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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Novato High School is a highly rated, public school located in Novato, CA. It has 1,410 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

Novato High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1190
334 responses
Average ACT
27
130 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$96,743
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,997
National
$949
Median Home Value
$732,200
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
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 113 responses
Report
  • MSA performances
    24%
  • Rallies
    19%
  • Homecoming/prom
    17%
  • Activities such as powder puff & fashion show
    12%
  • Games
    12%
  • Senior prank
    7%
  • Assemblies
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,410
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,171
Teachers in First/Second Year
35.1%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$12,256/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.60 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.60 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.60 responses
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The vibe at Novato is great! Having the arts school as a part of it definitely creates a culture of acceptance and diversity. The academics aren't top notch, but they're good enough. If you apply yourself, you can find cool opportunities in this school through clubs, internships, and arts programs. It isn't very clique-y, and although the sports teams aren't the best, I do enjoy attending this school.
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Novato High is a very accepting school! It aims to be equitable among all and really cares for its students. We also have MSA as a part of Novato high which is the reason why I came. MSA stands for Marin School of the Arts and it contains different art programs. I am in the dance program and it has been an overall amazing experience and has given me a great creative outlet. Novato really gets you ready for college. Not to mention, the students here are so friendly!
I loved my experience at Novato High School. I am apart of the graduating class of 2020. We did not expect this year to turn out this way amidst this epidemic, but the school and the Leadership class has done what they could do to celebrate the seniors. My 4 years at Novato High School was great. Add MSA to the equation, the school is so unique - great programs, great diveristy, and great people. The teachers and students are so open-minded. Unlike the other schools in the same county, the students and teachers are very kind and do no judge people based on first appearances. Everyone is so nice and supportive of eachother. I would recommend this school to any parents wishing their children to experience a welcoming community.