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  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
    C+
  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 400 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
15 Mulligan Drive
South Hadley, MA 01075
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1180
73 responses
Average ACT
29
11 responses
AP Enrollment
2%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$65,898
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$960
National
$949
Median Home Value
$235,900
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.10 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 26 responses
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  • Paideia
    31%
  • Musicals
    23%
  • Octoberfest
    23%
  • Community Day
    15%
  • Black History Month Showcase
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
400
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
27%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.5%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 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
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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My experience at this school was amazing in middle school. It's very inclusive and you learn a lot academically and morally. Plus if you are interested in the arts whether it be dance, visual art, music, acting, tech, etc, it is a really good school. Even if you don't know much about the arts, the school has a system that will help you decide what art you can pursue. It is a bit different in high school though. All the regular high school drama and such but less of the ideal high school experience. There is no Homecoming, no sports except for soccer and ultimate frisbee, and the school is not that funded. But the experience is worth while even if you do feel like you hate your life in the moment!
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there is absolutely no bullying, it's so insanely accepting and made me want to go to school. I could learn arts, but also excel in othe classes, such as math, I was in algebra in 7th grade! They have such things as "Scholar Projects" that keep your child occupied if there is ever a time where they have already learned the curriculum. This place has made me so happy and helped me find my love of psychologygy and theater. You might leave PVPA, but PVPA never leaves you. PVPA has such a loving environment, people hug instead of shake hands. This is turly a community. No, a family.
PVPA is a very diverse environment, and instills a knowledge of social justice into every student. The arts-based education prepares students for thinking creatively and finding unique solutions to everyday problems. The faculty really does care about the students so much, and wants to see them succeed. The school has only relatively small issues that don't take away from it's better qualities. There is not an official college counselor for graduating seniors which would be beneficial if changed, but it does not in any way prevent seniors from moving forward.