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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Paynesville Area High School is an above average, public school located in Paynesville, MN. It has 302 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
Address
795 W Hwy 23
Paynesville, MN 56362
Telephone
(320) 243-3761
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Paynesville Area High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
Average ACT
24
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$48,661
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$624
National
$949
Median Home Value
$127,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
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  • Football games
    21%
  • Fun in the Sun Day
    21%
  • Homecoming
    21%
  • When exchange students come
    21%
  • Dodgeball Tournaments
    14%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
302
Free or Reduced Lunch
31%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,669
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
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Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$11,601/ year
National
$12,239
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Paynesville High School has changed a lot, for the better. New block schedule introduces students to new opportunities, as well as building the maker space, moving the library, creating a commons area. Much attention is put on the football program, given that there is a lot of student involvement as well as fan involvement.
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Paynesville is a very close community. The school is a nice building overall. There is a small number of gyms, which makes it hard to have many sports and activities at the same time. Most activities are flexible so students can be a part of many things at once. Despite all of the activities we do have, there are not as many activities as there could be. The teachers are very supportive and friendly. If a student has a question, any of the staff or faculty are willing to help. There are many opportunities that students can be a part of. There are also many college courses available to help students. There is very flexible scheduling to make sure all students get the classes they want and need. The diversity is also wide. We have a few different races and LGBT+ students in our school. We also have a GSA club. I like the teachers and the opportunities we are provided. Since our community is so close, we also have help to achieve things that would otherwise never happen.
The number one thing I enjoyed about Paynesville Area High School was the teachers. In a small town, teachers are able to know each student personally. This gives them the motivation to work one on one with each student to ensure everyone has learned the material presented.
Something that could be improved at Paynesville High School is administrative decisions. For example, I believe the school should implement a weighted GPA scale. I took many college courses in high school, but I only graduated with a 4.0 because the harder classes did not weigh more in the GPA scale. It is something the teachers and students have been pushing for years, yet it has not been added in our school. Things such as the GPA scale, hiring and firing of workers in the school, and school day cancellations are just a few examples of things the administrative department need to make more educated decisions on, thus improving the school as a whole.