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Overall Niche Grade
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  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 522 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.
About Pacific Collegiate Charter School...
Address
3004 Mission St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone
(831) 479-7785
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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
126 responses
Average ACT
31
54 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
    C-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$65,421
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,634
National
$949
Median Home Value
$750,600
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.
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  • Prom
    33%
  • Back to school BBQ
    25%
  • Winter Formal
    25%
  • Student government retreat
    8%
  • They're all pretty mediocre
    8%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
522
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.8%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 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
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
31%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
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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!
Wonderful in terms of college preparation, as the school requires students to take AP classes to graduate. PCS is a school made up of hard working and motivated students who take their work seriously. However, the social environment is cliquey and there is and there is a lot of exclusion, just like in any other high school. It took me a couple years to make good friends at the school. Also, people don't really reach out and welcome new students that much. If this kind of thing worries you, I would advise starting in 7th grade. If you start later, students will have their social groups established, and it may be difficult to find your place. But if you are a student who is independent, motivated, and goal-oriented, you will do great at PCS.