William J. Johnston Community Day

Summary:

William J. Johnston Community Day is a small public high school in San Pedro, California, serving grades 7-12 and part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. With just 67 students, the school stands out for its unique racial makeup, extremely low academic performance, and significant challenges like high dropout rates and chronic absenteeism.

Compared to nearby schools like George S. Patton Continuation, Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High, and Humanities and Arts (HARTS) Academy of Los Angeles, William J. Johnston Community Day consistently ranks among the lowest-performing high schools in California, with 0 or 1 out of 5 stars from SchoolDigger. Its four-year graduation rate has been as low as 9.3%, and it has experienced extremely high dropout rates and chronic absenteeism.

While the surrounding schools also face challenges, the outlier is Dr. Richard A. Vladovic Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, which is a high-performing school with excellent academic outcomes. The high rates of free and reduced-price lunch recipients at William J. Johnston Community Day and the nearby schools suggest that socioeconomic factors play a significant role in the academic performance and challenges faced by these communities.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 2210 Taper Ave.
       San Pedro, CA  90731-1162


(310) 832-0376

District: Los Angeles Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
2255th of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $27,544 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  8.2 Help
Number of students:  67

Racial breakdown:

Not Specified:
100.0%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  89.6% Help


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Compare Details William J. Johnston Community Day is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2016 the calculated Average Standard Score was 4.58. (See more...)
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Compare Details William J. Johnston Community Day ranks worse than 96% of high schools in California. It also ranks 152nd 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 7.21. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of William J. Johnston Community Day 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 89.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at William J. Johnston Community Day is 8.2, which is the 9th best among 160 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare William J. Johnston Community Day employs 8.1 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at William J. Johnston Community Day is $27,544, which is the 14th highest among 160 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

William J. Johnston Community Day was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks William J. Johnston Community Day 2255th of 2348 California public high schools. (See William J. Johnston Community Day in the ranking list.)

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 William J. Johnston Community Day

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 8.73 1700th 1769 3.9%
2005 6.22 1735th 1777 2.4%
2009 2.31 2057th 2063 0.3%
2016 4.58 2456th 2497 1.6%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for William J. Johnston Community Day

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Rank History for all high school students at William J. Johnston Community Day

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 14.02 1518th 1653 8.2%
2005 14.71 1594th 1901 16.1%
2006 17.89 1519th 1968 22.8%
2007 17.36 1625th 2063 21.2%
2008 17.76 1628th 2117 23.1%
2009 13.67 1950th 2238 12.9%
2010 13.46 1891st 2281 17.1%
2011 12.50 1958th 2367 17.3%
2012 12.78 1900th 2354 19.3%
2013 12.76 1989th 2426 18.0%
2015 7.40 1982nd 1994 0.6%
2016 10.13 1862nd 2039 8.7%
2018 8.79 2000th 2017 0.8%
2019 16.74 1701st 2133 20.3%
2021 7.07 1261st 1290 2.2%
2022 13.30 1861st 2123 12.3%
2023 7.21 2255th 2348 4.0%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at William J. Johnston Community Day

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 14.49 1526th 1547 1.4%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at William J. Johnston Community Day

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 9.11 1847th 1862 0.8%
2019 15.62 1610th 1937 16.9%
2023 6.60 2190th 2247 2.5%
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Rank History for high school Male students at William J. Johnston Community Day

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 8.92 1773rd 1834 3.3%
2019 15.38 1544th 1880 17.9%
2023 6.97 2126th 2207 3.7%
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Rank History for high school Hispanic students at William J. Johnston Community Day

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 8.52 1732nd 1742 0.6%
2019 16.69 1470th 1814 19.0%
2023 6.32 2093rd 2142 2.3%
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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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by a citizen
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Open Quote I love this school it changes lives. The staff are so dedicated and relentless in delivering quality instruction with patience and compassion. A word of encouragement to the staff...keep caring about the kids, it's the only thing that matters in the end. Close Quote



Enrollment information for William J. Johnston Community Day

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 12 46 5 60 0 n/a n/a 0 123
2005 20 48 3 83 1 n/a n/a 0 155
2006 9 41 5 64 0 n/a n/a 0 119
2007 6 31 2 51 0 n/a n/a 1 91
2008 7 33 3 70 1 n/a n/a 0 114
2009 5 34 1 80 0 1 2 0 123
2010 6 24 0 105 0 1 2 0 138
2011 1 25 1 121 1 2 1 0 152
2012 2 31 0 123 0 2 0 0 158
2013 5 22 1 135 0 1 0 0 164
2014 5 30 4 133 0 0 1 0 173
2015 10 37 3 111 1 4 1 0 167
2016 9 22 0 119 0 6 2 0 158
2017 2 35 1 87 0 3 0 0 128
2018 7 22 0 90 1 1 1 0 122
2019 10 27 0 79 1 2 0 0 119
2020 7 22 0 70 1 3 2 0 105
2021 2 33 0 83 2 1 2 0 123
2022 0 17 0 39 1 2 7 0 66
2023 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 67 67

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 William J. Johnston Community Day

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 123 11.6 10.6 0
2005 155 12.0 12.9 65.8
2006 119 10.0 11.9 71.4
2007 91 10.2 8.9 88.9
2008 114 12.0 9.5 61.4
2009 123 10.1 9.3 74.8
2010 138 9.8 14.0 94.9
2011 152 n/a n/a 80.3
2012 158 10.0 15.7 98.1
2013 164 10.5 15.6 81.1
2014 173 10.0 17.3 83.2
2015 167 10.0 16.7 79
2016 158 10.0 15.8 91.8
2017 128 10.0 12.8 96.9
2018 122 11.0 11.0 93.4
2019 119 10.5 11.3 96.6
2020 105 n/a n/a 95.2
2021 123 11.5 10.6 95.1
2022 66 10.5 6.2 93.9
2023 67 8.1 8.2 89.6

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 William J. Johnston Community Day

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 123 11.6 10.6 0
2005 155 12.0 12.9 65.8
2006 119 10.0 11.9 71.4
2007 91 10.2 8.9 88.9
2008 114 12.0 9.5 61.4
2009 123 10.1 9.3 74.8
2010 138 9.8 14.0 94.9
2011 152 n/a n/a 80.3
2012 158 10.0 15.7 98.1
2013 164 10.5 15.6 81.1
2014 173 10.0 17.3 83.2
2015 167 10.0 16.7 79
2016 158 10.0 15.8 91.8
2017 128 10.0 12.8 96.9
2018 122 11.0 11.0 93.4
2019 119 10.5 11.3 96.6
2020 105 n/a n/a 95.2
2021 123 11.5 10.6 95.1
2022 66 10.5 6.2 93.9
2023 67 8.1 8.2 89.6

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 William J. Johnston Community Day

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $27,544

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

Impact of COVID-19 on William J. Johnston Community Day

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)
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Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1701st of 2133 High schoolsRanks 2255th of 2348 High schools
 16.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (William J. Johnston Community Day)10.79.5
 1.2%
   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 (William J. Johnston Community Day)7.70
 7.7%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Los Angeles Unified)25.320
 5.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students11967
 43.7%
African American270
 100%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic790
 100%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White100
 100%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients96.6%89.6%
 7.1%


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Students at William J. Johnston Community Day are 100% Not Specified.

In the 2022-23 school year, 67 students attended William J. Johnston Community Day.

William J. Johnston Community Day ranks in the bottom 4.0% of California high schools.


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