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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Sweetwater Union High School District is an above average, public school district located in Chula Vista, CA. It has 40,737 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.

Sweetwater Union High School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1120
3,777 responses
Average ACT
23
896 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
40,737
Free or Reduced Lunch
51.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$90,230
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$425,442,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,544/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D
Median Household Income
$76,354
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,536
National
$949
Median Home Value
$465,000
National
$184,700

Sweetwater Union High School District Reviews

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I am a junior attending Southwest High School. After being in the district for over five years, I've witnessed hardworking students along with outstanding instructors who care about their students' success academically and non-academically. In addition schools in my community, serve struggling low-income families in the area. They do this by providing free lunches, laptops, and extended library hours (free wifi) to those who need it.
However, many schools in my community don't offer resources and opportunities for their students to stand out from non-poverty stricken areas. Currently, the district is facing a budget cut crisis and the administration is not managing it well. The board proposes to cut teachers, learning centers, librarians, and counselors. This shows poor administration decisions which can cost us our teachers, etc. Unfortunately, this may hurt future generations; therefore, we must take action now.
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My exprience with my district has been good. My expreinece in my school has been really amazing. The dirstict offers funfing for underprivilaged kids (free food and reduced test prices) as well as funding for various after school clubs and tutoring. Although my district recently had a budget crisis in which about 180 teachers will be cut as well as all libraries, learning centers, and tutors. There were countelss walkouts and protest to convey our fresturationsnwith the district. The distsrict soemhow lost millions of dollars and as a result have punished there students for there mistakes. I was vey happy when the district decided not to cut IB because I am an IB student but alsmost every teacher with less than five years of exprinece will be pink slipped. Which is devastating because 3 of mytecahers who'm I am very close with will be pink slipped. Teachers who I felt could really help heading into my senior year of IB.
It was alright, but without the SCPA program, I wouldn’t have gone to that school. The school itself has little parent participation, but does offer vegetarian options so I guess that’s a plus. The academics are lacking, but it does have a handful of good teachers. For diversity, it’s a heavily Mexican population which isn’t a bad thing, but just lacks diversity. The sports are alright, but the football team that gets funded so much money doesn’t even deserve it since they perform so poorly and haven’t won a homecoming let alone championship game in years. The SCPA though is incredible and filled with talented individuals, and deserves to be funded more since for example, their dance, band, orchestra, and choir programs do so well in concerts and competitions. The safety there is really poor, they’re constantly fights going around during the school days and events, and it is poorly secured since stealing is common there as well as students ditching.