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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Valley Center High School is a highly rated, public school located in Valley Center, CA. It has 1,154 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 33% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.
Address
31322 Cole Grade Rd
Valley Center, CA 92082
Telephone
(760) 751-5500

Valley Center High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
33%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1150
122 responses
Average ACT
26
57 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$84,742
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,567
National
$949
Median Home Value
$492,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
78%
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 54 responses
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  • Jag wars
    31%
  • Dances
    24%
  • Pep Rally
    24%
  • Senior beach trip
    7%
  • FFA Avtivities
    4%
  • AVID/Focus field trips
    2%
  • FCA meetings
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,154
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$86,429
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.6%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

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
$10,942/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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Valley Center High School Reviews

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As a graduating senior at Valley Center High School I have experienced many things at this school. To start, the teachers are a hit or a miss, some are (in my opinion) amazing and others have no idea what they are doing and might as well just have a student teach. The safety is awful, they have locks on the emergency exits which is very dangerous. The "security" hired are VERY scary. the school has just about weekly fights that result in teachers breaking them up, not the hired security. Also the so called "security" invades the students privacy by looking into their cars while the student is in class and sometimes while the student is still in the car (I witnessed this first hand). The administration is very rude and have no time for their students, if you have a question you must make an appointment to talk with anyone. As for college readiness I have never felt more underprepared for anything.
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I was fortunate enough to attend Valley Center High School for the full four years. From the time I stepped onto the campus for my freshman year to the time I walked across the graduation stage, I always felt a sense of the teachers and faculty wanting to help you achieve more. Each classroom I went into i received a hello and extensive help in which the teachers wanted you to learn rather than get it right away. They would take time out of their lunches and breaks to clarify points from the lecture or go over review problems for the upcoming tests. The sports were structured very well and allowed students to be athletes on the side. Overall, I have loved my time at Valley Center High and recommend it to anyone looking for an inclusive and whole-some education for their child.
An excellent school that prioritizes academics with teachers that care for their students' success. A lot of great facilities, a big well maintained gym and professional theater stage are just two of many. The school has additional support programs to help students with their work and prepare them for college. Sports are a big staple of this school.