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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Hot Springs High School is a public school located in Hot Springs, SD. It has 259 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.

Hot Springs High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
Average ACT
24
52 responses
AP Enrollment
9%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$51,949
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$592
National
$949
Median Home Value
$113,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 19 responses
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  • Basketball Games
    16%
  • Football Games
    16%
  • I enjoy homecoming week.
    16%
  • Nothing
    16%
  • I like enjoying spirit weeks and dress up days.
    11%
  • Volleyball Games
    11%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
259
Free or Reduced Lunch
24%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$37,688
Teachers in First/Second Year
26.7%
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$9,251/ year
National
$12,239
64%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses

Hot Springs High School Reviews

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My overall experience of Hot Springs High School was very up and down. The teachers here are very caring and supportive, and clearly want to see each individual student succeed. Extra-curricular activities are stressed here, not only for more student involvement but because of the important life lessons the coaches give every day. However, the administration within the school is very poor. The administration puts many limitations on the teachers, making their job harder and student life poorer.
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After four years at Hot Springs High school I can confidently recite the lessons the school taught me. Only one mattered, the American public school system is underfunded and understaffed. Teachers aren’t paid the kind of salary necessary to maintain a good quality of life. I remember two married teachers that had recently learned they were expecting. Openly, they stated their financial woes and financial fears to students. They eventually had to move, to a state that paided better. This eventually became a trend. The school ran like a business, cutting corners, saving costs, creating easy A’s. Their “ICU” system was focused on moving students through the school, regardless of their academic standings. Looking back, I only feel cheated.
I really make personal and great connections with alot of the teachers. However, that does not help when all of the teachers are resigning due to their lack of funding and when many different programs are suffering from the budget cuts. The school is in desperate need of fixing up, and that's not just the physical building that needs fixing. The school uses an ICU program which teaches students that they can take as many opportunities as they would like after failing to succeed. They become so dependent on this system that if they were forced into the real world or higher education, I'm not sure if some of them would be able to make it. Despite the teachers being quality people, the school around them is suffering greatly.