Francisco Sepulveda Middle

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Francisco Sepulveda Middle is a public middle school located in North Hills, California, serving 1,054 students in grades 6-8 as part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is ranked 909 out of 1,560 districts in the state and rated 2 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Francisco Sepulveda Middle has a predominantly Hispanic student population (86.76%), significantly higher than the nearby schools, which have a more diverse racial makeup. The school consistently ranks in the bottom quartile of California middle schools, with a statewide ranking between 2,206 and 2,507 out of around 2,500 schools over the past several years. Its performance on standardized tests is well below the state and district averages across all subjects and grade levels. Additionally, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 11.2% in 2017-2018 to 36.1% in 2022-2023, notably higher than the nearby schools, which range from 19.3% to 30.2%. The school also has a very high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 96.3% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, significantly higher than the nearby schools, which range from 65.73% to 95.49%.

The analysis of Francisco Sepulveda Middle reveals a school that has struggled to provide a high-quality education to its predominantly Hispanic, low-income student population. The school's consistently low performance, high chronic absenteeism, and widening achievement gaps compared to nearby schools, such as Bert Corona Charter, Patrick Henry Middle, and Valley Charter Middle, as well as state and district averages, suggest the need for significant and sustained efforts to improve student outcomes at the school.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 15330 Plummer St.
       North Hills, CA  91343-2228


(818) 920-2130

District: Los Angeles Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
2465th of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,289 Help


Students who attend Francisco Sepulveda Middle usually attend:

High:    James Monroe High
    Northridge Academy High
    Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences

Feeder schools for Francisco Sepulveda Middle:

Elementary:    Carlos Santana Arts Academy
    Lassen Elementary
    Plummer Elementary
    Primary Academy for Success
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Student/teacher ratio:  17.5 Help
Number of students:  1,054

Racial breakdown:

Not Specified:
100.0%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  96.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Francisco Sepulveda Middle ranks worse than 88.1% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 71st among 83 ranked middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 15.86. (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 96.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Francisco Sepulveda Middle is 17.5, which is the 31st best among 83 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Francisco Sepulveda Middle employs 60 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Francisco Sepulveda Middle is $10,289. 44 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Francisco Sepulveda Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Francisco Sepulveda Middle 2465th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Francisco Sepulveda Middle in the ranking list.)

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Los Angeles Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Los Angeles Unified 909th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Francisco Sepulveda Middle

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Rank History for all students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 27.59 1255th 1769 29.1%
2005 30.24 1229th 1777 30.8%
2006 29.45 1259th 1804 30.2%
2007 35.70 1234th 1999 38.3%
2008 40.23 1149th 2005 42.7%
2009 39.90 1209th 2063 41.4%
2010 37.64 1370th 2179 37.1%
2011 25.33 1767th 2236 21.0%
2012 39.51 1373rd 2259 39.2%
2013 37.72 1494th 2379 37.2%
2015 22.33 1931st 2477 22.0%
2016 20.63 2003rd 2497 19.8%
2017 15.41 2206th 2508 12.0%
2018 12.81 2257th 2480 9.0%
2019 15.42 2371st 2715 12.7%
2022 13.71 2507th 2740 8.5%
2023 15.86 2456th 2788 11.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.87 1263rd 1364 7.4%
2019 26.06 1333rd 1442 7.6%
2022 23.69 1503rd 1540 2.4%
2023 28.13 1352nd 1523 11.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 28.87 1115th 1532 27.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.44 2032nd 2230 8.9%
2019 18.48 2077th 2369 12.3%
2022 17.62 2200th 2458 10.5%
2023 20.10 2152nd 2535 15.1%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 9.18 333rd 336 0.9%
2023 15.85 308th 321 4.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.86 2101st 2262 7.1%
2019 15.52 2093rd 2380 12.1%
2022 14.02 2303rd 2509 8.2%
2023 15.24 2288th 2535 9.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.10 1245th 1369 9.1%
2019 17.46 1472nd 1491 1.3%
2022 30.09 1054th 1531 31.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.56 2090th 2273 8.1%
2019 15.04 2159th 2407 10.3%
2022 14.28 2326th 2527 8.0%
2023 17.21 2223rd 2546 12.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.18 545th 700 22.1%
2019 34.96 526th 745 29.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.67 418th 600 30.3%
2019 21.53 540th 643 16.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.67 1952nd 2072 5.8%
2019 15.77 2005th 2213 9.4%
2022 14.92 2183rd 2359 7.5%
2023 18.63 2065th 2379 13.2%
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Rank History for White students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 12.96 1425th 1602 11.0%
2022 3.39 1534th 1555 1.4%
2023 2.94 1537th 1549 0.8%
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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 Francisco Sepulveda Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 718 204 359 737 15 n/a n/a 0 2033
1989 687 222 381 841 13 n/a n/a 0 2144
1990 676 173 347 891 7 n/a n/a 0 2094
1991 660 163 333 931 11 n/a n/a 0 2098
1992 599 131 337 1004 18 n/a n/a 0 2089
1993 416 129 407 1059 13 n/a n/a 0 2024
1994 312 111 422 1093 5 n/a n/a 0 1943
1995 177 94 325 1190 6 n/a n/a 0 1792
1996 177 94 325 1190 6 n/a n/a 0 1792
1997 171 120 343 1401 5 n/a n/a 0 2040
1998 182 122 334 1581 6 n/a n/a 0 2225
1999 173 116 320 1702 12 n/a n/a 0 2323
2000 169 101 308 1761 8 n/a n/a 0 2347
2001 145 103 319 2023 2 n/a n/a 0 2592
2002 123 132 269 2385 7 n/a n/a 0 2916
2003 123 132 269 2385 7 n/a n/a 0 2916
2004 121 117 267 2328 7 n/a n/a 0 2840
2005 103 81 215 1685 5 n/a n/a 0 2089
2006 115 88 212 1712 6 n/a n/a 0 2133
2007 109 75 214 1784 4 n/a n/a 12 2198
2008 96 71 198 1708 3 n/a n/a 0 2076
2009 80 63 173 1676 6 3 12 0 2013
2010 57 48 112 1249 7 5 7 0 1485
2011 57 65 125 1534 7 10 1 0 1799
2012 54 45 123 1397 3 4 1 0 1627
2013 51 49 120 1390 12 4 2 0 1628
2014 52 40 141 1379 7 6 0 0 1625
2015 59 44 120 1384 5 7 7 0 1626
2016 51 43 110 1292 3 8 4 0 1511
2017 43 48 97 1239 4 7 4 0 1442
2018 33 38 90 1129 4 3 8 0 1305
2019 24 38 86 1036 6 2 0 0 1192
2020 20 35 78 1047 3 3 11 0 1197
2021 37 36 62 1008 2 3 7 0 1155
2022 49 31 55 963 2 3 7 0 1110
2023 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1054 1054

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 Francisco Sepulveda Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2033 77.6 26.1 n/a
1989 2144 78.8 27.2 n/a
1990 2094 87.6 23.9 n/a
1991 2098 87.0 24.1 n/a
1992 2089 88.4 23.6 46.9
1993 2024 79.7 25.4 45.2
1994 1943 74.6 26.0 53.6
1995 1792 72.0 24.9 64.7
1996 1792 72.0 24.9 64.7
1997 2040 80.3 25.4 67.5
1998 2225 84.1 26.5 70.2
1999 2323 96.0 24.2 72.4
2000 2347 98.2 23.9 67.7
2001 2592 105.6 24.5 67.3
2002 2916 116.4 25.1 78.3
2003 2916 116.4 25.1 78.3
2004 2840 123.4 23.0 74.8
2005 2089 92.6 22.6 78.3
2006 2133 88.8 24.0 83.9
2007 2198 93.8 23.4 80.1
2008 2076 112.0 18.5 84.1
2009 2013 94.4 17.9 83.9
2010 1485 94.4 15.7 99.8
2011 1799 n/a n/a 49.2
2012 1627 86.5 18.8 n/a
2013 1628 76.3 21.3 43.9
2014 1625 76.8 21.1 83.9
2015 1626 73.0 22.2 92.4
2016 1511 66.0 22.8 87.7
2017 1442 62.0 23.2 87.9
2018 1305 55.8 23.3 92.1
2019 1192 50.3 23.6 90.1
2020 1197 n/a n/a 92.1
2021 1155 50.3 22.9 95.5
2022 1110 54.8 20.2 96.3
2023 1054 60.0 17.5 96.3

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 Francisco Sepulveda Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2033 77.6 26.1 n/a
1989 2144 78.8 27.2 n/a
1990 2094 87.6 23.9 n/a
1991 2098 87.0 24.1 n/a
1992 2089 88.4 23.6 46.9
1993 2024 79.7 25.4 45.2
1994 1943 74.6 26.0 53.6
1995 1792 72.0 24.9 64.7
1996 1792 72.0 24.9 64.7
1997 2040 80.3 25.4 67.5
1998 2225 84.1 26.5 70.2
1999 2323 96.0 24.2 72.4
2000 2347 98.2 23.9 67.7
2001 2592 105.6 24.5 67.3
2002 2916 116.4 25.1 78.3
2003 2916 116.4 25.1 78.3
2004 2840 123.4 23.0 74.8
2005 2089 92.6 22.6 78.3
2006 2133 88.8 24.0 83.9
2007 2198 93.8 23.4 80.1
2008 2076 112.0 18.5 84.1
2009 2013 94.4 17.9 83.9
2010 1485 94.4 15.7 99.8
2011 1799 n/a n/a 49.2
2012 1627 86.5 18.8 n/a
2013 1628 76.3 21.3 43.9
2014 1625 76.8 21.1 83.9
2015 1626 73.0 22.2 92.4
2016 1511 66.0 22.8 87.7
2017 1442 62.0 23.2 87.9
2018 1305 55.8 23.3 92.1
2019 1192 50.3 23.6 90.1
2020 1197 n/a n/a 92.1
2021 1155 50.3 22.9 95.5
2022 1110 54.8 20.2 96.3
2023 1054 60.0 17.5 96.3

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 Francisco Sepulveda Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $10,289

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Francisco Sepulveda Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2371st of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 2456th of 2788 Middle schools
 0.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Francisco Sepulveda Middle)2618.1
 7.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)41.238.6
 2.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Francisco Sepulveda Middle)17.59.6
 7.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)32.528.1
 4.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Francisco Sepulveda Middle)20.729.8
 9.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)43.740.8
 2.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Francisco Sepulveda Middle)1614.4
 1.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)30.527.5
 3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Francisco Sepulveda Middle)22.316.1
 6.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Angeles Unified)41.138.9
 2.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Francisco Sepulveda Middle)13.96.2
 7.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)29.223.7
 5.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Francisco Sepulveda Middle)15.110.9
 4.2%
   8th Grade Science (Los Angeles Unified)23.120.9
 2.2%
   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 Students11921054
 11.6%
African American380
 100%
American Indian60
 100%
Asian860
 100%
Hispanic10360
 100%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White240
 100%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients90.1%96.3%
 6.2%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 1,054 students attended Francisco Sepulveda Middle.

Students who attend Francisco Sepulveda Middle usually go on to attend James Monroe High

Francisco Sepulveda Middle ranks in the bottom 11.9% of California middle schools.

Students at Francisco Sepulveda Middle are 100% Not Specified.


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