Salinas High

Summary:

Salinas High is a public high school in Salinas, California, serving 2,567 students in grades 9-12. 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.

Salinas High stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic (75.42%), White (16.24%), and Asian (3.04%) students compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 90.82% to 98.39% Hispanic. Academically, Salinas High outperforms the district and state in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science proficiency rates, as well as maintaining a high four-year graduation rate of 89.6% to 92.8%. However, the school faces challenges in addressing racial and socioeconomic disparities, with significant achievement gaps between different student groups.

While Salinas High generally outperforms other high schools in the district, such as Mount Toro High and Carr Lake Community Day, which have significantly lower performance, the school has also experienced a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism, from 12.0% in 2018-2019 to 26.0% in 2021-2022. Addressing these issues and continuing to support the diverse student population at Salinas High will be crucial for ensuring the success of all students.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 726 S. Main St.
       Salinas, CA  93901-3243


(831) 796-7400

District: Salinas Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
690th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,289 Help


Feeder schools for Salinas High:

Elementary:    Los Padres Elementary
    Mission Park Elementary
    Monterey Park Elementary
    Roosevelt Elementary
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Middle:    Buena Vista Middle
    San Benancio Middle
    Washington Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  22.9 Help
Number of students:  2,567

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
75.4%
White:
16.2%
Two or more races:
4.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  83.4% Help


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Compare Details Salinas High ranks better than 70.6% of high schools in California. It also ranks first 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 58.06. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Salinas 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: Hispanic (75.4%), White (16.2%), two or more races (4.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 83.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Salinas Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Salinas High is 22.9. 5 high schools in the Salinas Union High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Salinas High is $9,289. 4 high schools in the Salinas Union High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Salinas High:

SchoolDigger ranks Salinas High 690th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Salinas 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 Salinas High

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Rank History for all students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 38.21 741st 1653 55.2%
2005 34.88 923rd 1901 51.4%
2006 42.53 787th 1968 60.0%
2007 46.17 732nd 2063 64.5%
2008 45.70 775th 2117 63.4%
2009 46.48 840th 2238 62.5%
2010 44.30 904th 2281 60.4%
2011 51.04 767th 2367 67.6%
2012 48.93 823rd 2354 65.0%
2013 44.02 955th 2426 60.6%
2015 54.51 886th 1994 55.6%
2016 65.32 663rd 2039 67.5%
2017 69.95 606th 2021 70.0%
2018 64.83 711th 2017 64.7%
2019 62.21 692nd 2133 67.6%
2022 53.27 864th 2123 59.3%
2023 58.06 686th 2335 70.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 64.30 153rd 422 63.7%
2022 43.39 297th 515 42.3%
2023 55.08 298th 780 61.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.98 677th 938 27.8%
2019 38.57 495th 941 47.4%
2022 44.42 411th 1044 60.6%
2023 23.19 1187th 1315 9.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 36.84 770th 1539 50.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.34 826th 1862 55.6%
2019 53.66 828th 1937 57.3%
2022 49.13 869th 1943 55.3%
2023 66.97 478th 2237 78.6%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 44.51 51st 89 42.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.51 631st 1760 64.1%
2019 59.70 642nd 1833 65.0%
2022 53.08 755th 1858 59.4%
2023 58.79 628th 2106 70.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.70 778th 1052 26.0%
2019 43.05 506th 1117 54.7%
2022 39.95 577th 1161 50.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.35 750th 1834 59.1%
2019 59.80 660th 1880 64.9%
2022 48.73 850th 1916 55.6%
2023 54.61 707th 2195 67.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.33 248th 581 57.3%
2019 72.94 165th 582 71.6%
2022 53.86 305th 581 47.5%
2023 72.19 208th 727 71.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.73 665th 1742 61.8%
2019 61.21 609th 1814 66.4%
2022 51.22 805th 1861 56.7%
2023 59.53 606th 2132 71.6%
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Rank History for White students at Salinas High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.57 350th 1173 70.2%
2019 62.27 456th 1222 62.7%
2022 58.42 485th 1204 59.7%
2023 58.23 470th 1424 67.0%
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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 Salinas High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 933 25 156 761 16 n/a n/a 0 1891
1989 869 33 164 787 14 n/a n/a 0 1867
1990 813 42 171 844 19 n/a n/a 0 1889
1991 808 42 169 834 15 n/a n/a 0 1868
1992 833 44 167 907 17 n/a n/a 0 1968
1993 805 43 167 955 24 n/a n/a 0 1994
1994 801 42 164 957 21 n/a n/a 0 1985
1995 765 35 177 1002 19 n/a n/a 0 1998
1996 765 35 177 1002 19 n/a n/a 0 1998
1997 812 38 183 1090 17 n/a n/a 0 2140
1998 781 33 174 1032 19 n/a n/a 0 2039
1999 787 36 155 1066 14 n/a n/a 4 2062
2000 856 36 150 1104 16 n/a n/a 0 2162
2001 922 35 160 1175 18 n/a n/a 0 2310
2002 1052 42 168 1313 20 n/a n/a 8 2603
2003 1052 42 168 1313 20 n/a n/a 8 2603
2004 1032 61 170 1325 13 n/a n/a 16 2617
2005 1071 65 170 1345 10 n/a n/a 11 2672
2006 1030 73 160 1355 9 n/a n/a 7 2634
2007 947 65 152 1325 6 n/a n/a 23 2518
2008 916 67 162 1381 10 n/a n/a 0 2536
2009 805 68 155 1427 8 10 20 0 2493
2010 742 65 147 1547 14 17 31 0 2563
2011 653 56 137 1525 14 12 115 0 2512
2012 733 49 151 1536 16 16 19 0 2520
2013 692 50 139 1607 11 16 18 0 2533
2014 669 38 143 1628 7 15 19 0 2519
2015 650 35 134 1677 7 15 23 0 2541
2016 622 34 128 1752 7 10 28 0 2581
2017 599 29 127 1757 9 4 28 0 2553
2018 603 29 109 1832 7 2 26 0 2608
2019 578 36 99 1896 5 9 38 0 2661
2020 578 32 97 1921 7 9 43 1 2688
2021 533 31 101 1928 9 10 48 0 2660
2022 453 27 93 1984 4 9 96 2 2668
2023 417 16 78 1936 5 4 110 1 2567

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 Salinas High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1891 79.3 23.8 n/a
1989 1867 72.1 25.8 n/a
1990 1889 72.4 26.0 n/a
1991 1868 71.6 26.0 n/a
1992 1968 72.8 27.0 14.9
1993 1994 76.7 26.0 17
1994 1985 74.6 26.6 16.1
1995 1998 77.9 25.6 19.4
1996 1998 77.9 25.6 19.4
1997 2140 76.0 28.2 21.3
1998 2039 73.4 27.8 23.7
1999 2062 77.9 26.5 18.7
2000 2162 83.6 25.9 11.9
2001 2310 91.9 25.1 23.4
2002 2603 103.2 25.2 22.3
2003 2603 103.2 25.2 22.3
2004 2617 100.7 26.0 18.9
2005 2672 101.2 26.4 28
2006 2634 100.0 26.3 0
2007 2518 98.3 25.6 28.9
2008 2536 113.1 22.4 31.3
2009 2493 101.0 21.3 39.6
2010 2563 105.5 24.2 41.8
2011 2512 n/a n/a 43
2012 2520 109.5 23.0 n/a
2013 2533 109.6 23.1 50.5
2014 2519 105.6 23.8 44.6
2015 2541 107.0 23.7 42.7
2016 2581 106.0 24.3 44.4
2017 2553 112.5 22.6 45
2018 2608 123.5 21.1 50.1
2019 2661 123.2 21.5 54.1
2020 2688 n/a n/a 57.2
2021 2660 107.9 24.6 65.7
2022 2668 119.9 22.2 63.9
2023 2567 112.0 22.9 83.4

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 Salinas High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1891 79.3 23.8 n/a
1989 1867 72.1 25.8 n/a
1990 1889 72.4 26.0 n/a
1991 1868 71.6 26.0 n/a
1992 1968 72.8 27.0 14.9
1993 1994 76.7 26.0 17
1994 1985 74.6 26.6 16.1
1995 1998 77.9 25.6 19.4
1996 1998 77.9 25.6 19.4
1997 2140 76.0 28.2 21.3
1998 2039 73.4 27.8 23.7
1999 2062 77.9 26.5 18.7
2000 2162 83.6 25.9 11.9
2001 2310 91.9 25.1 23.4
2002 2603 103.2 25.2 22.3
2003 2603 103.2 25.2 22.3
2004 2617 100.7 26.0 18.9
2005 2672 101.2 26.4 28
2006 2634 100.0 26.3 0
2007 2518 98.3 25.6 28.9
2008 2536 113.1 22.4 31.3
2009 2493 101.0 21.3 39.6
2010 2563 105.5 24.2 41.8
2011 2512 n/a n/a 43
2012 2520 109.5 23.0 n/a
2013 2533 109.6 23.1 50.5
2014 2519 105.6 23.8 44.6
2015 2541 107.0 23.7 42.7
2016 2581 106.0 24.3 44.4
2017 2553 112.5 22.6 45
2018 2608 123.5 21.1 50.1
2019 2661 123.2 21.5 54.1
2020 2688 n/a n/a 57.2
2021 2660 107.9 24.6 65.7
2022 2668 119.9 22.2 63.9
2023 2567 112.0 22.9 83.4

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 Salinas High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,289

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Salinas High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 692nd of 2133 High schoolsRanks 686th of 2335 High schools
 3.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade Science (Salinas High)40.620.3
 20.3%
   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 (Salinas High)55.362.6
 7.3%
   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 (Salinas High)31.624.7
 6.9%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Salinas Union High)20.616.6
 4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Salinas High)35.232.5
 2.6%
   11th Grade Science (Salinas Union High)27.826
 1.8%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Salinas High)5.77.3
 1.6%
   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 Students26612567
 3.5%
African American3616
 55.6%
American Indian55
Asian9978
 21.2%
Hispanic18961936
 2.1%
Pacific Islander94
 55.6%
White578417
 27.9%
Two or More Races38110
 189.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients54.1%83.4%
 29.3%


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Students at Salinas High are 75% Hispanic, 16% White, 4% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

Salinas High ranks 690th of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,567 students attended Salinas High.


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