Sequoia Middle

Summary:

Sequoia Middle is a public middle school located in Porterville, California, serving grades 7-8 with a student population of 497. The school is part of the Porterville Unified School District, which is ranked 900 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 2-star rating out of 5 from SchoolDigger.

Sequoia Middle stands out for its high Hispanic student population (77.06%), which is significantly higher than the state average for middle schools (45.8%). The school's academic performance is mixed, with students outperforming the district and state in English Language Arts/Literacy, but lagging behind in Mathematics and Science. Notably, Sequoia Middle's Hispanic and English Language Learner student subgroups perform particularly well, ranking in the top 25% of California middle schools in these categories. However, the school's Special Education and Disabled student subgroups perform below average compared to the state. Sequoia Middle also faces challenges with high and fluctuating chronic absenteeism rates, which have ranged from 4.3% to 27.0% in recent years.

When compared to nearby schools, Sequoia Middle generally outperforms other middle schools in the Porterville Unified School District, such as Pioneer Middle and Bartlett Middle. However, when compared to schools outside the district, such as Alpine Vista Middle in Tulare, Sequoia Middle's performance is more mixed. The high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (78.67%) at Sequoia Middle suggests that the school serves a predominantly economically disadvantaged population, which may contribute to some of the academic challenges the school faces.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1450 West Castle Ave.
       Porterville, CA  93257


(559) 788-0923

District: Porterville Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
969th of 2,802 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,916 Help


Feeder schools for Sequoia Middle:

Elementary:    Monte Vista Elementary
    West Putnam Elementary
    Westfield Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  18.8 Help
Number of students:  497

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
77.1%
White:
16.1%
Two or more races:
3.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  78.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sequoia Middle ranks better than 65.4% of middle schools in California. It also ranks first among 3 ranked middle schools in the Porterville Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 57.75. (See more...)
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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 Racial makeup is: Hispanic (77.1%), White (16.1%), two or more races (3.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 78.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Porterville Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sequoia Middle is 18.8. 1 middle schools in the Porterville Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sequoia Middle is $5,916. 1 middle schools in the Porterville Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sequoia Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Sequoia Middle 969th of 2802 California public middle schools. (See Sequoia Middle in the ranking list.)

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Porterville Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Porterville Unified 901st of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sequoia Middle

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Rank History for all students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 34.14 1282nd 1999 35.9%
2008 46.65 1002nd 2005 50.0%
2009 53.78 890th 2063 56.9%
2010 43.98 1201st 2179 44.9%
2011 37.59 1425th 2236 36.3%
2012 43.49 1260th 2259 44.2%
2013 33.99 1585th 2379 33.4%
2015 40.49 1322nd 2477 46.6%
2016 50.62 1095th 2497 56.1%
2017 45.15 1249th 2508 50.2%
2018 41.22 1324th 2480 46.6%
2019 46.91 1239th 2715 54.4%
2022 52.15 1107th 2740 59.6%
2023 57.75 969th 2802 65.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.06 900th 1364 34.0%
2019 37.44 774th 1442 46.3%
2022 51.46 436th 1540 71.7%
2023 47.36 509th 1529 66.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 35.24 908th 1538 41.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.19 1321st 2230 40.8%
2019 48.72 1051st 2369 55.6%
2022 63.00 669th 2458 72.8%
2023 65.78 619th 2549 75.7%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 62.83 20th 86 76.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.10 1314th 2262 41.9%
2019 41.28 1281st 2380 46.2%
2022 45.85 1176th 2509 53.1%
2023 55.23 932nd 2547 63.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.16 950th 1369 30.6%
2019 43.28 687th 1491 53.9%
2022 30.88 1030th 1531 32.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.07 1194th 2273 47.5%
2019 50.19 1024th 2407 57.5%
2022 56.88 885th 2527 65.0%
2023 58.18 858th 2558 66.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.33 1032nd 2072 50.2%
2019 51.08 912th 2213 58.8%
2022 67.16 567th 2359 76.0%
2023 69.78 510th 2391 78.7%
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Rank History for White students at Sequoia Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.62 703rd 1496 53.0%
2019 54.37 711th 1602 55.6%
2022 36.78 978th 1555 37.1%
2023 49.70 752nd 1552 51.5%
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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.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Sequoia Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2007 102 1 13 242 2 n/a n/a 85 445
2008 121 2 20 273 3 n/a n/a 0 419
2009 121 3 29 277 4 0 95 0 529
2010 132 6 26 331 9 1 6 0 511
2011 134 6 16 370 7 1 17 0 551
2012 122 5 8 353 7 0 14 0 509
2013 98 2 14 369 10 1 11 0 505
2014 108 2 21 408 3 1 13 0 556
2015 94 3 21 446 5 0 11 0 580
2016 94 4 19 439 8 1 21 0 586
2017 103 3 19 448 8 0 24 0 605
2018 97 1 19 461 5 0 16 0 599
2019 104 1 17 436 7 2 17 0 584
2020 105 2 17 438 4 1 26 0 593
2021 75 2 21 452 0 0 17 0 567
2022 62 1 16 414 5 0 8 0 506
2023 80 0 10 383 7 1 16 0 497

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 Sequoia Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 445 22.0 20.2 93.3
2008 419 29.0 14.4 85
2009 529 26.0 18.2 71.3
2010 511 25.4 20.0 75
2011 551 n/a n/a 73.1
2012 509 24.1 21.1 n/a
2013 505 23.2 21.7 82.2
2014 556 23.3 23.8 83.8
2015 580 23.0 25.2 78.4
2016 586 23.0 25.4 70
2017 605 25.3 23.9 80.2
2018 599 26.1 22.9 69.3
2019 584 25.9 22.5 65.1
2020 593 n/a n/a 79.4
2021 567 25.8 21.9 81.8
2022 506 25.9 19.4 80.4
2023 497 26.3 18.8 78.7

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 Sequoia Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 445 22.0 20.2 93.3
2008 419 29.0 14.4 85
2009 529 26.0 18.2 71.3
2010 511 25.4 20.0 75
2011 551 n/a n/a 73.1
2012 509 24.1 21.1 n/a
2013 505 23.2 21.7 82.2
2014 556 23.3 23.8 83.8
2015 580 23.0 25.2 78.4
2016 586 23.0 25.4 70
2017 605 25.3 23.9 80.2
2018 599 26.1 22.9 69.3
2019 584 25.9 22.5 65.1
2020 593 n/a n/a 79.4
2021 567 25.8 21.9 81.8
2022 506 25.9 19.4 80.4
2023 497 26.3 18.8 78.7

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Sequoia Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,916

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sequoia Middle

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1239th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 969th of 2802 Middle schools
 11.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Sequoia Middle)54.951.4
 3.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Porterville Unified)42.743.6
 0.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Sequoia Middle)32.332.2
 0.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Porterville Unified)23.626.3
 2.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Sequoia Middle)42.649.6
 7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Porterville Unified)35.639.1
 3.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Sequoia Middle)27.727.7
 0%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Porterville Unified)19.218.1
 1.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Sequoia Middle)29.132.2
 3.1%
   8th Grade Science (Porterville Unified)17.522
 4.4%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students584497
 14.9%
African American10
 100%
American Indian77
Asian1710
 41.2%
Hispanic436383
 12.2%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White10480
 23.1%
Two or More Races1716
 5.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients65.1%78.7%
 13.6%


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Sequoia Middle ranks 969th of 2802 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 497 students attended Sequoia Middle.

Students at Sequoia Middle are 77% Hispanic, 16% White, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 1% American Indian.


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