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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Pioneer Valley High School is a public school located in Santa Maria, CA. It has 2,694 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 23% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.
Address
675 Panther Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Telephone
(805) 922-1305
Website

Pioneer Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
23%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1050
195 responses
Average ACT
23
65 responses
AP Enrollment
14%
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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$55,485
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,269
National
$949
Median Home Value
$297,200
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 91 responses
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  • Ralleys
    35%
  • Football games
    20%
  • Club Activities
    11%
  • School dances
    11%
  • Spirit days
    11%
  • Drama productions
    7%
  • Soccer games
    2%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,694
Free or Reduced Lunch
74%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,192
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.1%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 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
$10,499/ year
National
$12,239
70%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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Very nice high school! Like all schools, it's not perfect but overall, its a nice new school. They have been improving, and that's great. They are also utilizing green energy, which is nice for our environment. Their staff are very comprehensive.
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The best thing I experienced at Pioneer Valley High School was finding meaningful friendships in people who I had known for years but not very well. I had overall positive experiences playing water polo and swimming, despite few victories. I enjoyed it because through the struggle, I bonded with my teammates. In terms of academics we have many excellent teachers and good AP opportunities. I also felt there were certain events that occurred on campus that created an emotional burden on myself and my peers, including hardships, deaths, and scandals. High school was the site of my first romantic relationship, which was also quite unhealthy and ended in great emotional distress. In large part my high school experience was disappointing as I felt trapped among teachers who I perceived to be uninterested in my success and I did not have many friends at various points.
My experience at Pioneer Valley High School has never been bad because I did what I was supposed to do and I was semi-involved in the school. I was a good student that participated in sports and clubs. Some things I like about Pioneer Valley High School is that there is a good diversity around the school, most of the teachers are really good, and the environment feels safe. I feel like there really is not really anything I would really change because it is a pretty solid high school.