Ball Junior High

Summary:

Ball Junior High is a public middle school located in Anaheim, California, serving grades 7-8 with a total enrollment of 812 students. The school is part of the Anaheim Union High School District, which is ranked 756 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ball Junior High faces significant challenges in improving academic outcomes for its students, particularly its large Hispanic population and economically disadvantaged student body. The school consistently ranks in the bottom 10-20% of California middle schools, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past several years. Its academic performance, as measured by proficiency rates in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, is significantly lower than the Anaheim Union High School District and the state of California averages. Additionally, Ball Junior High has a very high chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 10.4% to 33.4% over the past several years, which is significantly higher than the surrounding schools, such as Dale Junior High and Sycamore Junior High.

The school's high Hispanic student population (80.42%) and very high percentage of students (91.5%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch suggest potential racial and socioeconomic disparities in educational outcomes. Interestingly, the surrounding schools, particularly those in the Garden Grove Unified School District, generally perform better academically and have lower chronic absenteeism rates, despite serving similar student populations in terms of socioeconomic status and racial demographics. These findings indicate the need for targeted interventions and support to address the persistent challenges faced by Ball Junior High and improve educational opportunities for its students.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1500 W. Ball Rd.
       Anaheim, CA  92802-1626


(714) 999-3663

District: Anaheim Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
2481st of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,284 Help


Students who attend Ball Junior High usually attend:

High:    Loara High

Feeder schools for Ball Junior High:

Elementary:    Barton (Clara) Elementary
    Madison (James) Elementary
    Ross (Betsy) Elementary
    Stoddard (Alexander J.) Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  18.3 Help
Number of students:  812

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
80.4%
Asian:
8.3%
White:
5.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  91.5% Help


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Compare Details Ball Junior High ranks worse than 88.7% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 6th among 8 ranked middle schools in the Anaheim Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 15.67. (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 (80.4%), Asian (8.3%), White (5.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 91.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ball Junior High is 18.3, which is the 3rd best among 8 middle schools in the Anaheim Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ball Junior High is $12,284, which is the 3rd highest among 8 middle schools in the Anaheim Union High School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ball Junior High:

SchoolDigger ranks Ball Junior High 2481st of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Ball Junior High in the ranking list.)

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Anaheim Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Anaheim Union High 756th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ball Junior High

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Rank History for all students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 52.05 743rd 1769 58.0%
2005 51.42 780th 1777 56.1%
2006 48.03 854th 1804 52.7%
2007 37.00 1192nd 1999 40.4%
2008 33.85 1320th 2005 34.2%
2009 27.73 1535th 2063 25.6%
2010 27.36 1650th 2179 24.3%
2011 22.75 1837th 2236 17.8%
2012 27.34 1725th 2259 23.6%
2013 31.12 1670th 2379 29.8%
2015 24.91 1830th 2477 26.1%
2016 21.72 1957th 2497 21.6%
2017 19.03 2070th 2508 17.5%
2018 16.45 2128th 2480 14.2%
2019 15.41 2373rd 2715 12.6%
2021 20.26 746th 894 16.6%
2022 15.90 2405th 2740 12.2%
2023 15.67 2472nd 2788 11.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.54 1179th 1364 13.6%
2019 27.82 1244th 1442 13.7%
2021 36.67 227th 363 37.5%
2022 31.82 1156th 1540 24.9%
2023 35.46 954th 1523 37.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 25.00 1263rd 1532 17.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.37 1889th 2230 15.3%
2019 17.93 2097th 2369 11.5%
2021 29.75 533rd 721 26.1%
2022 18.46 2158th 2458 12.2%
2023 19.13 2193rd 2535 13.5%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 23.37 286th 336 14.9%
2023 19.04 292nd 321 9.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.20 1998th 2262 11.7%
2019 13.68 2153rd 2380 9.5%
2021 16.47 661st 738 10.4%
2022 13.42 2328th 2509 7.2%
2023 13.91 2348th 2535 7.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.46 842nd 1369 38.5%
2019 26.53 1143rd 1491 23.3%
2021 34.24 221st 354 37.6%
2022 29.63 1071st 1531 30.0%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 13.69 177th 197 10.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.63 1993rd 2273 12.3%
2019 16.27 2120th 2407 11.9%
2021 25.24 570th 763 25.3%
2022 19.46 2076th 2527 17.8%
2023 17.76 2194th 2546 13.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.95 474th 700 32.3%
2019 26.60 582nd 745 21.9%
2022 8.95 668th 733 8.9%
2023 11.68 632nd 717 11.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.04 1897th 2072 8.4%
2019 14.32 2041st 2213 7.8%
2022 16.33 2147th 2359 9.0%
2023 14.92 2184th 2379 8.2%
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Rank History for White students at Ball Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 10.34 1467th 1602 8.4%
2022 13.59 1387th 1555 10.8%
2023 6.37 1489th 1549 3.9%
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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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by a student
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Open Quote Ball Junior High is a good school; the teachers are good at their job. If you need help with homework/problems, they do it. I am a student here 2011-2012 in ELD, and the teachers have helped me to learn English fluently. I suggest any student looking to learn English or any others to come here. Special thanks to Ms. Zhang. Bye!(: Close Quote



Enrollment information for Ball Junior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 551 20 96 175 6 n/a n/a 0 848
1989 477 19 91 252 6 n/a n/a 0 845
1990 481 25 120 292 5 n/a n/a 0 923
1991 484 26 108 327 7 n/a n/a 0 952
1992 452 26 127 369 6 n/a n/a 0 980
1993 452 43 169 402 7 n/a n/a 0 1073
1994 426 41 161 483 4 n/a n/a 0 1115
1995 381 42 172 627 4 n/a n/a 0 1226
1996 381 42 172 627 4 n/a n/a 0 1226
1997 368 47 160 705 6 n/a n/a 0 1286
1998 349 40 163 647 6 n/a n/a 0 1205
1999 342 27 134 707 2 n/a n/a 0 1212
2000 314 28 125 829 4 n/a n/a 0 1300
2001 280 34 150 813 3 n/a n/a 0 1280
2002 265 40 153 1006 5 n/a n/a 0 1469
2003 265 40 153 1006 5 n/a n/a 0 1469
2004 233 42 132 1050 5 n/a n/a 0 1462
2005 212 35 135 1104 4 n/a n/a 0 1490
2006 190 33 139 1109 3 n/a n/a 0 1474
2007 149 27 137 1036 0 n/a n/a 46 1395
2008 131 25 135 1069 2 n/a n/a 0 1362
2009 127 35 108 1018 3 9 44 0 1344
2010 109 31 108 971 5 8 5 0 1237
2011 446 26 121 614 4 7 0 0 1218
2012 88 26 118 929 2 9 7 0 1179
2013 84 27 103 882 3 17 12 0 1128
2014 81 27 110 867 7 11 4 0 1107
2015 67 21 98 837 4 11 5 0 1043
2016 66 23 85 824 0 15 6 0 1019
2017 57 27 94 838 1 15 5 0 1037
2018 19 19 101 808 1 14 43 0 1005
2019 56 18 79 789 0 12 7 0 961
2020 48 14 76 780 0 7 12 0 937
2021 41 8 81 730 2 4 14 0 880
2022 43 10 76 674 8 5 8 0 824
2023 45 16 67 653 18 6 7 0 812

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 Ball Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 848 37.0 22.9 n/a
1989 845 34.0 24.8 n/a
1990 923 39.0 23.6 n/a
1991 952 38.0 25.0 n/a
1992 980 38.6 25.3 40.9
1993 1073 39.0 27.5 40.4
1994 1115 38.0 29.3 50
1995 1226 42.0 29.2 57.3
1996 1226 42.0 29.2 57.3
1997 1286 45.0 28.6 59.4
1998 1205 46.0 26.2 61.9
1999 1212 46.0 26.3 63.9
2000 1300 52.0 25.0 62.4
2001 1280 55.0 23.3 67.2
2002 1469 59.0 24.9 68.4
2003 1469 59.0 24.9 68.4
2004 1462 60.0 24.4 68.6
2005 1490 63.0 23.7 69.7
2006 1474 61.0 24.2 71.9
2007 1395 67.0 20.8 71.8
2008 1362 71.0 19.2 71.5
2009 1344 54.0 22.4 70.1
2010 1237 54.0 22.9 81.8
2011 1218 n/a n/a 80.7
2012 1179 43.0 27.4 n/a
2013 1128 44.1 25.5 84.9
2014 1107 0.4 2767.5 87.1
2015 1043 40.0 26.0 89.7
2016 1019 39.0 26.1 89.9
2017 1037 42.0 24.6 87.6
2018 1005 40.0 25.1 86.5
2019 961 36.0 26.6 88.2
2020 937 n/a n/a 87.8
2021 880 38.9 22.5 92.2
2022 824 42.4 19.4 85.9
2023 812 44.2 18.3 91.5

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 Ball Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 848 37.0 22.9 n/a
1989 845 34.0 24.8 n/a
1990 923 39.0 23.6 n/a
1991 952 38.0 25.0 n/a
1992 980 38.6 25.3 40.9
1993 1073 39.0 27.5 40.4
1994 1115 38.0 29.3 50
1995 1226 42.0 29.2 57.3
1996 1226 42.0 29.2 57.3
1997 1286 45.0 28.6 59.4
1998 1205 46.0 26.2 61.9
1999 1212 46.0 26.3 63.9
2000 1300 52.0 25.0 62.4
2001 1280 55.0 23.3 67.2
2002 1469 59.0 24.9 68.4
2003 1469 59.0 24.9 68.4
2004 1462 60.0 24.4 68.6
2005 1490 63.0 23.7 69.7
2006 1474 61.0 24.2 71.9
2007 1395 67.0 20.8 71.8
2008 1362 71.0 19.2 71.5
2009 1344 54.0 22.4 70.1
2010 1237 54.0 22.9 81.8
2011 1218 n/a n/a 80.7
2012 1179 43.0 27.4 n/a
2013 1128 44.1 25.5 84.9
2014 1107 0.4 2767.5 87.1
2015 1043 40.0 26.0 89.7
2016 1019 39.0 26.1 89.9
2017 1037 42.0 24.6 87.6
2018 1005 40.0 25.1 86.5
2019 961 36.0 26.6 88.2
2020 937 n/a n/a 87.8
2021 880 38.9 22.5 92.2
2022 824 42.4 19.4 85.9
2023 812 44.2 18.3 91.5

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 Ball Junior High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $12,284

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ball Junior High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2373rd of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 2472nd of 2788 Middle schools
 1.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ball Junior High)2223.8
 1.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Anaheim Union High)4139.4
 1.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Ball Junior High)14.29.7
 4.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Union High)30.126.6
 3.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ball Junior High)27.825.8
 2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Anaheim Union High)39.335.2
 4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Ball Junior High)13.16.1
 7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Union High)26.621.1
 5.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Ball Junior High)13.710
 3.8%
   8th Grade Science (Anaheim Union High)24.821.9
 2.9%
   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 Students961812
 15.5%
African American1816
 11.1%
American Indian018
Asian7967
 15.2%
Hispanic789653
 17.2%
Pacific Islander126
 50%
White5645
 19.6%
Two or More Races77
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients88.2%91.5%
 3.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ball Junior High

In the 2022-23 school year, 812 students attended Ball Junior High.

Ball Junior High ranks in the bottom 11.3% of California middle schools.

Students who attend Ball Junior High usually go on to attend Loara High

Students at Ball Junior High are 80% Hispanic, 8% Asian, 6% White, 2% American Indian, 2% African American.


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