500 Harkins Slough Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
2/
10
Bottom 50%
Pajaro Valley High School serves 1,406 students in grades 9-12.
Pajaro Valley High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 13% (which is lower than the California state average of 40%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 38% (which is lower than the California state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the California state level of 23:1.
Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

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School Overview

Pajaro Valley High School's student population of 1,406 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 71 teachers has grown by 42% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
1,406 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
71 teachers
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School Rankings

Pajaro Valley High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 9,659 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Pajaro Valley High School is 0.10, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
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State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#7749 out of 9659 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
13%
40%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
38%
51%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
23:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
3%
12%
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Hispanic
95%
54%
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Black
n/a
5%
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White
2%
23%
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Hawaiian
n/a
1%
Two or more races
n/a
4%
All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.10
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Graduation Rate
87%
84%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
77%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
9%
7%
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Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

School Reviews

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I had a child go through this school and have another i am considering removing. The academic programs do not prepare students for success after high school, many students are unable of writing complete paragraphs as seniors but their teachers work with them so much that they find a way to graduate their seniors, i guess to keep stats up. My child was saved because he played football, and despite failing most of his classes, their Athletic Director still allowed my child, and several of his friends to play... i did not like this but it did help keep my child active and busy. They have a year round basket ball program and not many schools offer that. Their AD is also the head basketball coach so the school runs practices year round... which is good. The administration does not return phone calls when it is a problem that needs to be discussed.. and i went to a meeting where the actual AD told us if we didn't like it at pvhs to take our kids out of the school... which many parents did not tolerate. Counseling is probably the only hi point for this school, but the district cut the number of counselors on the site and they just released an amazing counselor because he and the AD dd not see eye to eye, being released for the same behavior the actual AD was doing with my child, allowing him to play without grades. There are many charter schools which pay much more attention to making things better for students and creating opportunities... and not just ignoring problems until they go away or are so big that you just get rid of them by losing staff or transferring students.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 1,406 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 98%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 87% (Top 50% in CA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 13% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 38% (Btm 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.10 (Btm 50%)

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