Discovery High

Summary:

Discovery High is a public high school located in Sacramento, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 119 students. The school is part of the Natomas Unified School District, which is ranked 873 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 2-star rating out of 5 from SchoolDigger.

Discovery High faces significant challenges compared to nearby schools. The school has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic (45.38%) and African American (19.33%) students, and its academic performance is substantially lower than the Natomas Unified and California state averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 9.09% of 11th-grade students were proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, and 0% were proficient or better in Mathematics. Discovery High's graduation rates have fluctuated, ranging from 75.0% in 2022-2023 to 95.8% in 2021-2022, and its dropout rates have been inconsistent, reaching 8.3% in 2022-2023. The school also has consistently high chronic absenteeism rates, reaching 83.0% in the 2022-2023 school year.

When compared to nearby schools, such as Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep, a charter school within the same district, Discovery High stands out as the lowest-performing in terms of academic achievement, graduation rates, and attendance. The school's unique student demographics and socioeconomic factors, including a high percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch (66.39%), may be contributing to these challenges. Addressing these underlying factors and implementing consistent, targeted interventions could be crucial in improving student outcomes at Discovery High.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 3401 Fong Ranch Rd.
       Sacramento, CA  95834-1797


(916) 928-5200

District: Natomas Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1998th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,356 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  11.7 Help
Number of students:  119

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
45.4%
African American:
19.3%
Two or more races:
15.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  66.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Discovery High ranks worse than 85.2% of high schools in California. It also ranks last among 5 ranked high schools in the Natomas Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 11.08. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Discovery High freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Discovery High has the smallest high school student body size in the Natomas Unified School District. Student population at Discovery High is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (45.4%), African American (19.3%), two or more races (15.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 66.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Natomas Unified School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Discovery High is 11.7, which is the lowest among 5 high schools in the Natomas Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Discovery High is $17,356, which is the highest among 5 high schools in the Natomas Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Discovery High:

SchoolDigger ranks Discovery High 1998th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Discovery High in the ranking list.)

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Natomas Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Natomas Unified 873rd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Discovery High

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Rank History for all students at Discovery High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 15.85 1435th 1653 13.2%
2005 7.71 1743rd 1901 8.3%
2006 14.04 1678th 1968 14.7%
2007 10.31 1863rd 2063 9.7%
2008 8.52 1910th 2117 9.8%
2009 30.71 1357th 2238 39.4%
2010 17.34 1736th 2281 23.9%
2011 9.27 2059th 2367 13.0%
2012 6.00 2126th 2354 9.7%
2013 10.12 2078th 2426 14.3%
2015 9.52 1875th 1994 6.0%
2016 12.00 1737th 2039 14.8%
2017 9.74 1860th 2021 8.0%
2018 10.40 1820th 2017 9.8%
2019 13.50 1833rd 2133 14.1%
2021 10.07 1172nd 1290 9.1%
2022 11.83 1953rd 2123 8.0%
2023 11.08 1987th 2335 14.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Discovery High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 54.31 268th 1044 74.3%
2023 31.75 727th 1315 44.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Discovery High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 47.39 521st 1539 66.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Discovery High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.79 1607th 1862 13.7%
2019 13.32 1701st 1937 12.2%
2021 11.93 991st 1126 12.0%
2022 11.48 1825th 1943 6.1%
2023 9.07 2039th 2237 8.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Discovery High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 7.07 1715th 1760 2.6%
2019 8.45 1763rd 1833 3.8%
2021 5.36 1031st 1054 2.2%
2022 8.30 1823rd 1858 1.9%
2023 9.91 1889th 2106 10.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Discovery High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.05 1609th 1834 12.3%
2019 14.39 1584th 1880 15.7%
2021 11.50 996th 1122 11.2%
2022 13.82 1674th 1916 12.6%
2023 11.30 1873rd 2195 14.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Discovery High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.86 526th 582 9.6%
2019 15.53 516th 592 12.8%
2023 11.34 677th 713 5.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Discovery High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.13 1463rd 1742 16.0%
2019 12.28 1613th 1814 11.1%
2022 13.39 1639th 1861 11.9%
2023 12.18 1802nd 2132 15.5%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Discovery High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1997 10 14 3 35 0 n/a n/a 0 62
1998 20 14 5 45 0 n/a n/a 0 84
1999 27 30 7 43 0 n/a n/a 1 108
2000 31 27 7 38 0 n/a n/a 2 105
2001 21 16 2 14 3 n/a n/a 0 56
2002 25 42 19 40 2 n/a n/a 0 128
2003 25 42 19 40 2 n/a n/a 0 128
2004 29 45 14 53 0 n/a n/a 0 141
2005 23 46 15 58 2 n/a n/a 0 144
2006 17 44 25 50 1 n/a n/a 0 137
2007 9 25 8 24 3 n/a n/a 1 70
2008 10 48 13 59 n/a n/a n/a 0 130
2009 14 60 10 46 1 5 3 0 139
2010 17 55 7 67 1 4 0 0 151
2011 10 60 6 66 1 2 1 0 146
2012 15 49 9 62 1 1 9 0 146
2013 12 38 15 62 0 1 11 0 139
2014 13 42 20 84 1 3 15 0 178
2015 8 49 12 85 1 7 15 0 177
2016 18 55 7 89 0 5 11 0 185
2017 10 47 9 51 1 2 8 0 128
2018 14 40 6 57 0 3 14 0 134
2019 12 32 11 45 2 0 12 0 114
2020 5 31 4 35 3 1 8 0 87
2021 15 31 7 59 2 2 3 0 119
2022 6 21 8 41 0 3 9 0 88
2023 14 23 7 54 0 3 18 0 119

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Discovery High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 62 4.5 13.8 0
1998 84 6.2 13.5 29.8
1999 108 7.0 15.4 15.9
2000 105 7.0 15.0 30.1
2001 56 9.0 6.2 26.8
2002 128 8.0 16.0 10.2
2003 128 8.0 16.0 10.2
2004 141 7.8 18.1 17
2005 144 7.8 18.5 19.4
2006 137 8.0 17.1 20.4
2007 70 11.0 6.4 84.1
2008 130 12.0 10.8 66.9
2009 139 9.0 12.6 88.5
2010 151 9.0 16.7 71.5
2011 146 n/a n/a 63
2012 146 7.0 20.8 n/a
2013 139 9.0 15.4 71.2
2014 178 10.0 17.8 55.1
2015 177 10.0 17.7 58.8
2016 185 10.0 18.5 61.1
2017 128 9.3 13.7 54.7
2018 134 10.2 13.1 66.4
2019 114 10.4 10.9 73.7
2020 87 n/a n/a 66.7
2021 119 10.2 11.6 66.4
2022 88 10.3 8.5 62.5
2023 119 10.1 11.7 66.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Discovery High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 62 4.5 13.8 0
1998 84 6.2 13.5 29.8
1999 108 7.0 15.4 15.9
2000 105 7.0 15.0 30.1
2001 56 9.0 6.2 26.8
2002 128 8.0 16.0 10.2
2003 128 8.0 16.0 10.2
2004 141 7.8 18.1 17
2005 144 7.8 18.5 19.4
2006 137 8.0 17.1 20.4
2007 70 11.0 6.4 84.1
2008 130 12.0 10.8 66.9
2009 139 9.0 12.6 88.5
2010 151 9.0 16.7 71.5
2011 146 n/a n/a 63
2012 146 7.0 20.8 n/a
2013 139 9.0 15.4 71.2
2014 178 10.0 17.8 55.1
2015 177 10.0 17.7 58.8
2016 185 10.0 18.5 61.1
2017 128 9.3 13.7 54.7
2018 134 10.2 13.1 66.4
2019 114 10.4 10.9 73.7
2020 87 n/a n/a 66.7
2021 119 10.2 11.6 66.4
2022 88 10.3 8.5 62.5
2023 119 10.1 11.7 66.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Discovery High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $17,356

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Discovery High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1833rd of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1987th of 2335 High schools
 0.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Discovery High)13.59.1
 4.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Natomas Unified)5747.3
 9.7%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Discovery High)20
 2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Natomas Unified)2723.2
 3.7%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
12th Grade Science (Discovery High)4.45.1
 0.7%
   12th Grade Science (Natomas Unified)16.330.6
 14.3%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.9
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students114119
 4.4%
African American3223
 28.1%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian117
 36.4%
Hispanic4554
 20%
Pacific Islander03
White1214
 16.7%
Two or More Races1218
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients73.7%66.4%
 7.3%


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Discovery High ranks in the bottom 14.8% of California high schools.

Students at Discovery High are 45% Hispanic, 19% African American, 15% Two or more races, 12% White, 6% Asian, 3% Pacific Islander.

In the 2022-23 school year, 119 students attended Discovery High.


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