Cerritos High

Summary:

Cerritos High is a public high school in Cerritos, California, serving 2,242 students in grades 9-12. This exceptional school is part of the ABC Unified School District, which is ranked 378 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Cerritos High consistently ranks among the top high schools in California, coming in at 90th out of 2,335 schools for the 2022-2023 school year. The school has maintained a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger for several years, indicating exceptional academic performance. Cerritos High's diverse student population is over 50% Asian, with significant representation from Hispanic (30%), White (6.6%), and African American (5.35%) students. The school boasts an impressive 96.6% four-year graduation rate, far exceeding the state average, and a low dropout rate ranging from 0.2% to 1.4% in recent years.

Cerritos High students consistently outperform their peers in the ABC Unified School District and the state of California on standardized tests, with 86.26% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 72.47% in the district and 55.41% statewide. The school's exceptional performance extends to specific student subgroups, such as African American and multi-racial students, who rank 28th and 50th, respectively, out of over 700 California high schools. While Cerritos High's chronic absenteeism rate has increased in recent years, it remains relatively low compared to the state average, and the school effectively supports students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, with 41.3% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 12500 East 183rd St.
       Cerritos, CA  90703-8450


(562) 229-7715

District: ABC Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
91st of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,278 Help


Feeder schools for Cerritos High:

Elementary:    Carver (Charles J.) Elementary
    Cerritos Elementary
    Gonsalves (Joe A.) Elementary
    Kennedy (John F.) Elementary
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Middle:    Carmenita Middle
    Tetzlaff (Martin B.) Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  24.8 Help
Number of students:  2,242

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
52.1%
Hispanic:
30.1%
White:
6.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  41.3% Help


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Compare Details Cerritos High ranks better than 96.1% of high schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 5 ranked high schools in the ABC Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 94.74. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Cerritos 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 Cerritos High has the largest high school student body size in the ABC Unified School District. Racial makeup is: Asian (52.1%), Hispanic (30.1%), White (6.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 41.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cerritos High is 24.8. 3 high schools in the ABC Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cerritos High is $6,278, which is the lowest among 6 high schools in the ABC Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cerritos High:

SchoolDigger ranks Cerritos High 91st of 2348 California public high schools. (See Cerritos High in the ranking list.)

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ABC Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks ABC Unified 380th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cerritos High

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Rank History for all students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 85.04 48th 1653 97.1%
2005 81.74 80th 1901 95.8%
2006 79.57 123rd 1968 93.8%
2007 79.39 126th 2063 93.9%
2008 81.55 107th 2117 94.9%
2009 80.07 115th 2238 94.9%
2010 79.92 139th 2281 93.9%
2011 72.81 250th 2367 89.4%
2012 71.12 282nd 2354 88.0%
2013 73.73 236th 2426 90.3%
2015 91.32 164th 1994 91.8%
2016 95.22 66th 2039 96.8%
2017 96.55 47th 2021 97.7%
2018 95.52 74th 2017 96.3%
2019 94.86 104th 2133 95.1%
2022 90.78 193rd 2123 90.9%
2023 94.74 91st 2348 96.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.91 40th 366 89.1%
2019 39.01 276th 422 34.6%
2022 71.19 136th 515 73.6%
2023 87.09 50th 786 93.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.50 76th 938 91.9%
2019 77.19 81st 941 91.4%
2022 91.83 25th 1044 97.6%
2023 62.22 119th 1323 91.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 42.76 637th 1547 58.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.57 76th 1862 95.9%
2019 94.64 74th 1937 96.2%
2022 92.55 112th 1943 94.2%
2023 96.34 65th 2247 97.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.95 101st 1760 94.3%
2019 93.37 105th 1833 94.3%
2022 90.82 170th 1858 90.9%
2023 91.42 127th 2118 94.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.28 109th 1052 89.6%
2019 79.02 148th 1117 86.8%
2022 82.86 117th 1161 89.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.35 66th 1834 96.4%
2019 93.58 113th 1880 94.0%
2022 88.67 200th 1916 89.6%
2023 96.06 76th 2207 96.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.88 114th 581 80.4%
2019 76.63 131st 582 77.5%
2022 69.60 202nd 581 65.2%
2023 77.50 146th 731 80.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.24 82nd 582 85.9%
2019 83.01 72nd 592 87.8%
2022 80.85 71st 522 86.4%
2023 94.95 28th 720 96.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.62 164th 1742 90.6%
2019 87.89 147th 1814 91.9%
2022 87.04 167th 1861 91.0%
2023 94.59 69th 2142 96.8%
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Rank History for White students at Cerritos High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.22 205th 1173 82.5%
2019 78.09 215th 1222 82.4%
2022 66.48 372nd 1204 69.1%
2023 67.26 344th 1434 76.0%
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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 Cerritos High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1109 164 808 269 14 n/a n/a 0 2364
1989 947 161 850 249 9 n/a n/a 0 2216
1990 831 180 932 248 9 n/a n/a 0 2200
1991 660 182 1004 288 4 n/a n/a 0 2138
1992 698 175 1001 211 8 n/a n/a 0 2093
1993 602 180 1011 211 3 n/a n/a 0 2007
1994 533 189 1103 238 4 n/a n/a 0 2067
1995 464 186 1355 219 3 n/a n/a 0 2227
1996 464 186 1355 219 3 n/a n/a 0 2227
1997 401 145 1432 215 2 n/a n/a 0 2195
1998 370 132 1535 204 3 n/a n/a 0 2244
1999 314 149 1572 188 4 n/a n/a 0 2227
2000 318 151 1569 198 0 n/a n/a 0 2236
2001 294 160 1534 199 5 n/a n/a 34 2226
2002 246 170 1605 232 4 n/a n/a 0 2257
2003 246 170 1605 232 4 n/a n/a 0 2257
2004 233 158 1617 230 5 n/a n/a 5 2248
2005 244 158 1663 240 4 n/a n/a 11 2320
2006 252 148 1620 222 4 n/a n/a 13 2259
2007 201 141 1567 210 3 n/a n/a 58 2180
2008 169 116 1511 224 6 n/a n/a 0 2026
2009 155 135 1521 241 2 14 69 0 2137
2010 153 142 1480 284 6 18 51 0 2134
2011 145 144 1440 325 7 20 45 0 2126
2012 163 155 1428 364 8 16 56 0 2190
2013 169 141 1393 386 8 19 60 0 2176
2014 158 135 1345 437 4 13 68 0 2160
2015 160 129 1358 465 2 11 51 0 2176
2016 145 132 1324 465 1 12 53 0 2132
2017 141 146 1296 526 2 10 59 0 2180
2018 127 137 1286 554 4 14 64 0 2186
2019 136 139 1238 574 4 13 73 0 2177
2020 149 114 1218 625 3 13 94 0 2216
2021 140 112 1244 619 3 12 101 0 2231
2022 148 125 1227 712 5 14 114 0 2345
2023 148 120 1167 674 7 9 117 0 2242

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 Cerritos High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2364 91.8 25.7 n/a
1989 2216 90.3 24.5 n/a
1990 2200 88.6 24.8 n/a
1991 2138 86.2 24.8 n/a
1992 2093 87.6 23.8 2.2
1993 2007 85.5 23.5 2.1
1994 2067 81.2 25.5 3
1995 2227 88.3 25.2 3.4
1996 2227 88.3 25.2 3.4
1997 2195 88.5 24.8 4.4
1998 2244 91.7 24.5 3.6
1999 2227 91.9 24.2 3.8
2000 2236 95.8 23.3 5.1
2001 2226 90.6 24.6 5.9
2002 2257 93.8 24.1 7.6
2003 2257 93.8 24.1 7.6
2004 2248 90.9 24.7 6.3
2005 2320 94.5 24.6 8
2006 2259 89.2 25.3 8
2007 2180 87.2 25.0 8.2
2008 2026 97.6 20.8 10
2009 2137 85.0 22.7 12.1
2010 2134 87.0 24.5 17.2
2011 2126 n/a n/a 22.3
2012 2190 86.0 25.4 n/a
2013 2176 86.4 25.1 26.9
2014 2160 85.4 25.2 26.4
2015 2176 86.0 25.3 25.9
2016 2132 87.0 24.5 29.3
2017 2180 85.8 25.4 28.6
2018 2186 89.0 24.5 31.6
2019 2177 88.7 24.5 31.5
2020 2216 n/a n/a 32.4
2021 2231 88.5 25.1 44.7
2022 2345 100.7 23.2 43.3
2023 2242 90.2 24.8 41.3

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 Cerritos High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2364 91.8 25.7 n/a
1989 2216 90.3 24.5 n/a
1990 2200 88.6 24.8 n/a
1991 2138 86.2 24.8 n/a
1992 2093 87.6 23.8 2.2
1993 2007 85.5 23.5 2.1
1994 2067 81.2 25.5 3
1995 2227 88.3 25.2 3.4
1996 2227 88.3 25.2 3.4
1997 2195 88.5 24.8 4.4
1998 2244 91.7 24.5 3.6
1999 2227 91.9 24.2 3.8
2000 2236 95.8 23.3 5.1
2001 2226 90.6 24.6 5.9
2002 2257 93.8 24.1 7.6
2003 2257 93.8 24.1 7.6
2004 2248 90.9 24.7 6.3
2005 2320 94.5 24.6 8
2006 2259 89.2 25.3 8
2007 2180 87.2 25.0 8.2
2008 2026 97.6 20.8 10
2009 2137 85.0 22.7 12.1
2010 2134 87.0 24.5 17.2
2011 2126 n/a n/a 22.3
2012 2190 86.0 25.4 n/a
2013 2176 86.4 25.1 26.9
2014 2160 85.4 25.2 26.4
2015 2176 86.0 25.3 25.9
2016 2132 87.0 24.5 29.3
2017 2180 85.8 25.4 28.6
2018 2186 89.0 24.5 31.6
2019 2177 88.7 24.5 31.5
2020 2216 n/a n/a 32.4
2021 2231 88.5 25.1 44.7
2022 2345 100.7 23.2 43.3
2023 2242 90.2 24.8 41.3

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 Cerritos High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,278

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Cerritos High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 104th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 91st of 2348 High schools
 1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Cerritos High)84.186.3
 2.2%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ABC Unified)70.872.5
 1.6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Cerritos High)64.959.2
 5.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (ABC Unified)50.548.4
 2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Cerritos High)50.857.5
 6.8%
   11th Grade Science (ABC Unified)41.548.2
 6.7%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Cerritos High)49.435.1
 14.3%
   12th Grade Science (ABC Unified)3838
 0%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.8
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students21772242
 3%
African American139120
 13.7%
American Indian47
 75%
Asian12381167
 5.7%
Hispanic574674
 17.4%
Pacific Islander139
 30.8%
White136148
 8.8%
Two or More Races73117
 60.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients31.5%41.3%
 9.8%


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Students at Cerritos High are 52% Asian, 30% Hispanic, 7% White, 5% African American, 5% Two or more races.

Yes! Cerritos High is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 91st of 2348 California high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,242 students attended Cerritos High.


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