Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

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Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate is a public middle school located in Garden Grove, California, serving 552 students in grades 7-8. The school is part of the Garden Grove Unified School District, which is ranked 392 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate stands out for its diverse student population, with a significant Hispanic (55.25%) and Asian (37.14%) representation, which is higher compared to some nearby schools like Sarah McGarvin Intermediate and Stephen R. Fitz Intermediate. The school consistently performs well academically, ranking in the top 25% of California middle schools, particularly in English Language Arts. Additionally, the school has a strong focus on supporting English Language Learners, ranking in the top 15% of California middle schools for this student group.

While the school's overall academic performance is commendable, there are some disparities in the performance of different racial subgroups, with Asian students tending to outperform Hispanic and White students on standardized tests. The school also faces a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism rates, from 2.8% in 2020-2021 to 17.9% in 2022-2023. Compared to nearby schools, Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate generally outperforms schools with a higher Hispanic student population, but lags behind schools with a higher Asian student population. The high percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch suggests that the school serves a predominantly low-income community, which may contribute to the observed performance gaps.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 10851 East Lampson Ave.
       Garden Grove, CA  92840-5134


(714) 663-6366

District: Garden Grove Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
632nd of 2,802 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,382 Help


Students who attend Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate usually attend:

High:    Garden Grove High

Feeder schools for Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate:

Elementary:    Agnes Ware Stanley Elementary
    Brookhurst Elementary
    Ethel M. Evans Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  24.3 Help
Number of students:  552

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
55.3%
Asian:
37.1%
White:
4.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  82.2% Help


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Compare Details Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate ranks better than 77.4% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 5th among 10 ranked middle schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 72.4. (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 (55.3%), Asian (37.1%), White (4.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 82.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate is 24.3. 5 middle schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate employs 22.6 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate is $12,382, which is the highest among 10 middle schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate:

SchoolDigger ranks Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate 632nd of 2802 California public middle schools. (See Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate in the ranking list.)

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Garden Grove Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Garden Grove Unified 394th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

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Rank History for all students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 70.40 420th 1769 76.3%
2005 57.24 660th 1777 62.9%
2006 67.53 489th 1804 72.9%
2007 49.73 910th 1999 54.5%
2008 48.55 964th 2005 51.9%
2009 48.46 1012th 2063 50.9%
2010 53.30 944th 2179 56.7%
2011 51.54 1054th 2236 52.9%
2012 52.43 1041st 2259 53.9%
2013 51.78 1110th 2379 53.3%
2015 75.32 521st 2477 79.0%
2016 72.51 605th 2497 75.8%
2017 77.19 532nd 2508 78.8%
2018 79.19 465th 2480 81.3%
2019 72.98 633rd 2715 76.7%
2022 74.62 587th 2740 78.6%
2023 72.40 632nd 2802 77.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 25.00 507th 665 23.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.70 111th 1364 91.9%
2019 73.72 180th 1442 87.5%
2022 77.31 131st 1540 91.5%
2023 63.53 233rd 1529 84.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 47.37 610th 1538 60.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.69 163rd 2230 92.7%
2019 81.26 281st 2369 88.1%
2022 86.24 199th 2458 91.9%
2023 83.31 273rd 2549 89.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.38 510th 2262 77.5%
2019 67.83 671st 2380 71.8%
2022 70.69 598th 2509 76.2%
2023 72.79 567th 2547 77.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.51 229th 1369 83.3%
2019 51.82 525th 1491 64.8%
2022 51.51 540th 1531 64.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.50 386th 2273 83.0%
2019 74.94 527th 2407 78.1%
2022 76.66 498th 2527 80.3%
2023 69.75 620th 2558 75.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.85 177th 700 74.7%
2019 63.08 316th 745 57.6%
2022 66.94 274th 733 62.6%
2023 60.16 334th 718 53.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.81 766th 2072 63.0%
2019 53.50 847th 2213 61.7%
2022 52.62 920th 2359 61.0%
2023 55.89 822nd 2391 65.6%
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Rank History for White students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.63 766th 1496 48.8%
2019 49.84 794th 1602 50.4%
2022 34.09 1033rd 1555 33.6%
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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 Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 471 8 115 111 7 n/a n/a 0 712
1989 473 10 121 110 4 n/a n/a 0 718
1990 471 14 135 161 2 n/a n/a 0 783
1991 377 20 157 191 4 n/a n/a 0 749
1992 368 17 175 190 8 n/a n/a 0 758
1993 324 9 180 170 4 n/a n/a 0 687
1994 283 6 182 163 3 n/a n/a 0 637
1995 290 10 219 196 2 n/a n/a 0 717
1996 290 10 219 196 2 n/a n/a 0 717
1997 287 13 242 208 3 n/a n/a 0 753
1998 284 14 224 217 5 n/a n/a 0 744
1999 268 8 194 205 1 n/a n/a 0 676
2000 241 10 232 234 1 n/a n/a 0 718
2001 247 15 236 276 1 n/a n/a 0 775
2002 135 13 179 233 1 n/a n/a 0 561
2003 135 13 179 233 1 n/a n/a 0 561
2004 136 11 179 253 3 n/a n/a 0 582
2005 150 9 178 286 1 n/a n/a 0 624
2006 134 14 200 275 0 n/a n/a 0 623
2007 114 23 214 290 1 n/a n/a 0 642
2008 114 11 202 322 1 n/a n/a 0 650
2009 102 10 210 311 0 6 0 0 639
2010 79 11 221 279 2 6 0 0 598
2011 87 16 208 311 2 8 0 0 632
2012 82 9 222 327 1 8 2 0 651
2013 71 6 248 313 0 8 3 0 649
2014 56 10 262 327 1 5 7 0 668
2015 42 10 236 318 0 1 9 0 616
2016 49 10 252 316 1 1 13 0 642
2017 48 8 259 312 3 1 12 0 643
2018 46 6 248 297 2 2 9 0 610
2019 39 4 241 323 0 1 12 0 620
2020 35 2 230 284 0 0 13 0 564
2021 34 2 233 276 0 1 21 0 567
2022 28 4 229 300 0 3 15 0 579
2023 23 2 205 305 0 5 12 0 552

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 Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 712 26.0 27.3 n/a
1989 718 29.0 24.7 n/a
1990 783 31.0 25.2 n/a
1991 749 30.0 24.9 n/a
1992 758 30.5 24.8 32.5
1993 687 24.0 28.6 34.2
1994 637 23.3 27.3 38.1
1995 717 25.0 28.7 39.1
1996 717 25.0 28.7 39.1
1997 753 27.0 27.9 48.2
1998 744 28.0 26.6 46.5
1999 676 27.0 25.0 45
2000 718 25.9 27.7 46.4
2001 775 26.5 29.2 46.2
2002 561 19.1 29.4 51.7
2003 561 19.1 29.4 51.7
2004 582 20.1 29.0 54.5
2005 624 22.7 27.5 49.2
2006 623 22.0 28.3 50.4
2007 642 22.0 29.2 55.5
2008 650 28.0 23.2 62.5
2009 639 23.9 22.8 62.6
2010 598 21.3 28.0 67.4
2011 632 n/a n/a 61.9
2012 651 22.2 29.3 n/a
2013 649 22.3 29.0 71.8
2014 668 22.9 29.0 77.1
2015 616 25.0 24.6 76.6
2016 642 25.0 25.6 69.6
2017 643 26.6 24.1 69.1
2018 610 24.6 24.7 73.4
2019 620 22.7 27.2 67.3
2020 564 n/a n/a 68.1
2021 567 22.6 25.0 69.5
2022 579 21.7 26.5 71.8
2023 552 22.6 24.3 82.2

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 Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 712 26.0 27.3 n/a
1989 718 29.0 24.7 n/a
1990 783 31.0 25.2 n/a
1991 749 30.0 24.9 n/a
1992 758 30.5 24.8 32.5
1993 687 24.0 28.6 34.2
1994 637 23.3 27.3 38.1
1995 717 25.0 28.7 39.1
1996 717 25.0 28.7 39.1
1997 753 27.0 27.9 48.2
1998 744 28.0 26.6 46.5
1999 676 27.0 25.0 45
2000 718 25.9 27.7 46.4
2001 775 26.5 29.2 46.2
2002 561 19.1 29.4 51.7
2003 561 19.1 29.4 51.7
2004 582 20.1 29.0 54.5
2005 624 22.7 27.5 49.2
2006 623 22.0 28.3 50.4
2007 642 22.0 29.2 55.5
2008 650 28.0 23.2 62.5
2009 639 23.9 22.8 62.6
2010 598 21.3 28.0 67.4
2011 632 n/a n/a 61.9
2012 651 22.2 29.3 n/a
2013 649 22.3 29.0 71.8
2014 668 22.9 29.0 77.1
2015 616 25.0 24.6 76.6
2016 642 25.0 25.6 69.6
2017 643 26.6 24.1 69.1
2018 610 24.6 24.7 73.4
2019 620 22.7 27.2 67.3
2020 564 n/a n/a 68.1
2021 567 22.6 25.0 69.5
2022 579 21.7 26.5 71.8
2023 552 22.6 24.3 82.2

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 Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $12,382

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 633rd of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 632nd of 2802 Middle schools
 0.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate)67.758
 9.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garden Grove Unified)63.560.1
 3.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate)46.435.3
 11.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Garden Grove Unified)49.147.9
 1.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate)62.164.3
 2.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Garden Grove Unified)62.959
 3.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate)4437.3
 6.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Garden Grove Unified)49.647.5
 2.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate)37.738.7
 1%
   8th Grade Science (Garden Grove Unified)40.540.9
 0.4%
   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 Students620552
 11%
African American42
 50%
American Indian00
Asian241205
 14.9%
Hispanic323305
 5.6%
Pacific Islander15
 400%
White3923
 41%
Two or More Races1212
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients67.3%82.2%
 15%


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Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate ranks 632nd of 2802 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate are 55% Hispanic, 37% Asian, 4% White, 2% Two or more races.

Students who attend Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate usually go on to attend Garden Grove High

In the 2022-23 school year, 552 students attended Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate.


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