Pioneer Valley High School

292 reviews
  1. Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Readiness
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
675 Panther Dr
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Telephone
(805) 922-1305
Website
Data not available

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1020
134 responses
Average ACT
23
42 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
20%
AP Enrollment
11%
AP Exam Pass Rate
56%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Low
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    2%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    35%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    63%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 84 responses
  • Ralleys
    37%
  • Football games
    20%
  • Club Activities
    12%
  • School dances
    11%
  • Spirit days
    11%
  • Drama productions
    7%
  • Soccer games
    2%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,688
Free or Reduced Lunch
80%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.38 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.38 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.38 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,984
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.9%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,967/ year
National
$11,890
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.52 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.52 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.52 responses

Reviews

292 reviews
  • Excellent
    34
  • Very Good
    139
  • Average
    107
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    3
The teachers of Pioneer are awesome! Great sense of humor and they love to teach the students new material. They would be perfect, but sadly there is probably a couple of teachers on the campus that teach poorly. Although on the other hand they do try their best to help the student.
  • High School Senior
  • 3 months ago
Well one of the best experiences that I had so far would be having our freshman orientation. That day I came out of my shyness, got to know the school, my classmates and a lot of activities available for been a freshman. They made a different person come out of me, the true me been able to communicate and be involved ever since. That day of the Link Crew Orientation was the best and if possible could redo again. And absolute I would I spent almost 3 years as of right now here and they have been the best of my life!
  • High School Junior
  • Apr 20 2015
The three years that i have been at this school have been really good. Most teachers are friendly and nice. They encourage us to lo look for possibilities so we can go to college. If were having trouble on a subject they have after school tutoring or the teacher personally helps us. The guidance counselor helps us choose the best classes so we can graduate. The career center has many oppurtunities for scholarships and helps students start planning what to do after high school in a friendly way. My teachers and classmates are all very friendly and respect each other. The only area where my school isn't good is in the cafeteria. Most food tastes really bad.
  • Junior
  • 2 months ago