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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Pine River-Backus High School is a public school located in Pine River, MN. It has 354 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.
Address
810 1st St N
Pine River, MN 56474
Telephone
(218) 587-4425
Website

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
Average ACT
23
22 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$29,032
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$633
National
$949
Median Home Value
$74,100
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.
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Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
354
Free or Reduced Lunch
52%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,167
Teachers in First/Second Year
4%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,386/ year
National
$12,239
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Overall, Pine River-Backus High School is an excellent place to learn and the teachers here are absolutely amazing. My teachers help me with any given topic in the subject and do their best to help me understand the material. The school offers CIS courses, which givens students in 11th and 12th grade to take classes for college credit, for FREE. This is a huge help for many students, and by the time I graduate I will have nearly two years of college completed at no cost to me! While the academics and teachers are great, one thing the school struggles with is diversity. This school is prominently Caucasian, and there are not many people of color. I wish to see that new kids from different backgrounds and cultures come to Pine River-Backus High School in the future. It would be a great opportunity for kids to learn about other cultures, and I believe that this would result in kids being a lot less ethnocentric.
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Overall there is some cultural diversity and students mostly respect each other. The facility is nice, and the safety level is high.
About 20% of the teachers are GREAT. Several are average, but unfortunately the terrible teachers number 25% or more and overshadow the rest.
Textbooks are not assigned and students are expected to do all work on the computer which is not fair for students who may not have internet at home. It’s also hard on students to have to stare at a computer screen all day. The school board is non-responsive to any issues that may be brought up.
If you’re not a teacher’s kid or have a big name in town, don’t expect to get to play on varsity sports teams.
This is pretty much just a school to get through in order to earn a diploma. There’s nothing that stands out as great, and you will be just barely prepared for life if not somewhat behind after attending this school.
Some of the teachers are excellent, but there are some who are tenured and dont bother teaching.The size of school is nice for forming friendships and for a small student to teacher ratio, but the size also means not enough students to fill out some sports teams.