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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Paola High School is a public school located in Paola, KS. It has 630 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 27% in reading.

Paola High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
27%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
Average ACT
24
156 responses
AP Enrollment
10%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$51,270
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$724
National
$949
Median Home Value
$124,800
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
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
  • All the theatre productions
    16%
  • Attending the football games
    16%
  • Dancing to 'Dont Stop Believing' at dances
    16%
  • Battle over the tom-tom at the big FB game
    14%
  • Student of the Month awards
    9%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Archie Awards (Theatre Awards)
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
630
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$89,133
Teachers in First/Second Year
35.8%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$17,399/ year
National
$12,239
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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Paola High School may not be the biggest school of all, but it certainly is big in pride. Just by going there for my second year, I feel like I belong and everyone is respectful. Our athletics department excels in many ways and may be one of the biggest focuses. Students at Paola strive to show pride and be considerate of others. Our curriculum is changing over to more of hands on project and displaying of our knowledge on our subjects, making our studying and learning excel with great outcomes. We have many opportunities to get involved with our communities. Our school building is kept clean and well updated. There is not a day I couldn't say I was proud to be a Panther!
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I could say a lot about Paola High School. As a young kid I really appreciated the small town aspect of Paola but as a grew and realized what it was all about I didn't feel so appreciative. Going to a highschool in a small town was not the best experience and I think many people can vouch for that. Graduating with the same kids you went to kindergarten with was not ideal. I would change a few things about Paola. I would change the fact that Paola is mainly based around sports and that they are just about the only people who get any recognition, and I would also change the qualifications for most of the teachers. Something I enjoyed about Paola was the fact that It was close knit at times and if anything went down we would have eachothers back. Though Paola was an experience I am ready to get out of the small town and live my life to its highest ability.
For a public high school, it's not awful. The staff is great and there is clear school spirit, but the academic aspect is lacking. With few AP classes offered and a lack of extracurriculars, outside of sports, it's hard to build an impressive transcript. As a student who applied to rather competitive schools, I found it hard to really impress admission boards. Local state schools and community colleges are great, but kids who would like to attend a more prestigious university will struggle to build up their application.