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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Pontotoc High School is an above average, public school located in Pontotoc, MS. It has 631 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 48% in reading.
About Pontotoc High School...
School District
Pontotoc City Schools
Address
123 North Main Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863
Telephone
(662) 489-1275

Pontotoc High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
48%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
Average ACT
23
47 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$42,616
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$630
National
$949
Median Home Value
$100,300
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
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
50%
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 23 responses
Report
  • Prom, Pep Rally's, School Play
    30%
  • I love sporting events.
    22%
  • Althletic events
    17%
  • Marching Band Competitions
    17%
  • Senior parties
    9%
  • Junior and Senior Plays
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
631
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,357
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.5%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,223/ year
National
$12,239
73%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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I have loved my for years at PHS. I was in the band which meant I was involved in a lot of team building and people skills from the start. Of all the things at Pontotoc, I love our library most! The doors are open to everyone and the librarian Mrs. Rogers has been the most positive influence in the school.
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Overall, the education isn't the worst as a higher student. If you are not an AP student, your education in classes will probably suck. There is no challenge in those classes (depending on how much you care).

There are only a few AP courses available to upperclassmen; however, there are also a few dual credit classes. Most of the higher learning classes are for Juniors and Seniors.

There is mix of good and bad teachers. Coaches don't teach anything a lot of the time, unfortunately. Some other teachers don't know what's going on half the time. Then there are a few AMAZING teachers that will really challenge you but still make the class enjoyable.

There is hardly ever an issue with scheduling, and if there is, it is possible to take the class online.

There is never a hard workload unless you are an upperclassman in higher courses, but even then it is manageable.

There is also a Votech building that is off campus, so students must take a bus ride over. I have never taken a class there, but I've never heard a complaint.

The most popular class is probably Junior Theater and Senior Theater. It's one of the school's pride and joy, and the plays are almost always outstanding.
There is almost no diversity.

The majority of the school is Caucasian (I would say a little more than half of the student body), then African American, then Hispanic/Latino. There are maybe a handful of people outside of those races. As far as I know, there has never been an issue with racism, excluding the few knuckle heads every school gets from time to time. This being said, there is also almost no ethnic diversity.

There are actually quite a few LGBT+ students. Not a lot, but a little more than you would expect from this area. None of them can really afford to be open about it. There was once an incident where a girl couple were just holding hands at a football game, and a group of kids were throwing rocks at them.There have also been other incidents of extreme intolerance that include physically assaulting students and bullying. Almost all of the LGBT+ students have to stay on the quiet side about who they are in order to stay safe.

Most students are the stereotypical southerner-- country, very southern belle, Christian, likes hunting and fishing. If you are like that, you will fit in perfectly and will find a lot of people to be friends with. There is also a party and drug scene that students try to keep on the down low. If you like that, you will also fit in. However, if you are not into those sorts of things, you will find it a little harder to fit in, but most of the time, you are never alone. There is always at least one person who is like you.

Most students aren't very accepting of different things, but most are not intolerant either. We all just keep separate of each other, I think.


The majority of students are respectful of others, but it also depends on your graduating class. Most students aren't disrespectful without reason, and are generally kind people.