Castro Valley Virtual Academy

Summary:

Castro Valley Virtual Academy is a small public virtual school serving grades K-12 in Castro Valley, California, with a student population of 67 as of the 2022-2023 school year. This alternative school stands out for its high graduation rates, low dropout rates, and diverse student population, though it faces challenges with high chronic absenteeism and lower test scores compared to nearby schools and district/state averages.

Castro Valley Virtual Academy has maintained impressive four-year graduation rates, ranging from 92.3% to 100% over the past three years, significantly higher than the graduation rates of some nearby alternative schools like Decoto School for Independent Study (59.0%) and Alameda County Juvenile Hall/Court (13.3%). Correspondingly, the school has relatively low dropout rates, ranging from 0% to 7.7% over the past three years, much lower than the dropout rates of Decoto School for Independent Study (17.9%) and Alameda County Juvenile Hall/Court (68.9%). However, Castro Valley Virtual Academy has experienced high chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 1.4% to 55.6% over the past five years, significantly higher than the rates of nearby schools like Connecting Waters Charter - East Bay (0.6%) and Hayward Twin Oaks Montessori (26.4%).

Academically, Castro Valley Virtual Academy's test scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessments and CAST Science exams are generally lower than the Castro Valley Unified School District and state averages, particularly in mathematics, with only 25% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in 2022-2023 compared to 48.09% in the district and 27.36% statewide. However, the school has a relatively diverse student population, with Hispanic, White, and Asian students making up the largest racial groups, and has seen a significant increase in the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, suggesting it may be serving a more economically disadvantaged population over time.


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Public, Virtual, Alternative K-12

 18400 Clifton Way
       Castro Valley, CA  94546-2020


(510) 537-3193

District: Castro Valley Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
594th of 2,346 California Alternative Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  12.6 Help
Number of students:  67

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
34.3%
White:
29.9%
Asian:
16.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  50.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Castro Valley Virtual Academy is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.52. (See more...)
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Compare Details Castro Valley Virtual Academy is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 70.83. (See more...)
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Compare Details Castro Valley Virtual Academy ranks better than 74.7% of high schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 63.2. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Castro Valley Virtual 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 Student population at Castro Valley Virtual Academy is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (34.3%), White (29.9%), Asian (16.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 50.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Castro Valley Virtual Academy is 12.6. (See more...)
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Compare Castro Valley Virtual Academy employs 5.3 full-time teachers.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Castro Valley Virtual Academy was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Castro Valley Virtual Academy 594th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Castro Valley Virtual Academy in the ranking list.)

Castro Valley Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Castro Valley Unified 217th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Castro Valley Virtual Academy

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Castro Valley Virtual Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 78.52 1260th 5883 78.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Castro Valley Virtual Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 84.58 896th 5663 84.2%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Castro Valley Virtual Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 70.83 669th 2740 75.6%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Castro Valley Virtual Academy

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Rank History for all high school students at Castro Valley Virtual Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 64.26 417th 1290 67.7%
2022 83.24 307th 2123 85.5%
2023 63.20 590th 2335 74.7%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Castro Valley Virtual Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 58.06 417th 1054 60.4%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Castro Valley Virtual Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 62.36 381st 1122 66.0%
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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 Castro Valley Virtual Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
2018 4 1 3 3 0 0 2 0 13
2019 7 0 3 1 0 0 3 0 14
2020 15 1 4 5 0 0 5 0 30
2021 56 12 65 78 0 4 18 0 233
2022 54 32 117 91 1 0 41 0 336
2023 20 3 11 23 0 0 10 0 67

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 Castro Valley Virtual Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 6 0.6 10.0 n/a
2018 13 0.6 21.6 30.8
2019 14 0.4 35.0 21.4
2020 30 n/a n/a 16.7
2021 233 11.5 20.1 21.9
2022 336 16.8 19.9 28.9
2023 67 5.3 12.6 50.7

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 Castro Valley Virtual Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 6 0.6 10.0 n/a
2018 13 0.6 21.6 30.8
2019 14 0.4 35.0 21.4
2020 30 n/a n/a 16.7
2021 233 11.5 20.1 21.9
2022 336 16.8 19.9 28.9
2023 67 5.3 12.6 50.7

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.
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Castro Valley Virtual 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.

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Total Students1467
 378.6%
African American03
American Indian00
Asian311
 266.7%
Hispanic123
 2200%
Pacific Islander00
White720
 185.7%
Two or More Races310
 233.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients21.4%50.7%
 29.3%


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Castro Valley Virtual Academy ranks 594th of 2346 California alternative schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Castro Valley Virtual Academy are 34% Hispanic, 30% White, 16% Asian, 15% Two or more races, 4% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 67 students attended Castro Valley Virtual 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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