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C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    D
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Pontiac High School is a public school located in Pontiac, MI. It has 844 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 3% of students are at least proficient in math and 21% in reading.
About Pontiac High School...
Address
1051 Arlene Ave
Pontiac, MI 48340
Telephone
(248) 451-7315
Website

Pontiac High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
21%
Percent Proficient - Math
3%
Average Graduation Rate
67%
Average SAT
950
67 responses
Average ACT
20
32 responses
AP Enrollment

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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$31,401
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$778
National
$949
Median Home Value
$56,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    70%
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Day
    20%
  • Say No to Drugs Week
    10%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
844
Free or Reduced Lunch
73%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,485
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.9%
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,624/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
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In Pontiac High School I observed an extreme diversity of talent and charismatic students. The fact that everyone works very hard to remain pushing the school further to success proofs that we indeed in the mist of bad experiences we have great classmates and teachers. If there was something I could have changed is the staff and let students have more freedom instead of making their ideas feel imprisoned. The school could push further down the road if we let everyone's thoughts be heard, to again do a reunion with the higher power and let students fight along each other and show ways to improve along teachers who grew tired of a system that no longer works for us and we need something to reinforce the educational, creative learning of students. A way to bring back the imagination of students and let them be able to learn something new. Where each one has its way to learn and accommodate to their pace and needs. Furthermore, the school advances when there is more doors open ahead.
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I have only been in Pontiac High School for two years - my Junior year and my Senior year. Experiences vary, from year to year, but mine remains the same. Surrounded by violence, and teachers who care little, I find myself uncertain on what to do in many of my classes, but I seek for help in other areas. It is hard to get my necessary education here, when I know I won't be up to speed when I get to college; I'm learning things that will be useless to me there, or not learning at all. We go through metal detectors daily, just to make sure no weapons are brought, because of the violence that roams through the school and our city.
What I do like though, is that despite the carelessness, amongst my friends, there is a sense of a community. We try to work on homework and classwork together, staying behind in some classes to ask the teachers that do care about our academics for assistance. The school does try to change, but no one ever tries to enact it.
My experience within the Pontiac School District was an average one in which I was lucky enough to obtain AP courses in calculus and literature along and early college programs. The lack of resources in the community, however, has effected its students. Sometimes the building is too cold or too hot during the wrong seasons for students to function. There are no science equipment available for a strong chemistry school year. I hope to improvement with hiring teachers because for one entire semester I had only sub substitutes.