated to the success of their students, especially AP teachers. Helpful student resources such as the Career Center. Athletics could be better, athletes and coaches would benefit from relationship building. athletes should also do more than one sport. A later start and end time would benefit students who cannot make the 7:30 start of the first period. The school is good at rewarding students when they do good work such as rewarding students for good grades and citizenship. The cafeteria should provide students with meals that have greater and healthier nutritional value, and should also be made attainable for students who come from a low income household.