2017 High School Resources & Facilities Grade Methodology

The 2017 High School Resources & Facilities grade is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Parent/Student Surveys on Resources & Facilities Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the resources and facilities of the school. Self-reported by Niche users 40.0%
Expenses per Student Total expenses divided by the total number of students. National Center for Education Statistics 20.0%
Student-Counselor Ratio Ratio of enrolled students to full-time counselors. National Center for Education Statistics 20.0%
Food Grade Based on expenses per student and survey responses on food from students and parents. Niche 10.0%
Student-Teacher Ratio Ratio of students to full-time teachers. Please note: Student-teacher ratio is not a representation of average class size. National Center for Education Statistics 10.0%

This assessment grades 13,903 U.S. public high schools. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the schools.

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