Placer High

Summary:

Placer High is a public high school located in Auburn, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1,310 students. It is part of the Placer Union High School District, which is ranked 379 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Placer High stands out for its diverse student population, with 59.69% White, 25.65% Hispanic, 2.6% Asian, and 9.16% two or more races. This diversity is higher than nearby schools like Del Oro High and Golden Sierra Junior Senior High, which have a higher percentage of White students. Academically, Placer High consistently performs well, ranking 369 out of 2,335 California high schools and receiving a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger, on par with high-performing schools like Twelve Bridges High. The school has maintained high graduation rates, ranging from 92.1% to 96.1%, and low dropout rates, from 0.3% to 3.6%, outperforming nearby continuation high schools like Phoenix High (Continuation) and Confluence Continuation High.

While Placer High's overall performance is commendable, the school has experienced an increase in chronic absenteeism, from 12.2% in 2017-2018 to 19.3% in 2022-2023, which is an area of concern. The school's commitment to equity is evident, with strong performance across different student subgroups, but there may be opportunities to further investigate and address any achievement gaps. Overall, Placer High provides a quality education to its diverse student population, and its consistent academic achievements and high graduation rates make it a standout school in the region.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 275 Orange St.
       Auburn, CA  95603-5115


(530) 885-4581

District: Placer Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
371st of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,646 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  21.1 Help
Number of students:  1,310

Racial breakdown:

White:
59.7%
Hispanic:
25.6%
Two or more races:
9.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30.5% Help


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Compare Details Placer High ranks better than 84.2% of high schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 6 ranked high schools in the Placer Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 77.7. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Placer 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 Racial makeup is: White (59.7%), Hispanic (25.6%), two or more races (9.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 30.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Placer High is 21.1. 3 high schools in the Placer Union High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Placer High is $12,646. 4 high schools in the Placer Union High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Placer High:

SchoolDigger ranks Placer High 371st of 2348 California public high schools. (See Placer High in the ranking list.)

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Placer Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Placer Union High 383rd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Placer High

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Rank History for all students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 70.44 181st 1653 89.1%
2005 68.78 270th 1901 85.8%
2006 62.42 417th 1968 78.8%
2007 65.97 331st 2063 84.0%
2008 70.38 266th 2117 87.4%
2009 55.95 580th 2238 74.1%
2010 52.16 695th 2281 69.5%
2011 56.60 625th 2367 73.6%
2012 57.38 605th 2354 74.3%
2013 58.10 574th 2426 76.3%
2015 84.58 280th 1994 86.0%
2016 85.70 270th 2039 86.8%
2017 86.12 285th 2021 85.9%
2018 84.74 320th 2017 84.1%
2019 78.80 390th 2133 81.7%
2021 60.76 460th 1290 64.3%
2022 59.41 728th 2123 65.7%
2023 77.70 371st 2348 84.2%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.24 205th 366 44.0%
2019 59.32 179th 422 57.6%
2022 19.31 432nd 515 16.1%
2023 49.31 338th 786 57.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.57 482nd 938 48.6%
2021 25.90 381st 467 18.4%
2022 32.47 747th 1044 28.4%
2023 66.45 95th 1323 92.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 51.88 435th 1547 71.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.36 561st 1862 69.9%
2019 64.14 570th 1937 70.6%
2021 54.82 466th 1126 58.6%
2022 57.64 682nd 1943 64.9%
2023 71.36 407th 2247 81.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.21 310th 1760 82.4%
2019 78.22 356th 1833 80.6%
2021 51.10 501st 1054 52.5%
2022 55.74 703rd 1858 62.2%
2023 80.90 283rd 2118 86.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.44 446th 1052 57.6%
2019 40.09 554th 1117 50.4%
2021 34.73 343rd 555 38.2%
2022 67.42 219th 1161 81.1%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 40.84 99th 168 41.1%
2023 46.51 121st 233 48.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.42 304th 1834 83.4%
2019 75.02 411th 1880 78.1%
2021 62.96 373rd 1122 66.8%
2022 56.98 705th 1916 63.2%
2023 71.73 436th 2207 80.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.71 780th 1742 55.2%
2019 49.13 899th 1814 50.4%
2022 38.41 1132nd 1861 39.2%
2023 64.41 524th 2142 75.5%
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Rank History for White students at Placer High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.34 220th 1173 81.2%
2019 69.07 349th 1222 71.4%
2022 47.46 626th 1204 48.0%
2023 65.20 368th 1434 74.3%
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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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Enrollment information for Placer High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1307 12 19 53 37 n/a n/a 0 1428
1989 1258 11 22 37 27 n/a n/a 0 1355
1990 1263 10 20 35 15 n/a n/a 0 1343
1991 1314 10 15 35 5 n/a n/a 0 1379
1992 1353 11 22 34 8 n/a n/a 0 1428
1993 1422 16 29 46 21 n/a n/a 0 1534
1994 1453 11 23 63 32 n/a n/a 0 1582
1995 1516 4 29 96 39 n/a n/a 0 1684
1996 1516 4 29 96 39 n/a n/a 0 1684
1997 1501 6 37 102 42 n/a n/a 0 1688
1998 1582 6 44 79 30 n/a n/a 0 1741
1999 1595 2 42 77 32 n/a n/a 0 1748
2000 1574 4 42 74 23 n/a n/a 1 1718
2001 1606 9 33 75 21 n/a n/a 7 1751
2002 1484 9 49 84 31 n/a n/a 6 1663
2003 1484 9 49 84 31 n/a n/a 6 1663
2004 1404 7 29 76 17 n/a n/a 150 1683
2005 1338 7 38 87 7 n/a n/a 122 1599
2006 1287 9 47 99 10 n/a n/a 99 1551
2007 1162 9 23 106 12 n/a n/a 134 1446
2008 1093 8 16 114 7 n/a n/a 0 1238
2009 1068 13 35 124 10 1 117 0 1368
2010 1044 8 33 203 13 1 62 0 1364
2011 1036 9 28 203 16 1 75 0 1368
2012 995 7 29 231 19 1 85 0 1367
2013 1014 11 26 230 22 2 98 0 1403
2014 1018 15 22 233 17 1 98 0 1404
2015 1018 16 21 234 13 1 83 0 1386
2016 999 16 24 249 14 0 79 0 1381
2017 990 13 24 244 14 0 74 0 1359
2018 936 11 24 242 18 0 75 0 1306
2019 939 11 26 263 23 2 76 0 1340
2020 913 11 33 289 17 3 81 0 1347
2021 926 12 33 289 11 4 81 1 1357
2022 875 10 30 324 11 6 127 6 1389
2023 782 13 34 336 11 5 120 9 1310

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 Placer High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1428 60.2 23.7 n/a
1989 1355 53.9 25.1 n/a
1990 1343 55.1 24.3 n/a
1991 1379 58.5 23.5 n/a
1992 1428 59.4 24.0 13.2
1993 1534 62.4 24.6 0
1994 1582 69.4 22.8 14.5
1995 1684 74.7 22.5 16.2
1996 1684 74.7 22.5 16.2
1997 1688 77.2 21.9 15.9
1998 1741 78.2 22.3 13.4
1999 1748 74.5 23.5 15.2
2000 1718 72.8 23.6 9.9
2001 1751 74.0 23.7 11
2002 1663 73.3 22.7 7.1
2003 1663 73.3 22.7 7.1
2004 1683 68.7 24.5 11.7
2005 1599 70.6 22.6 12.3
2006 1551 68.4 22.7 13.7
2007 1446 64.5 22.4 15.2
2008 1238 68.2 18.2 18.6
2009 1368 61.1 20.2 17.3
2010 1364 54.4 25.0 22.9
2011 1368 n/a n/a 28.7
2012 1367 58.4 23.3 n/a
2013 1403 58.4 24.0 29.3
2014 1404 60.1 23.3 29.1
2015 1386 60.0 23.1 29
2016 1381 59.0 23.4 28.5
2017 1359 57.9 23.4 26.5
2018 1306 58.8 22.1 32
2019 1340 58.1 23.0 31.8
2020 1347 n/a n/a 33.6
2021 1357 56.8 23.8 29.6
2022 1389 58.1 23.8 41.3
2023 1310 62.0 21.1 30.5

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 Placer High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1428 60.2 23.7 n/a
1989 1355 53.9 25.1 n/a
1990 1343 55.1 24.3 n/a
1991 1379 58.5 23.5 n/a
1992 1428 59.4 24.0 13.2
1993 1534 62.4 24.6 0
1994 1582 69.4 22.8 14.5
1995 1684 74.7 22.5 16.2
1996 1684 74.7 22.5 16.2
1997 1688 77.2 21.9 15.9
1998 1741 78.2 22.3 13.4
1999 1748 74.5 23.5 15.2
2000 1718 72.8 23.6 9.9
2001 1751 74.0 23.7 11
2002 1663 73.3 22.7 7.1
2003 1663 73.3 22.7 7.1
2004 1683 68.7 24.5 11.7
2005 1599 70.6 22.6 12.3
2006 1551 68.4 22.7 13.7
2007 1446 64.5 22.4 15.2
2008 1238 68.2 18.2 18.6
2009 1368 61.1 20.2 17.3
2010 1364 54.4 25.0 22.9
2011 1368 n/a n/a 28.7
2012 1367 58.4 23.3 n/a
2013 1403 58.4 24.0 29.3
2014 1404 60.1 23.3 29.1
2015 1386 60.0 23.1 29
2016 1381 59.0 23.4 28.5
2017 1359 57.9 23.4 26.5
2018 1306 58.8 22.1 32
2019 1340 58.1 23.0 31.8
2020 1347 n/a n/a 33.6
2021 1357 56.8 23.8 29.6
2022 1389 58.1 23.8 41.3
2023 1310 62.0 21.1 30.5

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 Placer High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $12,646

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Placer High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 390th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 371st of 2348 High schools
 2.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Placer High)67.373.9
 6.5%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Placer Union High)68.971.6
 2.6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Placer High)3832.6
 5.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Placer Union High)38.544.2
 5.7%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Placer High)40.743.9
 3.2%
   11th Grade Science (Placer Union High)45.346.5
 1.3%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students13401310
 2.2%
African American1113
 18.2%
American Indian2311
 52.2%
Asian2634
 30.8%
Hispanic263336
 27.8%
Pacific Islander25
 150%
White939782
 16.7%
Two or More Races76120
 57.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients31.8%30.5%
 1.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Placer High

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,310 students attended Placer High.

Students at Placer High are 60% White, 26% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

Placer High ranks 371st of 2348 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Placer High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Auburn Elementary
Elementary : Bowman Charter
Elementary : Skyridge Elementary
Middle : EV Cain Middle


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