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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
402 responses
Average ACT
30
225 responses
AP Enrollment
44%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
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
13.7%
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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This high school is extremely high-performing, and I value the time I spent there. The education, especially if you take AP or IB courses, is truly rigorous and definitely prepared me, if not over-prepared me for college. The biggest downside, however, is the school's culture. Vandegrift is by no means an unpleasant place to be in all aspects, and many things about the culture are great, but being located in a very affluent, vast majority-white neighborhood, diversity is seriously lacking. There's also a big problem with top-performing students cheating, which the administrators say they care about, but very rarely do anything about when an incident is brought to their attention. Unfortunately, the classes are so thorough and rigorous and the students so high-performing that many people cheat to get to the top.
I had done sub-campus from my home campus at Vandegrift high school to cedar park high school. The result was that I found how Vandegrift high school's rigor was exceptionally higher than cedar park. This is understandable since the school is ranked within the state very high in comparison to most. However, when you take into account the toll that it took on most students, it would be ranked exceptionally lower. Why I say this is because I noticed how it was due to the fact that at Vandegrift high school the number of people affected by depression and drug addictions was increasingly high. This was I think mainly due to the fact that the compassion that most teachers had was very poor when it would come to student situations and the counseling department was ill-prepared and honestly had a lack of experience in handling situations related to these.