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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
New Palestine High School is an above average, public school located in New Palestine, IN. It has 1,183 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 73% in reading.

New Palestine High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1130
277 responses
Average ACT
26
89 responses
AP Enrollment
23%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$73,142
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$887
National
$949
Median Home Value
$165,200
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
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
55%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 58 responses
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  • Football games
    29%
  • Prom
    28%
  • Dances and dress up days
    12%
  • Basketball games
    10%
  • Soccer games
    9%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,183
Free or Reduced Lunch
19%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.4%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,996/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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For a school that seems to be extremely involved in student behavior, the majority of the punishment is aimed at the students who break the rules for their personal benefit rather than those who intentionally put down others. Vaping is a big problem at this school and it has become quite apparent that the administration will go above and beyond to prevent this from happening within the building or on their property. While I do believe this is beneficial for the well being of the students, I do not think it should be disciplined with more harshness than the excessive bullying that also occurs. Racism is not rare with the extremely small percentage of minorities at New Pal. It is disheartening to know that the offensive slurs and derogatory remarks aimed at the nonwhite races within our place of education go unnoticed or disregarded. It seems that the a portion of the staff chalk it up as a he said she said scenario. If there was something I could change, it would be that.
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I think most of the kids are small minded due to lack of diversity. Every teacher I’ve had at New Pal was white with basically no religious diversity, which I believe keeps kids sheltered and unprepared for the real world. No class really selves into the importance of diversity and respecting others, and many times students were outside hateful towards religions other than Christianity and sexuality’s that were not straight. Yet, I met teachers who wanted to shift that culture and I’ve made great friends during my school years at New Palestine. I wish it nothing but growth from here on out, and hope it can achieve a higher level of acceptance for people who are different than them.
I thought the academics were pretty great. There are some fantastic teachers at this school who truly care about their students both in and out of class. There are differing opinions on teachers though, so consult your guidance counselor and talk to friends or upperclassmen to decide which teacher is best for you should you be given the choice between more than one teacher for a class. The athletic programs here are solid and many sports are available for students to choose from. Club activities are also pretty good as well. There's a pretty diverse range of clubs that students can participate in, and you are free to start you own club like a few of my friends did. It's no secret that mental health has been a problem at the school in recent years, but I believe the school is doing their best to help students with whatever problems they need to talk about and work through. It can be difficult to find the right people in the student body, so be sure to find the right group of friends.