West Contra Costa Unified


The West Contra Costa Unified school district in California serves a diverse population of students across 52 schools, including 37 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 8 high schools, and 1 alternative school. While the district faces challenges in academic performance and student engagement, a few standout schools, such as Middle College High, Kensington Elementary, and Harding Elementary, demonstrate exceptional results that set them apart from the rest.

The data reveals stark disparities in academic performance across the district, with some schools, like Middle College High, Kensington Elementary, and Harding Elementary, exceeding state proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics, while many others struggle with low test scores. There appears to be a strong correlation between the socioeconomic status of a school's student population and its academic performance, with schools serving higher percentages of economically disadvantaged students tending to have lower proficiency rates. Chronic absenteeism is also a significant challenge, with several schools reporting rates exceeding 40%, which likely contributes to the overall low academic performance in the district.

Despite these challenges, the district's diversity presents both opportunities and obstacles in meeting the unique needs of different student groups. Targeted interventions and support, particularly in the lower-performing schools, could be crucial in addressing the disparities and improving overall student outcomes across the West Contra Costa Unified school district.

District Detail

 1108 Bissell Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801-3135

 (510) 231-1100

SchoolDigger Rank:
1136th of 1563 California districts

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Grades served: K-12
Students: 25,626

Primary Schools: 38
Middle Schools: 6
High Schools: 8
Alternative Schools: 1

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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