A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
3679 G Road
Palisade, CO 81526
Telephone
(970) 254-4800

Palisade High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
34%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1170
27 responses
Average ACT
26
107 responses
AP Enrollment
28%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.31 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 104 responses
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  • Homecoming week
    25%
  • Sporting events
    18%
  • Summer vacation
    15%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Dances
    11%
  • Band events
    7%
  • Musicals
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,048
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.4%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.50 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.50 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.50 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,608/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.51 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.51 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.51 responses
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Palisade High School Reviews

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Palisade High School has given me the ultimate high school experience. Between pep rallies, bulldog days, and school dances, there is always something fun going on in Palisade. On top of these awesome activities, the staff that makes the school run is caring, smart, and helpful. The administration consists of one super involved principal, and two brilliant vice principals. Although there are many excellent aspects to love about Palisade, my favorite used to be bulldog days! My freshman year, students with good grades could leave campus one and a half hours early one Wednesday of the month. Students with low grades were required to seek extra help from teachers. I felt as though this program was extremely effective! The bulldog day policies have shifted considerably since my freshman year, and although they are still proving to be effective, nothing beats the extra free time I got my freshman year.
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While small in size, the school is a diverse community of inquirers. It is a nurturing environment where students thrive both academically, and socially. The teachers expect nothing less than their students' best effort and devote 110% of themselves to make sure that each one succeeds. I personally feel that Palisade High School has prepared me to be the best that I can possibly be after my high school career. It has also taught me an appreciation and love for others' diversity and talents that are different from my own.
Palisade is awesome if you want yourself or your child to be challenged academically, though there could be more diversity in honor classes or AP and IB classes. Even if you or your child don't choose these classes, the teachers are generally very entertaining yet disciplined so as to help in a way that I always really appreciated. Academic wise, this school is 4-5 stars for sure. In addition to this, the setting is most beautiful of the schools I have visited in the Grand Junction area, so I always felt more happy with all of the sunshine and outdoorsy-feel of the place.
Only thing I would say needs to improve is school spirit and pride. I think we place so much of our effort into improving the stats of our school and the reputation. Competition can be harmful when it comes from a higher level rather than a lower one.
However, every high school has its downsides, but what makes a great high school is effort and determination and I do see that in every kid here for sure.