Alisal High

Summary:

Alisal High is a public high school located in Salinas, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 2,852 students. The school is part of the Salinas Union High School District, which is ranked 1005 out of 1560 districts in California and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Alisal High has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (98.39%) compared to nearby schools like North Salinas High (75.42%) and Salinas High (93.1%). The school's four-year graduation rate has fluctuated between 85.5% and 90.4%, which is generally lower than the nearby schools. Alisal High also has a higher dropout rate, ranging from 6.7% to 9.4%, compared to the nearby schools, which have dropout rates ranging from 2.9% to 6.4%. Additionally, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 6.0% in 2018-2019 to 19.8% in 2021-2022, which is higher than the nearby schools.

Alisal High's performance on standardized tests, such as the Smarter Balanced Assessments and the California Science Test (CAST), is generally lower than the Salinas Union High School District and the state of California averages. The school has a very high percentage of students (93.93%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population. Alisal High also has a large population of English Language Learner (ELL) students, whose performance on standardized tests is lower than the overall school performance. However, the school's migrant students have relatively strong performance on standardized tests compared to other subgroups.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 777 Williams Rd.
       Salinas, CA  93905-1907


(831) 796-7600

District: Salinas Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
997th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,059 Help


Feeder schools for Alisal High:

Elementary:    Alisal Community
    Bardin Elementary
    Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
    Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy
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Middle:    El Sausal Middle
    La Paz Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  23.5 Help
Number of students:  2,852

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.4%
Asian:
0.9%
White:
0.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  93.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Alisal High ranks better than 57.5% of high schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 7 ranked high schools in the Salinas Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 44.78. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Alisal 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 Alisal High has the largest high school student body size in the Salinas Union High School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (98.4%), Asian (0.9%), White (0.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 93.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Alisal High is 23.5, which is the highest among 7 high schools in the Salinas Union High School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Alisal High is $9,059. 5 high schools in the Salinas Union High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Alisal High:

SchoolDigger ranks Alisal High 997th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Alisal High in the ranking list.)

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Salinas Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Salinas Union High 1005th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Alisal High

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Rank History for all students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 20.14 1269th 1653 23.2%
2005 24.34 1222nd 1901 35.7%
2006 25.97 1216th 1968 38.2%
2007 26.30 1258th 2063 39.0%
2008 32.03 1126th 2117 46.8%
2009 39.38 1043rd 2238 53.4%
2010 40.74 994th 2281 56.4%
2011 44.64 920th 2367 61.1%
2012 40.58 1033rd 2354 56.1%
2013 46.25 889th 2426 63.4%
2015 38.61 1199th 1994 39.9%
2016 51.22 995th 2039 51.2%
2017 50.41 1016th 2021 49.7%
2018 46.70 1079th 2017 46.5%
2019 41.91 1173rd 2133 45.0%
2022 60.47 711th 2123 66.5%
2023 44.78 991st 2335 57.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.68 503rd 938 46.4%
2019 45.06 365th 941 61.2%
2022 40.08 519th 1044 50.3%
2023 32.61 697th 1315 47.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 31.80 917th 1539 40.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.48 884th 1862 52.5%
2019 49.28 951st 1937 50.9%
2022 71.78 406th 1943 79.1%
2023 54.55 755th 2237 66.2%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 73.12 13th 89 85.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.75 1169th 1760 33.6%
2019 37.22 1123rd 1833 38.7%
2022 57.17 678th 1858 63.5%
2023 48.59 858th 2106 59.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.34 942nd 1052 10.5%
2019 38.47 584th 1117 47.7%
2022 25.07 974th 1161 16.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.68 898th 1834 51.0%
2019 43.07 1026th 1880 45.4%
2022 59.52 650th 1916 66.1%
2023 38.59 1086th 2195 50.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Alisal High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.09 798th 1742 54.2%
2019 52.33 813th 1814 55.2%
2022 75.79 333rd 1861 82.1%
2023 56.44 674th 2132 68.4%
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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 Alisal High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 126 32 88 1199 7 n/a n/a 0 1452
1989 132 32 100 1328 11 n/a n/a 0 1603
1990 126 26 87 1506 10 n/a n/a 0 1755
1991 108 18 82 1649 14 n/a n/a 0 1871
1992 98 24 78 1743 14 n/a n/a 0 1957
1993 78 20 72 1887 14 n/a n/a 0 2071
1994 75 27 61 1966 7 n/a n/a 0 2136
1995 63 23 36 1786 2 n/a n/a 0 1910
1996 63 23 36 1786 2 n/a n/a 0 1910
1997 51 20 33 1666 2 n/a n/a 0 1772
1998 43 12 34 1717 3 n/a n/a 0 1809
1999 36 11 45 1699 3 n/a n/a 2 1796
2000 20 8 46 1784 2 n/a n/a 4 1864
2001 23 9 50 1820 5 n/a n/a 3 1910
2002 33 3 51 1997 4 n/a n/a 1 2089
2003 33 3 51 1997 4 n/a n/a 1 2089
2004 38 9 49 2073 6 n/a n/a 2 2177
2005 29 16 55 2165 6 n/a n/a 1 2272
2006 30 18 40 2253 3 n/a n/a 1 2345
2007 28 19 42 2382 4 n/a n/a 10 2485
2008 22 12 35 2391 2 n/a n/a 0 2462
2009 14 7 31 2373 1 1 1 0 2428
2010 9 10 32 2366 1 4 0 0 2422
2011 14 10 28 2420 1 5 0 0 2478
2012 19 8 30 2312 1 5 8 0 2383
2013 22 10 34 2355 0 3 1 0 2425
2014 27 6 33 2310 2 1 0 0 2379
2015 34 4 29 2408 3 2 0 0 2480
2016 38 3 19 2518 3 3 1 0 2585
2017 35 4 18 2690 2 0 0 0 2749
2018 38 4 22 2771 2 0 1 0 2838
2019 29 2 28 2842 1 0 2 0 2904
2020 42 4 26 2912 1 0 3 0 2988
2021 38 6 24 2971 0 0 2 1 3042
2022 14 1 29 2953 0 0 9 2 3008
2023 10 1 25 2806 0 0 6 4 2852

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 Alisal High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1452 61.2 23.7 n/a
1989 1603 60.6 26.4 n/a
1990 1755 65.5 26.7 n/a
1991 1871 64.0 29.2 n/a
1992 1957 65.0 30.1 50.9
1993 2071 76.8 27.0 48.8
1994 2136 79.4 26.9 55.9
1995 1910 71.5 26.7 54.8
1996 1910 71.5 26.7 54.8
1997 1772 58.9 30.1 62.4
1998 1809 63.0 28.7 94.7
1999 1796 72.3 24.8 78.9
2000 1864 75.2 24.8 75.9
2001 1910 77.8 24.6 70.6
2002 2089 92.8 22.5 73.4
2003 2089 92.8 22.5 73.4
2004 2177 96.0 22.7 80
2005 2272 103.6 21.9 79
2006 2345 92.0 25.5 0
2007 2485 90.7 27.4 80.4
2008 2462 111.6 22.1 77.2
2009 2428 102.9 20.9 80.7
2010 2422 99.6 24.3 71.6
2011 2478 n/a n/a 75.4
2012 2383 100.7 23.6 n/a
2013 2425 98.6 24.5 81.5
2014 2379 92.9 25.5 76.7
2015 2480 83.0 29.8 71.4
2016 2585 97.0 26.6 84.8
2017 2749 101.6 27.0 81.6
2018 2838 115.2 24.6 81.4
2019 2904 117.0 24.8 84.1
2020 2988 n/a n/a 86.7
2021 3042 117.9 25.7 93.5
2022 3008 123.8 24.2 88
2023 2852 121.1 23.5 93.9

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 Alisal High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1452 61.2 23.7 n/a
1989 1603 60.6 26.4 n/a
1990 1755 65.5 26.7 n/a
1991 1871 64.0 29.2 n/a
1992 1957 65.0 30.1 50.9
1993 2071 76.8 27.0 48.8
1994 2136 79.4 26.9 55.9
1995 1910 71.5 26.7 54.8
1996 1910 71.5 26.7 54.8
1997 1772 58.9 30.1 62.4
1998 1809 63.0 28.7 94.7
1999 1796 72.3 24.8 78.9
2000 1864 75.2 24.8 75.9
2001 1910 77.8 24.6 70.6
2002 2089 92.8 22.5 73.4
2003 2089 92.8 22.5 73.4
2004 2177 96.0 22.7 80
2005 2272 103.6 21.9 79
2006 2345 92.0 25.5 0
2007 2485 90.7 27.4 80.4
2008 2462 111.6 22.1 77.2
2009 2428 102.9 20.9 80.7
2010 2422 99.6 24.3 71.6
2011 2478 n/a n/a 75.4
2012 2383 100.7 23.6 n/a
2013 2425 98.6 24.5 81.5
2014 2379 92.9 25.5 76.7
2015 2480 83.0 29.8 71.4
2016 2585 97.0 26.6 84.8
2017 2749 101.6 27.0 81.6
2018 2838 115.2 24.6 81.4
2019 2904 117.0 24.8 84.1
2020 2988 n/a n/a 86.7
2021 3042 117.9 25.7 93.5
2022 3008 123.8 24.2 88
2023 2852 121.1 23.5 93.9

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 Alisal High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,059

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Alisal High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1173rd of 2133 High schoolsRanks 991st of 2335 High schools
 12.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade Science (Alisal High)17.211.4
 5.8%
   10th Grade Science (Salinas Union High)21.613.3
 8.3%
   10th Grade Science (California)23.224.1
 0.9%
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal High)42.649.9
 7.2%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Salinas Union High)44.450.7
 6.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Alisal High)19.718.7
 1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Salinas Union High)20.616.6
 4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Alisal High)29.731
 1.4%
   11th Grade Science (Salinas Union High)27.826
 1.8%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Alisal High)5.57.3
 1.8%
   12th Grade Science (Salinas Union High)6.49.9
 3.5%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.9
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students29042852
 1.8%
African American21
 50%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian2825
 10.7%
Hispanic28422806
 1.3%
Pacific Islander00
White2910
 65.5%
Two or More Races26
 200%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients84.1%93.9%
 9.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Alisal High

Alisal High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Alisal Community
Elementary : Bardin Elementary
Elementary : Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
Elementary : Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Academy
Elementary : Fremont Elementary
Elementary : Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary
Elementary : Monte Bella Elementary
Elementary : Oscar F. Loya Elementary
Middle : El Sausal Middle
Middle : La Paz Middle

Alisal High ranks 997th of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,852 students attended Alisal High.

Students at Alisal High are 98% Hispanic.


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