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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Placer High School is a highly rated, public school located in Auburn, CA. It has 1,339 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

Placer High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
76%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1210
204 responses
Average ACT
27
57 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$57,289
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Median Home Value
$393,500
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
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
95%
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 85 responses
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  • Extended Lunch
    22%
  • Powder Puff
    14%
  • Fight Song
    13%
  • Placer Palooza
    13%
  • Alma Mater
    12%
  • Rallies
    9%
  • Spirit Weeks/ Alma Mater
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,339
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$76,618
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.4%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,914/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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Placer High School is a very average school that has the potential to be excellent if a bit more effort was put into making it better. A majority of the teachers are very charismatic and helpful. However, due to a lack of proper staffing some teachers have been placed into departments, that they do not quite have a grasp on and/or are unqualified to teach. On another note, a large portion of the school's budget is used frivolously. Recently the school purchased an extremely expensive astroturf and water dispensary machine for the office. These ideas would be less ridiculous if other parts of the school had not been severely neglected. Leaky roofs, undersupplied/underfunded departments (art, drama, music, etc), outdated material, broken/old chairs, and desks. To summarize the rest of the school suffers while the football department and office workers live in luxury. The monetary spotlight needs to be shone elsewhere for a bit because this school seems to be falling apart at the seams.
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My overall experience with Placer High School has been great. I have learned a lot of life lessons from my school which including problem solving and work ethic. I would recommend Placer High to any incoming freshman that has just moved to the Auburn area. The all around culture at Placer High is amazing from the sports teams to the teachers and academics. We have off campus lunch everyday and many reasonable small business that offer food such has a sushi restaurant that offers a $5 student special. Of course Placer is amazing but it also has it's flaws. Placer is right next to Confluence High which is for the kids who get kicked out of other schools and every once in awhile they will wonder through campus with they're music blasting, but that's the only thing I can say badly about Placer High. Overall it is a really amazing high school.
Placer isn't a bad school to go to, but there are plenty of things that need changing. While I understand that hiring new teachers, especially Spanish teachers has been difficult, there are many teachers that have had complaints with nothing done about them. Additionally, the use of resources within the school could be better, for example: the iPads in the Chemistry class were only used once or twice at the beginning of the semester. It was a huge waste of money if they aren't going to even be used.