Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

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Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High is a public high school in Los Angeles, California, serving 802 students in grades 9-12 as part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is ranked 909 out of 1,560 districts in the state.

The school faces significant challenges, with a predominantly African American and Hispanic student population, consistently low academic performance that ranks in the bottom quartile of California high schools, and high chronic absenteeism rates that have risen from 31.3% to 50.8% in recent years. Only 19.43% of 11th-grade students are proficient or better in English Language Arts, and just 2.84% are proficient or better in Mathematics. The school's four-year graduation rate has ranged from 66.2% to 80.3%, lower than the state average, and its dropout rate has been high, ranging from 17.9% to 22.5%. In contrast, nearby schools like Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, Crenshaw Sci Technical Engr Math and Med Magnet, and Girls Academic Leadership Academy Dr. Michelle King School STEM have significantly higher academic performance, graduation rates, and lower chronic absenteeism.

To address these challenges, the school and Los Angeles Unified School District should consider implementing targeted interventions and support programs to improve academic outcomes, developing strategies to address the high chronic absenteeism rate, and exploring ways to increase graduation rates. Additionally, a comprehensive review of the school's educational programs, teaching practices, and resource allocation could help identify areas for improvement and ensure equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities for all students.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 3537 Farmdale Ave.
       Los Angeles, CA  90016-4707


(323) 298-8400

District: Los Angeles Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1918th of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,979 Help


Feeder schools for Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High:

Elementary:    Baldwin Hills Elementary
    Cienega Elementary
    Coliseum Street Elementary
    Hillcrest Drive Elementary
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Student/teacher ratio:  17.0 Help
Number of students:  802

Racial breakdown:

Not Specified:
100.0%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  92.3% Help


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Compare Details Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High ranks worse than 81.7% of high schools in California. It also ranks 115th among 160 ranked high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.71. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High 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 92.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High is 17, which is the 73rd best among 160 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High is $14,979, which is the 59th highest among 160 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High:

SchoolDigger ranks Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High 1918th of 2348 California public high schools. (See Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High in the ranking list.)

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Los Angeles Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Los Angeles Unified 918th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

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Rank History for all students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 14.54 1489th 1653 9.9%
2005 15.55 1554th 1901 18.3%
2006 15.90 1624th 1968 17.5%
2007 17.58 1612th 2063 21.9%
2008 19.41 1565th 2117 26.1%
2009 23.66 1690th 2238 24.5%
2010 22.55 1514th 2281 33.6%
2011 21.81 1580th 2367 33.2%
2012 21.58 1558th 2354 33.8%
2013 18.79 1705th 2426 29.7%
2015 19.94 1491st 1994 25.2%
2016 18.87 1540th 2039 24.5%
2017 13.05 1662nd 2021 17.8%
2018 20.20 1502nd 2017 25.5%
2019 12.58 1889th 2133 11.4%
2021 20.78 1021st 1290 20.9%
2022 18.08 1705th 2123 19.7%
2023 12.71 1918th 2348 18.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.53 605th 938 35.5%
2019 28.23 839th 941 10.8%
2021 72.00 68th 467 85.4%
2022 35.15 669th 1044 35.9%
2023 23.45 1173rd 1323 11.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 17.74 1453rd 1547 6.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.19 1408th 1862 24.4%
2019 13.03 1714th 1937 11.5%
2021 14.55 955th 1126 15.2%
2022 21.32 1523rd 1943 21.6%
2023 14.52 1805th 2247 19.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.09 1377th 1760 21.8%
2019 9.73 1702nd 1833 7.1%
2021 11.95 938th 1054 11.0%
2022 15.56 1594th 1858 14.2%
2023 11.48 1825th 2118 13.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.61 884th 1052 16.0%
2019 18.27 1052nd 1117 5.8%
2021 42.05 270th 555 51.4%
2022 33.14 735th 1161 36.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.99 1421st 1834 22.5%
2019 13.30 1610th 1880 14.4%
2021 23.58 874th 1122 22.1%
2022 18.04 1554th 1916 18.9%
2023 12.93 1811th 2207 17.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.71 431st 582 25.9%
2019 15.16 518th 592 12.5%
2022 27.16 383rd 522 26.6%
2023 16.49 637th 720 11.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.54 1310th 1742 24.8%
2019 14.25 1536th 1814 15.3%
2022 20.46 1484th 1861 20.3%
2023 16.72 1666th 2142 22.2%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 4 1794 40 210 0 n/a n/a 0 2048
1989 5 1477 47 259 1 n/a n/a 0 1789
1990 4 1412 39 440 8 n/a n/a 0 1903
1991 6 1522 32 461 2 n/a n/a 0 2023
1992 8 1579 20 474 10 n/a n/a 0 2091
1993 5 1353 22 418 7 n/a n/a 0 1805
1994 6 1189 13 380 6 n/a n/a 0 1594
1995 5 1318 16 426 7 n/a n/a 0 1772
1996 5 1318 16 426 7 n/a n/a 0 1772
1997 6 1315 8 468 6 n/a n/a 0 1803
1998 8 1333 5 587 9 n/a n/a 0 1942
1999 10 1356 9 555 5 n/a n/a 0 1935
2000 4 1236 9 631 7 n/a n/a 0 1887
2001 7 1224 12 726 4 n/a n/a 0 1973
2002 8 1286 15 893 7 n/a n/a 0 2209
2003 8 1286 15 893 7 n/a n/a 0 2209
2004 8 1263 11 850 5 n/a n/a 0 2137
2005 10 1201 9 893 7 n/a n/a 0 2120
2006 7 1187 10 877 3 n/a n/a 0 2084
2007 4 1117 10 844 5 n/a n/a 16 1996
2008 5 1074 7 793 5 n/a n/a 0 1884
2009 5 1068 3 793 3 4 8 0 1884
2010 5 943 5 714 3 3 8 0 1681
2011 4 870 3 686 0 4 2 0 1569
2012 5 742 3 624 0 1 5 0 1380
2013 7 624 6 569 1 2 3 0 1212
2014 7 615 5 548 4 1 0 0 1180
2015 9 584 7 518 2 1 13 0 1134
2016 13 580 2 506 1 2 20 0 1124
2017 10 536 3 464 0 1 9 0 1023
2018 14 510 2 441 1 0 4 0 972
2019 9 490 3 388 2 0 0 0 892
2020 12 408 1 378 1 0 5 0 805
2021 11 404 1 390 1 0 9 0 816
2022 9 360 0 358 2 2 17 0 748
2023 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 802 802

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 Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2048 88.4 23.1 n/a
1989 1789 79.1 22.6 n/a
1990 1903 86.7 21.9 n/a
1991 2023 89.3 22.6 n/a
1992 2091 90.7 23.0 15.7
1993 1805 72.3 25.0 18
1994 1594 66.9 23.8 16.8
1995 1772 76.3 23.2 48.5
1996 1772 76.3 23.2 48.5
1997 1803 71.8 25.1 50.9
1998 1942 75.2 25.8 57.7
1999 1935 83.2 23.3 58.2
2000 1887 88.7 21.3 57.6
2001 1973 90.3 21.8 40.2
2002 2209 89.4 24.7 63
2003 2209 89.4 24.7 63
2004 2137 91.0 23.5 60.8
2005 2120 92.4 22.9 70.8
2006 2084 98.3 21.2 72.8
2007 1996 97.1 20.6 66.8
2008 1884 121.4 15.5 66.7
2009 1884 91.2 17.2 67.8
2010 1681 85.0 19.7 67.4
2011 1569 n/a n/a 73
2012 1380 89.5 15.4 n/a
2013 1212 70.0 17.3 59.7
2014 1180 58.5 20.1 78.8
2015 1134 60.0 18.9 65.5
2016 1124 50.0 22.4 78.6
2017 1023 51.0 20.0 85.8
2018 972 44.5 21.8 74.3
2019 892 48.0 18.5 76
2020 805 n/a n/a 76.3
2021 816 45.0 18.1 86.9
2022 748 46.5 16.0 89.6
2023 802 46.9 17.0 92.3

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 Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2048 88.4 23.1 n/a
1989 1789 79.1 22.6 n/a
1990 1903 86.7 21.9 n/a
1991 2023 89.3 22.6 n/a
1992 2091 90.7 23.0 15.7
1993 1805 72.3 25.0 18
1994 1594 66.9 23.8 16.8
1995 1772 76.3 23.2 48.5
1996 1772 76.3 23.2 48.5
1997 1803 71.8 25.1 50.9
1998 1942 75.2 25.8 57.7
1999 1935 83.2 23.3 58.2
2000 1887 88.7 21.3 57.6
2001 1973 90.3 21.8 40.2
2002 2209 89.4 24.7 63
2003 2209 89.4 24.7 63
2004 2137 91.0 23.5 60.8
2005 2120 92.4 22.9 70.8
2006 2084 98.3 21.2 72.8
2007 1996 97.1 20.6 66.8
2008 1884 121.4 15.5 66.7
2009 1884 91.2 17.2 67.8
2010 1681 85.0 19.7 67.4
2011 1569 n/a n/a 73
2012 1380 89.5 15.4 n/a
2013 1212 70.0 17.3 59.7
2014 1180 58.5 20.1 78.8
2015 1134 60.0 18.9 65.5
2016 1124 50.0 22.4 78.6
2017 1023 51.0 20.0 85.8
2018 972 44.5 21.8 74.3
2019 892 48.0 18.5 76
2020 805 n/a n/a 76.3
2021 816 45.0 18.1 86.9
2022 748 46.5 16.0 89.6
2023 802 46.9 17.0 92.3

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 Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $14,979

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

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

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
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Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1889th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1918th of 2348 High schools
 6.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High)17.119.4
 2.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)51.748.9
 2.8%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High)1.72.8
 1.1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)25.320
 5.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High)2.25.3
 3.1%
   11th Grade Science (Los Angeles Unified)22.121.6
 0.4%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High)00
   12th Grade Science (Los Angeles Unified)8.27.5
 0.6%
   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 Students892802
 10.1%
African American4900
 100%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian30
 100%
Hispanic3880
 100%
Pacific Islander00
White90
 100%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients76%92.3%
 16.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High ranks in the bottom 18.3% of California high schools.

Students at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High are 100% Not Specified.

In the 2022-23 school year, 802 students attended Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High.

Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Baldwin Hills Elementary
Elementary : Cienega Elementary
Elementary : Coliseum Street Elementary
Elementary : Hillcrest Drive Elementary
Elementary : Sixth Avenue Elementary
Elementary : Tom Bradley Global Awareness Magnet
Elementary : Virginia Road Elementary


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