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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School is an above average, public, charter school located in South Hadley, MA. It has 403 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
15 Mulligan Drive
South Hadley, MA 01075
Telephone
(413) 552-1580
Website

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1190
53 responses
Average ACT
29
12 responses
AP Enrollment
2%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$62,004
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$927
National
$949
Median Home Value
$227,700
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.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Paideia
    32%
  • Musicals
    26%
  • Octoberfest
    21%
  • Community Day
    16%
  • Black History Month Showcase
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
403
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.1%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
62%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
23%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
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Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School Reviews

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This is not a good review but it is the truth.From the first week of 7th grade the talk was about transgender, being gender fluid,bisexual, pangender etc. This school dwells on a persons sexuality. This is a big topic all year. I swear that school brainwashes these young children into being confused about their sexuality. They have walkouts. If a child does not go then the other children single them out and bully them. This is a fact.There is not a lot of respect for the teachers. The big statement is "I feel threatened or intimidated by your words". This is not what I expected the school to be like. It's a Performing Arts School not a circus.There are some good teachers. I do know for a fact that when they have had walkouts a few of the faculty members did not want to go and were forced to by superiors.
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I really enjoyed my time there. I graduated in 2015, and have kept in touch with my close friends from there. I'm incredibly grateful because had I gone to another school in the area, I would have no doubt been at minimum an outcast or forced into a corner with all the other students like me (performing arts students), and at maximum bullied recklessly by the sports-focused world of most schools in the United States. Instead I got to go to a school made up entirely of those people in the drama department at a normal school.
PVPA is great for students who need smaller classes and are interested in the arts. The teachers are very understanding and are overall great humans. In the past two years though there has been a shift and change in power so time will tell if the school will adjust properly and give students support that was lacking before the change. Students are involved in so much of the school, this includes school groups fundraising to do things they are passionate about. It's a good school if your student is involved in the arts or they will not get far as the requirements for graduating are long because of the classes in the major needed to be taking. The school day is unusual as students from 50+ towns come to PVPA.