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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Downey High School is a highly rated, public school located in Downey, CA. It has 4,213 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.
Address
11040 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241
Telephone
(562) 869-7301
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Downey High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1100
542 responses
Average ACT
25
97 responses
AP Enrollment
17%

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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+
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$68,162
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,313
National
$949
Median Home Value
$479,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.62 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.62 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 208 responses
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  • Rival Downey Vs. Warren
    28%
  • Black Out Assembly
    18%
  • Warren Wimp Day
    13%
  • Powder Puff
    12%
  • Senior Activities
    9%
  • Sporting events
    8%
  • Prom
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,213
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.67 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.67 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.67 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$100,636
Teachers in First/Second Year
0.6%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.97 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.97 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.97 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,726/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.102 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.102 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.102 responses
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I went to Downey High all my four years of high school and I loved going to school there. There is diversity in that school and its nice to see that there are club and in some cases some classes that support and invite every different aspect and lifestyle. I was involved in sports and there was no better time whenever our school went against our rival school, Warren. Our meets, races, competitions, matches and games were always so intense, the Viking pride is so vivid and contagious. Administration was also involve with all activities, sports were recognized for their achievement although some more than others but overall there is plenty of activities/clubs for students to join. It's very fun to do so because you get to meet new people and become very invested in the school.!
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Downey High School has teachers that genuinely care for their students, but to a certain degree. The majority of the professors care but some just show it in their teaching skills more than the rest; their mannerism differs from teaching to their full potential and giving an accurate amount of homework, or slacking off during classes in trying to be the “cool” teacher and giving no homework. Overall the teachers strive to be their best for the sake of the students, so that they may prosper in their studies in the near future.I really enjoyed the student involvement when it comes to activities involving the entire student body. It’s an immense population when the students, staff, parents, and even alumni come together in showing their Viking pride! I speak for all when I say that as long as the institution of Downey High School continues to evolve in this current manner it will become an immaculate environment that students will yearn to be a part of.
My favorite thing about Downey high school is definitely the teachers. Every teacher I've come across not only educates effectively, but also motivates me to learn because of their enthusiastic energy; always pushing every one of their students to their full potential. Aside from academics, all students are advised to partake in: clubs, sports, community service hours, etc. The administration truly helps the students shine with school pride.