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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
    B-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
South St. Paul Secondary School is an above average, public school located in South Saint Paul, MN. It has 1,766 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.

South St. Paul Secondary School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
38%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1270
5 responses
Average ACT
25
152 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$58,026
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$898
National
$949
Median Home Value
$169,200
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
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Pep Rallies
    23%
  • Dances
    19%
  • Friday Night Football Games
    19%
  • Coronation
    17%
  • Dodge ball tounry
    10%
  • Volleyball tourny
    4%
  • Athletic Camps
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,766
Free or Reduced Lunch
46%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,275
Teachers in First/Second Year
30.1%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$17,187/ year
National
$12,239
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
44%
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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South St. Paul secondary sets it up so every child has the opportunity to be loved, in a club or activity, and receive a sufficient education. That is something I will always appreciate. Over the years, the school has made many administrative changes which has led to many benefits and many disadvantages. There is now a much more unsafe atmosphere than previous years because of their acceptance of students that were expelled from neighboring schools, have criminal records, etc. There is an in-balance with the amount of issues amongst the student body and the administrative force there is. Something to South St. Paul Secondary's benefit is their teachers, however. They are full of passion, care, integrity, hospitality, the foundation of what is keeping the school together is the wonderful teachers and their role of wanting every student to succeed.
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The administration is terrible at enforcing new policies and supporting teachers. There are many fights and many kids wander the halls during class. Vaping has become such a problem that the bathrooms are locked during the lunch period and some students do it in classes. I was able to take honors classes and IB classes and learn a lot. Unfortunately, in the non-honors and non-IB classes there is a lot of behavioral issues and lack of caring, which is hard for the kids who want to learn things at a less intense level. There are different organizations to support people who are African-American, Latino, LGBT, or female. These groups are great for those who are able to attend and get the support or those that want to learn more about the experiences of those who attend. Although these organizations exist and the school board wants to hear about the experiences of the students involved, they only want to know about the good things and not the things that need to be changed.
I think our Academics for the IB diploma program are great because they are challenging. The honors programs are also great steps towards preparing students for the IB program. However, one area where the school could improve upon would be the lack of diversity within the whole school. Also, most of the teachers seem to enjoy their jobs, which is an attitude that can be contagious to the students. Furthermore, there are many great clubs, but it seems as though most of the funding goes towards sports activities rather than mental activities. Something that may seem insignificant would be the facility itself. More specifically, the school is very clean relative to other public schools, which helps stay more productive.