William J. (Pete) Knight High

Summary:

William J. (Pete) Knight High is a public high school located in Palmdale, California, serving 2,793 students in grades 9-12 and is part of the Antelope Valley Union High School District.

While the school has a significantly higher Hispanic student population (79.09%) compared to the state average, its academic performance, as measured by standardized test scores, is generally lower than the state and district averages. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts (39.69%) and Mathematics (9.89%) were significantly below the state averages of 55.41% and 27.36%, respectively. The school's four-year graduation rate has fluctuated over the years, ranging from 80.6% in 2020-2021 to 90.6% in 2018-2019, but remains below the state average. Additionally, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 10.2% in 2018-2019 to 24.5% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the state and district averages.

When compared to other high schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District, such as Antelope Valley High and Highland High, William J. (Pete) Knight High generally performs below average in terms of academic achievement, graduation rates, and other key metrics. The school's high percentage of students from low-income families (55.25%) may be a significant factor in its academic challenges, as research has shown that socioeconomic status can have a significant impact on educational outcomes.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 37423 70th St. East
       Palmdale, CA  93552-4800


(661) 533-9000

District: Antelope Valley Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
1456th of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,973 Help


Feeder schools for William J. (Pete) Knight High:

Elementary:    Alpine Elementary
    Buena Vista Elementary
    Chaparral Prep Academy
    Cimarron Elementary
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Middle:    Shadow Hills Engineering and Design Magnet Academy

Student/teacher ratio:  23.6 Help
Number of students:  2,793

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
79.1%
African American:
13.2%
White:
3.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  55.2% Help


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Compare Details William J. (Pete) Knight High ranks worse than 62% of high schools in California. It also ranks 4th among 13 ranked high schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 28.54. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of William J. (Pete) Knight 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 (79.1%), African American (13.2%), White (3.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 55.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at William J. (Pete) Knight High is 23.6, which is the 6th best among 13 high schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at William J. (Pete) Knight High is $7,973. 8 high schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

William J. (Pete) Knight High:

SchoolDigger ranks William J. (Pete) Knight High 1456th of 2348 California public high schools. (See William J. (Pete) Knight High in the ranking list.)

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Antelope Valley Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Antelope Valley Union High 1075th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for William J. (Pete) Knight High

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Rank History for all students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 25.25 1067th 1653 35.5%
2005 29.84 1056th 1901 44.5%
2006 30.09 1089th 1968 44.7%
2007 36.39 970th 2063 53.0%
2008 33.51 1079th 2117 49.0%
2009 37.79 1099th 2238 50.9%
2010 36.16 1101st 2281 51.7%
2011 37.83 1106th 2367 53.3%
2012 35.17 1176th 2354 50.0%
2013 34.73 1188th 2426 51.0%
2015 35.73 1255th 1994 37.1%
2016 41.80 1160th 2039 43.1%
2017 36.31 1295th 2021 35.9%
2018 43.04 1165th 2017 42.2%
2019 36.13 1311th 2133 38.5%
2022 31.51 1391st 2123 34.5%
2023 28.54 1456th 2348 38.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 7.31 342nd 366 6.6%
2019 23.31 332nd 422 21.3%
2022 18.89 434th 515 15.7%
2023 23.06 570th 786 27.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.02 613th 938 34.6%
2019 42.16 412th 941 56.2%
2022 35.26 661st 1044 36.7%
2023 30.44 789th 1323 40.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 20.81 1343rd 1547 13.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.09 956th 1862 48.7%
2019 42.58 1113th 1937 42.5%
2022 33.89 1269th 1943 34.7%
2023 31.47 1378th 2247 38.7%
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Rank History for Female students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.37 1161st 1760 34.0%
2019 33.45 1201st 1833 34.5%
2022 31.83 1229th 1858 33.9%
2023 27.53 1391st 2118 34.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.45 936th 1052 11.0%
2019 26.62 839th 1117 24.9%
2022 25.24 972nd 1161 16.3%
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Rank History for Foster Care students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 78.64 2nd 15 86.7%
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Rank History for Male students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.86 1055th 1834 42.5%
2019 35.33 1172nd 1880 37.7%
2022 29.56 1300th 1916 32.2%
2023 26.70 1428th 2207 35.3%
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Rank History for African American students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.21 409th 582 29.7%
2019 32.80 380th 592 35.8%
2022 35.35 321st 522 38.5%
2023 30.42 482nd 720 33.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.33 835th 1742 52.1%
2019 47.97 929th 1814 48.8%
2022 41.82 1052nd 1861 43.5%
2023 35.74 1230th 2142 42.6%
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Rank History for White students at William J. (Pete) Knight High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.05 848th 1173 27.7%
2019 16.81 1028th 1222 15.9%
2022 41.09 700th 1204 41.9%
2023 25.28 1011th 1434 29.5%
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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.

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Enrollment information for William J. (Pete) Knight High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 220 172 24 416 7 n/a n/a 0 839
2005 367 385 43 891 8 n/a n/a 0 1694
2006 495 548 67 1402 7 n/a n/a 1 2520
2007 551 717 107 1894 14 n/a n/a 3 3286
2008 467 714 107 2112 15 n/a n/a 0 3415
2009 413 651 92 2172 11 9 20 0 3368
2010 352 661 105 2307 11 8 6 0 3450
2011 311 582 71 2402 9 7 36 0 3418
2012 287 566 68 2437 13 7 38 0 3416
2013 233 539 60 2389 7 9 57 0 3294
2014 205 507 65 2313 12 6 51 0 3159
2015 161 454 62 2319 11 3 54 0 3064
2016 147 439 60 2248 7 4 51 0 2956
2017 119 437 47 2300 10 3 59 0 2975
2018 108 408 59 2238 8 4 60 0 2885
2019 113 388 51 2224 10 4 63 0 2853
2020 93 379 44 2318 10 4 71 0 2919
2021 89 386 51 2430 12 4 63 0 3035
2022 92 398 39 2327 12 2 57 0 2927
2023 95 369 42 2209 6 5 67 0 2793

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 William J. (Pete) Knight High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 839 32.8 25.6 39
2005 1694 66.0 25.7 42.6
2006 2520 96.8 26.0 66.1
2007 3286 133.0 24.7 53
2008 3415 160.6 21.3 72.4
2009 3368 133.1 22.2 61.5
2010 3450 143.4 24.0 72.4
2011 3418 n/a n/a 73.1
2012 3416 139.5 24.4 n/a
2013 3294 134.7 24.4 68.9
2014 3159 126.0 25.0 69.9
2015 3064 123.0 24.9 69.5
2016 2956 125.0 23.6 73.9
2017 2975 129.0 23.0 75.2
2018 2885 121.2 23.7 77.5
2019 2853 119.6 23.8 77.3
2020 2919 n/a n/a 75.6
2021 3035 118.3 25.6 71.6
2022 2927 117.5 24.8 52.6
2023 2793 118.0 23.6 55.2

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 William J. (Pete) Knight High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 839 32.8 25.6 39
2005 1694 66.0 25.7 42.6
2006 2520 96.8 26.0 66.1
2007 3286 133.0 24.7 53
2008 3415 160.6 21.3 72.4
2009 3368 133.1 22.2 61.5
2010 3450 143.4 24.0 72.4
2011 3418 n/a n/a 73.1
2012 3416 139.5 24.4 n/a
2013 3294 134.7 24.4 68.9
2014 3159 126.0 25.0 69.9
2015 3064 123.0 24.9 69.5
2016 2956 125.0 23.6 73.9
2017 2975 129.0 23.0 75.2
2018 2885 121.2 23.7 77.5
2019 2853 119.6 23.8 77.3
2020 2919 n/a n/a 75.6
2021 3035 118.3 25.6 71.6
2022 2927 117.5 24.8 52.6
2023 2793 118.0 23.6 55.2

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 William J. (Pete) Knight High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,973

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

Impact of COVID-19 on William J. (Pete) Knight High

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1311th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1456th of 2348 High schools
 0.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade Science (William J. (Pete) Knight High)11.711.2
 0.5%
   10th Grade Science (Antelope Valley Union High)12.111.2
 0.8%
   10th Grade Science (California)23.224.1
 0.9%
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (William J. (Pete) Knight High)47.539.7
 7.8%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Antelope Valley Union High)37.733.4
 4.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (William J. (Pete) Knight High)14.99.9
 5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Antelope Valley Union High)11.29.1
 2.1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
12th Grade Science (William J. (Pete) Knight High)14.213.8
 0.4%
   12th Grade Science (Antelope Valley Union High)10.413.8
 3.5%
   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 Students28532793
 2.1%
African American388369
 4.9%
American Indian106
 40%
Asian5142
 17.6%
Hispanic22242209
 0.7%
Pacific Islander45
 25%
White11395
 15.9%
Two or More Races6367
 6.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients77.3%55.2%
 22%


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William J. (Pete) Knight High ranks 1456th of 2348 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at William J. (Pete) Knight High are 79% Hispanic, 13% African American, 3% White, 2% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,793 students attended William J. (Pete) Knight High.


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