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C-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Penobscot Valley High School is a public school located in Howland, ME. It has 157 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
Address
23 Cross Street
Howland, ME 04448
Telephone
(207) 732-3111
Website

Penobscot Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1020
41 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
15%

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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$37,059
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$579
National
$949
Median Home Value
$89,200
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.
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  • Prom
    25%
  • Graduation
    20%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Spring Fling
    15%
  • Homecomming
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    10%
  • Fundraisers
    5%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
157
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,148
Teachers in First/Second Year
26.8%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$15,552/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
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Penobscot Valley High School Reviews

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Penobscot Valley High did not provide me with the proper education, fair treatment, or anything to prepare me for the real world during my four years there. There are kind people in the district but they are not qualified to perform their jobs, they are also very lackadaisical. It is truly a shame that this once great school and it’s community has fallen so low. From it’s sports programs, the staff, the students being prepared for the future, or non-biased treatment to students. I loved my friends, the people I met, and the memories I had. But I am glad to move on past high school.
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I loved the small community and personal connection that we were able to get with the teachers. Having classes that ranged from around a twenty person population to some with only three people in it was a wonderful experience for me, as I got the normal sized classroom with added small, more enjoyable classes. The teachers are all lovely and supportive people, always willing to help their students with anything from home issues to college advice. With this, however, I do not enjoy how this school handles problems such as bullying and political issues that are brought into the school.
This school is pretty rubbish in my, very professional, opinion. The only reason I'd suggest it to anybody is that of the alternative program they offer a way out in Lagrange. The kids that go are narrow-minded and intolerant.