James E. Potter Intermediate

Summary:

James E. Potter Intermediate is a public middle school in Fallbrook, California, serving 729 students in grades 7-8. The school is part of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, which is ranked 505 out of 1,560 districts in the state.

One key factor that sets James E. Potter Intermediate apart is its significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (76.54%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 32.35% to 90.23% Hispanic. The school also faces challenges with chronic absenteeism, which has risen from 8.3% in 2018-2019 to 29.4% in 2022-2023, notably higher than the 6.0% to 35.5% range at nearby schools. Academically, the school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts (39.23%) and Mathematics (20.68%) are lower than the district and state averages, and 83.54% of students receive free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage.

Over the past several years, James E. Potter Intermediate's statewide ranking has declined, and there are significant disparities in performance between student subgroups. For example, in 2022-2023, the proficiency rates for White students were significantly higher than the rates for Hispanic students and English Language Learners. When compared to nearby middle schools, such as Vista Innovation and Design Academy and Margarita Middle, James E. Potter Intermediate generally performs below average in academic achievement. However, the school's performance for English Language Learner students is relatively stronger, ranking in the top third of California middle schools in this subgroup.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1743 Reche Rd.
       Fallbrook, CA  92028-2108


(760) 731-4150

District: Fallbrook Union Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
1448th of 2,802 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,935 Help


Students who attend James E. Potter Intermediate usually attend:

High:    Fallbrook High

Feeder schools for James E. Potter Intermediate:

Elementary:    Fallbrook STEM Academy
    La Paloma Elementary
    Live Oak Elementary
    William H. Frazier Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  18.6 Help
Number of students:  729

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
76.5%
White:
17.0%
Two or more races:
2.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  83.5% Help


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Compare Details James E. Potter Intermediate ranks worse than 51.7% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 40.33. (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 (76.5%), White (17%), two or more races (2.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 83.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at James E. Potter Intermediate is 18.6. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at James E. Potter Intermediate is $6,935.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

James E. Potter Intermediate:

SchoolDigger ranks James E. Potter Intermediate 1448th of 2802 California public middle schools. (See James E. Potter Intermediate in the ranking list.)

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Fallbrook Union Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Fallbrook Union Elementary 506th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for James E. Potter Intermediate

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Rank History for all students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 51.25 766th 1769 56.7%
2005 50.54 791st 1777 55.5%
2006 52.08 776th 1804 57.0%
2007 50.06 904th 1999 54.8%
2008 51.12 904th 2005 54.9%
2009 49.91 970th 2063 53.0%
2010 53.20 946th 2179 56.6%
2011 52.21 1027th 2236 54.1%
2012 61.09 803rd 2259 64.5%
2013 60.92 866th 2379 63.6%
2015 57.79 907th 2477 63.4%
2016 42.23 1311th 2497 47.5%
2017 51.07 1076th 2508 57.1%
2018 49.62 1105th 2480 55.4%
2019 42.41 1371st 2715 49.5%
2022 51.87 1119th 2740 59.2%
2023 40.33 1448th 2802 48.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 16.30 472nd 554 14.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.55 919th 1364 32.6%
2019 32.74 979th 1442 32.1%
2022 53.66 388th 1540 74.8%
2023 48.35 483rd 1529 68.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 35.05 914th 1538 40.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.45 927th 2230 58.4%
2019 39.77 1334th 2369 43.7%
2022 61.61 702nd 2458 71.4%
2023 40.26 1324th 2549 48.1%
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Rank History for Migrant students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 45.28 42nd 86 51.2%
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Rank History for Female students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.42 1079th 2262 52.3%
2019 41.15 1285th 2380 46.0%
2022 56.91 883rd 2509 64.8%
2023 47.61 1111th 2547 56.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.08 600th 1369 56.2%
2019 47.20 595th 1491 60.1%
2022 38.49 808th 1531 47.2%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 60.65 77th 197 60.9%
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Rank History for Male students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.98 989th 2273 56.5%
2019 41.49 1262nd 2407 47.6%
2022 46.77 1145th 2527 54.7%
2023 33.97 1537th 2558 39.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.39 985th 2072 52.5%
2019 39.84 1261st 2213 43.0%
2022 55.92 828th 2359 64.9%
2023 38.39 1325th 2391 44.6%
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Rank History for White students at James E. Potter Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.42 510th 1496 65.9%
2019 57.06 672nd 1602 58.1%
2022 67.06 474th 1555 69.5%
2023 61.15 561st 1552 63.9%
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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 James E. Potter Intermediate

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 573 16 11 176 2 n/a n/a 0 778
1989 588 15 12 175 1 n/a n/a 0 791
1990 617 19 13 199 2 n/a n/a 0 850
1991 661 18 13 241 3 n/a n/a 0 936
1992 632 17 24 260 4 n/a n/a 0 937
1993 668 23 27 271 3 n/a n/a 0 992
1994 706 17 17 256 3 n/a n/a 0 999
1995 613 22 21 340 3 n/a n/a 0 999
1996 613 22 21 340 3 n/a n/a 0 999
1997 632 26 24 341 3 n/a n/a 0 1026
1998 637 20 32 338 6 n/a n/a 0 1033
1999 612 19 23 353 4 n/a n/a 5 1016
2000 600 19 14 385 2 n/a n/a 6 1026
2001 660 33 17 443 4 n/a n/a 13 1170
2002 565 25 23 496 5 n/a n/a 28 1142
2003 565 25 23 496 5 n/a n/a 28 1142
2004 511 27 27 506 4 n/a n/a 27 1102
2005 498 35 27 491 4 n/a n/a 15 1070
2006 452 34 28 560 6 n/a n/a 4 1084
2007 413 27 32 590 5 n/a n/a 6 1073
2008 383 20 34 564 7 n/a n/a 0 1008
2009 367 35 22 515 5 2 7 0 953
2010 359 38 24 533 4 10 1 0 969
2011 325 20 18 508 6 7 3 0 887
2012 293 9 19 555 5 4 5 0 890
2013 280 7 11 568 9 5 10 0 890
2014 228 10 13 540 8 4 5 0 808
2015 191 10 12 551 1 2 9 0 776
2016 215 9 15 552 1 1 14 0 807
2017 226 12 13 586 1 2 9 0 849
2018 206 13 9 555 1 1 15 0 800
2019 203 9 11 606 0 0 26 0 855
2020 231 11 10 648 1 1 41 0 943
2021 174 5 7 564 0 1 27 0 778
2022 136 8 11 555 0 2 15 0 727
2023 124 7 14 558 3 2 21 0 729

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 James E. Potter Intermediate

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 778 37.5 20.7 n/a
1989 791 38.9 20.3 n/a
1990 850 41.9 20.2 n/a
1991 936 39.8 23.5 n/a
1992 937 40.4 23.1 27.2
1993 992 42.0 23.6 28.5
1994 999 41.1 24.3 23.7
1995 999 40.7 24.5 69.4
1996 999 40.7 24.5 69.4
1997 1026 42.0 24.4 27.8
1998 1033 43.0 24.0 36.3
1999 1016 43.0 23.6 34.5
2000 1026 44.0 23.3 37.4
2001 1170 47.0 24.9 35.8
2002 1142 50.0 22.8 40.7
2003 1142 50.0 22.8 40.7
2004 1102 46.0 24.0 41.4
2005 1070 46.0 23.3 37.5
2006 1084 46.0 23.6 44.1
2007 1073 45.0 23.8 48.5
2008 1008 49.0 20.6 45.7
2009 953 42.8 19.1 59.2
2010 969 40.0 24.2 60.8
2011 887 n/a n/a 62.1
2012 890 38.0 23.4 n/a
2013 890 41.5 21.4 68.2
2014 808 34.5 23.4 67.9
2015 776 35.0 22.1 65.5
2016 807 34.0 23.7 69.3
2017 849 33.0 25.7 68.2
2018 800 35.0 22.8 73.3
2019 855 37.0 23.1 72.4
2020 943 n/a n/a 75.2
2021 778 36.0 21.6 76.6
2022 727 37.8 19.2 72.9
2023 729 39.0 18.6 83.5

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 James E. Potter Intermediate

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 778 37.5 20.7 n/a
1989 791 38.9 20.3 n/a
1990 850 41.9 20.2 n/a
1991 936 39.8 23.5 n/a
1992 937 40.4 23.1 27.2
1993 992 42.0 23.6 28.5
1994 999 41.1 24.3 23.7
1995 999 40.7 24.5 69.4
1996 999 40.7 24.5 69.4
1997 1026 42.0 24.4 27.8
1998 1033 43.0 24.0 36.3
1999 1016 43.0 23.6 34.5
2000 1026 44.0 23.3 37.4
2001 1170 47.0 24.9 35.8
2002 1142 50.0 22.8 40.7
2003 1142 50.0 22.8 40.7
2004 1102 46.0 24.0 41.4
2005 1070 46.0 23.3 37.5
2006 1084 46.0 23.6 44.1
2007 1073 45.0 23.8 48.5
2008 1008 49.0 20.6 45.7
2009 953 42.8 19.1 59.2
2010 969 40.0 24.2 60.8
2011 887 n/a n/a 62.1
2012 890 38.0 23.4 n/a
2013 890 41.5 21.4 68.2
2014 808 34.5 23.4 67.9
2015 776 35.0 22.1 65.5
2016 807 34.0 23.7 69.3
2017 849 33.0 25.7 68.2
2018 800 35.0 22.8 73.3
2019 855 37.0 23.1 72.4
2020 943 n/a n/a 75.2
2021 778 36.0 21.6 76.6
2022 727 37.8 19.2 72.9
2023 729 39.0 18.6 83.5

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 James E. Potter Intermediate

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,935

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

Impact of COVID-19 on James E. Potter Intermediate

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 1371st of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 1448th of 2802 Middle schools
 1.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James E. Potter Intermediate)44.242.6
 1.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fallbrook Union Elementary)46.648.7
 2.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (James E. Potter Intermediate)28.223.5
 4.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Fallbrook Union Elementary)31.830.2
 1.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James E. Potter Intermediate)42.335.7
 6.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fallbrook Union Elementary)45.740
 5.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (James E. Potter Intermediate)29.717.7
 12%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Fallbrook Union Elementary)32.820.8
 11.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (James E. Potter Intermediate)31.229.5
 1.7%
   8th Grade Science (Fallbrook Union Elementary)33.532.8
 0.7%
   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 Students855729
 14.7%
African American97
 22.2%
American Indian03
Asian1114
 27.3%
Hispanic606558
 7.9%
Pacific Islander02
White203124
 38.9%
Two or More Races2621
 19.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients72.4%83.5%
 11.1%


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James E. Potter Intermediate ranks 1448th of 2802 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend James E. Potter Intermediate usually go on to attend Fallbrook High

Students at James E. Potter Intermediate are 77% Hispanic, 17% White, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 729 students attended James E. Potter Intermediate.


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