School Details

Pacific Grove High School

615 Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 646-6590
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 562 students 13 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
  • Pacific Grove Unified 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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  • This school in 2013
  • Pacific Grove Unified 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Pacific Grove Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pacific Grove High School is a public high school in Pacific Grove. The principal of Pacific Grove High School is Matt Bell, who can be contacted at mbell@pgusd.org. 562 students attend Pacific Grove High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Unspecified. 3% of the Pacific Grove High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 14% of the 562 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Pacific Grove High School is 13:1. Community High (Continuation) School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 65% 68%
Multiracial 4% %
Unspecified 3% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Hispanic 13% 11%
Asian 10% 11%
Filipino 1.0% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 1956%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 13%
Limited English proficiency 3% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is amazing. I moved here from Maryland and the difference in the atmosphere is noticeable. People here are friendly and willing to help. Everyone here welcome you with open arms and are super friendly. Teachers are not easy but this encouraged me to work hard and achieve all my goals. Teachers are more than willing to help with work. The school provides a challenging academic program and school work ranges from 3-7 hrs on a school day (depending on how many if any AP/Honor classes you take. The clubs at school provide a wide variety of activities. I love this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Pghs does not have many classes and electives to choose from and is difficult to fit in because everyone grew up together. And some classes and teacher are not so good but if attend try to get one of these great teachers mr.Bliss mr.Powers mr.Grate ms.Schue mrs.Buller and mrs.Pratt. Their the best teachers there!

  • (8 years ago)

    The academic programs at Pacific Grove High are one of the top programs in the area but they still could be better. There are a good amount of competitent teachers but some essential programs are greatly lacking in Teacher quality but they are sufficient. Sports are excellent in the school with a majority of students in the school participating in one or more sport. Excellent football and basketball programs always top in league. Great enviroment open campus polite students and friendly teachers and administrators. The campus is excellent

  • (8 years ago)

    Academic program is good but could be stronger. School needs greater focus on college prep. More AP courses are desirable. Higher academic expectations should be set for students. Music and sports programs are excellent and parents seem involved.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is good in academic programs availability of sports and other extracurricular activities. The level of parent involvment is high.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter entered the school after being in a charter school for 5 years. She found the academics non challenging but the social atmosphere was difficult. Because PG is a small community with so many children who have gone through the whole PG school system it can be difficult for outsiders to break into the social realm. The school has an excellent beginning Spanish teacher and the opportunity to go to Spain is offered every other year. Their drama department is improving expecially with the ability to use the PGMS theater now. Photography is a great class and there are a few teachers who use innovation in their teaching. There is no chorus or choir class available - even after school. I appreciate that the school insists on seniors completing a special project in order to graduate.

  • (10 years ago)

    Top academic programs are good to excellent. Programs for learning challenged students are outstanding. Programs for mid-range skilled learners is average to good. Music art and technology is superior but limited. Sports and campus environment and discipline are welcoming to students and superior. Parents in this Unified School District are very involved through Middle School. Most top academic performers and top potential creative performer students then attend private secondary schools. That leaves the less exciting and the atheletes for this school. These are still the cream of the California crop of future good citizens in the 'last American hometown'.

  • (10 years ago)

    Pacific Grove has the strengths and many of the weaknesses such as a strong resistance to innovation in some departments that goes with having an long established and competent faculty. The principal makes up for many of these weaknesses by taking a very student-centered approach that seeks to tailor a child's educational program by exploiting the rich alternative educational opportunities available in the peninsula. The principal is also a wizard at acquiring outside funding for her faculty and physical plant. While a few of the language arts faculty have an unfortunately strong committment to 'politically correct' themes in their syllabus selection more than a few faculty also pursue a remarkably traditional canon in language arts. While mathematics is rapidly modernizing its methods the science stream still needs serious work and guidance is positively hidebound. Overall there is an overemphasis on 'History Day' in the curriculum that needs a serious rethink.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter goes to this high school. They have a very good english program. Some teachers applies their own personal opinion when grading. The sports program is a joke. And the drama program is pathetic it is a hierarchy run by the Seniors. The principal does not accept new ideas for anything. I must say that they have a very good honors and AP program. And comparing to the other schools in this area PG is pretty good. Anyway my daughter is getting by ok.

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