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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Pickens High School is a public school located in Pickens, SC. It has 1,395 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
Address
150 Blue Flame Drive
Pickens, SC 29671
Telephone
(864) 397-3600
Website

Pickens High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1170
67 responses
Average ACT
24
46 responses
AP Enrollment
9%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$43,531
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$722
National
$949
Median Home Value
$124,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 42 responses
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  • Class Day
    38%
  • Prom
    29%
  • Fooball season
    21%
  • Baseball season
    5%
  • Powderpuff
    5%
  • Pep Rallies
    2%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,395
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,107
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 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
$9,813/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
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I loved everything about Pickens High School, from the faculty and staff to the Friday night football games. My high school experience was a blast! I made many life long friendships and my teachers were excellent. They all prepared me to do my absolute best in college and life in general. This school is hands down one of the best.
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My experience as a student at Pickens High school was great. I was in all honors classes and the teachers I had were phenomal. I did cheerleading as well which kept me pretty busy practicing and games. As a cheerleader i was able to witness the involvement of students in sports such as football and basketball since I cheered. It seemed as far as sports go, everyone was welcome and no discrimination was made. We also had a very diverse school full of people of all different walks of life. Our school also had an amazing fine arts program. I love to sing and I was involved in Chorus. We couldn't have had a more passionate choir teacher than Mrs. Beavers. The administration, I felt like at times could be different depending on the Person. Everyone wasn't disciplined the same way but things were fixed if they got out of hand. Mr. Lawson was the best principal ever. All in all, I absolutely loved this school and give it two thumbs up!
The best part of Pickens High School is the teachers. Some of the teachers. There are a select few that are truly passionate about teaching their students and reaching the hearts of those students. I'd like to see the administrator staff change. They seem to be uninterested in the students and lack real school spirit. Our resource officer is also a problem. We are treated like 12 year olds, not even allowed to go out back doors. Literally, he stands there and guards that door... what if someone gets shot from across the school? Where's our officer?