California Middle

Summary:

California Middle is a public middle school located in Sacramento, California, serving grades 7-8 with a total enrollment of 783 students. The school is part of the Sacramento City Unified School District, which is ranked 986 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

California Middle has a diverse student population, with a significant Hispanic (45.98%) and Asian (12.01%) representation, along with White (16.73%), African American (12.26%), and other racial groups. The school's overall academic performance is generally above the district average, particularly in English Language Arts (ELA), with 45.1% of students proficient or better compared to 38.2% for the district. However, the school's performance varies across different student subgroups, with White students performing relatively well but Asian, African American, and Hispanic students struggling. Additionally, California Middle has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 17.5% in 2018-2019 to 31.5% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the district average.

When compared to nearby schools, California Middle has a more diverse student population than schools like Fern Bacon Middle and Will C. Wood Middle. While California Middle generally outperforms the district average, it lags behind higher-performing schools like Sutter Middle, which consistently ranks in the top 15% of California middle schools and has significantly higher proficiency rates in ELA and Mathematics. Additionally, California Middle serves a student population with a higher percentage of free/reduced-price lunch recipients compared to schools like Sutter Middle, indicating greater socioeconomic challenges.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1600 Vallejo Way
       Sacramento, CA  95818-3837


(916) 395-5302

District: Sacramento City Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1097th of 2,802 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,851 Help


Students who attend California Middle usually attend:

High:    C. K. McClatchy High

Feeder schools for California Middle:

Elementary:    Bret Harte Elementary
    Crocker/Riverside Elementary
    Ethel Phillips Elementary
    Leataata Floyd Elementary
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Student/teacher ratio:  18.8 Help
Number of students:  783

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
46.0%
White:
16.7%
African American:
12.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  64.2% Help


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Compare Details California Middle ranks better than 60.8% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 7 ranked middle schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 52.4. (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 Student population at California Middle is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (46%), White (16.7%), African American (12.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 64.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at California Middle is 18.8, which is the 2nd best among 7 middle schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at California Middle is $7,851, which is the 4th highest among 7 middle schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

California Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks California Middle 1097th of 2802 California public middle schools. (See California Middle in the ranking list.)

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Sacramento City Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Sacramento City Unified 987th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for California Middle

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Rank History for all students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 42.40 928th 1769 47.5%
2005 40.25 992nd 1777 44.2%
2006 46.11 888th 1804 50.8%
2007 43.62 1050th 1999 47.5%
2008 52.80 864th 2005 56.9%
2009 58.46 784th 2063 62.0%
2010 57.52 851st 2179 60.9%
2011 67.49 623rd 2236 72.1%
2012 67.61 636th 2259 71.8%
2013 69.17 621st 2379 73.9%
2015 66.84 719th 2477 71.0%
2016 69.05 675th 2497 73.0%
2017 68.34 703rd 2508 72.0%
2018 57.06 918th 2480 63.0%
2019 53.26 1072nd 2715 60.5%
2022 62.59 836th 2740 69.5%
2023 52.40 1097th 2802 60.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.86 341st 462 26.2%
2019 34.33 393rd 554 29.1%
2022 60.96 264th 665 60.3%
2023 45.26 379th 678 44.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.43 726th 1364 46.8%
2019 41.66 623rd 1442 56.8%
2022 55.21 366th 1540 76.2%
2023 45.57 559th 1529 63.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 55.51 457th 1538 70.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.36 1127th 2230 49.5%
2019 39.14 1347th 2369 43.1%
2022 46.41 1126th 2458 54.2%
2023 36.49 1485th 2549 41.7%
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Rank History for Female students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.35 926th 2262 59.1%
2019 53.02 982nd 2380 58.7%
2022 56.88 884th 2509 64.8%
2023 52.42 1001st 2547 60.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.56 300th 1369 78.1%
2019 45.84 630th 1491 57.7%
2022 66.12 322nd 1531 79.0%
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Rank History for Male students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.27 838th 2273 63.1%
2019 50.41 1021st 2407 57.6%
2022 66.27 693rd 2527 72.6%
2023 51.03 1031st 2558 59.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.05 526th 700 24.9%
2019 14.53 654th 745 12.2%
2022 32.30 534th 733 27.1%
2023 17.24 610th 718 15.0%
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Rank History for African American students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.11 329th 600 45.2%
2019 40.29 360th 643 44.0%
2022 40.33 346th 637 45.7%
2023 30.59 435th 614 29.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.76 1000th 2072 51.7%
2019 41.35 1211th 2213 45.3%
2022 49.79 1005th 2359 57.4%
2023 46.37 1080th 2391 54.8%
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Rank History for White students at California Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.06 261st 1496 82.6%
2019 84.38 174th 1602 89.1%
2022 77.93 282nd 1555 81.9%
2023 78.34 268th 1552 82.7%
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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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Data source: California Department of Education

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Open Quote I graduated Cal Middle spring of 2008. It's safe to say, Cal Middle completely turned my life around. I was unhappy and outcast at my Elementary school and it got to the point where I tried to commit suicide. However, I fortunately failed and have never tried since. When I got to Cal, I had decided to reinvent myself, even going so far as to change my name. I would not be trying to be someone I was not, but rather loose the bonds I had constrained myself with. I arrived at Cal my first day scared witless and found immediately friends and a welcoming environment. Cal was so diverse that I found that it was extremely easy to find people with whom I could identify. Additionally, some of the best teachers I have had came from Cal, including Mr. Dell, Mr. and Ms. Holt, and the librarian Ms. Vann. Overall, those years remain two of the best years of my life so far. Close Quote



Enrollment information for California Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 312 133 202 258 7 n/a n/a 0 912
1989 323 140 226 217 8 n/a n/a 0 914
1990 341 165 224 248 3 n/a n/a 0 981
1991 275 147 237 256 10 n/a n/a 0 925
1992 283 150 244 231 6 n/a n/a 0 914
1993 281 140 261 254 7 n/a n/a 0 943
1994 293 142 259 309 7 n/a n/a 0 1010
1995 283 158 264 246 9 n/a n/a 0 960
1996 283 158 264 246 9 n/a n/a 0 960
1997 294 181 260 267 13 n/a n/a 0 1015
1998 241 171 254 293 18 n/a n/a 0 977
1999 230 172 254 300 12 n/a n/a 0 968
2000 231 196 253 298 17 n/a n/a 3 998
2001 197 196 235 278 31 n/a n/a 6 943
2002 160 245 196 311 23 n/a n/a 10 945
2003 160 245 196 311 23 n/a n/a 10 945
2004 155 217 180 287 23 n/a n/a 18 880
2005 112 198 165 252 12 n/a n/a 10 749
2006 91 199 161 264 7 n/a n/a 3 725
2007 90 158 133 246 8 n/a n/a 4 639
2008 117 147 114 209 8 n/a n/a 0 595
2009 144 153 106 222 9 7 0 0 641
2010 119 114 92 249 5 8 55 0 642
2011 153 145 94 254 2 12 28 0 688
2012 150 144 95 278 7 10 38 0 722
2013 188 116 95 280 9 7 30 0 725
2014 192 107 90 260 7 11 38 0 705
2015 201 94 104 289 10 13 51 0 762
2016 242 112 118 327 7 10 40 0 856
2017 252 113 132 342 5 17 45 0 906
2018 240 125 108 359 4 15 68 0 919
2019 211 132 101 386 3 19 76 0 928
2020 222 117 110 402 2 11 84 0 948
2021 216 99 97 400 6 10 93 0 921
2022 162 79 100 345 8 15 83 0 792
2023 131 96 94 360 8 12 81 1 783

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 California Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 912 44.0 20.7 n/a
1989 914 43.3 21.1 n/a
1990 981 44.0 22.2 n/a
1991 925 43.0 21.5 n/a
1992 914 43.7 20.9 21.7
1993 943 40.2 23.5 61.1
1994 1010 40.2 25.1 64.7
1995 960 35.0 27.4 61
1996 960 35.0 27.4 61
1997 1015 38.4 26.4 61.9
1998 977 41.1 23.8 65.9
1999 968 39.8 24.3 70.7
2000 998 47.3 21.1 67.3
2001 943 45.0 21.0 81.6
2002 945 41.0 23.0 63.9
2003 945 41.0 23.0 63.9
2004 880 40.0 22.0 80.5
2005 749 39.5 19.0 76.7
2006 725 39.9 18.2 78.5
2007 639 34.6 18.5 72.3
2008 595 34.5 17.2 70.8
2009 641 28.6 20.3 67.6
2010 642 25.0 25.6 65
2011 688 n/a n/a 66
2012 722 28.1 25.6 n/a
2013 725 24.6 29.4 65.4
2014 705 25.8 27.3 65.8
2015 762 31.0 24.5 59.2
2016 856 37.0 23.1 59.5
2017 906 37.7 24.0 56.4
2018 919 38.7 23.7 63.2
2019 928 38.4 24.1 63.6
2020 948 n/a n/a 63
2021 921 44.4 20.7 60.8
2022 792 43.2 18.2 58
2023 783 41.5 18.8 64.2

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 California Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 912 44.0 20.7 n/a
1989 914 43.3 21.1 n/a
1990 981 44.0 22.2 n/a
1991 925 43.0 21.5 n/a
1992 914 43.7 20.9 21.7
1993 943 40.2 23.5 61.1
1994 1010 40.2 25.1 64.7
1995 960 35.0 27.4 61
1996 960 35.0 27.4 61
1997 1015 38.4 26.4 61.9
1998 977 41.1 23.8 65.9
1999 968 39.8 24.3 70.7
2000 998 47.3 21.1 67.3
2001 943 45.0 21.0 81.6
2002 945 41.0 23.0 63.9
2003 945 41.0 23.0 63.9
2004 880 40.0 22.0 80.5
2005 749 39.5 19.0 76.7
2006 725 39.9 18.2 78.5
2007 639 34.6 18.5 72.3
2008 595 34.5 17.2 70.8
2009 641 28.6 20.3 67.6
2010 642 25.0 25.6 65
2011 688 n/a n/a 66
2012 722 28.1 25.6 n/a
2013 725 24.6 29.4 65.4
2014 705 25.8 27.3 65.8
2015 762 31.0 24.5 59.2
2016 856 37.0 23.1 59.5
2017 906 37.7 24.0 56.4
2018 919 38.7 23.7 63.2
2019 928 38.4 24.1 63.6
2020 948 n/a n/a 63
2021 921 44.4 20.7 60.8
2022 792 43.2 18.2 58
2023 783 41.5 18.8 64.2

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 California Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,851

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

Impact of COVID-19 on California Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1072nd of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 1097th of 2802 Middle schools
 0.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California Middle)49.638.8
 10.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Sacramento City Unified)44.641
 3.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (California Middle)36.329.4
 6.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Sacramento City Unified)33.529.2
 4.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California Middle)48.351.2
 3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Sacramento City Unified)43.539
 4.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (California Middle)37.228.7
 8.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Sacramento City Unified)29.324.5
 4.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (California Middle)3231.3
 0.8%
   8th Grade Science (Sacramento City Unified)24.623.8
 0.8%
   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 Students928783
 15.6%
African American13296
 27.3%
American Indian38
 166.7%
Asian10194
 6.9%
Hispanic386360
 6.7%
Pacific Islander1912
 36.8%
White211131
 37.9%
Two or More Races7681
 6.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients63.6%64.2%
 0.7%


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California Middle ranks 1097th of 2802 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 783 students attended California Middle.

Students at California Middle are 46% Hispanic, 17% White, 12% African American, 12% Asian, 10% Two or more races, 2% Pacific Islander, 1% American Indian.

Students who attend California Middle usually go on to attend C. K. McClatchy High


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