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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy is a public school located in Springfield, MA. It has 1,415 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
980
140 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
9%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$36,730
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$847
National
$949
Median Home Value
$152,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
94%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 38 responses
  • Pep rallies
    24%
  • Prom
    21%
  • Talent shows
    13%
  • Sports
    11%
  • Clubs
    8%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Open House
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,415
Free or Reduced Lunch
70%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,551
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.7%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$19,083/ year
National
$12,239
68%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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Putnam prepares you for a career in the trades rather than for college. However, I'm currently in college because of the help of my teachers and guidance counselors. They really do go the extra mile if you approach them and tell them your plans (or lack thereof). With a good student government, I think you can have great memories of Putnam. Some teachers are tough, but they grow on you after four years of seeing them around. They're very strict on fights and quickly handle any drama going on.

The school looks like a mall, it has a bank, a school store, and a cafe for visitors. It has a whole kitchen and dining area for culinary students, large garages for Carpentry, Auto Mech, and more. There are trades from Retail and Early Child Care to IT. If you're a hands-on person and want to have a close experience to the trades, Putnam is the perfect balance of Academic and Vocational education.
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What I liked about Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy is the friendliness of teachers and staff. They know how to talk to kids not just as students but as people. However, what I would like to see change at the school is the environment the students created. Many students skipped class, wanted to change classes but couldn’t, and many students failed or held low grades. I wish more clubs were there to help, or tutoring occurred more often.
My son is currently a senior at Putnam Vocational. He has attended this school since the 9th grade. Considering the fact that my son has cerebral palsy, the school has gone above and beyond to make sure my son felt comfortable and welcomed. During multiple surgeries and the need to be temporarily home tutored the school and the city made sure to accommodate us in any possible way. Even through his medical journeys, he made sure to maintain good grades and stay after school for extra help. This school was very accommodating and thoughtful of my son’s needs. We are truly grateful.