Paloma Creek High

Summary:

Paloma Creek High is a small public high school serving grades 9-12 in Atascadero, California, part of the Atascadero Unified School District. With just 76 students, the school has a higher percentage of White and Hispanic students compared to surrounding schools, but consistently underperforms academically and struggles with high chronic absenteeism and low graduation rates.

Paloma Creek High ranks in the bottom 25% of California high schools, with only 25% of students proficient in English and just 4.35% proficient in Math, far below the district averages of 53.24% and 22.07% respectively. The school's four-year graduation rate is just 75.4%, with a dropout rate of 24.6%, significantly worse than nearby Atascadero High and Atascadero Choices in Education Academy (ACE). Chronic absenteeism is an alarming 99.1%, contributing to the school's poor academic performance.

Paloma Creek High's struggles are particularly concerning for certain student subgroups, such as White students and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, who perform in the bottom 10-15% of California high schools. The school's performance has declined over the years, dropping from a 3-star to 1-star rating, and its statewide ranking has fallen from 1,182 out of 2,426 schools to 1,780 out of 2,335. Addressing the high rates of chronic absenteeism and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be crucial to improving outcomes at Paloma Creek High.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 10801 El Camino Real
       Atascadero, CA  93422-8867


(805) 462-4350

District: Atascadero Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1791st of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,230 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  16.1 Help
Number of students:  76

Racial breakdown:

White:
65.8%
Hispanic:
28.9%
African American:
1.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  65.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Paloma Creek High ranks worse than 76.3% of high schools in California. It also ranks last among 3 ranked high schools in the Atascadero Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.34. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Paloma Creek 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 Paloma Creek High has the smallest high school student body size in the Atascadero Unified School District. Racial makeup is: White (65.8%), Hispanic (28.9%), American Indian (1.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 65.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Atascadero Unified School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Paloma Creek High is 16.1, which is the lowest among 3 high schools in the Atascadero Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Paloma Creek High is $13,230, which is the highest among 3 high schools in the Atascadero Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Paloma Creek High:

SchoolDigger ranks Paloma Creek High 1791st of 2346 California public high schools. (See Paloma Creek High in the ranking list.)

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Atascadero Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Atascadero Unified 451st of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Paloma Creek High

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Rank History for all students at Paloma Creek High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 23.02 1152nd 1653 30.3%
2005 31.51 1010th 1901 46.9%
2006 10.16 1764th 1968 10.4%
2007 22.91 1377th 2063 33.3%
2008 19.28 1572nd 2117 25.7%
2009 33.49 1242nd 2238 44.5%
2010 8.32 2047th 2281 10.3%
2011 26.26 1424th 2367 39.8%
2012 20.40 1610th 2354 31.6%
2013 35.07 1182nd 2426 51.3%
2015 14.46 1613th 1994 19.1%
2016 13.15 1678th 2039 17.7%
2017 9.89 1849th 2021 8.5%
2018 15.89 1583rd 2017 21.5%
2019 14.07 1804th 2133 15.4%
2022 14.04 1833rd 2123 13.7%
2023 16.34 1780th 2335 23.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Paloma Creek High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.08 1456th 1862 21.8%
2019 18.59 1522nd 1937 21.4%
2022 9.84 1898th 1943 2.3%
2023 14.50 1796th 2237 19.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Paloma Creek High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.10 1484th 1760 15.7%
2019 6.69 1824th 1833 0.5%
2022 18.74 1519th 1858 18.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Paloma Creek High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.57 1405th 1834 23.4%
2019 15.21 1554th 1880 17.3%
2022 9.67 1867th 1916 2.6%
2023 21.56 1562nd 2195 28.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Paloma Creek High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.23 1552nd 1742 10.9%
2019 21.21 1388th 1814 23.5%
2023 16.21 1668th 2132 21.8%
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Rank History for White students at Paloma Creek High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 7.93 1056th 1173 10.0%
2019 3.46 1203rd 1222 1.6%
2022 3.38 1197th 1204 0.6%
2023 6.21 1304th 1424 8.4%
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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 Paloma Creek High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1997 30 2 0 7 1 n/a n/a 0 40
1998 27 1 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 33
1999 48 1 0 9 0 n/a n/a 0 58
2000 57 1 1 11 2 n/a n/a 1 73
2001 52 2 2 8 2 n/a n/a 0 66
2002 72 4 1 15 0 n/a n/a 0 92
2003 72 4 1 15 0 n/a n/a 0 92
2004 75 0 1 17 1 n/a n/a 0 94
2005 74 1 1 13 2 n/a n/a 1 92
2006 64 0 1 12 1 n/a n/a 1 79
2007 68 1 1 11 1 n/a n/a 0 82
2008 56 4 n/a 16 2 n/a n/a 0 78
2009 53 1 0 4 2 1 0 0 61
2010 37 1 0 22 2 0 4 0 66
2011 62 1 0 29 2 0 0 0 94
2012 86 1 2 37 0 0 6 0 132
2013 65 0 2 33 1 0 5 0 106
2014 43 0 1 34 1 0 17 0 96
2015 51 1 0 24 2 0 7 0 85
2016 35 1 0 19 2 0 6 0 63
2017 23 3 1 25 0 0 1 0 53
2018 36 1 1 34 0 0 2 0 74
2019 45 0 0 26 0 0 1 0 72
2020 44 1 0 30 2 0 3 0 80
2021 35 2 0 23 1 0 1 0 62
2022 28 2 0 18 1 0 1 0 50
2023 50 1 1 22 1 0 1 0 76

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 Paloma Creek High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 40 1.0 40.0 30
1998 33 1.0 33.0 39.4
1999 58 3.5 16.6 34.5
2000 73 4.3 17.0 15.3
2001 66 4.3 15.3 24.2
2002 92 4.0 23.0 22.8
2003 92 4.0 23.0 22.8
2004 94 5.0 18.8 10.6
2005 92 13.9 6.6 29.7
2006 79 3.4 23.2 35.9
2007 82 2.5 32.8 41.5
2008 78 4.7 16.6 51.3
2009 61 5.5 9.2 49.2
2010 66 4.5 14.6 51.5
2011 94 n/a n/a 75.5
2012 132 3.9 33.8 n/a
2013 106 4.0 26.5 66
2014 96 4.2 22.5 69.8
2015 85 4.0 21.2 45.9
2016 63 3.0 21.0 39.7
2017 53 3.9 13.4 54.7
2018 74 3.0 24.0 67.6
2019 72 3.0 23.3 59.7
2020 80 n/a n/a 60
2021 62 3.0 20.1 59.7
2022 50 3.0 16.2 60
2023 76 4.7 16.1 65.8

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 Paloma Creek High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1997 40 1.0 40.0 30
1998 33 1.0 33.0 39.4
1999 58 3.5 16.6 34.5
2000 73 4.3 17.0 15.3
2001 66 4.3 15.3 24.2
2002 92 4.0 23.0 22.8
2003 92 4.0 23.0 22.8
2004 94 5.0 18.8 10.6
2005 92 13.9 6.6 29.7
2006 79 3.4 23.2 35.9
2007 82 2.5 32.8 41.5
2008 78 4.7 16.6 51.3
2009 61 5.5 9.2 49.2
2010 66 4.5 14.6 51.5
2011 94 n/a n/a 75.5
2012 132 3.9 33.8 n/a
2013 106 4.0 26.5 66
2014 96 4.2 22.5 69.8
2015 85 4.0 21.2 45.9
2016 63 3.0 21.0 39.7
2017 53 3.9 13.4 54.7
2018 74 3.0 24.0 67.6
2019 72 3.0 23.3 59.7
2020 80 n/a n/a 60
2021 62 3.0 20.1 59.7
2022 50 3.0 16.2 60
2023 76 4.7 16.1 65.8

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Paloma Creek High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $13,230

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Paloma Creek High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1804th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1780th of 2335 High schools
 8.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Paloma Creek High)12.925
 12.1%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Atascadero Unified)47.853.2
 5.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Paloma Creek High)04.4
 4.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Atascadero Unified)26.522.1
 4.5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Paloma Creek High)8.77.7
 1%
   11th Grade Science (Atascadero Unified)29.533.2
 3.8%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students7276
 5.6%
African American01
American Indian01
Asian01
Hispanic2622
 15.4%
Pacific Islander00
White4550
 11.1%
Two or More Races11
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients59.7%65.8%
 6.1%


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Paloma Creek High ranks in the bottom 23.7% of California high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 76 students attended Paloma Creek High.

Students at Paloma Creek High are 66% White, 29% Hispanic, 1% African American, 1% Asian, 1% American Indian, 1% Two or more races.


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