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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
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Ponchatoula High School is an above average, public school located in Ponchatoula, LA. It has 1,721 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 61% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
Address
19452 Highway 22 East
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Telephone
(985) 386-3514
Website

Ponchatoula High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
61%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1120
6 responses
Average ACT
24
216 responses
AP Enrollment
1%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    B+
  4. Good for Families
    B-
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$43,690
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$758
National
$949
Median Home Value
$143,300
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
69%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 26 responses
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  • Peprallys, service clubs, sports
    31%
  • Football
    15%
  • Drama Club
    8%
  • FFA and MCJROTC
    8%
  • Cross Country coach is best and best group
    8%
  • Cypress Bark (newspaper) class and staff
    8%
  • None
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,721
Free or Reduced Lunch
52%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,949
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,514/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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Ponchatoula High School Reviews

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I came to Ponchatoula High from a Catholic K-8th school. I was really nervous about coming to such a large public high school, but from the first day at PHS, I felt comfortable and safe. After 4 years of being at PHS, I know I made the best decision. I feel that I am ready for college based on the rigorous curriculum and class options given to me. I was able to participate in many clubs while playing competitive sports. I would definitely recommend Ponchatoula High over the other alternative schools in the area. The administration continues to strive to improve the school on a daily basis.
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They need to offer more AP courses and have more qualified teachers teaching them.

The teachers also get away with a lot of things here. They also need to address the teacher-student bullying because it is, unfortunately, a very common issue.

The NHS club here? A lot of students are rejected for very petty reasons. The club also does not have an appeal process

It is quite strict here compared to other high schools. If the school would be a bit more lax on relatively trivial things, the students would have more school spirit.

It's very great when it comes to academics, but they are very "SPS" score focused- which is good in some ways, but not so good in others.

Sports are supported here a hundred times more than any other extracurricular activity, and this is a major problem. However, if you love sports, the sports at this school are excellent.
I like how diverse the student body of Ponchatoula High School is. Not only is the student body so diverse, but no one is outcasted at our school. There is always an opportunity to make great friends. Aside from the students, the teachers at Ponchatoula High do everything in their power to help their students achieve greatness while “Preparing Honorably for Success.”