School Details

Pioneer Valley High School

675 Panther Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 922-1305
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2645 students 24 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
  • Santa Maria Joint Union High 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
  • Santa Maria Joint Union High 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
  • Santa Maria Joint Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pioneer Valley High School is a public high school in Santa Maria. The principal of Pioneer Valley High School is Shanda Herrera and can be contacted at sherrera@smjuhsd.org. 2,645 students go to Pioneer Valley High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 24% of the Pioneer Valley High School students have "limited English proficiency." 81% of the 2,645 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Pioneer Valley High School is 24:1. Santa Maria High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 88% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 20%
Filipino 3% 3%
Multiracial 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 1%
Asian 0.4% 2%
Unspecified 0.2% 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% 7633%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.07% %
Pacific Islander 0.07% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.04% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 23%
Limited English proficiency 24% 20%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I was pleasantly surprised that when I visited this school on Welcome New Panthers Night 2013 how polite and helpful all the students were. Everyone we encountered that night was gracious to talk too. The faculty were kind and informative about what the school has to offer there and seemed engaged in their duties as well. I really enjoyed meeting the principal that night. If PVHS has the same energy level that their principal does it can only be a GREAT place to educate. Mrs. Walters was full of the same energy levels...wow!! As parents of a future high school student we are trying to decipher right now where to send our child in two years and we can afford any school this town or other towns nearby offer but PVHS seems like a really good option to us right now. We know other students that have graduated from PVHS and went on to higher education and have done very well for themselves. Just want to thank PVHS for a great first impression!

  • (3 years ago)

    Being a current student at Pioneer Valley serving as the student body president gives me a firm foundation and background of how our school is really like. For those who claim that gangs are a problem at our school is a faulty assumption. Since the newly found club link crew which joins a group of freshman with two upperclassmen in a big brother big sister kind of way makes incoming students more welcome and provides them with a stable shoulder to lean on in case they are hesitant. This has decreased class cuts fighting and truancies. The diversity amongst the students on campus is also something that is magnificent. It truly is a melting pot of all cultures. As for the staff and administration which I have been overly pleased with during the three years I have spent there. The support system encouragement visibility and involvement is something that makes PV stand out in our district. I truly am proud to be a panther and there is no better place to learn than Pioneer Valley.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have no complaints. My son is a freshman and he is extremely involved. I absolutely admire his Avid teacher. What a great heart she has. My son speaks very highly of her. My opinion when a teen speaks highly of you....WOW! nothing else needs to be said.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have found PV to be one of the best schools I have been around. Good administrative leadership mostly involved faculty a majority of students who are able to but into the value of education equal a positive place to learn. The diverse student population includes a wide variation of student types. This leads to difficulties with the range of learning abilites in the student population. The maturity of the student body is evident as the progress thru thier high school careers growing in abilities and recognizing the value of a good education. Problems include the gang factor that colors ALL schools in the nation in one aspect or another english learners who need to master the rudiments of english to function in our society and the poverty that many of our kids experience as evidenced by the huge free lunch program. Both my kids have graduated from PV .

  • (4 years ago)

    Ok so here's a real review. This school might not be the best but the staff does what they can with what they are provided. Because the high concentration of students that have lower learning capabilities the school is forced to put in more classes to suit their abilities. This means classes for the better abled students are cut. Whoever said the staff is a joke doesn't know what they are talking about. And to generalize all the students as "horrible" just further accentuates their ignorance. I must admit it wasn't the best learning environment but you can make the most out of it. Gangs are a big problem because of the large concentration of Mexican- Americans with conflicting backgrounds. Overall I give PV a 3 out of 5 because of the teachers I had all of which showed great compassion for their students and didn't ask for much in return.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is great i great teachers are the best. campus is wonderfull

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is a joke! It's nothing like they say it is! The staff is also a joke and the school in general has no character to it! The school is a dump and the kids there are horrible.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school should be on a regular 'semester' schedule instead of the 'term' schedule it is on now.

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