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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Jay High School is a public school located in San Antonio, TX. It has 2,896 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 26% of students are at least proficient in math and 32% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
32%
Percent Proficient - Math
26%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1060
395 responses
Average ACT
24
42 responses
AP Enrollment
31%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$50,980
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$958
National
$949
Median Home Value
$136,800
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
55%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.66 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.66 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 123 responses
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  • Homecoming themed week
    20%
  • Football and basketball games
    17%
  • Senior week
    16%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Science Fair
    7%
  • Anything to do with games
    7%
  • ROTC
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,896
Free or Reduced Lunch
75%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,076
Teachers in First/Second Year
37.7%
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.86 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.86 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.86 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,905/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.77 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.77 responses
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The John Jay Science and Engineering Academy is very welcoming to incoming freshman. Not only are the teachers and staff friendly and empathetic, but they are fully invested in helping their students reach their goals, which is illustrated through the ample time they spend in the classroom in and out of the regular school day. I was fortunate to participate in many extracurricular activities which helped me to prosper in other aspects besides academics, such as art, engineering, and debate, to name a few. I like the culture of this school, because I am able to connect with other students who are as passionate about their academics as I am and who also share similar interests as me.
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Graduated from Jay a couple years ago about to finish at the flagship Texas college. I would say John Jay and its "magnet school" grossly under-prepares its students for college academically. The school does offer all AP classes though most teachers and students don't seem to care about passing the AP test, which misses the whole point and makes these classes jokes in terms of academic rigor. However, if one actually tries, teacher will likely help, it’s just difficult to be motivated in that environment.
Culturally, there is literally 0 school spirit. The John Jay normal school kids are actually all weed smoking, 0 care about class etc., while the magnet school kids are equivalent to a standard Texas high school intellectually. Fights break out regularly, which is why there are actual police on duty. The only positive is that literally no one cares so there is no bullying at any level. Lots of clubs though 90% students are in none. If possible, pick any other NISD schools over Jay.
Jay High School had some good teachers. They cared about their students and did everything they could to help them prepare for the future. Jay HS also provided different sports options for students that were not interested in Football or Basketball. The administration was supportive of both their teachers and their students and could often been seen attending several different sporting or student events. The teachers would also attend their students sporting events to cheer them on and be a well-rounded student in not just academics, but also in other areas of their life.