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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Essex High School is a highly rated, public school located in Essex Junction, VT. It has 1,216 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
2 Educational Drive
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Telephone
(802) 879-7121
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Essex High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1230
198 responses
Average ACT
28
92 responses
AP Enrollment
26%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$63,948
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,155
National
$949
Median Home Value
$272,400
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    39%
  • Championship Games
    24%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Chamber Choir Christmas Caroling
    3%
  • None
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,216
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
24.6%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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Great School! For me it was just big enough - I didn't know everyone, but I usually noticed if there was someone new. The classes can be challenging, but most of the teachers are great! As long as you do the best you can and communicate with your teachers, you will do well. The theater program is great and there are many great clubs. I'm not super into sports, and although some people are, there is also a great community of people that don't really care. I will miss all of my friends and teachers when I graduate!
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Year after year the administration makes horrendous decisions. Political correctness reigns supreme! Suspensions are handed out on hearsay without following school protocol. Sports and school morale were a keystone at the school, but now it is common to see the Athletic Director patrolling the student section at a game telling the students to settle down and be quiet.
It is amazing how delinquent the administration is. The school was sued due to the inept handling of a student situation. The teacher retired, but the administration HIRED HIM BACK part time!!! This year a week before school starts, the administration sends out an email that they failed to secure a contract for busing!!! They told all parents the parents would have to figure out how to get the students to school! Fail.
The academics are quite good. Students have gone on to attend Harvard, BU, BC, Dartmouth, UVM if they apply themselves.
Suggestion.... Get rid of Ben Johnson and Jeff Goodrich
I very much enjoyed the feeling of community at Essex High School. Students, teachers and staff collaborated together for everyone to get the most out of their time at the school. Certain course offerings and amenities made the experience enjoyable and helped prepare me for my future.