Arellanes Junior High

Summary:

Arellanes Junior High is a public middle school in Santa Maria, California, serving 596 students in grades 7-8. The school is part of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, which has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger, and the student population is predominantly Hispanic at 94.97%.

Arellanes Junior High faces significant challenges, with consistently low academic performance compared to state and district averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 13.74% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, and just 8.48% were proficient in Mathematics, far below the state and district averages. The school also has a much higher chronic absenteeism rate of 22.6%, compared to 14.3% statewide and 15.6% in the district. Additionally, 81.21% of Arellanes students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high-needs population.

Arellanes Junior High's performance is particularly low for certain student subgroups, such as Hispanic students, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities. The school's statewide ranking has also declined over the years, dropping from 1365 out of 2379 California middle schools in 2012-2013 to 2635 out of 2788 in 2022-2023. In comparison, nearby schools like Kunst (Tommie) Junior High, Fesler (Isaac) Junior High, and El Camino Junior High have higher proficiency rates and lower chronic absenteeism, highlighting the challenges faced by Arellanes Junior High.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1890 Sandalwood Dr.
       Santa Maria, CA  93455-2846


(805) 361-6820

District: Santa Maria-Bonita

SchoolDigger Rank:
2649th of 2,802 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,713 Help


Students who attend Arellanes Junior High usually attend:

High:    Santa Maria High

Feeder schools for Arellanes Junior High:

Elementary:    Adam (William Laird) Elementary
    Arellanes (Don Juan Bautista) Elementary
    Liberty Elementary
    Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  19.2 Help
Number of students:  596

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
95.0%
Asian:
2.3%
White:
2.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  81.2% Help


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Compare Details Arellanes Junior High ranks worse than 94.5% of middle schools in California. It also ranks last 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 11.52. (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 Arellanes Junior High has the smallest middle school student body size in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (95%), Asian (2.3%), White (2.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 81.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Arellanes Junior High is 19.2, which is the highest among 4 middle schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Arellanes Junior High is $8,713, which is the 2nd highest among 4 middle schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Arellanes Junior High:

SchoolDigger ranks Arellanes Junior High 2649th of 2802 California public middle schools. (See Arellanes 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 Arellanes Junior High

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Rank History for all students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 28.02 1239th 1769 30.0%
2005 36.99 1061st 1777 40.3%
2006 38.48 1053rd 1804 41.6%
2007 41.47 1082nd 1999 45.9%
2008 37.02 1242nd 2005 38.1%
2009 34.79 1337th 2063 35.2%
2010 39.14 1328th 2179 39.1%
2011 34.52 1514th 2236 32.3%
2012 35.73 1485th 2259 34.3%
2013 42.49 1365th 2379 42.6%
2015 31.67 1578th 2477 36.3%
2016 22.48 1928th 2497 22.8%
2017 22.65 1947th 2508 22.4%
2018 23.29 1877th 2480 24.3%
2019 30.96 1754th 2715 35.4%
2022 11.20 2603rd 2740 5.0%
2023 11.52 2649th 2802 5.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.79 1058th 1364 22.4%
2019 30.29 1103rd 1442 23.5%
2022 25.84 1444th 1540 6.2%
2023 28.31 1346th 1529 12.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 18.60 1483rd 1538 3.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.80 1532nd 2230 31.3%
2019 41.62 1282nd 2369 45.9%
2022 13.37 2320th 2458 5.6%
2023 12.83 2412th 2549 5.4%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 15.37 84th 86 2.3%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 28.57 262nd 336 22.0%
2023 20.03 284th 321 11.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.36 1760th 2262 22.2%
2019 30.37 1614th 2380 32.2%
2022 12.38 2365th 2509 5.7%
2023 11.82 2420th 2547 5.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.39 1359th 1369 0.7%
2019 24.63 1223rd 1491 18.0%
2022 18.95 1472nd 1531 3.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.44 1738th 2273 23.5%
2019 29.63 1617th 2407 32.8%
2022 10.76 2438th 2527 3.5%
2023 11.63 2430th 2558 5.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.87 1421st 2072 31.4%
2019 39.83 1262nd 2213 43.0%
2022 13.86 2215th 2359 6.1%
2023 13.94 2233rd 2391 6.6%
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Rank History for White students at Arellanes Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 27.03 1181st 1602 26.3%
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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 Arellanes Junior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 24 7 8 276 2 n/a n/a 0 317
2003 24 7 8 276 2 n/a n/a 0 317
2004 28 5 11 402 0 n/a n/a 0 446
2005 32 7 13 446 3 n/a n/a 0 501
2006 27 5 11 459 1 n/a n/a 0 503
2007 23 5 13 484 0 n/a n/a 0 525
2008 19 9 12 456 1 n/a n/a 0 497
2009 20 6 7 468 0 2 0 0 503
2010 17 5 2 513 2 0 0 0 539
2011 13 4 9 539 3 1 0 0 569
2012 13 5 7 525 1 1 0 0 552
2013 14 4 8 534 0 0 0 0 560
2014 11 3 11 555 0 0 0 0 580
2015 16 2 14 539 0 0 1 0 572
2016 23 3 15 593 0 0 2 0 636
2017 12 4 18 520 0 1 2 0 557
2018 24 2 22 593 0 1 0 0 642
2019 32 0 18 623 1 0 2 0 676
2020 22 2 17 627 3 1 0 0 672
2021 10 3 20 589 3 1 0 1 627
2022 9 1 15 535 1 0 1 1 563
2023 13 1 14 566 0 0 1 1 596

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 Arellanes Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 317 15.5 20.5 85.5
2003 317 15.5 20.5 85.5
2004 446 21.4 20.8 83.6
2005 501 23.1 21.7 89.6
2006 503 25.8 19.5 88.7
2007 525 24.9 21.1 89.1
2008 497 29.7 16.7 88.7
2009 503 24.7 17.5 81.1
2010 539 25.5 21.1 90.5
2011 569 n/a n/a 91.4
2012 552 26.9 20.4 n/a
2013 560 25.5 21.9 88.8
2014 580 25.7 22.5 82.9
2015 572 25.0 22.8 87.1
2016 636 29.0 21.9 87.9
2017 557 29.1 19.1 87.4
2018 642 30.4 21.1 88.9
2019 676 28.9 23.3 86.5
2020 672 n/a n/a 90.2
2021 627 33.3 18.7 84.7
2022 563 32.8 17.1 82.9
2023 596 30.9 19.2 81.2

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 Arellanes Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 317 15.5 20.5 85.5
2003 317 15.5 20.5 85.5
2004 446 21.4 20.8 83.6
2005 501 23.1 21.7 89.6
2006 503 25.8 19.5 88.7
2007 525 24.9 21.1 89.1
2008 497 29.7 16.7 88.7
2009 503 24.7 17.5 81.1
2010 539 25.5 21.1 90.5
2011 569 n/a n/a 91.4
2012 552 26.9 20.4 n/a
2013 560 25.5 21.9 88.8
2014 580 25.7 22.5 82.9
2015 572 25.0 22.8 87.1
2016 636 29.0 21.9 87.9
2017 557 29.1 19.1 87.4
2018 642 30.4 21.1 88.9
2019 676 28.9 23.3 86.5
2020 672 n/a n/a 90.2
2021 627 33.3 18.7 84.7
2022 563 32.8 17.1 82.9
2023 596 30.9 19.2 81.2

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 Arellanes Junior High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,713

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Arellanes Junior 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 1754th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 2649th of 2802 Middle schools
 29.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Arellanes Junior High)37.414.8
 22.6%
   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 (Arellanes Junior High)28.210.2
 18%
   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 (Arellanes Junior High)3412.6
 21.4%
   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 (Arellanes Junior High)27.86.6
 21.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria-Bonita)26.811.4
 15.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Arellanes Junior High)188.8
 9.3%
   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 Students676596
 11.8%
African American01
American Indian10
 100%
Asian1814
 22.2%
Hispanic623566
 9.1%
Pacific Islander00
White3213
 59.4%
Two or More Races21
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients86.5%81.2%
 5.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Arellanes Junior High

Students who attend Arellanes Junior High usually go on to attend Santa Maria High

In the 2022-23 school year, 596 students attended Arellanes Junior High.

Students at Arellanes Junior High are 95% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 2% White.

Arellanes Junior High ranks in the bottom 5.5% of California middle schools.


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