Mesa Middle

Summary:

Mesa Middle is a public middle school located in Arroyo Grande, California, serving grades 7-8 with a student population of 465. The school is part of the Lucia Mar Unified School District, which is ranked 596 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Mesa Middle has seen a decrease in White students and an increase in Hispanic students, the school faces several challenges. It has a significantly higher chronic absenteeism rate (31.5%) compared to nearby Judkins Middle (25.8%) and Paulding Middle (17.6%), as well as the state average. Additionally, Mesa Middle's proficiency rates in English Language Arts (41.08%) and Mathematics (16.06%) are consistently lower than the district and state averages.

Interestingly, Mesa Middle's performance for homeless students is relatively better compared to other subgroups, ranking 117 out of 321 California middle schools in 2022-2023 and rated 3 stars. However, the school's high percentage of students (72.69%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch suggests a relatively low socioeconomic status, which may contribute to the school's overall academic challenges. Addressing these issues through targeted interventions and increased resources could help improve educational opportunities for the students at Mesa Middle.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 2555 Halcyon Rd.
       Arroyo Grande, CA  93420-6539


(805) 474-3400

District: Lucia Mar Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1629th of 2,802 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $4,813 Help


Students who attend Mesa Middle usually attend:

High:    Central Coast New Technical High
    Nipomo High

Feeder schools for Mesa Middle:

Elementary:    Dana Elementary
    Lange (Dorothea) Elementary
    Nipomo Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  18.0 Help
Number of students:  465

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
63.9%
White:
29.7%
Two or more races:
3.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  72.7% Help


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Compare Details Mesa Middle ranks worse than 58.1% of middle schools in California. It also ranks last among 3 ranked middle schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 35.04. (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: Hispanic (63.9%), White (29.7%), two or more races (3.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 72.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mesa Middle is 18, which is the lowest among 3 middle schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Mesa Middle is $4,813. 1 middle schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Mesa Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Mesa Middle 1629th of 2802 California public middle schools. (See Mesa Middle 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 Mesa Middle

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Rank History for all students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 62.87 551st 1769 68.9%
2005 61.49 579th 1777 67.4%
2006 72.37 425th 1804 76.4%
2007 68.52 516th 1999 74.2%
2008 66.90 542nd 2005 73.0%
2009 65.86 600th 2063 70.9%
2010 63.93 686th 2179 68.5%
2011 57.54 892nd 2236 60.1%
2012 55.96 921st 2259 59.2%
2013 56.70 977th 2379 58.9%
2015 41.95 1284th 2477 48.2%
2016 45.89 1222nd 2497 51.1%
2017 47.76 1165th 2508 53.5%
2018 45.77 1200th 2480 51.6%
2019 43.64 1335th 2715 50.8%
2022 38.22 1516th 2740 44.7%
2023 35.04 1629th 2802 41.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.41 1078th 1364 21.0%
2019 32.13 1009th 1442 30.0%
2022 50.15 472nd 1540 69.4%
2023 37.90 852nd 1529 44.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 30.98 1053rd 1538 31.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.68 1089th 2230 51.2%
2019 41.35 1288th 2369 45.6%
2022 41.08 1299th 2458 47.2%
2023 37.18 1460th 2549 42.7%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 50.08 138th 336 58.9%
2023 54.27 117th 321 63.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.35 1108th 2262 51.0%
2019 45.36 1176th 2380 50.6%
2022 32.85 1566th 2509 37.6%
2023 31.78 1592nd 2547 37.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.41 360th 1369 73.7%
2019 35.41 851st 1491 42.9%
2022 31.92 994th 1531 35.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.42 1159th 2273 49.0%
2019 40.46 1297th 2407 46.1%
2022 43.49 1235th 2527 51.1%
2023 37.80 1416th 2558 44.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.21 1257th 2072 39.3%
2019 35.83 1376th 2213 37.8%
2022 35.66 1443rd 2359 38.8%
2023 37.42 1356th 2391 43.3%
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Rank History for White students at Mesa Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.17 693rd 1496 53.7%
2019 47.27 836th 1602 47.8%
2022 34.80 1021st 1555 34.3%
2023 24.59 1182nd 1552 23.8%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Mesa Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1991 477 3 7 100 1 n/a n/a 0 588
1992 486 3 13 91 1 n/a n/a 0 594
1993 367 2 5 91 0 n/a n/a 0 465
1994 307 4 6 153 5 n/a n/a 0 475
1995 468 5 10 235 3 n/a n/a 0 721
1996 468 5 10 235 3 n/a n/a 0 721
1997 479 7 16 260 3 n/a n/a 0 765
1998 488 9 14 288 4 n/a n/a 0 803
1999 451 9 18 295 3 n/a n/a 0 776
2000 450 5 15 294 4 n/a n/a 0 768
2001 451 5 17 278 6 n/a n/a 0 757
2002 433 12 13 332 2 n/a n/a 0 792
2003 433 12 13 332 2 n/a n/a 0 792
2004 407 19 8 360 4 n/a n/a 0 798
2005 399 13 5 355 5 n/a n/a 29 806
2006 371 9 7 339 5 n/a n/a 39 770
2007 247 5 5 243 4 n/a n/a 25 529
2008 248 7 7 229 4 n/a n/a 0 495
2009 245 11 8 241 2 1 24 0 532
2010 222 6 9 286 2 0 8 0 533
2011 224 2 9 296 3 0 7 0 541
2012 218 2 7 290 0 0 10 0 527
2013 202 2 4 255 1 2 10 0 476
2014 189 2 10 291 1 2 7 0 502
2015 190 3 9 313 1 1 10 0 527
2016 193 8 9 292 1 1 9 0 513
2017 196 7 11 315 2 2 6 0 539
2018 199 4 14 323 6 2 6 0 554
2019 190 1 18 318 3 0 10 0 540
2020 169 1 13 335 2 0 16 0 536
2021 162 0 10 305 2 1 17 0 497
2022 153 3 7 271 4 2 18 0 458
2023 138 3 5 297 3 1 18 0 465

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 Mesa Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 588 22.0 26.7 n/a
1992 594 22.4 26.5 19.7
1993 465 18.0 25.8 23
1994 475 16.3 29.1 37.5
1995 721 31.7 22.7 42.2
1996 721 31.7 22.7 42.2
1997 765 33.8 22.6 45
1998 803 35.0 22.9 48.4
1999 776 35.4 21.9 47.9
2000 768 35.4 21.7 47.4
2001 757 36.2 20.9 48.6
2002 792 36.8 21.5 54.9
2003 792 36.8 21.5 54.9
2004 798 35.6 22.4 50.1
2005 806 35.2 22.9 52.5
2006 770 34.8 22.1 51.6
2007 529 24.2 21.9 54.8
2008 495 29.2 17.0 45.1
2009 532 25.8 17.7 50
2010 533 25.0 21.3 58.7
2011 541 n/a n/a 59.3
2012 527 25.0 21.0 n/a
2013 476 24.4 19.4 60.7
2014 502 23.2 21.6 64.3
2015 527 26.0 20.2 67.7
2016 513 26.0 19.7 67.8
2017 539 24.0 22.4 62.5
2018 554 26.2 21.1 64.6
2019 540 24.8 21.7 68
2020 536 n/a n/a 65.1
2021 497 25.8 19.2 72.2
2022 458 26.4 17.3 65.7
2023 465 25.7 18.0 72.7

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 Mesa Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 588 22.0 26.7 n/a
1992 594 22.4 26.5 19.7
1993 465 18.0 25.8 23
1994 475 16.3 29.1 37.5
1995 721 31.7 22.7 42.2
1996 721 31.7 22.7 42.2
1997 765 33.8 22.6 45
1998 803 35.0 22.9 48.4
1999 776 35.4 21.9 47.9
2000 768 35.4 21.7 47.4
2001 757 36.2 20.9 48.6
2002 792 36.8 21.5 54.9
2003 792 36.8 21.5 54.9
2004 798 35.6 22.4 50.1
2005 806 35.2 22.9 52.5
2006 770 34.8 22.1 51.6
2007 529 24.2 21.9 54.8
2008 495 29.2 17.0 45.1
2009 532 25.8 17.7 50
2010 533 25.0 21.3 58.7
2011 541 n/a n/a 59.3
2012 527 25.0 21.0 n/a
2013 476 24.4 19.4 60.7
2014 502 23.2 21.6 64.3
2015 527 26.0 20.2 67.7
2016 513 26.0 19.7 67.8
2017 539 24.0 22.4 62.5
2018 554 26.2 21.1 64.6
2019 540 24.8 21.7 68
2020 536 n/a n/a 65.1
2021 497 25.8 19.2 72.2
2022 458 26.4 17.3 65.7
2023 465 25.7 18.0 72.7

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 Mesa Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $4,813

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mesa 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 1335th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 1629th of 2802 Middle schools
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Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Mesa Middle)47.843.4
 4.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Lucia Mar Unified)57.855.7
 2.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Mesa Middle)32.219
 13.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Lucia Mar Unified)3834.4
 3.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Mesa Middle)43.438.6
 4.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Lucia Mar Unified)55.749.3
 6.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Mesa Middle)29.713
 16.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Lucia Mar Unified)36.426.8
 9.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Mesa Middle)26.121.3
 4.8%
   8th Grade Science (Lucia Mar Unified)3330.1
 3%
   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 Students540465
 13.9%
African American13
 200%
American Indian33
Asian185
 72.2%
Hispanic318297
 6.6%
Pacific Islander01
White190138
 27.4%
Two or More Races1018
 80%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients68%72.7%
 4.7%


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Mesa Middle ranks 1629th of 2802 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Mesa Middle usually go on to attend Central Coast New Technical High

In the 2022-23 school year, 465 students attended Mesa Middle.

Students at Mesa Middle are 64% Hispanic, 30% White, 4% Two or more races, 1% Asian.


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