Katella High

Summary:

Katella High is a public high school in Anaheim, California, serving 2,587 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Anaheim Union High School District, which is ranked 756 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Katella High has a significantly higher Hispanic student population, ranging from 90.44% to 91.08% over the past three years, compared to nearby schools that have Hispanic populations ranging from 71.64% to 94.04%. The school has maintained a relatively high four-year graduation rate, ranging from 92.6% to 97.2% over the past five years, which is higher than the graduation rates of some nearby schools like Polaris High (83.6%) and Gilbert High (Continuation) (62.6%). However, Katella High's dropout rates have fluctuated, ranging from 1.1% to 3.7% over the past five years, which are generally lower than the nearby continuation and alternative schools but still higher than some of the other traditional high schools in the area.

One concerning trend at Katella High is the significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 11.2% in 2017-2018 to 30.9% in 2021-2022, which is notably higher than the chronic absenteeism rates of nearby schools like Loara High (31.5%). Additionally, Katella High's test scores, as measured by the Smarter Balanced Assessments and the California Science Test (CAST), are generally lower than the Anaheim Union High School District and the state of California averages. These challenges may be reflective of the school's high percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with 89.02% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch in the 2022-2023 school year.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 2200 East Wagner Ave.
       Anaheim, CA  92806-4999


(714) 999-3621

District: Anaheim Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
1199th of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,220 Help


Feeder schools for Katella High:

Elementary:    Guinn (James M.) Elementary
    Juarez (Benito) Elementary
    Olive Street Elementary
    Ponderosa Elementary
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Middle:    South Junior High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.4 Help
Number of students:  2,587

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
90.8%
Asian:
3.6%
White:
3.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  89% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Katella High ranks worse than 51.1% of high schools in California. It also ranks 7th among 11 ranked high schools in the Anaheim Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 38.18. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Katella 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 Racial makeup is: Hispanic (90.8%), Asian (3.6%), White (3.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 89% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Katella High is 23.4. 9 high schools in the Anaheim Union High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Katella High is $11,220. 8 high schools in the Anaheim Union High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Katella High:

SchoolDigger ranks Katella High 1199th of 2348 California public high schools. (See Katella High in the ranking list.)

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Anaheim Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Anaheim Union High 758th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Katella High

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Rank History for all students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 60.03 339th 1653 79.5%
2005 56.58 471st 1901 75.2%
2006 53.69 588th 1968 70.1%
2007 59.36 468th 2063 77.3%
2008 45.83 771st 2117 63.6%
2009 50.52 731st 2238 67.3%
2010 48.81 801st 2281 64.9%
2011 52.89 720th 2367 69.6%
2012 59.13 563rd 2354 76.1%
2013 54.74 661st 2426 72.8%
2015 53.37 911th 1994 54.3%
2016 49.81 1019th 2039 50.0%
2017 51.16 993rd 2021 50.9%
2018 42.07 1175th 2017 41.7%
2019 45.91 1081st 2133 49.3%
2021 27.79 939th 1290 27.2%
2022 39.89 1179th 2123 44.5%
2023 38.18 1199th 2348 48.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.18 653rd 938 30.4%
2019 30.26 760th 941 19.2%
2021 30.01 342nd 467 26.8%
2022 36.68 627th 1044 39.9%
2023 50.42 257th 1323 80.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 40.78 680th 1547 56.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.75 1037th 1862 44.3%
2019 51.26 898th 1937 53.6%
2021 30.18 826th 1126 26.6%
2022 46.61 931st 1943 52.1%
2023 48.16 939th 2247 58.2%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 60.65 98th 290 66.2%
2023 58.49 137th 417 67.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.28 1185th 1760 32.7%
2019 42.69 1014th 1833 44.7%
2021 26.37 809th 1054 23.2%
2022 38.35 1095th 1858 41.1%
2023 38.08 1140th 2118 46.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.46 893rd 1052 15.1%
2019 35.58 635th 1117 43.2%
2021 25.99 441st 555 20.5%
2022 34.88 692nd 1161 40.4%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 12.88 214th 233 8.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.88 1030th 1834 43.8%
2019 44.30 992nd 1880 47.2%
2021 24.11 869th 1122 22.5%
2022 36.78 1126th 1916 41.2%
2023 36.07 1158th 2207 47.5%
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Rank History for Asian students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.33 502nd 581 13.6%
2019 33.55 421st 582 27.7%
2022 14.18 508th 581 12.6%
2023 32.82 510th 731 30.2%
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Rank History for African American students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 63.26 146th 522 72.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.64 1024th 1742 41.2%
2019 52.91 801st 1814 55.8%
2022 46.52 911th 1861 51.0%
2023 44.27 997th 2142 53.5%
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Rank History for White students at Katella High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.85 778th 1173 33.7%
2019 35.02 815th 1222 33.3%
2022 26.93 888th 1204 26.2%
2023 24.86 1015th 1434 29.2%
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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 Katella High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1158 34 233 353 10 n/a n/a 0 1788
1989 1063 32 226 414 9 n/a n/a 0 1744
1990 938 36 237 510 14 n/a n/a 0 1735
1991 831 35 251 667 14 n/a n/a 0 1798
1992 786 36 233 731 10 n/a n/a 0 1796
1993 717 39 214 790 6 n/a n/a 0 1766
1994 667 40 210 827 7 n/a n/a 0 1751
1995 572 44 190 962 11 n/a n/a 0 1779
1996 572 44 190 962 11 n/a n/a 0 1779
1997 602 52 197 1100 10 n/a n/a 0 1961
1998 618 33 200 1224 15 n/a n/a 0 2090
1999 628 34 210 1317 14 n/a n/a 0 2203
2000 596 44 204 1334 12 n/a n/a 0 2190
2001 559 40 202 1398 11 n/a n/a 0 2210
2002 470 39 173 1605 8 n/a n/a 0 2295
2003 470 39 173 1605 8 n/a n/a 0 2295
2004 429 34 157 1667 8 n/a n/a 0 2295
2005 399 37 147 1700 10 n/a n/a 0 2293
2006 395 36 142 1790 13 n/a n/a 0 2376
2007 329 27 126 1886 11 n/a n/a 41 2420
2008 288 36 137 1990 7 n/a n/a 0 2458
2009 294 44 123 2207 6 21 54 0 2749
2010 255 38 126 2210 7 20 16 0 2672
2011 234 39 131 2256 6 14 10 0 2690
2012 186 34 122 2397 4 14 9 0 2766
2013 190 33 106 2324 3 14 16 0 2686
2015 153 25 110 2367 9 14 14 0 2692
2016 124 25 112 2328 6 11 13 0 2619
2017 117 27 130 2363 6 12 15 0 2670
2018 72 36 137 2423 5 11 65 0 2749
2019 123 42 129 2402 2 12 8 0 2718
2020 123 44 118 2476 1 11 12 0 2785
2021 105 43 97 2460 0 7 8 0 2720
2022 80 41 89 2389 1 4 19 0 2623
2023 80 38 92 2349 3 3 21 1 2587

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 Katella High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1788 66.0 27.0 n/a
1989 1744 61.9 28.1 n/a
1990 1735 65.0 26.6 n/a
1991 1798 64.0 28.0 n/a
1992 1796 65.0 27.6 28.7
1993 1766 64.0 27.6 34.7
1994 1751 62.0 28.2 34.3
1995 1779 60.0 29.7 42.4
1996 1779 60.0 29.7 42.4
1997 1961 70.8 27.7 44.9
1998 2090 75.7 27.6 46.2
1999 2203 79.0 27.9 28.6
2000 2190 84.0 26.1 46.9
2001 2210 89.0 24.8 50.6
2002 2295 89.0 25.8 50
2003 2295 89.0 25.8 50
2004 2295 90.0 25.5 50.8
2005 2293 88.8 25.8 53.5
2006 2376 90.8 26.2 54.3
2007 2420 91.8 26.4 55.7
2008 2458 110.0 22.3 59.6
2009 2749 96.0 26.4 58.5
2010 2672 93.0 28.7 73.5
2011 2690 n/a n/a 72
2012 2766 97.2 28.4 n/a
2013 2686 96.2 27.9 78.5
2015 2692 93.0 28.9 85.9
2016 2619 96.0 27.2 80.5
2017 2670 96.0 27.8 77.9
2018 2749 101.1 27.1 82
2019 2718 104.0 26.1 80.9
2020 2785 n/a n/a 81.8
2021 2720 100.9 26.9 90.3
2022 2623 104.0 25.2 86.5
2023 2587 110.3 23.4 89

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 Katella High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1788 66.0 27.0 n/a
1989 1744 61.9 28.1 n/a
1990 1735 65.0 26.6 n/a
1991 1798 64.0 28.0 n/a
1992 1796 65.0 27.6 28.7
1993 1766 64.0 27.6 34.7
1994 1751 62.0 28.2 34.3
1995 1779 60.0 29.7 42.4
1996 1779 60.0 29.7 42.4
1997 1961 70.8 27.7 44.9
1998 2090 75.7 27.6 46.2
1999 2203 79.0 27.9 28.6
2000 2190 84.0 26.1 46.9
2001 2210 89.0 24.8 50.6
2002 2295 89.0 25.8 50
2003 2295 89.0 25.8 50
2004 2295 90.0 25.5 50.8
2005 2293 88.8 25.8 53.5
2006 2376 90.8 26.2 54.3
2007 2420 91.8 26.4 55.7
2008 2458 110.0 22.3 59.6
2009 2749 96.0 26.4 58.5
2010 2672 93.0 28.7 73.5
2011 2690 n/a n/a 72
2012 2766 97.2 28.4 n/a
2013 2686 96.2 27.9 78.5
2015 2692 93.0 28.9 85.9
2016 2619 96.0 27.2 80.5
2017 2670 96.0 27.8 77.9
2018 2749 101.1 27.1 82
2019 2718 104.0 26.1 80.9
2020 2785 n/a n/a 81.8
2021 2720 100.9 26.9 90.3
2022 2623 104.0 25.2 86.5
2023 2587 110.3 23.4 89

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 Katella High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,220

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Katella High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1081st of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1199th of 2348 High schools
 0.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Katella High)55.546.2
 9.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Anaheim Union High)59.152.5
 6.6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Katella High)16.911.2
 5.7%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Union High)27.424.1
 3.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Katella High)20.521.5
 1%
   11th Grade Science (Anaheim Union High)30.832
 1.2%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Katella High)15.417.7
 2.3%
   12th Grade Science (Anaheim Union High)13.113.7
 0.6%
   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 Students27182587
 4.8%
African American4238
 9.5%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian12992
 28.7%
Hispanic24022349
 2.2%
Pacific Islander123
 75%
White12380
 35%
Two or More Races821
 162.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients80.9%89%
 8.1%


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Students at Katella High are 91% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 3% White, 1% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,587 students attended Katella High.

Katella High ranks 1199th of 2348 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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