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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School is a highly rated, public school located in Santa Ynez, CA. It has 966 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.
Address
2975 E. Highway 246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Telephone
(805) 688-6487
Website

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1200
128 responses
Average ACT
26
31 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$98,036
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,691
National
$949
Median Home Value
$739,800
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
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
69%
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 25 responses
Report
  • Sports, music, dances, lots of stuff!
    40%
  • Football games
    16%
  • Sports, dances and rallys
    16%
  • Fundraisers
    8%
  • Homecoming Assembly
    8%
  • Chalk Festival
    4%
  • Music Department concerts
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
966
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,788
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.5%
61%
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
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 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
$11,259/ year
National
$12,239
68%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Reviews

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At SYVUHS everyone eventually sees one another and has an opportunity to make a new friend. It has high academic standards that are met through the education given by very intelligent teachers. Being a small valley community, the Santa Ynez Valley becomes a huge football supporting town that enjoys the Friday night lights. In this safe environment, many students are allowed to express who they are without judgment. Also, their amazing clubs allow you to experience the world outside of the SYV walls and expand students education on what the world has to offer. Overall, SYVUHS is a home that one grows to love and eventually sad about having to leave senior year. So, don't let the four years at SYVHUS pass by and experience a pirates life.
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My overall experience over the past years was great. The counselors really prepares me for college and the class size is small. The school is also small which I like because you get to know most of the students. Everyone is involved in some kind of sport or club that the school provides. Everyone is united through our school spirit. Especially during football season when we have the games and pep rally’s. I believe that this high school is the safest school in Santa Barbara county.
Since it's a small town, everyone knows everything about everyone. If you're bullied, the school doesn't do much even though they have a "Bully Hotline" and "anti-bullying" policies. There are some cliques but it isn't too bad. There's somewhere for everyone to fit in unless they don't want to socialize at all. There isn't too much diversity, the school is about half white and half Hispanic, there's a few African-Americans and a few Asian-Americans. There's a few Middle-Eastern descent kids as well, whether first or second generation.