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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Houston High School is a public school located in Big Lake, AK. It has 343 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 5% of students are at least proficient in math and 17% in reading.

Houston High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
17%
Percent Proficient - Math
5%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1040
18 responses
Average ACT
20
6 responses
AP Enrollment
3%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$50,625
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$955
National
$949
Median Home Value
$169,100
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.4 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.4 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 13 responses
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  • Prom
    23%
  • Spirit weeks
    23%
  • Basketball
    15%
  • Soccer
    15%
  • Volleyball
    15%
  • Dances
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
343
Free or Reduced Lunch
78%
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
26.7%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$16,775/ year
National
$12,239
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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Houston High, well now Houston Jr/Sr. High, is honestly a bad school. The ways the administration handle their students are terrible, and especially their special education. The good teachers, the ones who really seem to care and don't go by the school books, get the pink slip. The kids there are stuck on drugs, have no truly good influence in their lives, and it's unfortunate that staff aren't allowed to do anything about it.
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Houston High school is a very good school. For example, we have excellent teachers who are always willing to help students in class and are always super kind. In addition, the bullying in our school is pretty much non-existent. Growing up I've had friends come from other schools because they had been harassed and bullied alot. So they came to Houston High school to find a safe haven of sorts to continue with their education. Here we are a small school but we are all accepted here and are safe. Furthermore, the only real draw back of Houston is that it is a poor school compared to most valley schools, and that hinders some of our opertunitiess to learn more subjects and sports. To conclude, I am proud to have had the privilege of attending Houston these past four years. And of having a safe school to call home.
I enjoyed my time here thoroughly. It was a small school, so the student body was a very tight knit community. Everyone was happy to be around each other, and the teachers were very helpful and motivated. The school could use more course variety, however. And I feel that they need to add more AP courses, so that their students will have a better opportunity to be academically competitive in college.