A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
6100 Old Leeds Rd
Irondale, AL 35210
Telephone
(205) 379-5350

Shades Valley High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1020
15 responses
Average ACT
22
119 responses
AP Enrollment
45%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 59 responses
Report
  • Dancing with the Staff
    19%
  • Winter Formal
    19%
  • Prom
    19%
  • Senior Picnic
    14%
  • Homecoming door decorating
    12%
  • Panoramic picture day
    7%
  • Fine Arts Night
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,352
Free or Reduced Lunch
46%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
27.8%
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$9,950/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.43 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.43 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.43 responses
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Shades Valley High School Reviews

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I really like the fact that my school focuses on not only preparing us for college and the workforce but also for life with plenty of classes to choose from to learn things you will need to know that most schools don't show any interest or care for. My schools has an IB program for students who want to be ahead of the game, different academies in which our principal has made sure to get everyone into so they can be prepared for their chosen career. Everyone is friendly and wants to succeed and learn new things everyday! I love my school!
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Shades Valley is a really awesome school. I have learned so much about why going to college is so important. They help you prepare for the skills you need to be college and career ready. Also, I have been involved with many clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities. I am proud to graduate from Shades Valley High School. Home of the Mounties!
I am now a senior at Shades Valley High School, class of 2018. I am in the Finance Academy and it is a great program that has helped me build my resume and gave me great experiences. Each year we have gained and lost teachers; however, during my junior year I lost some of the best academy teachers and we changed Principles which was an unexpected change. The lunch is terrible and I do not like the administrators. My English and math teachers have really prepared me for college and my finance academy teachers and class counselor have prepared me for my career.