Western Center Academy

Public, Charter 6-12

 2345 Searl Pkwy.
       Hemet, CA  92543-9706


(951) 766-9030

District: Hemet Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
78th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,989 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  25.0 Help
Number of students:  746

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
42.0%
White:
37.9%
Asian:
8.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  56.3% Help


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Compare Details Western Center Academy ranks better than 95.8% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 96.17. (See more...)
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Compare Details Western Center Academy ranks better than 96.7% of high schools in California. It also ranks first among 7 ranked high schools in the Hemet Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.63. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Western Center 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: Hispanic (42%), White (37.9%), Asian (8.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 56.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Hemet Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Western Center Academy is 25. 5 high schools in the Hemet Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Western Center Academy is $9,989. 3 high schools in the Hemet Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Western Center Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Western Center Academy 117th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Western Center Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Western Center Academy 78th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Western Center Academy in the ranking list.)

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Hemet Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Hemet Unified 1168th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Western Center Academy

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Rank History for all middle school students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 88.93 114th 2236 94.9%
2012 94.29 15th 2259 99.3%
2013 94.01 15th 2379 99.4%
2015 97.74 29th 2477 98.8%
2016 97.46 26th 2497 99.0%
2017 96.48 69th 2508 97.2%
2018 96.94 57th 2480 97.7%
2019 97.68 49th 2715 98.2%
2022 93.33 191st 2740 93.0%
2023 96.17 116th 2788 95.8%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.90 19th 2230 99.1%
2019 99.49 13th 2369 99.5%
2022 97.07 46th 2458 98.1%
2023 98.85 25th 2535 99.0%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.01 149th 2262 93.4%
2019 95.47 83rd 2380 96.5%
2022 92.29 182nd 2509 92.7%
2023 95.29 119th 2535 95.3%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.47 23rd 2273 99.0%
2019 98.36 34th 2407 98.6%
2022 93.17 172nd 2527 93.2%
2023 95.96 109th 2546 95.7%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.84 20th 2072 99.0%
2019 99.24 14th 2213 99.4%
2022 97.35 41st 2359 98.3%
2023 98.91 19th 2379 99.2%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.15 26th 1496 98.3%
2019 93.27 34th 1602 97.9%
2022 82.11 203rd 1555 86.9%
2023 87.64 112th 1549 92.8%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Western Center Academy

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Rank History for all high school students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2013 92.59 16th 2426 99.3%
2016 98.11 16th 2039 99.2%
2017 98.35 7th 2021 99.7%
2018 97.73 31st 2017 98.5%
2019 99.08 13th 2133 99.4%
2021 97.27 28th 1290 97.8%
2022 98.44 30th 2123 98.6%
2023 95.63 78th 2335 96.7%
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Rank History for high school Multi-racial students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 89.55 40th 780 94.9%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.97 18th 1862 99.0%
2019 99.27 15th 1937 99.2%
2021 99.07 10th 1126 99.1%
2022 99.34 18th 1943 99.1%
2023 98.37 34th 2237 98.5%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.23 18th 1760 99.0%
2019 98.67 9th 1833 99.5%
2021 96.41 30th 1054 97.2%
2022 98.24 25th 1858 98.7%
2023 93.91 95th 2106 95.5%
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Rank History for high school Military Connected students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 86.59 26th 233 88.8%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.14 72nd 1834 96.1%
2019 98.85 26th 1880 98.6%
2021 97.54 30th 1122 97.3%
2022 98.00 51st 1916 97.3%
2023 96.21 70th 2195 96.8%
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Rank History for high school Asian students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 86.41 44th 727 93.9%
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Rank History for high school African American students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 99.89 1st 713 99.9%
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Rank History for high school Hispanic students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.44 4th 1742 99.8%
2019 99.80 4th 1814 99.8%
2022 99.31 17th 1861 99.1%
2023 98.24 24th 2132 98.9%
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Rank History for high school White students at Western Center Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.33 28th 1173 97.6%
2019 93.88 41st 1222 96.6%
2022 94.50 35th 1204 97.1%
2023 88.90 75th 1424 94.7%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Open Quote I have had two students attend Western Center Academy, including one already graduated from their program. It is rigorous and incredibly rewarding at the same time. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Western Center Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2011 115 3 2 45 1 0 3 0 169
2012 207 10 10 79 2 0 11 0 319
2013 243 13 12 89 2 1 14 0 374
2014 237 13 12 100 7 2 11 0 382
2015 260 14 20 157 3 2 15 0 471
2016 257 16 25 220 3 1 19 0 541
2017 278 18 41 243 6 1 31 0 618
2018 286 21 44 274 7 1 38 0 671
2019 287 21 49 275 9 1 36 0 678
2020 290 24 60 285 12 2 39 0 712
2021 296 26 57 296 12 1 40 0 728
2022 296 27 62 300 10 1 44 1 741
2023 283 34 66 313 7 0 42 1 746

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 Western Center Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2011 169 n/a n/a 24.3
2012 319 10.5 30.3 n/a
2013 374 12.6 29.6 19
2014 382 12.6 30.1 24.6
2015 471 17.0 27.7 24.4
2016 541 20.0 27.0 28.3
2017 618 22.7 27.2 27.5
2018 671 23.4 28.6 33.7
2019 678 25.9 26.1 29.4
2020 712 n/a n/a 44.7
2021 728 28.2 25.7 55.8
2022 741 29.7 24.9 52.1
2023 746 29.7 25.0 56.3

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 Western Center Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2011 169 n/a n/a 24.3
2012 319 10.5 30.3 n/a
2013 374 12.6 29.6 19
2014 382 12.6 30.1 24.6
2015 471 17.0 27.7 24.4
2016 541 20.0 27.0 28.3
2017 618 22.7 27.2 27.5
2018 671 23.4 28.6 33.7
2019 678 25.9 26.1 29.4
2020 712 n/a n/a 44.7
2021 728 28.2 25.7 55.8
2022 741 29.7 24.9 52.1
2023 746 29.7 25.0 56.3

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 Western Center Academy

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,989

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Western Center Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 49th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 116th of 2788 Middle schools
 2.4%
Ranks 13th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 78th of 2335 High schools
 2.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Western Center Academy)82.886.2
 3.4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Hemet Unified)33.725.2
 8.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Western Center Academy)7863.4
 14.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Hemet Unified)20.214.6
 5.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Western Center Academy)88.290.1
 1.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Hemet Unified)37.629
 8.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Western Center Academy)74.357.6
 16.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Hemet Unified)20.714.1
 6.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Western Center Academy)96.285
 11.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Hemet Unified)3729.8
 7.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Western Center Academy)73.359.1
 14.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Hemet Unified)18.912.2
 6.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Western Center Academy)68.765.9
 2.8%
   8th Grade Science (Hemet Unified)18.816.4
 2.3%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Western Center Academy)96.494.9
 1.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Hemet Unified)45.539.5
 6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Western Center Academy)82.163.3
 18.9%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Hemet Unified)1813.9
 4.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Western Center Academy)71.875.6
 3.8%
   11th Grade Science (Hemet Unified)22.339.6
 17.3%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Western Center Academy)56.473.5
 17.1%
   12th Grade Science (Hemet Unified)9.816
 6.1%
   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 Students678746
 10%
African American2134
 61.9%
American Indian97
 22.2%
Asian4966
 34.7%
Hispanic275313
 13.8%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White287283
 1.4%
Two or More Races3642
 16.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients29.4%56.3%
 26.9%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 746 students attended Western Center Academy.

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Students at Western Center Academy are 42% Hispanic, 38% White, 9% Asian, 6% Two or more races, 5% African American.


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