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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Harbor High School is a highly rated, public school located in Santa Cruz, CA. It has 842 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.

Harbor High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1130
141 responses
Average ACT
24
43 responses
AP Enrollment
24%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$70,102
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,797
National
$949
Median Home Value
$803,800
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
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
  • Student run drama productions
    21%
  • Escapades
    15%
  • Community unity
    15%
  • Rallies
    10%
  • Family with the sports team
    8%
  • School Dances
    5%
  • Volleyball
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
842
Free or Reduced Lunch
53%
58%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.1%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.35 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.35 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.35 responses
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What I liked about Harbor High School was how all the people which are the students and teachers and also the parents are all really supportive within each other. Everyone was nice to me since the start of my freshman year to the end of my senior year. What I also liked about Harbor High was the sports. The sports I joined were Football and Baseball and my teammates were all supportive such as their family members as well. The Football program had really good coaches that would help not just by playing Football but by helping you through life which I’m thankful for. Also the baseball program has really nice and good coaches that I’m really thankful for, they helped me a lot in practice and especially getting my grades up. What I would like to see my school change is the food. I feel like they give out the same food everyday for the past 3 years. I would like them to serve new food that the students would like. Over all Harbor High was a really good school that I’m thankful for.
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My experience was great, the people, the environment, faculty, and events. The school is so welcoming and I'm glad I got to live through its transformation and renovation. The best 4 years of my life and I miss it!
This institution has been able to gift me with a foundation of good morals and learning techniques that will be present in the success of all students who apply them selfs and truly take in what the teachers have to say and explain. The rather small student body comes as a plus does to the fact that you can be friends with everyone on campus. In my senior year, I spent a good portion of my day saying hello to all the people I had gotten to know really well regardless of what grade they were in. Harbor is a blessing in disguise and it's up to you to discover the wonderful experiences you can find at harbor. Along with the great lifelong friends, you will make and the connections with your teachers that in my mind are priceless.