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The 2020-2021 school year will look different than any other time before it. The ever-evolving COVID-19 situation has created unique challenges, particularly for education. However, the Van Buren School District remains committed to the success and well-being of all its students and to providing an environment that supports learning at all grade levels. Learn More

  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Van Buren High School is an above average, public school located in Van Buren, AR. It has 1,286 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. According to state test scores, 30% of students are at least proficient in math and 48% in reading.

Van Buren High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
48%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1020
16 responses
Average ACT
24
580 responses
AP Enrollment
28%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$43,966
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$722
National
$949
Median Home Value
$118,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.52 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.52 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 127 responses
  • Football games
    21%
  • Pep Rallies
    17%
  • Basketball games
    15%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Free time if any student is not involved in a club
    10%
  • Band
    9%
  • Soccer games
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,286
Free or Reduced Lunch
52%
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.53 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.53 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.53 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,732
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.2%
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.71 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.71 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.71 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,783/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.77 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.77 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.77 responses
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The high school in Van Buren is decent, but only average at best. Some teachers care, some dont, and truthfully the education is lacking compared to other schools in our state. Although, it seems like they are trying to improve that. Rule enforcement is fair but the environment in the school made by the students says otherwise. Attention to *all* students opinions is rare and is otherwise dictated by the authority in the school usually. They are trying to improve on that too though. Overall, if you're self-reliant you'll do fine.
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Van Buren High School will give any student the good experience they expect during high school. What I like is there are multiple programs that students can take part in, multiple times throughout the year to practice the ACT and SAT, a good sense of parental involvement when it comes to project graduation, and more. They have a really good music program, band and choir. They have a good sports program, the team goes back and forth between really good and really bad, haha. The school is not too big and not to small to where each student can have his/her own set of inner friends, while still collaborate and hang out with other students.
One good thing I will say about Van Buren High School is that there is no shortage of opporatunities. There are so many different clubs to choose from, that can really open doors for you. As a student you are given many opporatunities to excell in your academics and Ive seen some people graduate well on there way to already completing a degree. That is due not only to their hardwork but also the help and guidance of the counselors and teachers. For the most part, the teachers really care about you and with that many people helping you, high school isnt so bleak. There is nothing that I can think of that needs to be changed, but like everything there is always room for improvement.