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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Vandegrift High School is a top rated, public school located in Austin, TX. It has 2,257 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
Address
9500 Mcneil Dr
Austin, TX 78750
Telephone
(512) 570-2300

Vandegrift High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1290
377 responses
Average ACT
30
216 responses
AP Enrollment
45%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$60,939
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Median Home Value
$257,800
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
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.31 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 89 responses
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  • Sports events
    30%
  • Relay For Life
    16%
  • Band
    12%
  • Spirit Days
    8%
  • National awareness events
    8%
  • Homecoming Parade
    8%
  • Theatre
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,257
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,365
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.4%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.50 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.50 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.50 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,339/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.52 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.52 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.52 responses
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Vandegrift High School Reviews

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Overall Vandegrift High School has treated me pretty well. The academics are fantastic, offering many AP level classes and areas of study. I myself, am studying business and have had the ability to earn about 9 hours of college credit through the programs Vandegrift offers. The one thing I would change about Vandegrift is the parking and ability to get out of school at the end of the day. There have been times when it has taken me 45 minutes to get out of the parking lot. This is mainly due to the limited number of exits outside of Vandegrift and the fact that we are right next to a middle school getting out at about the same time as Vandegrift. Other than those flaws, I'm glad that I choose Vandegrift; I believe the teachers and staff have prepared me for college and the work force. In conclusion, I'd like to end this by saying, Go Vipers!
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My time at VHS thus far has been enjoyable albeit stressful. There is a pressure on students to perform highly and take as many AP courses as possible leading to a cheating problem. However, most teachers are phenomenal, especially in STEM. The teachers are friendly, understanding, and knowledgeable about their subject. One thing I have enjoyed about VHS is the variety of classes you can take. If you can't find a class you like on campus, you can travel to another school in LISD or the community college.
A few of the problems I have found at VHS are the incompetent counseling team, the poorly organized English department, and the drug use. There have been many times I have felt the counseling team doesn't care about their job or their students. They arrive late for personal meetings and seem unable to manage scheduling for the school. The English department is known for low AP scores because of their inability to see through favoritism and actually give feedback to all students.
First off, Vandegrift is an extremely challenging school. It has numerous opportunities for higher level courses (such as AP or IB) and options for taking college courses from Austin Community College for high school and college credit. The teachers are mostly average, but there are some extremely good and bad teachers. The athletic and academic clubs are competitive, with a world class robotics program. There is a high focus on college readiness starting in the junior year, with multiple resources and teachers devoted to college readiness.