Lopez Continuation High

Summary:

Lopez Continuation High is a small public high school serving grades 9-12 in Arroyo Grande, California, part of the Lucia Mar Unified School District. The school faces significant challenges, with consistently low academic performance, high dropout rates, and high chronic absenteeism compared to nearby schools and the state average.

Academically, Lopez Continuation High ranks in the bottom 20% of California high schools, with only 20% of 11th-grade students proficient in English Language Arts and 0% proficient in mathematics, far below the district and state averages. The school also struggles with a high dropout rate, ranging from 8.1% to 20.2% in recent years, and chronic absenteeism as high as 80%. These issues are likely linked to the school's high percentage of low-income students, with 87.5% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.

However, Lopez Continuation High does perform relatively well in serving special education and homeless students compared to other schools in the region. While the school's overall academic performance lags behind nearby Arroyo Grande High and Central Coast New Technical High, it still outperforms some other continuation high schools, such as San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Court. Addressing the root causes of the school's academic and attendance challenges could be an important focus for the school and district moving forward.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1055 Mesa View Dr.
       Arroyo Grande, CA  93420-3311


(805) 474-3750

District: Lucia Mar Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1927th of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,850 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  13.8 Help
Number of students:  128

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
63.3%
White:
32.0%
Not Specified:
2.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  87.5% Help


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Compare Details Lopez Continuation High ranks worse than 82.1% of high schools in California. It also ranks last among 4 ranked high schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.49. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Lopez Continuation 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 Lopez Continuation High has the smallest high school student body size in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (63.3%), White (32%), two or more races (1.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 87.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Lopez Continuation High is 13.8, which is the lowest among 4 high schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Lopez Continuation High is $8,850, which is the highest among 4 high schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Lopez Continuation High:

SchoolDigger ranks Lopez Continuation High 1927th of 2348 California public high schools. (See Lopez Continuation High in the ranking list.)

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Lucia Mar Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Lucia Mar Unified 602nd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Lopez Continuation High

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Rank History for all students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 27.86 987th 1653 40.3%
2005 20.96 1360th 1901 28.5%
2006 37.96 892nd 1968 54.7%
2007 28.71 1165th 2063 43.5%
2008 37.47 977th 2117 53.8%
2009 35.73 1167th 2238 47.9%
2010 36.60 1092nd 2281 52.1%
2011 25.89 1438th 2367 39.2%
2012 23.41 1494th 2354 36.5%
2013 23.40 1524th 2426 37.2%
2015 17.82 1524th 1994 23.6%
2016 17.14 1565th 2039 23.2%
2017 16.31 1558th 2021 22.9%
2018 14.16 1625th 2017 19.4%
2019 12.71 1876th 2133 12.0%
2022 15.85 1770th 2123 16.6%
2023 12.49 1927th 2348 17.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 41.39 665th 1547 57.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.67 1492nd 1862 19.9%
2019 11.17 1795th 1937 7.3%
2022 16.32 1639th 1943 15.6%
2023 14.30 1820th 2247 19.0%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 20.31 246th 290 15.2%
2023 27.33 303rd 417 27.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 9.68 1542nd 1760 12.4%
2019 11.82 1600th 1833 12.7%
2022 18.96 1514th 1858 18.5%
2023 10.40 1881st 2118 11.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.65 824th 1052 21.7%
2022 49.90 395th 1161 66.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.76 1446th 1834 21.2%
2019 11.94 1679th 1880 10.7%
2022 12.99 1709th 1916 10.8%
2023 13.48 1788th 2207 19.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.48 1426th 1742 18.1%
2019 11.91 1629th 1814 10.2%
2022 12.18 1694th 1861 9.0%
2023 13.26 1772nd 2142 17.3%
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Rank History for White students at Lopez Continuation High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.88 1106th 1173 5.7%
2019 5.17 1154th 1222 5.6%
2022 10.95 1083rd 1204 10.0%
2023 5.67 1322nd 1434 7.8%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a student
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Open Quote As a graduating student (Class of 2008) at Lopez High School I can say that it is the best school I ever attended. The students are difficult, but the teachers did more than their part. If you were dedicated to your work, you succeeded. I was one of the dedicated, even made it into a local news paper. Parents think this school is no good, but it's their poor parenting and lack of attention that contributes to their children's poor test scores and social problems. There is a lot that contributes to the behavior of the students that attend Lopez High School but none of it is within control of the staff of Lucia Mar Unified school district. The counselors do their parts to the extent that they can but it isn't reinforced in the home. Keep up the great work.

P.S. If you are a student reading this review, remember that it is you that controls your success. Your true friends will be fine with you focusing in class. Never look back, keep moving forward. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Lopez Continuation High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 146 0 1 48 0 n/a n/a 0 195
1989 117 0 0 68 0 n/a n/a 0 185
1990 127 2 1 56 0 n/a n/a 0 186
1991 118 1 0 56 0 n/a n/a 0 175
1992 116 1 3 65 4 n/a n/a 0 189
1993 101 0 4 73 1 n/a n/a 0 179
1994 102 1 2 63 0 n/a n/a 0 168
1995 112 3 1 73 1 n/a n/a 0 190
1996 112 3 1 73 1 n/a n/a 0 190
1997 111 0 3 60 2 n/a n/a 0 176
1998 94 3 3 69 5 n/a n/a 0 174
1999 90 0 2 67 4 n/a n/a 0 163
2000 108 1 1 73 1 n/a n/a 0 184
2001 124 2 1 62 3 n/a n/a 0 192
2002 103 1 2 86 1 n/a n/a 0 193
2003 103 1 2 86 1 n/a n/a 0 193
2004 106 0 3 70 1 n/a n/a 9 189
2005 112 0 4 69 3 n/a n/a 6 194
2006 100 2 3 72 3 n/a n/a 10 190
2007 101 1 0 63 5 n/a n/a 6 176
2008 94 3 1 81 5 n/a n/a 0 184
2009 81 1 0 55 2 0 6 0 145
2010 85 3 2 81 2 0 1 0 174
2011 87 1 3 70 1 0 2 0 164
2012 75 1 1 62 2 0 2 0 143
2013 81 2 1 74 2 0 3 0 163
2014 63 4 0 72 1 0 4 0 144
2015 57 3 1 65 0 1 5 0 132
2016 46 3 2 55 0 0 2 0 108
2017 54 0 0 56 1 0 5 0 116
2018 55 1 2 57 0 1 2 0 118
2019 40 1 1 60 0 2 1 0 105
2020 41 0 0 67 2 0 5 0 115
2021 45 1 0 80 2 0 1 1 130
2022 50 1 0 70 1 0 0 1 123
2023 41 0 1 81 0 0 2 3 128

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 Lopez Continuation High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 195 8.5 22.9 n/a
1989 185 8.5 21.7 n/a
1990 186 8.0 23.2 n/a
1991 175 8.5 20.5 n/a
1992 189 8.6 21.9 n/a
1993 179 8.0 22.4 15.1
1994 168 9.0 18.7 16.1
1995 190 10.0 19.0 32.1
1996 190 10.0 19.0 32.1
1997 176 10.0 17.6 33
1998 174 9.9 17.6 44.8
1999 163 9.1 17.9 38.7
2000 184 13.5 13.6 33.7
2001 192 14.8 13.0 41.1
2002 193 12.9 15.0 44.6
2003 193 12.9 15.0 44.6
2004 189 13.9 13.6 42.8
2005 194 12.7 15.3 34
2006 190 11.8 16.1 38.3
2007 176 12.7 13.9 45.9
2008 184 15.0 12.3 36.4
2009 145 13.3 9.5 34.5
2010 174 11.5 15.1 63.2
2011 164 n/a n/a 66.5
2012 143 8.2 17.3 97.9
2013 163 8.5 18.9 63.2
2014 144 8.2 17.4 65.3
2015 132 9.0 14.6 68.9
2016 108 8.0 13.5 73.1
2017 116 8.5 13.5 61.2
2018 118 8.5 13.7 69.5
2019 105 8.5 12.2 81.9
2020 115 n/a n/a 87
2021 130 8.6 15.1 78.5
2022 123 11.4 10.7 79.7
2023 128 9.2 13.8 87.5

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 Lopez Continuation High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 195 8.5 22.9 n/a
1989 185 8.5 21.7 n/a
1990 186 8.0 23.2 n/a
1991 175 8.5 20.5 n/a
1992 189 8.6 21.9 n/a
1993 179 8.0 22.4 15.1
1994 168 9.0 18.7 16.1
1995 190 10.0 19.0 32.1
1996 190 10.0 19.0 32.1
1997 176 10.0 17.6 33
1998 174 9.9 17.6 44.8
1999 163 9.1 17.9 38.7
2000 184 13.5 13.6 33.7
2001 192 14.8 13.0 41.1
2002 193 12.9 15.0 44.6
2003 193 12.9 15.0 44.6
2004 189 13.9 13.6 42.8
2005 194 12.7 15.3 34
2006 190 11.8 16.1 38.3
2007 176 12.7 13.9 45.9
2008 184 15.0 12.3 36.4
2009 145 13.3 9.5 34.5
2010 174 11.5 15.1 63.2
2011 164 n/a n/a 66.5
2012 143 8.2 17.3 97.9
2013 163 8.5 18.9 63.2
2014 144 8.2 17.4 65.3
2015 132 9.0 14.6 68.9
2016 108 8.0 13.5 73.1
2017 116 8.5 13.5 61.2
2018 118 8.5 13.7 69.5
2019 105 8.5 12.2 81.9
2020 115 n/a n/a 87
2021 130 8.6 15.1 78.5
2022 123 11.4 10.7 79.7
2023 128 9.2 13.8 87.5

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 Lopez Continuation High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,850

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Lopez Continuation 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

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1876th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1927th of 2348 High schools
 5.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Lopez Continuation High)17.720
 2.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Lucia Mar Unified)55.957.9
 2%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Lopez Continuation High)00
   11th Grade Mathematics (Lucia Mar Unified)31.724.6
 7.1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Lopez Continuation High)3.96.2
 2.2%
   11th Grade Science (Lucia Mar Unified)29.334.8
 5.4%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Lopez Continuation High)010.7
 10.7%
   12th Grade Science (Lucia Mar Unified)22.626.7
 4.2%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.8
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students105128
 21.9%
African American10
 100%
American Indian00
Asian11
Hispanic6081
 35%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White4041
 2.5%
Two or More Races12
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients81.9%87.5%
 5.6%


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Students at Lopez Continuation High are 63% Hispanic, 32% White, 2% Not Specified, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 128 students attended Lopez Continuation High.

Lopez Continuation High ranks in the bottom 17.9% of California high schools.


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