Isaac L. Sowers Middle

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Isaac L. Sowers Middle is a public middle school located in Huntington Beach, California, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 753 students. The school is part of the Huntington Beach City Elementary School District, which is ranked 98 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Isaac L. Sowers Middle consistently performs well on standardized tests, with a higher percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics compared to the state average. The school has a relatively diverse student population, with a majority of White students (64.28%) and significant percentages of Hispanic (14.74%), Asian (10.23%), and students of two or more races (10.36%). Isaac L. Sowers Middle has consistently ranked in the top 15% of California middle schools, with a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger in the most recent school year (2022-2023). The school's Hispanic and low socioeconomic status (SES) students have particularly high rankings, with the Hispanic subgroup ranking 142nd out of 2,379 California middle schools in 2022-2023.

However, Isaac L. Sowers Middle has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 3.9% in 2018-2019 to 12.9% in 2022-2023, which is a concerning trend. When compared to other nearby middle schools, such as Fulton (Harry C.) Middle and Masuda (Kazuo) Middle, which are part of the Fountain Valley Elementary School District, Isaac L. Sowers Middle generally outperforms its counterparts in academic achievement, particularly in ELA and Mathematics proficiency rates.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 9300 Indianapolis Ave.
       Huntington Beach, CA  92646-5900


(714) 962-7738

District: Huntington Beach City Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
381st of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,973 Help


Students who attend Isaac L. Sowers Middle usually attend:

High:    Edison High

Feeder schools for Isaac L. Sowers Middle:

Elementary:    John H. Eader Elementary
    Ralph E. Hawes Elementary
    S. A. Moffett Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  22.1 Help
Number of students:  753

Racial breakdown:

White:
64.3%
Hispanic:
14.7%
Two or more races:
10.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21.2% Help


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Compare Details Isaac L. Sowers Middle ranks better than 86.4% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 84.65. (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: White (64.3%), Hispanic (14.7%), two or more races (10.4%). (See more...)
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Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Isaac L. Sowers Middle is 22.1. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Isaac L. Sowers Middle is $5,973.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Isaac L. Sowers Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Isaac L. Sowers Middle 381st of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Isaac L. Sowers Middle in the ranking list.)

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Huntington Beach City Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Huntington Beach City Elementary 98th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Isaac L. Sowers Middle

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Rank History for all students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 89.68 127th 1769 92.8%
2005 87.85 151st 1777 91.5%
2006 90.05 123rd 1804 93.2%
2007 85.63 204th 1999 89.8%
2008 83.22 233rd 2005 88.4%
2009 85.32 184th 2063 91.1%
2010 75.19 421st 2179 80.7%
2011 70.92 520th 2236 76.7%
2012 69.07 596th 2259 73.6%
2013 77.96 374th 2379 84.3%
2015 90.52 207th 2477 91.6%
2016 90.37 221st 2497 91.1%
2017 93.00 170th 2508 93.2%
2018 92.51 185th 2480 92.5%
2019 91.41 231st 2715 91.5%
2022 85.00 388th 2740 85.8%
2023 84.65 381st 2788 86.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.47 46th 462 90.0%
2019 76.35 121st 554 78.2%
2022 58.36 276th 665 58.5%
2023 65.84 240th 678 64.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 58.73 408th 1532 73.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.56 63rd 2230 97.2%
2019 93.35 97th 2369 95.9%
2022 76.91 359th 2458 85.4%
2023 81.59 299th 2535 88.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.78 174th 2262 92.3%
2019 88.80 251st 2380 89.5%
2022 82.16 392nd 2509 84.4%
2023 83.27 374th 2535 85.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.77 25th 1369 98.2%
2019 91.48 75th 1491 95.0%
2022 68.88 287th 1531 81.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.05 179th 2273 92.1%
2019 92.17 200th 2407 91.7%
2022 85.80 336th 2527 86.7%
2023 83.37 367th 2546 85.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.49 34th 700 95.1%
2019 78.57 129th 745 82.7%
2022 59.53 348th 733 52.5%
2023 56.74 358th 717 50.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.82 153rd 2072 92.6%
2019 88.83 163rd 2213 92.6%
2022 90.17 137th 2359 94.2%
2023 89.92 142nd 2379 94.0%
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Rank History for White students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.72 304th 1496 79.7%
2019 75.37 349th 1602 78.2%
2022 63.99 518th 1555 66.7%
2023 60.47 571st 1549 63.1%
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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 Isaac L. Sowers Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1015 5 115 37 0 n/a n/a 0 1172
1989 999 10 102 47 0 n/a n/a 0 1158
1990 982 13 105 46 0 n/a n/a 0 1146
1991 952 10 104 53 1 n/a n/a 0 1120
1992 927 12 119 60 0 n/a n/a 0 1118
1993 944 9 110 57 1 n/a n/a 0 1121
1994 1029 9 93 62 2 n/a n/a 0 1195
1995 990 3 96 66 5 n/a n/a 0 1160
1996 990 3 96 66 5 n/a n/a 0 1160
1997 1002 5 100 69 2 n/a n/a 0 1178
1998 958 6 113 56 0 n/a n/a 0 1133
1999 994 8 120 51 0 n/a n/a 0 1173
2000 1015 9 114 38 0 n/a n/a 0 1176
2001 1014 6 128 47 0 n/a n/a 14 1209
2002 969 18 161 89 23 n/a n/a 0 1260
2003 969 18 161 89 23 n/a n/a 0 1260
2004 940 10 131 73 20 n/a n/a 88 1262
2005 913 7 113 81 10 n/a n/a 130 1254
2006 890 9 110 93 7 n/a n/a 145 1254
2007 867 7 99 90 11 n/a n/a 146 1220
2008 910 6 102 79 8 n/a n/a 0 1105
2009 898 8 98 81 9 11 136 0 1241
2010 863 14 97 148 11 10 67 0 1210
2011 867 14 100 160 8 9 46 0 1204
2012 900 14 103 204 6 6 50 0 1283
2013 872 11 113 197 4 7 46 0 1250
2014 809 10 102 177 7 1 62 0 1168
2015 824 8 120 162 9 4 78 0 1205
2016 780 3 116 173 9 2 90 0 1173
2017 771 5 120 176 5 3 113 0 1193
2018 755 5 109 165 1 2 116 0 1153
2019 706 4 105 155 2 1 119 0 1092
2020 676 4 103 151 2 0 120 0 1056
2021 533 1 88 115 2 0 96 0 835
2022 503 3 73 115 0 1 85 0 780
2023 484 3 77 111 0 0 78 0 753

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 Isaac L. Sowers Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1172 43.9 26.6 n/a
1989 1158 43.5 26.6 n/a
1990 1146 41.6 27.5 n/a
1991 1120 42.5 26.3 n/a
1992 1118 43.2 25.8 1.1
1993 1121 41.5 27.0 4.4
1994 1195 44.0 27.2 16.5
1995 1160 44.0 26.4 6.6
1996 1160 44.0 26.4 6.6
1997 1178 44.0 26.8 6.3
1998 1133 43.5 26.0 4.9
1999 1173 43.5 27.0 5.9
2000 1176 44.0 26.7 4.7
2001 1209 45.0 26.9 4.4
2002 1260 46.0 27.4 5.1
2003 1260 46.0 27.4 5.1
2004 1262 45.0 28.0 4.9
2005 1254 44.0 28.5 5.4
2006 1254 45.0 27.9 5
2007 1220 37.4 32.6 5.3
2008 1105 42.3 26.1 6.7
2009 1241 43.9 25.3 7.6
2010 1210 46.0 26.3 10.3
2011 1204 n/a n/a 8.4
2012 1283 44.0 29.1 n/a
2013 1250 43.0 29.0 12.6
2014 1168 42.5 27.4 11.9
2015 1205 38.0 31.7 12.4
2016 1173 46.0 25.5 10.5
2017 1193 46.8 25.4 10.5
2018 1153 44.0 26.1 14.4
2019 1092 42.0 25.9 15.8
2020 1056 n/a n/a 15
2021 835 37.8 22.0 15
2022 780 36.8 21.1 15.9
2023 753 34.0 22.1 21.2

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 Isaac L. Sowers Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1172 43.9 26.6 n/a
1989 1158 43.5 26.6 n/a
1990 1146 41.6 27.5 n/a
1991 1120 42.5 26.3 n/a
1992 1118 43.2 25.8 1.1
1993 1121 41.5 27.0 4.4
1994 1195 44.0 27.2 16.5
1995 1160 44.0 26.4 6.6
1996 1160 44.0 26.4 6.6
1997 1178 44.0 26.8 6.3
1998 1133 43.5 26.0 4.9
1999 1173 43.5 27.0 5.9
2000 1176 44.0 26.7 4.7
2001 1209 45.0 26.9 4.4
2002 1260 46.0 27.4 5.1
2003 1260 46.0 27.4 5.1
2004 1262 45.0 28.0 4.9
2005 1254 44.0 28.5 5.4
2006 1254 45.0 27.9 5
2007 1220 37.4 32.6 5.3
2008 1105 42.3 26.1 6.7
2009 1241 43.9 25.3 7.6
2010 1210 46.0 26.3 10.3
2011 1204 n/a n/a 8.4
2012 1283 44.0 29.1 n/a
2013 1250 43.0 29.0 12.6
2014 1168 42.5 27.4 11.9
2015 1205 38.0 31.7 12.4
2016 1173 46.0 25.5 10.5
2017 1193 46.8 25.4 10.5
2018 1153 44.0 26.1 14.4
2019 1092 42.0 25.9 15.8
2020 1056 n/a n/a 15
2021 835 37.8 22.0 15
2022 780 36.8 21.1 15.9
2023 753 34.0 22.1 21.2

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 Isaac L. Sowers Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,972

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Isaac L. Sowers Middle

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 231st of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 381st of 2788 Middle schools
 5.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Isaac L. Sowers Middle)76.360
 16.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Huntington Beach City Elementary)7358.5
 14.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Isaac L. Sowers Middle)71.756.2
 15.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Huntington Beach City Elementary)66.152
 14.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Isaac L. Sowers Middle)7461.1
 12.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Huntington Beach City Elementary)75.469.5
 5.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Isaac L. Sowers Middle)61.544.7
 16.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Huntington Beach City Elementary)63.552.1
 11.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Isaac L. Sowers Middle)74.970.5
 4.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Huntington Beach City Elementary)70.965.3
 5.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Isaac L. Sowers Middle)60.549.6
 11%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Huntington Beach City Elementary)62.250.7
 11.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Isaac L. Sowers Middle)55.552.1
 3.4%
   8th Grade Science (Huntington Beach City Elementary)5045.6
 4.4%
   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 Students1092753
 31%
African American43
 25%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian10577
 26.7%
Hispanic155111
 28.4%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White706484
 31.4%
Two or More Races11978
 34.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.8%21.2%
 5.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Isaac L. Sowers Middle

Students who attend Isaac L. Sowers Middle usually go on to attend Edison High

Isaac L. Sowers Middle ranks 381st of 2798 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Isaac L. Sowers Middle are 64% White, 15% Hispanic, 10% Two or more races, 10% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 753 students attended Isaac L. Sowers Middle.


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