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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
William Smith High School is an above average, public school located in Aurora, CO. It has 339 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 12% of students are at least proficient in math and 22% in reading.

William Smith High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
22%
Percent Proficient - Math
12%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1030
16 responses
Average ACT
22
19 responses
AP Enrollment
2%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$62,541
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,241
National
$949
Median Home Value
$259,000
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Intensives!
    40%
  • Class Retreats.
    33%
  • School meetings
    13%
  • Dances
    7%
  • Showcases
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
339
Free or Reduced Lunch
60%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$65,074
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.5%
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,699/ year
National
$12,239
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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William Smith High School Reviews

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William Smith isn’t like any other high school. Everything we do is different. Our class schedules are different and the way we learn is different. We are a smaller school where classes are project based, for example I took a Chemistry with cooking class. While we do the actual chemistry labs we were also able to do some cooking and baking and try to apply it to our chemistry knowledge. There’s also other classes that go on trips such as the class that’s going to Italy to learn about its background. William Smith gives lots of great opportunities to help it’s students and I wouldn’t want to go to any other high school.
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Absolutely the best hands-on school in Aurora. The staff really cares about the students! They are great at motivating their students and teaching in ways that are interesting and engaging.
William Smith is a pilot school whose primary focus is El(expeditionary learning). All of the classes are structures as projects, which students select every semester based on needs, but many of the courses underperform. I do appreciate the different style, but the school needs to work on obtaining Ap classes and a better science program.