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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Golden Valley High School is an above average, public school located in Merced, CA. It has 1,729 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 18% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.
2121 E Childs Ave
Merced, CA 95344
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Golden Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
18%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1020
207 responses
Average ACT
22
57 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$40,704
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$908
National
$949
Median Home Value
$185,700
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
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.36 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.36 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 111 responses
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  • School Rallies
    23%
  • Prom, Sadies, Cafe, Catering
    20%
  • Homecoming
    14%
  • Spirit days
    14%
  • Sports
    14%
  • Make a wish rally
    5%
  • Anything involving school spirit
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,729
Free or Reduced Lunch
80%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,215
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.3%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 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
$11,637/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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The overall experience at Golden Valley is quite interesting. My experience has been that a lot of the people are involved and like to be a part of activities on campus. There is a supportive environment from the student body. Teachers are very open to helping their students whenever they can and staff makes great connections with the students. I feel that sometimes kids can be exclusive and different social groups don't really interact with one another unless they are put in classes together. However, everyone comes together for things like Homecoming, Spirit Jam (homecoming for basketball season), and the Make A Wish Rally. As someone who attended a private school preschool-8th grade, I would say that my high school/public school experience has been pretty average, but then again that could just be because I was so used to private school and a smaller environment.
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I like that Golden Valley has very experienced and kind administrations and teachers. From my experience, the teachers care about the students very much and would often make time out of their day to reteach the lesson again for a student. The administrator are also very helpful and caring, whatever questions or concerns you have, you can approach them and they will respond back empathetically. Another thing that I love about Golden Valley is the communication. The administrator would send out email about our opinion of the food and what we think about our office hours. To me, it means that they value our opinions and what we think. I have a good experience here at Golden Valley and I believe that many others will too.
I liked that I had some great teachers, but unfortunately I had some not so good. I would like to see the teachers try harder to keep their students from going to retention school. I know that there are some students that don't care and you can't help everyone. But there are some students just having a tough time in life in general to maybe they couldn't have done the homework or studied for the test. I was one of those students and I graduated by the skin of my teeth. But it's because I worked my ass off to make sure I walked that stage. Everyone deserves a chance.