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C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    D+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
High School of Commerce is a public school located in Springfield, MA. It has 1,228 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 33% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% in reading.
Address
415 State Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Telephone
(413) 787-7220
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High School of Commerce Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
61%
Percent Proficient - Math
33%
Average Graduation Rate
61%
Average SAT
930
66 responses
Average ACT
24
7 responses
AP Enrollment
1%

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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
    D+
Median Household Income
$37,118
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$858
National
$949
Median Home Value
$148,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
44%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
44%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 8 responses
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  • Pep rally!
    50%
  • Going to PRIDE with GSA
    25%
  • Home coming
    25%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,228
Free or Reduced Lunch
74%
44%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,117
Teachers in First/Second Year
44.9%
46%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$20,656/ year
National
$12,239
40%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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My experience at the high school of Commerce has been challenging yet exciting and full of amazement at the same time. After my first year as a full International Baccalaureate candidate, I was the first student to ever maintain straight A’s in this challenging program. I was able to establish clubs where students could share their voices and develop an essential impact with their communities through a debate club. I was able to speak to the city mayor and flatter him with all of the improvements and successes that my school has been striving to pursue in front of hundreds of individuals from the school district. I had been filmed in a documentary for the Springfield Public School channel regarding my personal opinion of stereotypes and judgments specifically in the High School of Commerce. This school has offered me a collection of opportunities that I would have never encountered if I were else where.
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High school of commerce is a school lacking dedication in academic achievement for normal classes. Some teachers work for a paycheck, but there is a select few that root for your success. What makes commerce worth your time is that it has the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, which can translate into college credits. They're starting to expand the amount of IB classes they offer such as more electives like world religion. The community is scarce when it comes to community involvement and not the friendliest environment either. Focus on academics and a bit of after school activities and you'll enjoy people you surround yourself with.
My experience at Commerce was nothing like any of other school I've been to. The crowd including the teachers are so diverse. Everyone was willing to help one another but the teachers would especially help the students any way they can, also genuinely caring for the students and wanting to see them succeed. Overall I feel the High School of Commerce needs to improve with getting the principal more involved with the students and activities also getting the administrators to become more strict instead of letting certain students do as they please.