Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Summary:

Fesler (Isaac) Junior High is a public middle school located in Santa Maria, California, serving grades 7-8 with a total enrollment of 959 students. The school is part of the Santa Maria-Bonita District, which is ranked 1380 out of 1560 districts in California and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Fesler (Isaac) Junior High stands out for its significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (96.14%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 46.37% to 98.72% Hispanic students. Academically, the school consistently ranks in the bottom quartile of California middle schools, with a ranking between 1855 and 2400 out of around 2,700-2,800 schools over the past 10 years. Its performance on standardized tests is also significantly below the state and district averages across all subject areas and grade levels. Additionally, Fesler (Isaac) Junior High has experienced high rates of chronic absenteeism, ranging from 7.2% to 33.9% over the past 5 years, which is notably higher than the nearby schools. The school also has a very high percentage of students (86.03%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

While Fesler (Isaac) Junior High shares some similarities with the nearby schools, such as Lucia Mar Unified, Lompoc Unified, Guadalupe Union Elementary, Orcutt Union Elementary, and Santa Maria-Bonita, it consistently underperforms these schools on academic measures. This suggests that there may be specific challenges or factors within Fesler (Isaac) Junior High that are contributing to its poor performance, which would require further investigation.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1100 East Fesler St.
       Santa Maria, CA  93454-4611


(805) 361-7880

District: Santa Maria-Bonita

SchoolDigger Rank:
2383rd of 2,802 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,927 Help


Students who attend Fesler (Isaac) Junior High usually attend:

High:    Santa Maria High

Feeder schools for Fesler (Isaac) Junior High:

Elementary:    Alvin Elementary
    Battles (Washington) Elementary
    Miller (Isaac) Elementary
    Rice (William) Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  18.7 Help
Number of students:  959

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
96.1%
White:
2.5%
Asian:
0.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  86% Help


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Compare Details Fesler (Isaac) Junior High ranks worse than 85% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 4 ranked middle schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.87. (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 (96.1%), White (2.5%), Asian (0.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 86% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High is 18.7. 2 middle schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High is $7,927, which is the lowest among 4 middle schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Fesler (Isaac) Junior High:

SchoolDigger ranks Fesler (Isaac) Junior High 2383rd of 2802 California public middle schools. (See Fesler (Isaac) Junior High in the ranking list.)

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Santa Maria-Bonita:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Maria-Bonita 1382nd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

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Rank History for all students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 41.54 951st 1769 46.2%
2005 50.82 787th 1777 55.7%
2006 52.48 767th 1804 57.5%
2007 54.93 787th 1999 60.6%
2008 48.29 969th 2005 51.7%
2009 47.54 1023rd 2063 50.4%
2010 42.04 1253rd 2179 42.5%
2011 41.47 1318th 2236 41.1%
2012 44.42 1232nd 2259 45.5%
2013 35.69 1549th 2379 34.9%
2015 25.83 1789th 2477 27.8%
2016 24.36 1856th 2497 25.7%
2017 24.96 1855th 2508 26.0%
2018 21.48 1943rd 2480 21.7%
2019 25.25 1986th 2715 26.9%
2022 19.13 2258th 2740 17.6%
2023 17.87 2383rd 2802 15.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.47 1183rd 1364 13.3%
2019 28.93 1179th 1442 18.2%
2022 31.93 1149th 1540 25.4%
2023 31.66 1141st 1529 25.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 24.80 1280th 1538 16.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.17 1647th 2230 26.1%
2019 33.82 1537th 2369 35.1%
2022 25.16 1891st 2458 23.1%
2023 22.51 2071st 2549 18.8%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 26.81 69th 86 19.8%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 33.16 230th 336 31.5%
2023 39.23 178th 321 44.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.87 1777th 2262 21.4%
2019 23.67 1833rd 2380 23.0%
2022 18.20 2148th 2509 14.4%
2023 16.42 2252nd 2547 11.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.97 1223rd 1369 10.7%
2019 29.52 1044th 1491 30.0%
2022 34.95 898th 1531 41.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.09 1866th 2273 17.9%
2019 25.10 1796th 2407 25.4%
2022 20.51 2027th 2527 19.8%
2023 19.55 2120th 2558 17.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.98 1532nd 2072 26.1%
2019 32.72 1454th 2213 34.3%
2022 24.84 1827th 2359 22.6%
2023 21.95 1956th 2391 18.2%
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Rank History for White students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.77 1345th 1496 10.1%
2019 33.88 1071st 1602 33.1%
2023 43.37 857th 1552 44.8%
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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 Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 321 15 28 297 12 n/a n/a 0 673
1990 308 19 23 340 4 n/a n/a 0 694
1991 344 26 33 392 4 n/a n/a 0 799
1992 373 20 43 417 8 n/a n/a 0 861
1993 343 17 49 456 5 n/a n/a 0 870
1994 286 26 57 491 8 n/a n/a 0 868
1995 247 28 46 538 8 n/a n/a 0 867
1996 247 28 46 538 8 n/a n/a 0 867
1997 178 20 32 540 8 n/a n/a 0 778
1998 157 19 29 555 4 n/a n/a 0 764
1999 162 26 29 573 5 n/a n/a 0 795
2000 172 34 37 591 10 n/a n/a 0 844
2001 161 32 34 602 10 n/a n/a 0 839
2002 183 26 27 691 12 n/a n/a 0 939
2003 183 26 27 691 12 n/a n/a 0 939
2004 158 25 33 721 4 n/a n/a 0 941
2005 112 18 17 529 6 n/a n/a 0 682
2006 107 17 22 520 5 n/a n/a 0 671
2007 109 20 24 603 4 n/a n/a 0 760
2008 90 25 32 602 6 n/a n/a 0 755
2009 66 22 28 604 4 1 1 0 726
2010 71 13 26 640 7 1 0 0 758
2011 69 11 21 693 5 1 0 0 800
2012 54 15 13 723 6 1 0 0 812
2013 52 13 11 793 2 1 0 0 872
2014 47 7 11 810 0 1 0 0 876
2015 41 8 12 789 4 0 1 0 855
2016 34 9 15 848 6 1 0 0 913
2017 38 7 15 870 2 1 1 0 934
2018 41 7 13 886 0 1 1 0 949
2019 27 6 17 920 1 0 3 0 974
2020 27 7 17 975 1 0 2 0 1029
2021 20 5 10 953 0 0 1 0 989
2022 26 2 8 919 2 0 1 0 958
2023 24 3 6 922 2 0 2 0 959

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 Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 673 29.9 22.5 n/a
1990 694 36.4 19.0 n/a
1991 799 39.7 20.1 n/a
1992 861 40.3 21.3 44.7
1993 870 42.7 20.4 50.7
1994 868 41.0 21.2 53.6
1995 867 40.0 21.7 57.1
1996 867 40.0 21.7 57.1
1997 778 38.0 20.5 58.5
1998 764 37.0 20.6 64.7
1999 795 39.0 20.4 69.9
2000 844 40.0 21.1 70
2001 839 42.0 20.0 72.5
2002 939 49.0 19.2 78.6
2003 939 49.0 19.2 78.6
2004 941 51.0 18.5 74.8
2005 682 34.0 20.1 73.9
2006 671 33.6 20.0 73.5
2007 760 40.2 18.9 69.5
2008 755 44.6 16.9 55.5
2009 726 33.9 19.6 69.8
2010 758 37.0 20.4 73.6
2011 800 n/a n/a 77.8
2012 812 37.5 21.6 99.6
2013 872 40.2 21.6 82.1
2014 876 39.5 22.1 79
2015 855 32.0 26.7 84.9
2016 913 39.0 23.4 82.8
2017 934 42.0 22.2 81.2
2018 949 42.0 22.5 87.4
2019 974 39.0 24.9 88.7
2020 1029 n/a n/a 89.1
2021 989 50.2 19.6 87.8
2022 958 48.2 19.8 90.6
2023 959 51.0 18.7 86

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 Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 673 29.9 22.5 n/a
1990 694 36.4 19.0 n/a
1991 799 39.7 20.1 n/a
1992 861 40.3 21.3 44.7
1993 870 42.7 20.4 50.7
1994 868 41.0 21.2 53.6
1995 867 40.0 21.7 57.1
1996 867 40.0 21.7 57.1
1997 778 38.0 20.5 58.5
1998 764 37.0 20.6 64.7
1999 795 39.0 20.4 69.9
2000 844 40.0 21.1 70
2001 839 42.0 20.0 72.5
2002 939 49.0 19.2 78.6
2003 939 49.0 19.2 78.6
2004 941 51.0 18.5 74.8
2005 682 34.0 20.1 73.9
2006 671 33.6 20.0 73.5
2007 760 40.2 18.9 69.5
2008 755 44.6 16.9 55.5
2009 726 33.9 19.6 69.8
2010 758 37.0 20.4 73.6
2011 800 n/a n/a 77.8
2012 812 37.5 21.6 99.6
2013 872 40.2 21.6 82.1
2014 876 39.5 22.1 79
2015 855 32.0 26.7 84.9
2016 913 39.0 23.4 82.8
2017 934 42.0 22.2 81.2
2018 949 42.0 22.5 87.4
2019 974 39.0 24.9 88.7
2020 1029 n/a n/a 89.1
2021 989 50.2 19.6 87.8
2022 958 48.2 19.8 90.6
2023 959 51.0 18.7 86

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 Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,927

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Fesler (Isaac) Junior High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1986th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 2383rd of 2802 Middle schools
 11.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fesler (Isaac) Junior High)39.925.8
 14.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Maria-Bonita)39.227.5
 11.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Fesler (Isaac) Junior High)17.88.1
 9.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria-Bonita)24.212.8
 11.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fesler (Isaac) Junior High)31.927.2
 4.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Maria-Bonita)35.323.1
 12.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Fesler (Isaac) Junior High)20.912
 9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria-Bonita)26.811.4
 15.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Fesler (Isaac) Junior High)1710.9
 6.1%
   8th Grade Science (Santa Maria-Bonita)15.29.7
 5.4%
   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 Students974959
 1.5%
African American63
 50%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian176
 64.7%
Hispanic920922
 0.2%
Pacific Islander00
White2724
 11.1%
Two or More Races32
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients88.7%86%
 2.7%


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Fesler (Isaac) Junior High ranks in the bottom 15.0% of California middle schools.

Students who attend Fesler (Isaac) Junior High usually go on to attend Santa Maria High

Students at Fesler (Isaac) Junior High are 96% Hispanic, 3% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 959 students attended Fesler (Isaac) Junior High.


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