California Preparatory Academy

Summary:

California Preparatory Academy is a public virtual high school serving grades 9-12 in the Capistrano Unified School District, with a relatively small student population of 225. Despite its virtual nature, the school consistently ranks among the top high schools in California, with exceptional academic performance and low dropout rates.

California Preparatory Academy's students excel academically, with 70.89% proficient or better in English Language Arts and 38.03% proficient or better in Mathematics for the 11th grade, significantly higher than the state averages. The school also boasts a high four-year graduation rate, ranging from 91.5% to 95.8% in recent years, and a low dropout rate of 0.0% to 3.7%. While the school has a relatively low percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds (28.89% free/reduced lunch recipients), it still performs exceptionally well, ranking in the top 5% of California high schools for this subgroup.

Interestingly, California Preparatory Academy has a higher percentage of White students (64.89%) compared to the nearby traditional high schools, such as Aliso Niguel High and Capistrano Valley High, which range from 48.2% to 62.83% White. However, the school's Hispanic students perform exceptionally well, ranking in the top 5% of California high schools for this subgroup. Additionally, the school has a higher student-teacher ratio (26:1) compared to the nearby traditional high schools, suggesting a more efficient use of its teaching resources.


Detail:

Public, Virtual 9-12

 32972 Calle Perfecto
       San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675-4706


(949) 234-5317

District: Capistrano Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
241st of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,811 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  26.0 Help
Number of students:  225

Racial breakdown:

White:
64.9%
Hispanic:
20.4%
Two or more races:
8.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  28.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details California Preparatory Academy ranks better than 89.7% of high schools in California. It also ranks 6th among 8 ranked high schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 84.8. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of California Preparatory Academy 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: White (64.9%), Hispanic (20.4%), two or more races (8.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 28.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at California Preparatory Academy is 26, which is the highest among 9 high schools in the Capistrano Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at California Preparatory Academy is $13,811, which is the 3rd highest among 8 high schools in the Capistrano Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

California Preparatory Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks California Preparatory Academy 241st of 2346 California public high schools. (See California Preparatory Academy in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Capistrano Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Capistrano Unified 181st of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for California Preparatory Academy

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Rank History for all students at California Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2013 71.62 278th 2426 88.5%
2015 85.67 260th 1994 87.0%
2016 82.70 329th 2039 83.9%
2017 86.82 269th 2021 86.7%
2018 93.60 126th 2017 93.8%
2019 83.34 304th 2133 85.7%
2021 92.83 89th 1290 93.1%
2022 96.51 84th 2123 96.0%
2023 84.80 240th 2335 89.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at California Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 95.07 79th 1943 95.9%
2023 92.34 124th 2237 94.5%
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Rank History for Female students at California Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.08 55th 1760 96.9%
2019 81.82 290th 1833 84.2%
2021 87.99 122nd 1054 88.4%
2022 95.26 85th 1858 95.4%
2023 79.61 310th 2106 85.3%
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Rank History for Male students at California Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.37 281st 1834 84.7%
2022 96.87 70th 1916 96.3%
2023 89.78 172nd 2195 92.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at California Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 97.09 55th 1861 97.0%
2023 94.47 73rd 2132 96.6%
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Rank History for White students at California Preparatory Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.57 60th 1173 94.9%
2019 61.44 467th 1222 61.8%
2022 88.99 91st 1204 92.4%
2023 64.93 368th 1424 74.2%
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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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Data source: California Department of Education

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Enrollment information for California Preparatory Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2013 74 0 2 11 1 1 9 0 98
2014 107 0 6 16 1 1 13 0 144
2015 156 2 3 21 0 0 14 0 196
2016 137 1 1 24 0 0 13 0 176
2017 140 1 3 19 0 1 12 0 176
2018 99 3 8 10 0 0 14 0 134
2019 116 4 6 23 0 2 9 0 160
2020 101 2 13 20 0 0 16 0 152
2021 198 1 10 29 2 0 17 0 257
2022 190 1 24 58 1 0 18 3 295
2023 146 0 13 46 0 1 19 0 225

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 California Preparatory Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 98 4.9 19.7 16.3
2014 144 5.2 27.4 5.6
2015 196 6.0 32.6 7.1
2016 176 4.0 44.0 9.1
2017 176 6.3 27.7 6.8
2018 134 6.6 20.1 9
2019 160 6.0 26.6 14.4
2020 152 n/a n/a 8.6
2021 257 7.4 34.4 9.7
2022 295 7.5 39.2 21.7
2023 225 8.6 26.0 28.9

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 California Preparatory Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 98 4.9 19.7 16.3
2014 144 5.2 27.4 5.6
2015 196 6.0 32.6 7.1
2016 176 4.0 44.0 9.1
2017 176 6.3 27.7 6.8
2018 134 6.6 20.1 9
2019 160 6.0 26.6 14.4
2020 152 n/a n/a 8.6
2021 257 7.4 34.4 9.7
2022 295 7.5 39.2 21.7
2023 225 8.6 26.0 28.9

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 California Preparatory Academy

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $13,811

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

Impact of COVID-19 on California Preparatory Academy

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 304th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 240th of 2335 High schools
 4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California Preparatory Academy)73.270.9
 2.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Capistrano Unified)75.476.3
 0.8%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (California Preparatory Academy)39.538
 1.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)50.549
 1.5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
12th Grade Science (California Preparatory Academy)36.563.2
 26.6%
   12th Grade Science (Capistrano Unified)46.550.7
 4.2%
   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 Students160225
 40.6%
African American40
 100%
American Indian00
Asian613
 116.7%
Hispanic2346
 100%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White116146
 25.9%
Two or More Races919
 111.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients14.4%28.9%
 14.5%


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California Preparatory Academy ranks 241st of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at California Preparatory Academy are 65% White, 20% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 6% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 225 students attended California Preparatory Academy.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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