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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Sonoma Valley High School is an above average, public school located in Sonoma, CA. It has 1,297 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 36% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.

Sonoma Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
36%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1130
210 responses
Average ACT
26
65 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
    D+
Median Household Income
$79,576
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,715
National
$949
Median Home Value
$728,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
41%
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 62 responses
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  • Homecoming or Prom
    29%
  • Homecoming week
    24%
  • Rally's
    15%
  • Convention
    13%
  • Graduation
    6%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,297
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$86,306
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.7%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,596/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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Certain things about this school are better than others, but overall I'm glad to go here! There are some really cool staff members and a lot of AP/academic opportunities, however the campus can be rather dirty and a lot of fights happen here. Bathrooms will commonly close down due to students smoking in them, etc. Additionally, the school buses don't arrive until almost an hour after school lets out. I know that's not the fault of the school itself, but it still sucks that we don't have more drivers in this district. The library could be bigger, however our librarian is very qualified and commonly can be seen helping students with various assignments or computer issues. That reminds me, we each get an assigned Chromebook for class, which is nice (although that's a more recent development as they were implemented my freshman year).
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During my time at Sonoma Valley High School, I have learned a lot and changed a lot. One of the main reasons that I have done so well at this school is because I was already ahead in many classes prior to high school. I believe that the AP and Honors programs are incredible due to the amazing staff. The teachers that I have had have, for the most part, been wonderful. The history department and Ms. Manchester have helped me grow as a student. I now feel comfortable doing quick writes, research papers, and analysis. I believe that without these teachers I would not be as successful as a student, as I am today.
As a current student of SVHS, I am disappointed to say that I have not had the best experience. Much of the staff, office and teaching, show little care for their responsibilities as educators. SVHS also faces many issues among students, including fights and clogging sewage lines with vape products, which can create an unsafe atmosphere. These students create disruptions curing class as well.