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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    D-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Poplar Bluff High School is a public school located in Poplar Bluff, MO. It has 1,479 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
1300 Victory Ln
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Telephone
(573) 785-6471
Website

Poplar Bluff High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1040
6 responses
Average ACT
25
140 responses
AP Enrollment
3%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$31,675
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$665
National
$949
Median Home Value
$92,200
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
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Homecoming assemblies
    25%
  • Lollapalooza
    22%
  • Homecoming games
    17%
  • Mr. Snowman
    14%
  • Football games
    11%
  • JROTC functions
    11%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,479
Free or Reduced Lunch
50%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,960
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.9%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 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
$8,069/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.24 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.24 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.24 responses
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Poplar Bluff High School Reviews

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From my experience attending Poplar Bluff High School, I'd say that the school is, for the most part, a great place. A number of its faculty members show passion for what they do as educators and will try their very best to help out their students when needed.
As for the school's admistration, it can sometimes come across as incompetent. I find that they often neglect to plan out procedures for events ahead of time, which often leads to mass confusion amongst both students and teachers.
Aside form this the administration often overlooks the students that attend morning and evening courses at the Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center located just up the hill from the high school.
There have been many occasions where the admistration made plans for the school with little to no consideraton for those enrolled at PBTCC and rarely communicate important information regarding these plans to the career center's admistrators.
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The administration does not know how to help students in discipline and overall life readiness. The counselors, some with PhDs and Master's degrees, are still terrible at college readiness and just blatantly helping students out. The academics offer multiple AP classes, however the instructors in the science AP classes are terrible. The AP exam scores reflect it yet nothing is done to try to improve scores. As a student who would rely on these scores for scholarship money and credit hours at a university, it is blatantly unacceptable. Teachers are also run down with meaningless reports and assessments which allow them less time to focus and teach the students.
Poplar Bluff High school is advancing it's offering to students in implementing curriculum to begin preparation for student to pursue education upon completing high school. In this pursuit, there are some aspects that need improvement, in that, what is being offered, some students are yet being to reveal that they are not prepared for tests such as the ACT and SAT, even with taking classes that are "advanced" to prepare for college level classes.