Polaris High

Summary:

Polaris High is a public high school located in Anaheim, California, serving grades 7-12 with a student population of 577. 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.

Polaris High faces several key challenges, including fluctuating academic performance, racial disparities in educational outcomes, and high dropout rates despite low chronic absenteeism. The school's academic performance, as measured by standardized test scores, is generally lower than the district and state averages, with only 45.45% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 52.45% in the district and 55.41% statewide. Additionally, Polaris High's four-year graduation rate has fluctuated significantly, ranging from a low of 40.0% in 2019-2020 to a high of 95.3% in 2021-2022, which is a concerning trend. The school also has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 69.46% to 87.52% in recent years, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

When compared to the surrounding schools, such as Rancho Alamitos High, Marie L. Hare High, and Anaheim High, Polaris High generally performs worse academically, has higher dropout rates, and serves a more economically disadvantaged student population. This highlights the need for the school's leadership and the Anaheim Union High School District to closely examine these issues and develop targeted strategies to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for all students at Polaris High.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 1800 W. Ball Rd.
       Anaheim, CA  92804-5516


(714) 220-3077

District: Anaheim Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
1339th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,605 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  19.0 Help
Number of students:  577

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
78.5%
White:
10.6%
Asian:
5.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  87.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Polaris High ranks worse than 91.7% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 13.71. (See more...)
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Compare Details Polaris High ranks worse than 57.1% of high schools in California. It also ranks 9th 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 32.61. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Polaris 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 (78.5%), White (10.6%), Asian (5.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 87.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Polaris High is 19, which is the 4th best among 11 high schools in the Anaheim Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Polaris High is $16,605, which is the 3rd highest among 11 high schools in the Anaheim Union High School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Polaris High:

SchoolDigger ranks Polaris High 2565th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Polaris High in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Polaris High 1339th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Polaris 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 Polaris High

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Rank History for all middle school students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 9.16 1692nd 1769 4.4%
2005 9.90 1678th 1777 5.6%
2006 5.67 1771st 1804 1.8%
2007 13.57 1807th 1999 9.6%
2008 35.21 1290th 2005 35.7%
2010 8.90 2060th 2179 5.5%
2019 26.59 1939th 2715 28.6%
2021 96.09 37th 894 95.9%
2022 41.21 1428th 2740 47.9%
2023 13.71 2555th 2788 8.4%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 99.00 8th 721 98.9%
2022 59.97 736th 2458 70.1%
2023 22.27 2073rd 2535 18.2%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 98.12 14th 738 98.1%
2022 37.51 1419th 2509 43.4%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 88.58 69th 763 91.0%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 40.26 1285th 2359 45.5%
2023 17.13 2116th 2379 11.1%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Polaris High

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Rank History for all high school students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 30.57 914th 1653 44.7%
2005 38.51 843rd 1901 55.7%
2006 26.23 1208th 1968 38.6%
2007 36.12 982nd 2063 52.4%
2008 44.15 817th 2117 61.4%
2009 59.49 483rd 2238 78.4%
2010 51.50 717th 2281 68.6%
2011 45.60 900th 2367 62.0%
2012 36.18 1152nd 2354 51.1%
2013 31.06 1285th 2426 47.0%
2015 24.80 1429th 1994 28.3%
2016 35.02 1279th 2039 37.3%
2017 30.81 1369th 2021 32.3%
2018 24.07 1450th 2017 28.1%
2019 51.44 948th 2133 55.6%
2021 30.20 896th 1290 30.5%
2022 22.98 1587th 2123 25.2%
2023 32.61 1333rd 2335 42.9%
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Rank History for high school English Language Learner students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 41.68 241st 467 48.4%
2022 29.50 836th 1044 19.9%
2023 36.64 558th 1315 57.6%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 26.89 1097th 1539 28.7%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 23.35 886th 1126 21.3%
2022 24.29 1457th 1943 25.0%
2023 29.50 1415th 2237 36.7%
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Rank History for high school Homeless students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 13.01 271st 290 6.6%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.73 1381st 1760 21.5%
2021 29.96 762nd 1054 27.7%
2022 18.69 1522nd 1858 18.1%
2023 29.35 1343rd 2106 36.2%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 22.18 887th 1122 20.9%
2022 23.18 1438th 1916 24.9%
2023 34.55 1201st 2195 45.3%
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Rank History for high school Hispanic students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 23.97 1417th 1861 23.9%
2023 29.93 1372nd 2132 35.6%
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Rank History for high school White students at Polaris High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 12.86 1063rd 1204 11.7%
2023 32.67 874th 1424 38.6%
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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 Polaris High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 274 3 7 62 0 n/a n/a 0 346
1989 297 7 7 109 0 n/a n/a 0 420
1990 325 8 25 272 3 n/a n/a 0 633
1991 418 19 150 1408 1 n/a n/a 0 1996
1992 416 24 306 1861 4 n/a n/a 0 2611
1993 201 21 41 351 4 n/a n/a 0 618
1994 250 15 21 167 3 n/a n/a 0 456
1995 219 15 16 137 6 n/a n/a 0 393
1996 219 15 16 137 6 n/a n/a 0 393
1997 214 16 42 257 2 n/a n/a 0 531
1998 284 16 39 337 5 n/a n/a 0 681
1999 268 14 35 285 5 n/a n/a 0 607
2000 307 30 49 387 9 n/a n/a 0 782
2001 329 43 43 530 8 n/a n/a 0 953
2002 253 25 42 329 4 n/a n/a 0 653
2003 253 25 42 329 4 n/a n/a 0 653
2004 228 25 28 309 3 n/a n/a 0 593
2005 196 32 32 369 5 n/a n/a 0 634
2006 122 19 21 299 3 n/a n/a 0 464
2007 112 8 13 163 1 n/a n/a 30 327
2008 86 3 10 64 n/a n/a n/a 0 163
2009 75 7 7 75 1 0 15 0 180
2010 81 6 1 85 1 2 8 0 184
2011 60 7 5 83 0 1 10 0 166
2012 67 6 14 75 2 1 5 0 170
2013 53 3 13 82 4 1 5 0 161
2015 52 5 11 186 1 2 11 0 268
2016 48 5 8 130 6 1 6 0 204
2017 36 6 7 116 5 0 7 0 177
2018 17 3 5 89 5 0 13 0 132
2019 24 2 6 70 2 0 1 0 105
2020 23 4 8 75 3 0 2 0 115
2021 87 14 139 371 1 5 14 1 632
2022 64 9 38 470 0 7 20 1 609
2023 61 13 33 453 0 4 11 2 577

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 Polaris High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 346 6.0 57.6 n/a
1989 420 2.0 210.0 n/a
1990 633 12.0 52.7 n/a
1991 1996 21.0 95.0 n/a
1992 2611 21.3 122.5 n/a
1993 618 20.0 30.9 0
1994 456 14.0 32.6 0
1995 393 16.0 24.6 8.9
1996 393 16.0 24.6 8.9
1997 531 15.0 35.4 3.2
1998 681 16.0 42.6 0
1999 607 13.0 46.7 0
2000 782 11.0 71.1 3.8
2001 953 23.0 41.4 2
2002 653 26.0 25.1 6.6
2003 653 26.0 25.1 6.6
2004 593 25.0 23.7 20.4
2005 634 18.0 35.2 32.5
2006 464 19.0 24.4 42.9
2007 327 24.0 13.6 34.3
2008 163 14.0 11.6 16
2009 180 0.0 n/a 19.4
2010 184 3.0 61.3 15.8
2011 166 n/a n/a 29.5
2012 170 10.4 16.2 n/a
2013 161 5.0 32.2 15.5
2015 268 8.0 33.5 58.2
2016 204 8.0 25.5 54.9
2017 177 8.0 22.1 55.4
2018 132 4.0 33.0 71.2
2019 105 4.0 26.2 66.7
2020 115 n/a n/a 54.8
2021 632 37.9 16.6 69.5
2022 609 25.7 23.6 80.8
2023 577 30.3 19.0 87.5

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 Polaris High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 346 6.0 57.6 n/a
1989 420 2.0 210.0 n/a
1990 633 12.0 52.7 n/a
1991 1996 21.0 95.0 n/a
1992 2611 21.3 122.5 n/a
1993 618 20.0 30.9 0
1994 456 14.0 32.6 0
1995 393 16.0 24.6 8.9
1996 393 16.0 24.6 8.9
1997 531 15.0 35.4 3.2
1998 681 16.0 42.6 0
1999 607 13.0 46.7 0
2000 782 11.0 71.1 3.8
2001 953 23.0 41.4 2
2002 653 26.0 25.1 6.6
2003 653 26.0 25.1 6.6
2004 593 25.0 23.7 20.4
2005 634 18.0 35.2 32.5
2006 464 19.0 24.4 42.9
2007 327 24.0 13.6 34.3
2008 163 14.0 11.6 16
2009 180 0.0 n/a 19.4
2010 184 3.0 61.3 15.8
2011 166 n/a n/a 29.5
2012 170 10.4 16.2 n/a
2013 161 5.0 32.2 15.5
2015 268 8.0 33.5 58.2
2016 204 8.0 25.5 54.9
2017 177 8.0 22.1 55.4
2018 132 4.0 33.0 71.2
2019 105 4.0 26.2 66.7
2020 115 n/a n/a 54.8
2021 632 37.9 16.6 69.5
2022 609 25.7 23.6 80.8
2023 577 30.3 19.0 87.5

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 Polaris High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $16,605

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Polaris High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1939th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 2555th of 2788 Middle schools
 20.2%
Ranks 948th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1333rd of 2335 High schools
 12.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Polaris High)38.519.1
 19.4%
   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 (Polaris High)18.29.5
 8.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Union High)26.621.1
 5.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Polaris High)15.411.8
 3.6%
   8th Grade Science (Anaheim Union High)24.821.9
 2.9%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Polaris High)53.645.5
 8.1%
   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 (Polaris High)14.39.4
 4.9%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Anaheim Union High)27.424.1
 3.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students105577
 449.5%
African American213
 550%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian633
 450%
Hispanic70453
 547.1%
Pacific Islander04
White2461
 154.2%
Two or More Races111
 1000%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients66.7%87.5%
 20.9%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 577 students attended Polaris High.

Polaris High ranks 1339th of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Polaris High are 79% Hispanic, 11% White, 6% Asian, 2% African American, 2% Two or more races.


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