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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
South O'Brien Secondary School is a public school located in Paullina, IA. It has 298 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

South O'Brien Secondary School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
Average ACT
27
22 responses
AP Enrollment
4%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$63,350
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$676
National
$949
Median Home Value
$84,800
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.
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What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 4 responses
  • Attending all the athletic events
    25%
  • Homecoming traditions
    25%
  • Pride Week
    25%
  • Prom
    25%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
298
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.3 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.3 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.3 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,306
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.3 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.3 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.3 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,283/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.4 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.4 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.4 responses
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At South O’Brien I had the opportunity to be involved in many areas. I was a member of NHS, FFA, FCA, speech, choir, sports, quiz bowl and so much more! Teachers form relationships with students and really take an interest in helping them succeed. Academics are highly valued and taken seriously. To improve my high school, I would focus on the culture. My school needs more school spirit and ways of bringing students together to recognize their differences and embrace them. School makes up for a lot of our time and it should be the best place it can be for everyone.
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South O'Brien is the epitome of a small town school. Everyone knows everyone. Small classes. Great teacher to student ratio. Because it is such a small school, it has it's ups and downs. On the plus side, it has a great and structured curriculum that I think prepares you for your future job and academic endeavors. True to the small student population, there are plenty of opportunities to be involved in a multitude of activities. Sports, music, art, and other extra curriculars are always accepting new applicants. However, since Paullina is a small, primarily white-Christian community, the stigmas and stereotyping are always a problem among students, teachers, and other such faculty. We also don't have a huge amount of funding and are a little behind in technology and learning materials. Just this year, we became a 1 to 1 laptop school, but our wifi connection is poor and older teachers are hesitant to use it.
I loved my high school! Growing up in a small town and attending school there had its downfalls, but I would not change a thing about my small town. It has made me into the down to earth person I am today and I thank my small town community for that. The support that comes with this close knit group is amazing.