Thornton Junior High

Summary:

Thornton Junior High is a high-performing public middle school in Fremont, California, serving 1,302 students in grades 7-8. The school consistently ranks among the top middle schools in the state, with exceptional academic performance and a diverse student population.

Thornton Junior High's students excel academically, with 82.45% proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy and 72.11% proficient or better in Mathematics, significantly outperforming the state and Fremont Unified district averages. The school's 5-star rating from SchoolDigger and ranking of 65th out of 2,788 schools in California further demonstrate its academic excellence. However, the school's racial diversity shows some disparities, with a high percentage of Asian students (76.11%) and relatively low percentages of other racial groups.

Compared to nearby schools, Thornton Junior High stands out as a high-performing institution. For instance, William Hopkins Junior High, another Fremont Unified school, ranks even higher than Thornton, while schools in the Hayward Unified and New Haven Unified districts generally have lower academic performance and higher rates of chronic absenteeism and free/reduced lunch eligibility.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 4357 Thornton Ave.
       Fremont, CA  94536-4897


(510) 793-9090

District: Fremont Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
66th of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,532 Help


Students who attend Thornton Junior High usually attend:

High:    American High

Feeder schools for Thornton Junior High:

Elementary:    Ardenwood Elementary
    Brookvale Elementary
    Forest Park Elementary
    Oliveira Elementary
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Student/teacher ratio:  25.7 Help
Number of students:  1,302

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
76.1%
Hispanic:
11.1%
White:
7.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  17.4% Help


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Compare Details Thornton Junior High ranks better than 97.6% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 5 ranked middle schools in the Fremont Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.71. (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: Asian (76.1%), Hispanic (11.1%), White (7.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 17.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Thornton Junior High is 25.7, which is the highest among 5 middle schools in the Fremont Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Thornton Junior High is $6,532, which is the lowest among 5 middle schools in the Fremont Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Thornton Junior High:

SchoolDigger ranks Thornton Junior High 66th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Thornton Junior High in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Fremont Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Fremont Unified 170th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Thornton Junior High

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Rank History for all students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 82.69 239th 1769 86.5%
2005 78.07 316th 1777 82.2%
2006 79.19 306th 1804 83.0%
2007 80.32 299th 1999 85.0%
2008 75.59 371st 2005 81.5%
2009 82.80 235th 2063 88.6%
2010 81.55 263rd 2179 87.9%
2011 75.37 408th 2236 81.8%
2012 76.74 380th 2259 83.2%
2013 80.36 312th 2379 86.9%
2015 93.39 145th 2477 94.1%
2016 92.03 182nd 2497 92.7%
2017 94.47 139th 2508 94.5%
2018 95.32 114th 2480 95.4%
2019 95.08 130th 2715 95.2%
2022 96.50 98th 2740 96.4%
2023 97.71 65th 2788 97.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.30 182nd 462 60.6%
2019 57.95 268th 554 51.6%
2022 49.95 342nd 665 48.6%
2023 71.18 194th 678 71.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.97 120th 1364 91.2%
2019 73.23 186th 1442 87.1%
2022 86.80 71st 1540 95.4%
2023 87.82 68th 1523 95.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 85.65 127th 1532 91.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.66 563rd 2230 74.8%
2019 67.99 540th 2369 77.2%
2022 68.19 549th 2458 77.7%
2023 88.81 181st 2535 92.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.59 102nd 2262 95.5%
2019 94.46 113th 2380 95.3%
2022 96.13 94th 2509 96.3%
2023 97.01 69th 2535 97.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.62 263rd 1369 80.8%
2019 60.51 392nd 1491 73.7%
2022 69.53 281st 1531 81.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.08 116th 2273 94.9%
2019 94.65 136th 2407 94.3%
2022 96.02 103rd 2527 95.9%
2023 97.58 65th 2546 97.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.59 99th 700 85.9%
2019 79.91 100th 745 86.6%
2022 80.06 110th 733 85.0%
2023 79.89 110th 717 84.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.56 215th 600 64.2%
2019 65.81 182nd 643 71.7%
2022 40.99 340th 637 46.6%
2023 65.81 156th 609 74.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.76 818th 2072 60.5%
2019 62.43 632nd 2213 71.4%
2022 50.23 992nd 2359 57.9%
2023 67.46 572nd 2379 76.0%
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Rank History for Pacific Islander students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 93.84 2nd 19 89.5%
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Rank History for White students at Thornton Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.62 528th 1496 64.7%
2019 54.52 708th 1602 55.8%
2022 63.85 523rd 1555 66.4%
2023 69.60 427th 1549 72.4%
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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 Thornton Junior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 517 40 119 105 8 n/a n/a 0 789
1989 532 46 148 102 9 n/a n/a 0 837
1990 499 46 154 102 9 n/a n/a 0 810
1991 440 46 169 108 7 n/a n/a 0 770
1992 428 52 168 113 6 n/a n/a 0 767
1993 442 44 189 110 7 n/a n/a 0 792
1994 433 46 208 127 5 n/a n/a 0 819
1995 392 55 194 136 6 n/a n/a 0 783
1996 392 55 194 136 6 n/a n/a 0 783
1997 373 56 230 129 5 n/a n/a 0 793
1998 363 51 232 150 4 n/a n/a 0 800
1999 322 41 211 151 0 n/a n/a 0 725
2000 305 64 237 137 2 n/a n/a 0 745
2001 284 51 231 128 2 n/a n/a 9 705
2002 349 74 570 128 3 n/a n/a 0 1124
2003 349 74 570 128 3 n/a n/a 0 1124
2004 314 88 544 137 4 n/a n/a 45 1132
2005 274 86 582 133 6 n/a n/a 8 1089
2006 263 101 550 146 2 n/a n/a 0 1062
2007 249 92 500 128 2 n/a n/a 17 988
2008 228 79 500 134 3 n/a n/a 0 944
2009 220 70 571 135 2 7 13 0 1018
2010 212 67 579 112 3 12 14 0 999
2011 196 69 563 118 2 10 17 0 975
2012 186 89 587 123 6 13 6 0 1010
2013 180 78 621 114 6 12 27 0 1038
2014 163 57 691 118 4 5 38 0 1076
2015 161 46 764 126 1 3 55 0 1156
2016 161 37 819 124 4 3 59 0 1207
2017 176 39 895 92 5 5 66 0 1278
2018 164 33 956 106 3 13 58 0 1333
2019 134 37 929 134 2 15 46 0 1297
2020 109 26 928 149 1 10 50 0 1273
2021 99 24 931 162 2 9 51 0 1278
2022 103 24 965 156 1 7 46 0 1302
2023 95 27 991 144 2 8 35 0 1302

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 Thornton Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 789 35.7 22.1 n/a
1989 837 37.2 22.5 n/a
1990 810 37.0 21.8 n/a
1991 770 36.2 21.2 n/a
1992 767 36.8 20.8 15.9
1993 792 31.8 24.9 22.9
1994 819 31.8 25.8 23.6
1995 783 34.1 23.0 26.3
1996 783 34.1 23.0 26.3
1997 793 32.1 24.7 26.6
1998 800 33.1 24.2 25.1
1999 725 31.0 23.4 23.7
2000 745 29.8 25.0 24
2001 705 31.0 22.7 21
2002 1124 48.1 23.4 14.1
2003 1124 48.1 23.4 14.1
2004 1132 47.6 23.8 13.8
2005 1089 47.6 22.9 25.9
2006 1062 47.4 22.4 24.6
2007 988 44.0 22.5 23.8
2008 944 46.4 20.3 27.6
2009 1018 41.4 22.3 23.2
2010 999 38.2 26.1 21.9
2011 975 n/a n/a 20.9
2012 1010 38.7 26.0 n/a
2013 1038 39.9 25.9 26.8
2014 1076 43.3 24.8 19.6
2015 1156 38.0 30.4 17.3
2016 1207 49.0 24.6 21.5
2017 1278 54.4 23.4 16.1
2018 1333 54.9 24.2 15.7
2019 1297 55.0 23.5 17.2
2020 1273 n/a n/a 16.4
2021 1278 51.6 24.7 17.2
2022 1302 52.2 24.9 15.1
2023 1302 50.5 25.7 17.4

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 Thornton Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 789 35.7 22.1 n/a
1989 837 37.2 22.5 n/a
1990 810 37.0 21.8 n/a
1991 770 36.2 21.2 n/a
1992 767 36.8 20.8 15.9
1993 792 31.8 24.9 22.9
1994 819 31.8 25.8 23.6
1995 783 34.1 23.0 26.3
1996 783 34.1 23.0 26.3
1997 793 32.1 24.7 26.6
1998 800 33.1 24.2 25.1
1999 725 31.0 23.4 23.7
2000 745 29.8 25.0 24
2001 705 31.0 22.7 21
2002 1124 48.1 23.4 14.1
2003 1124 48.1 23.4 14.1
2004 1132 47.6 23.8 13.8
2005 1089 47.6 22.9 25.9
2006 1062 47.4 22.4 24.6
2007 988 44.0 22.5 23.8
2008 944 46.4 20.3 27.6
2009 1018 41.4 22.3 23.2
2010 999 38.2 26.1 21.9
2011 975 n/a n/a 20.9
2012 1010 38.7 26.0 n/a
2013 1038 39.9 25.9 26.8
2014 1076 43.3 24.8 19.6
2015 1156 38.0 30.4 17.3
2016 1207 49.0 24.6 21.5
2017 1278 54.4 23.4 16.1
2018 1333 54.9 24.2 15.7
2019 1297 55.0 23.5 17.2
2020 1273 n/a n/a 16.4
2021 1278 51.6 24.7 17.2
2022 1302 52.2 24.9 15.1
2023 1302 50.5 25.7 17.4

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 Thornton Junior High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,532

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Thornton Junior High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 130th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 65th of 2788 Middle schools
 2.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Thornton Junior High)81.284.6
 3.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fremont Unified)78.877.1
 1.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Thornton Junior High)78.374.5
 3.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Fremont Unified)73.568.8
 4.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Thornton Junior High)73.580.5
 7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fremont Unified)76.477.2
 0.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Thornton Junior High)72.169.9
 2.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Fremont Unified)7266.5
 5.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Thornton Junior High)62.761.3
 1.3%
   8th Grade Science (Fremont Unified)62.559.6
 2.8%
   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 Students12971302
 0.4%
African American3727
 27%
American Indian22
Asian929991
 6.7%
Hispanic134144
 7.5%
Pacific Islander158
 46.7%
White13495
 29.1%
Two or More Races4635
 23.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients17.2%17.4%
 0.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Thornton Junior High

Students who attend Thornton Junior High usually go on to attend American High

Yes! Thornton Junior High is one of the best middle schools in the state. It ranks 66th of 2798 California middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,302 students attended Thornton Junior High.

Students at Thornton Junior High are 76% Asian, 11% Hispanic, 7% White, 3% Two or more races, 2% African American.


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