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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Vista Ridge High School is a highly rated, public school located in Cedar Park, TX. It has 2,357 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.
Address
200 S Vista Rdg
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Telephone
(512) 570-1800

Vista Ridge High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1220
499 responses
Average ACT
25
276 responses
AP Enrollment
37%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$96,612
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,259
National
$949
Median Home Value
$258,200
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.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.59 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.59 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 255 responses
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  • Football games
    20%
  • Pep Rallies
    17%
  • Ranger Time.
    13%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Thanksgiving Lunch
    7%
  • Ranger stomp
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,357
Free or Reduced Lunch
16%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.69 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.69 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.69 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,351
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.80 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.80 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.80 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
$11,548/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.84 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.84 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.84 responses
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I really enjoyed how many of the teachers I had through my high school life were kind, social able with students, and usually concerned about student needs or help. I've only heard stories of other "mean" teachers, but in the end I still believe they've just been misunderstood or just want whats right for their class. On average, there's little to no bullying witnessed around the school and a lot of students are successful in their time here. On a downside, the maintenance of the school isn't the best at times. Usually it's issues with technology, or restroom repair. In addition, students appear to be disrespectful towards teachers, but still keep to themselves. There's still plenty of great opportunities offered around the campus by teachers, students, and the school itself. I'd say it is a great school even if it does have some imperfections.
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Just like any other high school you'll have the drama and chaotic environment but I personally loved almost all my teachers! If there was one thing I would like to be changed it would be to allow a student survey of their teachers at the end of the semester, some teachers just didn't really teach and I ended up mostly teaching myself certain courses. Aside from that though, there were many times to form study groups and collaborative opportunities to get through even the toughest of classes!
For a school that had a class of around 2,000 students when I graduated, the faculty & staff did a decent job at keeping us all organized and in check. Overall, I felt like the school had a safe and relaxed environment. My only suggestions for this school would be to change the schedule to a non-block schedule, have pep rallies in the afternoon, and push more towards community in the school. It was so easy to feel so alone in Vista Ridge and I think that's because of the lack of a community. My first high school had themes for spirit weeks like "clash of the classes" where each class wore a special color for one day and they'd play against different classes in the games at pep rallies. There were also more senior class events and a senior class trip at the end of the school year which made a greater sense of community and connectedness.