Ethel Kucera Middle

Summary:

Ethel Kucera Middle is a public middle school in Rialto, California, serving 964 students in grades 6-8. The school faces several challenges, including low academic performance, high rates of chronic absenteeism, and a student population with a high level of economic disadvantage.

Ethel Kucera Middle's academic performance lags behind the state and district averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 31.33% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, 14.82% in Mathematics, and 12.33% in Science, compared to state averages of 46.66%, 34.62%, and 30.18%, respectively. The school's performance also trails that of nearby schools, such as Ben F. Kolb Middle and Heritage Intermediate, which are in the Etiwanda Elementary School District.

Ethel Kucera Middle's student population is predominantly Hispanic (81.02%), with smaller percentages of White (5.91%), African American (8.61%), and Asian (2.18%) students. The school has also experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 7.4% in 2017-2018 to 34.1% in 2022-2023. Additionally, a large majority of the school's students (75.73%) qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage. Addressing these challenges, such as improving attendance, providing targeted academic interventions, and leveraging community resources, could be crucial in helping Ethel Kucera Middle improve student outcomes.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 2140 W. Buena Vista Dr.
       Rialto, CA  92377-4837


(909) 574-7044

District: Rialto Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
2087th of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,368 Help


Students who attend Ethel Kucera Middle usually attend:

High:    Eisenhower High
    Wilmer Amina Carter High

Feeder schools for Ethel Kucera Middle:

Elementary:    Dr. Edward Fitzgerald Elementary
    George H. Dunn Elementary
    Helen L. Dollahan Elementary
    Nancy R. Kordyak Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  23.4 Help
Number of students:  964

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
81.0%
African American:
8.6%
White:
5.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  75.7% Help


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Compare Details Ethel Kucera Middle ranks worse than 74.6% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 4th among 5 ranked middle schools in the Rialto Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 24.22. (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 (81%), African American (8.6%), White (5.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 75.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Rialto Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ethel Kucera Middle is 23.4, which is the lowest among 5 middle schools in the Rialto Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ethel Kucera Middle is $8,368, which is the highest among 5 middle schools in the Rialto Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ethel Kucera Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Ethel Kucera Middle 2087th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Ethel Kucera Middle in the ranking list.)

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Rialto Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Rialto Unified 1220th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ethel Kucera Middle

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Rank History for all students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 24.10 1338th 1769 24.4%
2005 24.84 1337th 1777 24.8%
2006 23.10 1410th 1804 21.8%
2007 23.65 1568th 1999 21.6%
2008 27.82 1492nd 2005 25.6%
2009 28.96 1498th 2063 27.4%
2010 34.50 1454th 2179 33.3%
2011 38.13 1406th 2236 37.1%
2012 36.82 1454th 2259 35.6%
2013 34.20 1581st 2379 33.5%
2015 24.77 1843rd 2477 25.6%
2016 20.42 2012th 2497 19.4%
2017 24.39 1879th 2508 25.1%
2018 18.09 2073rd 2480 16.4%
2019 22.66 2072nd 2715 23.7%
2022 24.19 2030th 2740 25.9%
2023 24.22 2081st 2788 25.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.43 1027th 1364 24.7%
2019 39.50 702nd 1442 51.3%
2022 34.96 978th 1540 36.5%
2023 30.26 1203rd 1523 21.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 25.11 1256th 1532 18.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.11 1904th 2230 14.6%
2019 26.36 1824th 2369 23.0%
2022 27.26 1799th 2458 26.8%
2023 25.80 1930th 2535 23.9%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 31.72 239th 336 28.9%
2023 32.70 222nd 321 30.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.11 1942nd 2262 14.1%
2019 20.05 1945th 2380 18.3%
2022 23.46 1907th 2509 24.0%
2023 24.50 1905th 2535 24.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.65 1107th 1369 19.1%
2019 27.87 1094th 1491 26.6%
2022 25.96 1232nd 1531 19.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.26 1925th 2273 15.3%
2019 24.28 1831st 2407 23.9%
2022 25.48 1824th 2527 27.8%
2023 24.31 1891st 2546 25.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.28 408th 600 32.0%
2019 42.06 345th 643 46.3%
2022 41.10 338th 637 46.9%
2023 48.88 266th 609 56.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.90 1688th 2072 18.5%
2019 28.27 1601st 2213 27.7%
2022 31.82 1564th 2359 33.7%
2023 29.86 1645th 2379 30.9%
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Rank History for White students at Ethel Kucera Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.41 1314th 1496 12.2%
2019 22.89 1251st 1602 21.9%
2022 30.42 1094th 1555 29.6%
2023 37.91 950th 1549 38.7%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Ethel Kucera Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 226 231 30 333 1 n/a n/a 0 821
1996 226 231 30 333 1 n/a n/a 0 821
1997 197 246 31 332 1 n/a n/a 0 807
1998 188 279 36 360 0 n/a n/a 0 863
1999 248 395 58 570 2 n/a n/a 0 1273
2000 247 395 56 627 3 n/a n/a 0 1328
2001 224 436 54 648 5 n/a n/a 0 1367
2002 214 443 48 744 2 n/a n/a 0 1451
2003 214 443 48 744 2 n/a n/a 0 1451
2004 211 477 48 823 5 n/a n/a 0 1564
2005 185 485 51 857 8 n/a n/a 0 1586
2006 181 444 48 898 8 n/a n/a 0 1579
2007 150 374 42 841 4 n/a n/a 3 1414
2008 143 361 42 797 5 n/a n/a 0 1348
2009 123 339 30 782 7 9 12 0 1302
2010 115 245 25 884 6 7 9 0 1291
2011 108 228 16 939 4 10 6 0 1311
2012 101 216 10 910 1 17 7 0 1262
2013 82 209 13 900 2 15 12 0 1233
2014 63 201 19 899 4 17 20 0 1223
2015 61 180 23 920 5 9 20 0 1218
2016 61 139 20 899 6 8 22 0 1155
2017 57 147 17 904 1 4 17 0 1147
2018 55 139 19 889 1 3 15 0 1121
2019 51 108 21 887 2 2 18 0 1089
2020 51 106 21 896 4 2 14 0 1094
2021 49 100 18 811 6 4 15 0 1003
2022 49 84 17 759 5 5 13 0 932
2023 57 83 21 781 3 8 11 0 964

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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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 Ethel Kucera Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 821 34.7 23.7 33.7
1996 821 34.7 23.7 33.7
1997 807 34.0 23.7 40.3
1998 863 37.0 23.3 44.6
1999 1273 52.2 24.4 51.3
2000 1328 55.4 24.0 47.1
2001 1367 58.2 23.5 54.7
2002 1451 61.6 23.6 52.2
2003 1451 61.6 23.6 52.2
2004 1564 63.1 24.8 44.6
2005 1586 51.4 30.9 47.5
2006 1579 58.0 27.2 51.9
2007 1414 62.2 22.7 55.7
2008 1348 68.4 19.7 62.1
2009 1302 56.0 20.3 65.4
2010 1291 55.0 23.4 71
2011 1311 n/a n/a 74.8
2012 1262 50.9 24.7 n/a
2013 1233 49.9 24.6 68.1
2014 1223 46.3 26.4 74.6
2015 1218 46.0 26.4 74.1
2016 1155 46.0 25.1 75.8
2017 1147 45.3 25.3 75.9
2018 1121 46.7 23.9 76.3
2019 1089 46.6 23.3 84.1
2020 1094 n/a n/a 83.3
2021 1003 41.2 24.3 84.3
2022 932 37.6 24.7 78.9
2023 964 41.1 23.4 75.7

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 Ethel Kucera Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 821 34.7 23.7 33.7
1996 821 34.7 23.7 33.7
1997 807 34.0 23.7 40.3
1998 863 37.0 23.3 44.6
1999 1273 52.2 24.4 51.3
2000 1328 55.4 24.0 47.1
2001 1367 58.2 23.5 54.7
2002 1451 61.6 23.6 52.2
2003 1451 61.6 23.6 52.2
2004 1564 63.1 24.8 44.6
2005 1586 51.4 30.9 47.5
2006 1579 58.0 27.2 51.9
2007 1414 62.2 22.7 55.7
2008 1348 68.4 19.7 62.1
2009 1302 56.0 20.3 65.4
2010 1291 55.0 23.4 71
2011 1311 n/a n/a 74.8
2012 1262 50.9 24.7 n/a
2013 1233 49.9 24.6 68.1
2014 1223 46.3 26.4 74.6
2015 1218 46.0 26.4 74.1
2016 1155 46.0 25.1 75.8
2017 1147 45.3 25.3 75.9
2018 1121 46.7 23.9 76.3
2019 1089 46.6 23.3 84.1
2020 1094 n/a n/a 83.3
2021 1003 41.2 24.3 84.3
2022 932 37.6 24.7 78.9
2023 964 41.1 23.4 75.7

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 Ethel Kucera Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,368

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ethel Kucera 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 2072nd of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 2081st of 2788 Middle schools
 1.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ethel Kucera Middle)37.631.4
 6.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Rialto Unified)31.529.9
 1.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Ethel Kucera Middle)22.817.8
 5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Rialto Unified)18.917.3
 1.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ethel Kucera Middle)29.230.5
 1.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Rialto Unified)32.633.8
 1.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Ethel Kucera Middle)11.716.7
 5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Rialto Unified)14.214.3
 0.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ethel Kucera Middle)35.732
 3.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Rialto Unified)29.331
 1.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Ethel Kucera Middle)18.19.6
 8.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Rialto Unified)14.112.1
 1.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Ethel Kucera Middle)14.612.3
 2.3%
   8th Grade Science (Rialto Unified)13.815.3
 1.4%
   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 Students1089964
 11.5%
African American10883
 23.1%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian2121
Hispanic887781
 12%
Pacific Islander28
 300%
White5157
 11.8%
Two or More Races1811
 38.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients84.1%75.7%
 8.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ethel Kucera Middle

In the 2022-23 school year, 964 students attended Ethel Kucera Middle.

Students who attend Ethel Kucera Middle usually go on to attend Eisenhower High

Ethel Kucera Middle ranks 2087th of 2798 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students at Ethel Kucera Middle are 81% Hispanic, 9% African American, 6% White, 2% Asian, 1% Two or more races.


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