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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    D
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D-
Monterey High School is an above average, public school located in Monterey, CA. It has 1,280 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 34% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% in reading.
Address
101 Herrmann Dr.
Monterey, CA 93940
Telephone
(831) 392-3801
Website

Monterey High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
61%
Percent Proficient - Math
34%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1150
208 responses
Average ACT
26
56 responses
AP Enrollment
46%

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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$73,942
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,625
National
$949
Median Home Value
$696,200
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
62%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
57%
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 61 responses
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  • Spirit weeks
    25%
  • Food fairs
    23%
  • Senior night for sports
    15%
  • Gender bender day, boys and girls switch clothes
    13%
  • Dances
    11%
  • Football games
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,280
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$65,448
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.2%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
41%
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
$11,262/ year
National
$12,239
66%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
8%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Monterey High School Reviews

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Fantastic school with great diversity, support, and activities. All of the academies do a great job preparing students for college. Those who take their education seriously do very well, and the teachers do everything in their power to contribute to their success. Also, while Athletics are somewhat skewed to Football and Basketball financially, the overall participation and sportsmanship is great. I highly recommend going to your sending your child to Monterey High School.
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Pros: Lots of diversity and acceptance at this school, with communities for POC and the LGBTQ. I have had nothing but good experiences with the teachers here so far, and the academics provide opportunities for challenge as well as a variety of classes. The 3 academies and career pathways help give structure and lets students meet peers who have similar motivations. The location is a plus; downtown and the mall are within walking distance and everyone goes there after school.

Cons: More could be done to get unmotivated students on track.
Administration is messy; the AMP program never gets the support it needs from the school, and the bell schedule gets worse every year.

The school has provided a good experience but it is overall an average school with a couple flaws everyone has wanted to see changed. Academics aren't as extensive as the fancy schools in the peninsula, but they're not bad.
I thought that Monterey High School was an excellent School with some minor problems. There was a little too much focus on sports for my taste. The money that the school had, I'd like to see go to more of the academic programs. All of the teachers I've had were excellent. The schedule is overly confusing, and while there have been thankfully few rallies this year, those that we've had have been largely pointless, to the point where I could pay no attention to the rally at all, and have missed nothing.