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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Watertown High School is an above average, public school located in Watertown, SD. It has 1,211 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 41% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.

Watertown High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
41%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1340
7 responses
Average ACT
26
207 responses
AP Enrollment
15%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$49,870
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$743
National
$949
Median Home Value
$162,600
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
64%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
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  • KiYi
    76%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    10%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,211
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,634
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.1%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,126/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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Watertown High School has been a great place for me to grow, learn, gain a multitude of friendships, and find new academic interests. This school gave me a variety of opportunities to be involved in the community, arts, sports, extracurriculars, and college courses. If I could change anything about my high school, it would likely be the funds that go to the art programs. Sports are very appreciated at my high school, but the arts are not. The theater program is somewhat disappointing because of insufficient funds. The theater program is also not allowed to fundraise because of school limitations. Fundraisers available are mostly given to sports. Also, to create student lounges, the high school wants to eliminate some of the art classrooms along with the theater room.Overall, I love my high school but wish some things could change.
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I am a senior now at Watertown High School, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Time really does fly when you're having fun. Everyday as I walk down the halls before classes starts, I am greeted with a smile from every teacher. It makes the start to my day a little sweeter. Each teacher at WHS really cares about their students and I personally have lived through it. It gives me great joy that the district have such caring teachers no matter what class it is. Each day of school is filled with hard work and laughter. HOMECOMING (Arrow Days) is one of the best week of each school year! The Arrow pride everyone has and the amount of energy either with dressing up and showing up for the games is so great. You will have to see it to believe it! Our relationship with our classmates is such a blessing, I love laughing and enjoying myself with my friends at Arrow Events. Watertown High School has made me to grow into a better person than I was 4 years ago being a little freshman.
I like Watertown High School because of the variety of courses you can choose from. You can take anything from pottery to philosophy. I also liked the dual credit opportunity with Lake Area Technical Institute. I was actually able to take a few dual credit courses earlier this year and really enjoyed them. Overall, I have loved Watertown High School even with the challenges I have experienced.