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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Monterey High School is a highly rated, public school located in Monterey, CA. It has 1,350 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.

Monterey High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
38%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1140
275 responses
Average ACT
26
60 responses
AP Enrollment
46%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$77,562
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,711
National
$949
Median Home Value
$764,400
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
61%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
57%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 72 responses
  • Spirit weeks
    22%
  • Food fairs
    19%
  • Senior night for sports
    14%
  • Dances
    13%
  • Football games
    13%
  • Gender bender day, boys and girls switch clothes
    11%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,350
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$75,460
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.2%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 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
$12,850/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
8%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses
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Monterey High School played an integral role in making me who I am today. The community that it establishes between students and staff makes for a culture that makes you feel safe and completely part of a whole. I've never gone to a school where the teachers and staff so genuinely cared about the physical, mental, and academic wellbeing of their students. I've had several teachers throughout each of my years spent at Monterey High that helped me get through some of the roughest points in my life thus far. There were days where I got out of bed and got ready in the morning purely because I knew that my teachers would worry about me if I didn't show up that day. Monterey High has it's faults, sure. Some of the arts programs are underfunded and some of the sports programs are overfunded. But that's any school. What Monterey High lacks in its occasional misgivings is more than made up for in its school spirit and dedication to community building. Go Dores!
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Monterey High School has taught me a lot about myself in the past 3 years. Between teacher, admin, and peer experiences, I can certainly say that each has helped me with personal, professional, and academic growth. As far as academics, your level of knowledge is determined by your determination. Most teachers aren't motivating because they have too many students to worry about. Since I was lucky enough to get accepted into an academy, I've had a good share of teachers. I can clearly see the difference between academy teachers and general teachers. In terms of socialization and school spirit, Monterey High is lacking. There is little to no involvement from our student body to get other students interested in school activities. Although there isn't much spirit, Monterey high does have a diverse population which I believe allows all students an equal opportunity to express themselves.
Coming into Monterey High school, as a freshman from a small middle school was a huge change for me. All the students and teachers were welcoming, especially the nervous freshman, such as myself. Monterey High School offered me a variety of AP classes and programs, including SPARC. SPARC is a program that you apply to that focuses on the medical and sports field. This has helped me narrow down a major that I will pursue in the soon to be future. Some things that need improvement would be the school pool, other than that everything is pretty much perfect.