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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Smith-Cotton High School is an above average, public school located in Sedalia, MO. It has 1,425 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.
2010 Tiger Pride Boulevard
Sedalia, MO 65301
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
950
10 responses
Average ACT
25
233 responses
AP Enrollment
2%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$37,983
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$714
National
$949
Median Home Value
$91,000
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 49 responses
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  • Homecoming
    29%
  • Prom
    12%
  • JROTC
    12%
  • Pep rally
    10%
  • The show choir show-me classic
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Athletic events
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,425
Free or Reduced Lunch
59%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,710
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.3%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,353/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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I had a great experience during my time at Smith-Cotton! For such a small town, it's a great school that offers a variety of classes, programs, extracurricular activities, and has many caring teachers and staff. The school building is very new, spacious, and well-equipped. Students are provided with personal laptops throughout the duration of their high school career. I gave it a 4/5 stars due to there not being enough AP and Dual Credit classes. Since it is in a smaller town away from larger universities, it can sometimes be hard to find qualified teachers for the more difficult, specialized classes. Overall, the school was great and the staff really made sure students were equipped as best as they could be to succeed in their future!
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What I loved most about Smith-Cotton is the amount of options I had. The school provides so many class opportunities for everyone and allows the students to choose classes. Smith-Cotton also has plenty of sports, clubs, and activities. We seriously have a chess team. The school also provides plenty of options for preparing for life & college including a program called Upward Bound and a class/club called JAG, where students spend the period working on scholarships, job applications, and other things to further their future.
Smith-Cotton High School is a great school to attend throughout your high school years. The teachers and administration help to prepare all students for college and the real world. There are plenty of resources too learn about the academics and general courses. The school provides safety and diversity through all of the teachings. Parent and student involvement is encouraged in the learnings and clubs and activities. Smith-Cotton High School taught me how to be a respectable and responsible student ready to enter the college level experience. I feel very confident with everything I have learned, that I will achieve great things.