Chico Unified


The Chico Unified School District in California serves over 12,000 students across 22 schools, including 12 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 5 high schools, and 2 alternative schools. The district's schools exhibit a wide range of academic performance, with some standout institutions like Sierra View Elementary and Chico High ranking among the top schools in the state, while others, such as Chapman Elementary and Fair View High (Continuation), struggle with low proficiency rates.

The data reveals significant disparities in academic performance across the district, with a strong correlation between socioeconomic status, as measured by free/reduced-price lunch eligibility, and student achievement. Schools serving more economically disadvantaged populations generally perform worse on standardized tests. Additionally, the alternative and continuation schools in the district, such as Fair View High (Continuation), Oak Bridge Academy, and Center for Alternative Learning, face significant challenges, with low graduation rates, high dropout rates, and very low test scores.

Other notable findings include variations in student-teacher ratios, with Neal Dow Elementary having the lowest ratio at 17.6, and Marigold Elementary having the highest at 26.0. Additionally, chronic absenteeism is a concern, particularly at the alternative and continuation schools, with Academy for Change reporting a staggering 96.7% chronic absenteeism rate.

District Detail

 1163 East Seventh St.
Chico, CA 95928-5903

 (530) 891-3000

SchoolDigger Rank:
711th of 1563 California districts

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Grades served: K-12
Students: 12,087

Primary Schools: 12
Middle Schools: 3
High Schools: 5
Alternative Schools: 2

SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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