Fred T. Korematsu Middle

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Fred T. Korematsu Middle is a public middle school located in El Cerrito, California, serving 681 students in grades 7-8 as part of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The school's diverse student population and strong academic performance, particularly in English Language Arts, set it apart from the district and state averages, though it faces challenges in addressing uneven subgroup achievement and increasing chronic absenteeism.

Academically, Fred T. Korematsu Middle stands out, with 49.45% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, higher than the district (32.5%) and state (46.66%) averages. In Mathematics, 34.44% of students were proficient or better, also exceeding the district (22.36%) but slightly trailing the state (34.62%) average. However, the school's performance varies across different student subgroups, with White and male students performing relatively well, while Asian, African American, Hispanic, and English Language Learner students lag behind their peers statewide.

When compared to nearby schools, Fred T. Korematsu Middle generally outperforms other middle schools within the West Contra Costa Unified School District, such as Pinole Middle and Helms Middle. However, it falls behind high-performing schools in the neighboring Berkeley Unified School District, including Longfellow Arts and Technology Middle, Willard Middle, and Martin Luther King Middle. Additionally, the school's increasing chronic absenteeism rate, from 11.9% in 2017-2018 to 18.4% in 2022-2023, is a concern that requires further investigation and targeted interventions.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 7125 Donal Ave.
       El Cerrito, CA  94530-2691


(510) 231-1449

District: West Contra Costa Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
898th of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,690 Help


Feeder schools for Fred T. Korematsu Middle:

Elementary:    Fairmont Elementary
    Harding Elementary
    Kensington Elementary
    Madera Elementary
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Student/teacher ratio:  22.0 Help
Number of students:  681

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
32.2%
White:
31.0%
Asian:
13.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  32.9% Help


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Compare Details Fred T. Korematsu Middle ranks better than 67.9% of middle schools in California. It also ranks first among 6 ranked middle schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 60.13. (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 Fred T. Korematsu Middle has the largest middle school student body size in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Student population at Fred T. Korematsu Middle is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (32.2%), White (31%), Asian (13.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 32.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Fred T. Korematsu Middle is 22. 4 middle schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Fred T. Korematsu Middle is $6,690. 4 middle schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Fred T. Korematsu Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Fred T. Korematsu Middle 898th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Fred T. Korematsu Middle in the ranking list.)

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West Contra Costa Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks West Contra Costa Unified 1132nd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Fred T. Korematsu Middle

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Rank History for all students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 33.75 1114th 1769 37.0%
2005 31.80 1181st 1777 33.5%
2006 28.79 1275th 1804 29.3%
2007 28.25 1443rd 1999 27.8%
2008 28.71 1474th 2005 26.5%
2009 23.70 1641st 2063 20.5%
2010 32.23 1510th 2179 30.7%
2011 41.34 1325th 2236 40.7%
2012 31.94 1583rd 2259 29.9%
2013 36.58 1528th 2379 35.8%
2015 58.52 894th 2477 63.9%
2016 51.92 1061st 2497 57.5%
2017 64.90 781st 2508 68.9%
2018 62.48 789th 2480 68.2%
2019 61.78 872nd 2715 67.9%
2022 51.26 1139th 2740 58.4%
2023 60.13 897th 2788 67.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 24.21 446th 554 19.5%
2022 54.80 301st 665 54.7%
2023 65.36 245th 678 63.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.83 1007th 1364 26.2%
2019 41.96 614th 1442 57.4%
2022 30.24 1239th 1540 19.5%
2023 32.30 1108th 1523 27.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 46.06 629th 1532 58.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.82 1361st 2230 39.0%
2019 29.30 1715th 2369 27.6%
2022 22.38 2016th 2458 18.0%
2023 28.90 1794th 2535 29.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.79 710th 2262 68.6%
2019 63.41 759th 2380 68.1%
2022 52.86 1003rd 2509 60.0%
2023 53.50 970th 2535 61.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.11 647th 1369 52.7%
2019 36.11 838th 1491 43.8%
2022 27.35 1162nd 1531 24.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.72 782nd 2273 65.6%
2019 56.89 885th 2407 63.2%
2022 49.09 1086th 2527 57.0%
2023 63.40 745th 2546 70.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.97 564th 700 19.4%
2019 25.51 588th 745 21.1%
2022 9.56 663rd 733 9.5%
2023 13.68 624th 717 13.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.05 330th 600 45.0%
2019 20.62 554th 643 13.8%
2022 28.65 462nd 637 27.5%
2023 33.28 399th 609 34.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.49 952nd 2072 54.1%
2019 49.15 972nd 2213 56.1%
2022 24.00 1855th 2359 21.4%
2023 34.90 1453rd 2379 38.9%
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Rank History for White students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.42 274th 1496 81.7%
2019 81.12 241st 1602 85.0%
2022 70.17 420th 1555 73.0%
2023 75.01 324th 1549 79.1%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Fred T. Korematsu Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 262 586 158 52 5 n/a n/a 0 1063
1989 141 550 105 36 8 n/a n/a 0 840
1990 85 499 110 35 3 n/a n/a 0 732
1991 134 532 106 60 5 n/a n/a 0 837
1992 136 615 121 73 10 n/a n/a 0 955
1993 111 621 146 113 3 n/a n/a 0 994
1994 98 647 176 123 7 n/a n/a 0 1051
1995 108 568 173 137 4 n/a n/a 0 990
1996 108 568 173 137 4 n/a n/a 0 990
1997 140 527 176 137 2 n/a n/a 0 982
1998 159 473 154 157 2 n/a n/a 0 945
1999 183 466 176 160 2 n/a n/a 0 987
2000 186 498 193 173 1 n/a n/a 0 1051
2001 185 511 181 173 2 n/a n/a 1 1053
2002 151 515 168 207 2 n/a n/a 6 1049
2003 151 515 168 207 2 n/a n/a 6 1049
2004 130 337 136 129 1 n/a n/a 6 739
2005 106 299 128 123 0 n/a n/a 3 659
2006 87 259 127 156 3 n/a n/a 8 640
2007 85 241 110 163 2 n/a n/a 10 611
2008 94 215 92 154 1 n/a n/a 0 556
2009 93 181 111 133 0 4 31 0 553
2010 118 180 123 174 0 2 2 0 599
2011 79 125 92 165 0 2 121 0 584
2012 74 119 112 154 1 6 0 0 466
2013 95 153 113 156 1 4 3 0 525
2014 110 142 118 143 1 9 3 0 526
2015 143 131 111 140 0 9 5 0 539
2016 168 125 118 167 0 5 6 0 589
2017 192 119 131 185 0 5 11 0 643
2018 221 114 134 216 3 4 23 0 715
2019 221 111 116 218 2 3 25 0 696
2020 219 114 124 204 1 7 39 0 708
2021 213 98 124 227 1 10 56 0 729
2022 220 85 107 213 0 5 45 2 677
2023 211 85 94 219 3 2 65 2 681

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 Fred T. Korematsu Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1063 51.1 20.8 n/a
1989 840 39.9 21.0 n/a
1990 732 47.8 15.3 n/a
1991 837 43.4 19.2 n/a
1992 955 44.1 21.6 38
1993 994 49.0 20.3 58.2
1994 1051 51.3 20.5 56.3
1995 990 48.6 20.4 64.3
1996 990 48.6 20.4 64.3
1997 982 48.8 20.1 64.6
1998 945 44.8 21.1 61.1
1999 987 50.7 19.5 59.4
2000 1051 47.6 22.1 50.1
2001 1053 47.6 22.1 48.1
2002 1049 49.4 21.2 51.4
2003 1049 49.4 21.2 51.4
2004 739 33.0 22.4 52.9
2005 659 30.2 21.8 59.5
2006 640 25.4 25.2 61.2
2007 611 27.8 22.0 65.6
2008 556 38.6 14.4 64.6
2009 553 34.2 12.8 58.6
2010 599 30.2 19.8 59.9
2011 584 n/a n/a 53.6
2012 466 20.0 23.3 n/a
2013 525 21.2 24.7 63.4
2014 526 23.0 22.8 58.6
2015 539 23.0 23.4 56.6
2016 589 23.0 25.6 55
2017 643 29.2 22.0 49.9
2018 715 32.5 22.0 45.2
2019 696 29.3 23.7 43.4
2020 708 n/a n/a 42.4
2021 729 30.0 24.3 39
2022 677 32.4 20.8 32.1
2023 681 30.8 22.0 32.9

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 Fred T. Korematsu Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1063 51.1 20.8 n/a
1989 840 39.9 21.0 n/a
1990 732 47.8 15.3 n/a
1991 837 43.4 19.2 n/a
1992 955 44.1 21.6 38
1993 994 49.0 20.3 58.2
1994 1051 51.3 20.5 56.3
1995 990 48.6 20.4 64.3
1996 990 48.6 20.4 64.3
1997 982 48.8 20.1 64.6
1998 945 44.8 21.1 61.1
1999 987 50.7 19.5 59.4
2000 1051 47.6 22.1 50.1
2001 1053 47.6 22.1 48.1
2002 1049 49.4 21.2 51.4
2003 1049 49.4 21.2 51.4
2004 739 33.0 22.4 52.9
2005 659 30.2 21.8 59.5
2006 640 25.4 25.2 61.2
2007 611 27.8 22.0 65.6
2008 556 38.6 14.4 64.6
2009 553 34.2 12.8 58.6
2010 599 30.2 19.8 59.9
2011 584 n/a n/a 53.6
2012 466 20.0 23.3 n/a
2013 525 21.2 24.7 63.4
2014 526 23.0 22.8 58.6
2015 539 23.0 23.4 56.6
2016 589 23.0 25.6 55
2017 643 29.2 22.0 49.9
2018 715 32.5 22.0 45.2
2019 696 29.3 23.7 43.4
2020 708 n/a n/a 42.4
2021 729 30.0 24.3 39
2022 677 32.4 20.8 32.1
2023 681 30.8 22.0 32.9

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 Fred T. Korematsu Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,690

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Fred T. Korematsu Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 872nd of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 897th of 2788 Middle schools
 0.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fred T. Korematsu Middle)5151.1
 0.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (West Contra Costa Unified)34.430.8
 3.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Fred T. Korematsu Middle)4138.2
 2.8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (West Contra Costa Unified)21.719.7
 2.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fred T. Korematsu Middle)58.347.9
 10.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (West Contra Costa Unified)35.427.9
 7.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Fred T. Korematsu Middle)38.830.6
 8.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (West Contra Costa Unified)17.414.1
 3.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Fred T. Korematsu Middle)35.931.5
 4.4%
   8th Grade Science (West Contra Costa Unified)18.713.2
 5.5%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%
8th Grade Reading/Language Arts (Fred T. Korematsu Middle)23.53.2
 20.3%
   8th Grade Reading/Language Arts (West Contra Costa Unified)23.53.2
 20.3%
   8th Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)9.19.5
 0.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students696681
 2.2%
African American11185
 23.4%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian11694
 19%
Hispanic218219
 0.5%
Pacific Islander32
 33.3%
White221211
 4.5%
Two or More Races2565
 160%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients43.4%32.9%
 10.5%


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Fred T. Korematsu Middle ranks 898th of 2798 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 681 students attended Fred T. Korematsu Middle.

Students at Fred T. Korematsu Middle are 32% Hispanic, 31% White, 14% Asian, 12% African American, 10% Two or more races.


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