ACE Empower Academy

Summary:

ACE Empower Academy is a public charter middle school in San Jose, California, serving 191 students in grades 5-8. The school has a predominantly Hispanic student population, with 98.43% of students identifying as Hispanic in the 2022-2023 school year.

ACE Empower Academy consistently underperforms compared to the state average on standardized tests, with proficiency rates ranging from 8.62% to 19.64% in English Language Arts and 5.56% to 23.64% in Mathematics, significantly lower than the state averages. The school also has a high chronic absenteeism rate of 33.6%, which is much higher than the state average. While the school's English Language Learner and Special Education students perform relatively better, the school's performance for other subgroups, such as Hispanic, Low Socioeconomic Status, and Disabled students, is consistently in the bottom half of the state. Compared to nearby schools like Kipp Prize Preparatory Academy and KIPP Heartwood Academy, which significantly outperform ACE Empower Academy, the school is clearly underperforming.

The high concentration of economically disadvantaged students, with 84.82% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, and the lack of racial/ethnic diversity, with 98.43% of students identifying as Hispanic, may contribute to the school's challenges. To improve student outcomes, the school and ACE Empower Academy District should focus on addressing the root causes of the school's low academic performance and high chronic absenteeism, and implement targeted interventions to support student learning and engagement.


Detail:

Public, Charter 5-8

 625 S. Sunset Ave.
       San Jose, CA  95116-3423


(408) 729-3920

District: ACE Empower Academy District

SchoolDigger Rank:
2446th of 2,798 California Middle Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  24.5 Help
Number of students:  191

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.4%
Asian:
1.0%
White:
0.5%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  84.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details ACE Empower Academy ranks worse than 87.4% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.42. (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.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

ACE Empower Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks ACE Empower Academy 2446th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See ACE Empower Academy in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


English Language Learner students:
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Female students:
Male students:
Hispanic students:


ACE Empower Academy District:

SchoolDigger ranks ACE Empower Academy District 1456th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for ACE Empower Academy

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Rank History for all students at ACE Empower Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 15.73 2356th 2715 13.2%
2021 20.60 736th 894 17.7%
2022 14.61 2472nd 2740 9.8%
2023 16.42 2437th 2788 12.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at ACE Empower Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 46.76 498th 1442 65.5%
2021 56.67 82nd 363 77.4%
2022 45.73 581st 1540 62.3%
2023 42.08 683rd 1523 55.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at ACE Empower Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 73.37 228th 1532 85.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at ACE Empower Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 21.20 1988th 2369 16.1%
2021 30.26 523rd 721 27.5%
2022 18.16 2175th 2458 11.5%
2023 22.93 2046th 2535 19.3%
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Rank History for Female students at ACE Empower Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 21.06 1909th 2380 19.8%
2021 22.90 578th 738 21.7%
2022 15.61 2243rd 2509 10.6%
2023 14.49 2318th 2535 8.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at ACE Empower Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 30.46 1020th 1491 31.6%
2022 29.74 1066th 1531 30.4%
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Rank History for Male students at ACE Empower Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 11.05 2273rd 2407 5.6%
2021 19.82 646th 763 15.3%
2022 14.94 2293rd 2527 9.3%
2023 19.03 2137th 2546 16.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at ACE Empower Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 19.42 1902nd 2213 14.1%
2022 19.13 2045th 2359 13.3%
2023 21.56 1962nd 2379 17.5%
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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.

ACE Empower Academy Test Scores
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Enrollment information for ACE Empower Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2019 0 1 4 296 0 0 0 0 301
2020 1 0 3 239 0 0 1 0 244
2021 1 1 3 217 0 0 1 0 223
2022 1 0 2 204 1 0 0 0 208
2023 1 0 2 188 0 0 0 0 191

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 ACE Empower Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2019 301 13.0 23.1 91.7
2020 244 n/a n/a 95.5
2021 223 9.0 24.7 85.2
2022 208 8.5 24.4 78.4
2023 191 7.7 24.5 84.8

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 ACE Empower Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2019 301 13.0 23.1 91.7
2020 244 n/a n/a 95.5
2021 223 9.0 24.7 85.2
2022 208 8.5 24.4 78.4
2023 191 7.7 24.5 84.8

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.
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on ACE Empower Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2356th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 2437th of 2788 Middle schools
 0.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ACE Empower Academy)13.311.1
 2.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (ACE Empower Academy)6.75.6
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (ACE Empower Academy)6.75.6
 1.1%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ACE Empower Academy)17.18.6
 8.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (ACE Empower Academy)14.56.9
 7.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ACE Empower Academy)18.510.9
 7.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (ACE Empower Academy)18.514.6
 4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ACE Empower Academy)23.219.6
 3.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (ACE Empower Academy)23.223.6
 0.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (ACE Empower Academy)11.112.3
 1.2%
   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 Students301191
 36.5%
African American10
 100%
American Indian00
Asian42
 50%
Hispanic296188
 36.5%
Pacific Islander00
White01
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients91.7%84.8%
 6.9%


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ACE Empower Academy ranks in the bottom 12.6% of California middle schools.

Students at ACE Empower Academy are 98% Hispanic, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 191 students attended ACE Empower Academy.


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