Scotts Valley High School: Full Guide

Location: Scotts Valley, CA

Are you a student or parent at Scotts Valley High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to Scotts Valley High available. Here we'll cover:

  • Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
  • How safe Scotts Valley High is to attend
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Scotts Valley High students
  • Which AP/IB classes you can take at Scotts Valley High
  • Every sports team you can join at Scotts Valley High

Let's get started!

Basic Information

Scotts Valley High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Scotts Valley, CA in Santa Cruz County.

Based on its location, Scotts Valley High is classified as a school in a midsize suburb. Here's the location on a map:


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Scotts Valley High School
555 Glenwood Dr.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066-3262

Phone number: 8314399555

Scotts Valley High School homepage: https://svhs-scottsvalley-ca.schoolloop.com/

Principal: Valerie Bariteau
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Scotts Valley High School is 778 students, making it a somewhat large high school, in the top half of all California high schools by size.

As a mid-sized high school, Scotts Valley High strikes the balance between size and comfort. There will be enough students to provide a diversity of experiences, like clubs and sports, for you to join. But it'll be small enough that you'll likely get to know most people in your class.


Growth in Student Body Size

Is Scotts Valley High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at Scotts Valley High has steadily increased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 109 103 212
10th grade 115 90 205
11th grade 88 91 179
12th grade 99 78 177

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 35 students larger than the senior class. This suggests that the school is growing in size and taking on more students.

There are a few reasons this could be happening. The city of Scotts Valley could be growing in population, thus sending more students into Scotts Valley High. Alternatively, Scotts Valley High could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Scotts Valley High School?

From our statistics, Scotts Valley High has a 54:46 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

Scotts Valley High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Santa Cruz County. Since the student body is roughly half and half, it should feel like there are equal numbers of boys and girls in your classes.

This usually means that Scotts Valley High doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Scotts Valley High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Scotts Valley High has a homogenous student body, with the overwhelming majority of students identifying as one ethnicity. Only a third of California schools show as little diversity as Scotts Valley High does. When attending class, most students will be of the same ethnicity, with some variation.

The majority of students at Scotts Valley High are white. In California, white students make up 26.3% of all California students, and are the second most common ethnicity after Hispanic students. Thus Scotts Valley High is one of hundreds of schools in the state that have a majority of white students.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.0% 0
Asian 1.7% 14
Hispanic 15.6% 122
Black 0.0% 0
White 74.4% 579
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.1% 1
Two or more races 7.9% 62

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Scotts Valley. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.


Income Level of Scotts Valley High Families

What are the family incomes of students at Scotts Valley High School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.

To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.

To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.

The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.

At Scotts Valley High, 1.5% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 5.1% qualify for free lunches.

This means Scotts Valley High has a very low poverty level. Nearly no students at Scotts Valley High qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Scotts Valley is thus likely to have a very affluent community, and Scotts Valley High is in the top 10% of California schools in terms of family income.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 12 1.5%
Free lunches 40 5.1%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 726 93.3%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Scotts Valley and doesn't speak much about the school itself.

Because Scotts Valley High is in the top quartile of schools by family income, it's likely to be well-funded relative to other high schools in California. This means you'll likely have access to advanced coursework like AP/IB classes and better-funded extracurriculars and sports.

It's still up to you, though, to take advantage of the resources Scotts Valley High has to offer. If you work hard and spend your time effectively, you'll likely be well positioned to succeed in college and beyond.

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School Safety

How safe is Scotts Valley High School to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?

To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at Scotts Valley High: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.

These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other Scotts Valley High students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 8 referrals to law enforcement (4 male, 4 female), and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 775 students.

To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.

This means that 1.0 Scotts Valley High is somewhat safe. For every 100 students, there was fewer than 1 law-enforcement related action. It seems like there are regularly incidents that involve law enforcement, but it's not widespread.

Academic Performance


Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Scotts Valley High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about Scotts Valley High's academics here.


Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Scotts Valley High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.

Let’s start by taking a look at the data for nationally administered standardized tests.

SAT Scores

As you probably know, the SAT is a critical test used for college admissions. The higher the score you get, the better your academic performance compared to students nationwide, and the easier it is to get into top colleges.

We did in-depth research and found the average Scotts Valley High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1630 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 167 at Scotts Valley High take the SAT.

This is an above-average SAT score, putting Scotts Valley High School in the top 25% of all California high schools and well above the national average (71% of students score above the national average). This is a notable academic achievement that distinguishes Scotts Valley High as a high-achieving school.

This is a good indication that you'll receive an above-average education at Scotts Valley High. While your school isn't in the very top echelon of all California public schools, you're still in a great environment.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
Scotts Valley High 549 550 538 1630
California 498 510 496 1504
United States 495 511 484 1490

Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.

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ACT Scores

In California, the ACT is less popular than the SAT. Fewer students take the ACT, and typically these students are more motivated and academically prepared for college. Therefore, it's harder to compare Scotts Valley High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At Scotts Valley High, the average ACT composite score was 24, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 83 out of 773 total students take the ACT.

This is very good performance, putting Scotts Valley High in the top 25% of high schools in California by ACT score. Nationwide, a 24 on the ACT is 74th percentile, so most ACT test takers at Scotts Valley High are well above average.

Since the ACT is designed to gauge what you learn in school, high ACT scores are are a good indication that you'll get a great education and be surrounded by other students who value academic achievements.

Here are the average English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for Scotts Valley High compared to California and the US:

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
Scotts Valley High 24 25 24 24
California 21.8 22.8 22.3 21.7
United States 20.3 20.9 21.3 20.8

Scores provided are for the 2013-14 school year.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Scotts Valley High School students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 1 students in grades 9-12 at Scotts Valley High take 0 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at Scotts Valley High is out of 5.

Compared to schools across California, this score puts Scotts Valley High at below average performance. On AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and unfortunately the number of students who don't pass is greater than the number of do. This performance places Scotts Valley High School in the bottom 25 % of schools for AP tests.

This isn't all bad news for you, though. It's still good that Scotts Valley High offers AP classes so you have the opportunity to take courses at a college level. Your school might be new to offering AP courses, and typically teachers get better at preparing students for AP tests over time. Finally, as you'll see below, there are still students who earn a passing grade of 3 or above - and with hard work, you can be one of them.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:


To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Scotts Valley High School, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.


State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Scotts Valley High School must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.

If Scotts Valley High students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at Scotts Valley High.

English/Language Arts

At Scotts Valley High School, 82% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered very good and puts Scotts Valley High in the top 10% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. Most Scotts Valley High students pass or exceed state standards, and many of them are likely well above average.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.


Math

The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.

At Scotts Valley High School, 60% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Scotts Valley High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Scotts Valley High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

Math Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.


Academic Offerings


In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Scotts Valley High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at Scotts Valley High. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at Scotts Valley High. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your Scotts Valley High AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does Scotts Valley High School offer?

IB Courses


The International Baccalaureate program is less popular in the United States than the Advanced Placement program (there are around 850 diploma schools in the country and 100 in California). But Scotts Valley High School is one of the lucky few to have an IB program!

For college application purposes, the IB and AP programs are basically equivalent. So don't worry about being advantaged or disadvantaged either way if you participate in IB vs AP. What colleges care about first is academic achievement, and AP and IB classes are seen as equally challenging.

Scotts Valley High School has been an IB school since 2/6/02. Questions about the IB program at Scotts Valley High? You can contact the IB Diploma Programme coordinator, Mr David Crawford, by phone at (1) 831 439 9555.

The following IB courses were offered at Scotts Valley High during 2015-2016:

Course Title HL/SL
Spanish BHL + SL
BiologyHL + SL
PhysicsHL + SL
PsychologyHL + SL
ChemistryHL + SL
Theory of Knowledge
French BHL + SL
English A LiteratureHL + SL
MathematicsHL + SL
HistoryHL + SL
Visual Arts

You can find out more about the IB testing schedule by going here.

We've also written the best study and test guides to International Baccalaureate.


Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Scotts Valley High School. Sports are an integral part of many students' high school experiences. The more sports that are available, and the more levels supported (Frosh, JV, Varsity), the more likely you'll be able to participate in a sport at Scotts Valley High.

By the way, the Scotts Valley High mascot is the Falcons. Go Falcons!

Scotts Valley High School fields 14 teams for girls' sports. This is a sizable number that puts Scotts Valley High in the top 50% of California schools that offer girls' sports. You won't get the full range of sports and levels, but you'll be able to try out for a few options. If you participate in a sport that Scotts Valley High doesn't offer, consider looking for a local non-school team that you can join.

And now for the boys: Scotts Valley High School fields 20 teams for boys' sports. This puts Scotts Valley High in the top 50% of California schools that offer boys' sports. You won't get every sport and level possible here, but you'll have a decent number of options. If you participate in a sport that Scotts Valley High doesn't offer, consider looking for a local non-school team that you can join.

Boys Teams Girls Teams
Lacrosse
Var JV Fr
Basketball
Var JV Fr
Basketball
Var JV Fr
Golf
Var JV Fr
Tennis
Var JV Fr
Tennis
Var JV Fr
Football
Var JV Fr
Wrestling
Var JV Fr
Volleyball
Var JV Fr
Volleyball
Var JV Fr
Baseball
Var JV Fr
Softball
Var JV Fr
Waterpolo
Var JV Fr
Waterpolo
Var JV Fr
Crosscountry
Var JV Fr
Crosscountry
Var JV Fr
Soccer
Var JV Fr
Soccer
Var JV Fr

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