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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Pacific Collegiate Charter School is a top rated, public, charter school located in Santa Cruz, CA. It has 537 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.

Pacific Collegiate Charter School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1330
147 responses
Average ACT
31
65 responses
AP Enrollment
72%
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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
    D+
Median Household Income
$70,102
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,797
National
$949
Median Home Value
$803,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
40%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Prom
    29%
  • Winter Formal
    29%
  • Back to school BBQ
    21%
  • They're all pretty mediocre
    14%
  • Student government retreat
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
537
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.8%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
73%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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Pacific Collegiate Charter School Reviews

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PCS drastically worsened my depression and anxiety. Had I gone to other public schools, chances are I could have done less work and gotten a higher GPA, which would have expanded opportunities for scholarships and colleges. At PCS, I had to work harder for less payoff. I had to spend most of my time studying, worsening my anxiety and giving me the feeling of not being good enough. I had very little free time to do anything I enjoy. I spent most of my five years there feeling sad, stressed, insufficient. I can’t help feeling robbed of a significant portion of childhood.
Also, many classrooms don’t have windows, so you feel like you’re trapped. The teachers are super underpaid, so the good ones tend to leave. As a whole, PCS is overhyped. You’d probably be better off going to a different school where you’d have more freedom and less crippling academic stress.
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The major part about PCS that I liked was the fact that it provides free SAT prep courses. It is also very clean compared to most other public schools. Also, the English teachers are so willing to help you out with the writing in your college applications, and they are extremely helpful in doing this!
It’s a pretty solid school. The teachers and academics are great and you get very prepped for college as well. However, the community of students is very small. Going there, I know almost everyone which for me is a negative. In essence you miss out on the high school experience that students at other schools have. For this reason many students have left and I may be leaving as well. If you want a solely academic based high school that constantly force feeds you work and leaves no time for social interaction then I recommend this school.