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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Payson High School is a public school located in Payson, AZ. It has 681 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.

Payson High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1180
9 responses
Average ACT
25
60 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$50,049
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$958
National
$949
Median Home Value
$221,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
55%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
36%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Prom
    27%
  • Homecoming
    24%
  • Football games
    15%
  • Spirit Week
    12%
  • Marching Band Competitions
    9%
  • DECA
    6%
  • Health Occupation Students of American meeting
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
681
Free or Reduced Lunch
38%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,768
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
31%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,875/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.20 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.20 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.20 responses
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My experience at Payson High School was not the best. I was not born in the small town so I was treated as less than I should have been my freshman year. This never stopped me from being who I am, friendly and kind. I eventually won over my teachers and my peers and now I am a part of their society. This school may have its problems but you can always over come them with kindness and persistence. This is what I like about Payson High School, the ability to strive for your best self. I would also like to see the students and faculty accept outsiders more often.
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I moved to Payson and when I started high school, I didn't no anyone. The students here are so friendly and willing to to take in new students. I love how friendly everyone is. I've never had any problems with teachers. One thing I like about Payson High School is that we have a program that helps encourage students to have passing grades. I find that very comforting because it sets students for success. There are many different clubs and activities that students can join, which is really fun. As far as academics our school offers dual enrollment classes which I find fantastic. I really enjoy this because it allows students to get ahead for college, for a cheaper price. That is why I find our school great.
A good school in a small town that offers dual-credit courses that are ideal for college prepping! With the help of local supporters, students have the ability to attend one dual-credit course for no additional charge! Overall, PHS is a great school for students preparing for college!