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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Sunset High School is a highly rated, public school located in Portland, OR. It has 2,300 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 54% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

Sunset High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
54%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1310
375 responses
Average ACT
29
324 responses
AP Enrollment
2%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$64,619
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,172
National
$949
Median Home Value
$328,400
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
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 124 responses
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  • Football games
    24%
  • Apollos Unplugged. A charity music show.
    19%
  • Cram the Stands
    15%
  • The musical and play
    11%
  • Fine Arts
    10%
  • Basketball games
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,300
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,099
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.3%
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.58 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.58 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.58 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,875/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.66 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.66 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.66 responses
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My experience at Sunset High school was in-between good and not so well, I have been going to Sunset High school since freshman year. My freshman year experience alright, because I started school not knowing anyone or knowing where to go but Sunset has the greatest administration. They helped me navigate my way through the school, and always asked every student how was there day, or if anyone needed help with school to go talk to the counselors or principal. Throughout my high school experience at Sunset the great thing that happened to me was meeting my best friend. Not knowing anyone starting school we met freshman year, and we just connected I can tell her anything without her judging me along with other students, no one judges anyone for showing who they are. Now graduating in 2020 I will miss my sweet school where all my greatest memories were made.
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In general, the students and staff here are nice people. Excellent principal. Taking a full IB course load is hard work and takes up too much time and energy, but the basic required classes offered at Sunset are sufficiently challenging in order to expand the mind without developing too much stress. The school itself is a bit on the older, worn out side but there are plenty of resources available to students including technology and a variety of classes to take. The only thing missing is an orchestra.
Sunset High School has a fantastic community and with that comes a lot of unique opportunities. The community is perhaps that most profound aspect that comes together to make this school. While this benefits the school, along with its rigorous class options, and the group of teachers, the school falls behind the competition with its old infrastructure. Overall, the school has many great parts which elevate it above average, but can not keep up with the new and technologically-advanced schools.