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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Union High School is an above average, public school located in Big Stone Gap, VA. It has 625 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

Union High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1110
50 responses
Average ACT
25
8 responses
AP Enrollment
3%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$38,345
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$629
National
$949
Median Home Value
$85,600
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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Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
625
Free or Reduced Lunch
84%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,442
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.4%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,056/ year
National
$12,239
33%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.3 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.3 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.3 responses
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Union High School gives great opportunities to get your associate's degree out of the way before you graduate high school. Not only are the classes cheaper than when you would attend a university it helps prepare you for college classes. The teachers are close-knit and try to ensure your best interests are at heart. However, the school spirit is lacking. The student body tries their best to set up fun activities after games or fundraisers, but there is a lack of support. If there was more participation from staff and students the experience would be more enjoyable. There is also a family atmosphere within the school.
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Union High School is a great place that offers a great learning experience! The teachers are very kind and are willing to help you when you need it. The only thing that I didn't like very much was the staff that worked in the main office. They weren't always very friendly, and sometimes didn't seem interested in helping if you had an issue. Sometimes they simply didn't know what was going on. My favorite thing about the school was the dual enrollment program. This helped me get ahead for college, and also prepared me for what college was going to be like.
Union High School is located in the small, country town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Union has it's perks and it's downfalls. It is located in such a great community, with great people. I have had many wonderful memories there. One thing I would definitely try to make better is the administrative process. I love my guidance counselor, but I feel that Union does not aware themselves more about the students and their academic needs.