School Details

Pleasant Valley High School

1475 East Avenue, Chico, CA 95926
(530) 879-5100
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1949 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Chico Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Chico Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pleasant Valley High School is a public high school in Chico. The principal of Pleasant Valley High School is John Shepherd and can be contacted at jshepherd@chicousd.org. 1,949 children attend Pleasant Valley High School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Pleasant Valley High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 1,949 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Pleasant Valley High School is 21:1. Champion Christian School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 68% 66%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Hispanic 18% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%
Filipino 0.9% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.8% 3%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 13177%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 40%
Limited English proficiency 4% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has allowed coaching staff to discriminate against individual students repeatedly. The coaches humiliate students within the school. They also go above and beyond to communicate with other schools to isolate and block students from opportunities that may be the only opportunity to change a child's life. It is a shame on the school and on the district that the coaching staff is not monitored reviewed or held responsible for their actions.

  • (1 year ago)

    PVHS works very hard to offer a variety of learning experiences to their students. They have a video technology class that submitted Public Service Announcements to a State contest and walked away with a number of prizes. But the most important aspect is that they were from the student's perspective an suicide prevention message.

  • (2 years ago)

    Pleasant valley high school chico ca. As a parent I am apalled at the behavior and lack of skill and training by the teachers principal vice principals and counselors. I do not getting in the face of an autistic child and threatening them is appropriate by any means. This school is not capable of hiring good teachers. It is Chico high for us here on out.

  • (3 years ago)

    Come join us for a day at PVHS and you will see how great we are!

  • (3 years ago)

    Graduated 2008- Its a mediocre school at best. Not very well suited for sending people to college outside of Chico State To attend a decent college you will have to do all the work yourself. that being said I was accepted to every school I applied to (two UCs Cal Poly Oregon). Fairly lazy teachers overall but a couple were quite good.

  • (4 years ago)

    I graduated from P.V. in 2002 and I am to say the least hurt by the negative reviews seen on this site. My education at P.V. was filled with fantastic teachers (I wish I could list you all but the site forbids the use of names) and memorable experiences. If you are a parent or a student and are feeling less-than-fulfilled with your experience then I highly suggest becoming involved in extra-curricular activities on campus. When I went to P.V. the level of pride that was felt emanating from the students and athletes was incredible. It was always a "great day to be a Viking!" I am now a teacher in Santa Ana CA and am constantly reminded of how lucky I was to have attend Pleasant Valley High School. I certainly hope that the negative reviews are coming from individuals who simply haven't found their niche yet or from parents who don't realize that education begins in the home. I just can't believe that P.V. is anything less than a great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Gosh...I hope you aren't one of my students. Come and talk to me...let me see if I can help. I-6

  • (5 years ago)

    I graduated from P.V. in 2004! Some great teachers some bad ones. Very college oriented!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think this school needs help. There are a lot of drugs on campus and many of the teachers don't care about the students. Most of the classes have over 36 students making the classroom impossible to learn in. Students are made fun of if they do well in school and are not encouraged to learn. Very sad.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter attends P.V. I think it's a great school. Not all but some teachers will stay after school to make sure any problems the student may be having gets addressed. My daughter is in the 11th grade and so far we've had no problems. When her grades slacked we contacted her teachers and they were more than happy to let us know what she needs to do to get her her grades up.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent I am very pleased with Pleasant Valley High School! My son is also very happy with the school!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attended this school last year. I have to say I was intensley disappointed. The teachers are truly awful. They don't seem to enjoy their jobs or the students they teach. The student body is like any other some good and some bad. This school seems to focus only on the 'problem' students and seems to have no time or interest in kids that are doing what they are supposed to be doing. Coming to school on time with their assignments done. The academics are just shy of a joke. I can't even imagine how a student could fail a class. Even when kids rarely show up and barely do their work they seem to find a way to pass them with a 'c' average. It seems to be pass at all costs. I am glad we only attended this school for one year. I will not be returning next

  • (7 years ago)

    My attendance at this school was not an enjoyable experience. The school faculty and environment applauds average students and teachers treat students differently based on their academics - and the studnets iwth high grades often feel ashamed of them because of the special treatment lower-reaching students recive.

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended this school for one school year and was horrified. The faculty encourage and celebrate mediocrity and do not by any means encourage students to set and achieve goals. Oft

  • (8 years ago)

    I feel as if my daughter is getting a private school education! She takes primarily AP/IB classes and is challenged and the courses are rigorous. I am so impressed with the effort the majority of teachers put into their classes. The library is amazing--large lots of technology and with experienced helpful educators as well. Sports are supported well and the art department always is winning awards. Parent involvement isn't as strong as it probably should be with very few individuals showing up at PTSA meetings though.

  • (9 years ago)

    P.V. is a very enjoyable school. There is a lot of school spirit and everyone is excited to ne there. Although the teachers seem like they don't really care about anything I think that may be the opposite. The students are great they have a lot of fun. The teachers are also well educated and they know a lot of things.

  • (9 years ago)

    High availability of extracurricular activities. Quality of programs varies GREATLY which is a disappointment. Insufficient individual attention and counseling.

  • (9 years ago)

    If I were a parent new to our city of Chico I'd encourage you to have your children attend Chico High and especially if you have a teenager with special needs.

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