Santa Ynez Valley Union High School
- SANTA YNEZ, CA
Overall Niche Grade
- Academicsgrade A minus
- Diversitygrade A minus
- Teachersgrade A
- College Prepgrade A minus
- Clubs & Activitiesgrade C+
- Health & Safetygrade B+
- Administrationgrade B
- Sportsgrade A minus
- Foodgrade B+
- Resources & Facilitiesgrade C+
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School is a highly rated, public school located in SANTA YNEZ, CA. It has 870 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Rankings
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Percent Proficient - Reading
Percent Proficient - Math
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Living in the Area
Overall Niche Grade
- Cost of Livinggrade D+
- Good for Familiesgrade B
- Housinggrade C minus
Median Household Income
Median Home Value
Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
79%of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 14 responses
71%of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 14 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
- Sports, music, dances, lots of stuff!35%
- Football games16%
- Sports, dances and rallys16%
- Homecoming Assembly10%
- Chalk Festival6%
grade A minus
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
69%of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 16 responses
56%of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 16 responses
75%of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 16 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
63%of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 24 responses
79%of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 24 responses
71%of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 24 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$14,438 / year
69%of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. 26 responses
38%of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 26 responses
58%of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 26 responses
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Reviews
Rating 3.56 out of 5 171 reviews
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I really enjoy our small community at Santa Ynez high school. I have been able to grow side by side with my peers (who are like my family) under the instruction of excellent teachers who genuinely care about your success and helping you grow as both a student and a person. It is a very safe and open community that I and many others have been able to thrive in!
I am a senior at SYVUHS this year and I have attended all four years of high school. Most of the teachers are very involved with their students and care a lot about their success. I have made some great friends here and I have enjoyed my time immensely. The school offers a lot of AP classes and numerous sports to choose from. The teachers and staff care about college readiness and try to educate students on that process as much as possible. My counselor has been a great help with my college applications. I feel very safe on campus as the town is a particularly safe area. Some downsides are that a lot of the things on campus are outdated. The locker rooms and some classrooms have not been updated in years. The food is okay and some items are better than others. Overall, I have loved my time here and I would not trade my experience here for anything.
This school keeps the fights to a minimum and tardies quite a big deal. No, its no private school but here you'' find people of all types. Its a nice size where you could know everyone in your graduating class by the second year. Unfortunately, some of the teachers need to be fired because objectively they are not up to par. However there are many teachers that are very easy grading. The atmosphere is pretty good if I do say so myself. Nothing out of ordinary but there is little racial discrimination which is more common in large schools. The spread of classes has a nice variety of style and difficulty. I realized this when I compared it to another school my younger siblings will attend. Around the area are a lot of jobs for students to work. Overall I would give this an 8/10, if a 10/10 is a top private school. Not all the teachers are very intelligent, but enough are. Lastly, the school doesn't support any radical political ideas either way.