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San Marcos Senior High School

Public | 9-12

 
 

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Posted November 20, 2013

I love San Marcos High School! It is the best high school in Santa Barbara because 1. the teachers and staff are nice 2. they are competent and helpful 3. they love their subject and job 4. the kids are low-key 5. they balance their academic with sports and activities 5. the students are proud to be Royals 6. the atmosphere is happy 7. You learn a lot and well! 8. You are prepared for the university. I JUST LOVE IT!


Posted September 30, 2013

Best kept secret in Santa Barbara. Great teachers and great kids. So happy we transferred districts to be here. The other high schools just don't come close to comparing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

The AAPLE Program is amazing. My daughter is so well prepared for university. Equally as important is that my daughter has loved the program, the school and really enjoys everything about SMHS. I went to SBHS and was a bit sad when my daughter didn't want to follow family tradition, but I feel she got everything that she needed and wanted. She loves going to school each day and loves her teachers (in particular AP Chemistry, AP History, Year Book and Tennis). Nothing is more important to a parent than this balance in education--excellent teachers, administrators, students, program/curriculum and the school grounds are looking so, so good. Way to go SMHS--go Royals. Cheers for the principal, Mr. Behrens and the AAPLE director, Mr. Nielson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2012

I graduated from San Marcos High School and I have to say my experience was amazing. Great campus, teachers, and classes. San Marcos was a great medium. It didn't have the pompous feel of DP and the less than adequate curriculum of SB.


Posted January 23, 2012

Awesome school. Fantastic staff. The block schedule really prepares students for college. Their test scores are improving every year.


Posted November 25, 2009

The block schedule is completely unique in that it really helps prepare you for college, and in my opinion really gives you more time to focus on your class. Instead of having to focus on up to 8 different classes, you can just focus on maybe 3 academics, which really helps in understanding the material. It's also nice, because you can get your homework done in class most of the time, meaning if you have any questions you can get them directly answered by teachers. The school also has a nationally recognized Band program, which went on to play at the Orange bowl last year. Last but not least, we are a CA distinguished school, and we have award winning teachers. We also have the highest test scores out of the three Santa barbara Public high schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2009

It's not cliquey, it is very open and relaxed. The education is great, and very specific and the teachers are qualified.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2009

My daughter who is currently attending San Marcos often comes home in tears because the girls there are so mean. The block schedule doesn't help either. She never has homework which seems so unproductive to me. At semester she is transfering to Dos Pueblos which I've heard is the best public high school in Santa Barbara county


Posted August 7, 2008

I'm a past student and I absolutely loved San Marcos. I took advantage of almost every program they offered- Mock Trial, Varsity Sports, clubs, music, theatre, AP classes- and it was wonderful preparation for college and grad school. I went to UCLA, graduated with honors, and felt very prepared for everything that I encountered. I love the block schedule- it is much more like real life- and the teachers and counselors were incredibly supportive from the moment I stepped on the campus. They have award winning teachers as well. They have a nationally recognized music and theatre arts program, and I was lucky enough to be able to travel both nationally and internationally as a result. School spirit is high, and the vast majority of the students go on to either 2 or 4 year colleges. Most students in the honors track attend prestigious top 50 schools across the nation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2007

The academic programs at this school are well rounded. Music, arts and sports excel with good quality. The pre-nursing program is highly recommended. Sports programs are working into very good GPAs. 20 out of 22 Varsity sports this year had above a 3.0 GPA. Donations and fundraisers are big supporters for a lot of programs because of state cut-backs but the parents and local businesses work together to make it happen. I have been a parent and a volunteer at this school for 8 years and am proud to say I would recommend this school for students and parents who want to learn and grow and feel proud of their school and the education they received at it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

The block schedule is not as bad as it seems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2006

San Marcos is on a modified block schedule, which works very well for performing arts and high level classes, however for lower level students, 90 minutes can be a very long time. Good quality teachers and caring administration, with great extracurriculars.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2005

I am actually a graduated student. I must say the block system worked wonders on preparing for college. It is a great campus, and there are many exceptional teachers. I mean many. The administration, especially craig morgan the principal, were helpful and nice. Each school in santa barbara has its advantages. This is a safe school, a good focused school. When I was there we won a 6 year accredidation and became a ca distinguished school. Those are not flops.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2005

California Distiguished High School 2004-2005. Highest Possible 6-year WASC accreditation. 3 x 4 Block Schedule (90 minute periods).
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 31, 2003

I am a former student,grad 1963.I learned a great deal while enrolled.I didn't go on to achieve fame or fortune,but I did recieve a good solid background. I was a surfer when the school was well Known for many up& coming local surfers. I was the president of local El Capitan Surf Club.We never became as well noted as Santa Barbara Surf Club,but I believe we all served the community very well. In closing I would like to thank the school & teachers for my education and a chance to grow-up in a great community.
—Submitted by a former student


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This school's
API score

781

Change from
2012 to 2013

+11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

781

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+11

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 25% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
8%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 65% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 58% in 2013.

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Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 38% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
26%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 62% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 16% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
14%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 45% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
38%
Integrated/Coordinated Science I

The state average for Integrated/Coordinated Science I was 26% in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 38% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%
World History

The state average for World History was 51% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 13% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
4%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
3%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 39% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
29%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 41% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 46% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 35% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
20%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 52% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
55%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 15% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
5%

2010

 
 
13%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 76% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
44%
World History

The state average for World History was 46% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 10% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
3%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 15% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
3%

2010

 
 
4%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 51% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 32% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
45%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 37% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
50%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 8% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
4%

2011

 
 
5%

2010

 
 
0%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 49% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
37%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 58% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
55%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 50% in 2013.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
49%
World History

The state average for World History was 19% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
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2010

 
 
0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students7%
Females12%
Males0%
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Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino8%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)0%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Non-economically disadvantaged4%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability8%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only9%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate7%
Parent education - high school graduate13%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)5%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

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Females82%
Males83%
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Non-economically disadvantaged81%
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Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

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Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Students17%
Females3%
Males26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino17%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Non-economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability19%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only27%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate14%
Parent education - high school graduate17%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)20%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females74%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state58%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students14%
Females8%
Males19%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino12%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Non-economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability19%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only25%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate9%
Parent education - high school graduate10%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students35%
Females35%
Males35%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino18%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented70%
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate7%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)24%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate53%
Parent education - declined to state38%

Integrated/Coordinated Science I

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Malesn/a
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Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
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Physics

All Students50%
Females47%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state39%

World History

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Samoann/a
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Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
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Migrant educationn/a
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Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students3%
Females0%
Males6%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino4%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Non-economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability4%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only9%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate7%
Parent education - high school graduate0%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)0%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students20%
Females24%
Males18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino11%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)29%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Non-economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability21%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only22%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented36%
Parent education - not a high school graduate7%
Parent education - high school graduate22%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)24%
Parent education - college graduate27%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate25%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
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Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Chemistry

All Students49%
Females46%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Students11%
Females10%
Males11%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino11%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability16%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only27%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate9%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students61%
Females62%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state36%

Geometry

All Students6%
Females3%
Males9%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino7%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)5%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Non-economically disadvantaged4%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability7%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only8%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate10%
Parent education - high school graduate0%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)0%
Parent education - college graduate0%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students86%
Females87%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students50%
Females49%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state36%

World History

All Students51%
Females43%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asian57%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students0%
Femalesn/a
Males0%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino0%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only0%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students7%
Females5%
Males9%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino5%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)14%
Economically disadvantaged4%
Non-economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability8%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only8%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
Parent education - high school graduate7%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate17%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students72%
Females71%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Chemistry

All Students28%
Females13%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino18%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability29%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only31%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Students19%
Females20%
Males18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino13%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability16%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students56%
Females60%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability12%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner1%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students0%
Females0%
Males0%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino0%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Non-economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability0%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only0%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduate0%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students43%
Females41%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only43%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented70%
Parent education - not a high school graduate15%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate56%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Physics

All Students21%
Femalesn/a
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino8%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability18%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only27%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

U.S. History

All Students54%
Females50%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate22%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

World History

All Students13%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability14%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 83% in 2013.

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

446 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Females85%
Males82%
Gender Unknownn/a
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Declined to staten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Economic Status Unknownn/a
Students with disability36%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learner52%
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a

Math

All Students85%
Females80%
Males88%
Gender Unknownn/a
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Declined to staten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Economic Status Unknownn/a
Students with disability37%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learner57%
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 55%
White 36%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/AN/A
English language learners 21%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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  • Ed Behrens
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  • (805) 967-8358
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