El Puente

Summary:

El Puente is a public high school located in Salinas, California, serving grades 7-12 with a total enrollment of 279 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.

El Puente faces significant challenges compared to nearby high schools. The school has a much higher Hispanic student population at 95.34%, compared to surrounding schools that range from 75.42% to 98.39% Hispanic students. However, El Puente struggles with low graduation rates of only 22.5%, much lower than the 54.8% to 90.8% range of nearby Rancho San Juan High, Salinas High, Alisal High, Everett Alvarez High, and North Salinas High. Correspondingly, El Puente has had dropout rates as high as 53.8%, far exceeding the 2.9% to 8.6% range of the surrounding schools.

The data suggests that El Puente would benefit from targeted interventions and support to address its challenges. With 87.1% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, the school likely faces significant socioeconomic barriers to student success. Strategies such as increased counseling, academic tutoring, and community partnerships could help improve graduation rates, reduce chronic absenteeism, and boost test scores, which currently lag far behind state and district averages. Addressing these disparities is crucial to ensuring all students in the Salinas Union High School District have access to a high-quality education.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 20 Sherwood Pl.
       Salinas, CA  93906-4010


(831) 796-7700

District: Salinas Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
1645th of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,257 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  15.1 Help
Number of students:  279

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
95.3%
White:
2.5%
Asian:
1.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  87.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details El Puente ranks better than 55.3% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 47.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details El Puente ranks worse than 70.1% of high schools in California. It also ranks 5th 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 21.85. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of El Puente 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 (95.3%), White (2.5%), Asian (1.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 87.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at El Puente is 15.1, which is the 2nd best 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 El Puente is $19,257, which is the 3rd highest among 7 high schools in the Salinas Union High School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

El Puente:

SchoolDigger ranks El Puente 1251st of 2798 California public middle schools. (See El Puente in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks El Puente 1645th of 2346 California public high schools. (See El Puente 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 El Puente

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Rank History for all middle school students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2016 3.18 2479th 2497 0.7%
2022 23.04 2084th 2740 23.9%
2023 47.10 1249th 2788 55.2%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 27.19 1373rd 1540 10.8%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 23.42 1973rd 2458 19.7%
2023 69.39 529th 2535 79.1%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 33.77 1531st 2509 39.0%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 17.27 2194th 2527 13.2%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 26.23 1774th 2359 24.8%
2023 61.48 695th 2379 70.8%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for El Puente

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Rank History for all high school students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2013 14.61 1904th 2426 21.5%
2015 12.06 1692nd 1994 15.1%
2016 14.02 1650th 2039 19.1%
2017 11.97 1708th 2021 15.5%
2018 18.01 1540th 2017 23.6%
2019 23.59 1546th 2133 27.5%
2022 20.50 1643rd 2123 22.6%
2023 21.85 1635th 2335 30.0%
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Rank History for high school English Language Learner students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.71 416th 938 55.7%
2019 48.95 304th 941 67.7%
2022 24.88 1002nd 1044 4.0%
2023 40.86 446th 1315 66.1%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 21.43 1306th 1539 15.1%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.30 1431st 1862 23.1%
2019 16.34 1588th 1937 18.0%
2022 21.68 1512th 1943 22.2%
2023 27.64 1470th 2237 34.3%
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Rank History for high school Female students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.23 1409th 1760 19.9%
2019 14.41 1544th 1833 15.8%
2022 19.15 1510th 1858 18.7%
2023 24.45 1477th 2106 29.9%
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Rank History for high school Male students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.84 1499th 1834 18.3%
2019 18.17 1477th 1880 21.4%
2022 19.70 1511th 1916 21.1%
2023 16.09 1692nd 2195 22.9%
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Rank History for high school Hispanic students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.42 1378th 1742 20.9%
2019 18.16 1439th 1814 20.7%
2022 23.78 1419th 1861 23.8%
2023 26.48 1447th 2132 32.1%
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Rank History for high school White students at El Puente

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.92 894th 1173 23.8%
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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.

El Puente Test Scores
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Enrollment information for El Puente

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2012 19 5 5 251 1 2 3 0 286
2013 33 6 7 306 3 1 1 0 357
2014 41 3 3 335 0 0 0 0 382
2015 48 5 10 365 0 1 1 0 430
2016 26 7 4 324 0 0 3 0 364
2017 21 5 6 329 1 1 0 0 363
2018 25 4 4 303 1 1 1 0 339
2019 25 5 4 207 0 0 4 0 245
2020 23 10 2 237 0 0 5 0 277
2021 22 5 4 201 0 0 5 1 238
2022 21 3 7 336 0 0 5 0 372
2023 7 1 3 266 0 0 2 0 279

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 El Puente

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 286 10.0 28.6 99
2013 357 13.6 26.1 71.4
2014 382 6.2 61.4 53.9
2015 430 6.0 71.6 54.7
2016 364 4.0 91.0 52.5
2017 363 13.2 27.3 52.3
2018 339 14.6 23.1 65.8
2019 245 15.1 16.2 73.5
2020 277 n/a n/a 79.8
2021 238 14.6 16.2 89.1
2022 372 20.1 18.4 84.7
2023 279 18.4 15.1 87.1

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 El Puente

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 286 10.0 28.6 99
2013 357 13.6 26.1 71.4
2014 382 6.2 61.4 53.9
2015 430 6.0 71.6 54.7
2016 364 4.0 91.0 52.5
2017 363 13.2 27.3 52.3
2018 339 14.6 23.1 65.8
2019 245 15.1 16.2 73.5
2020 277 n/a n/a 79.8
2021 238 14.6 16.2 89.1
2022 372 20.1 18.4 84.7
2023 279 18.4 15.1 87.1

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 El Puente

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $19,257

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

Impact of COVID-19 on El Puente

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 1546th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1635th of 2335 High schools
 2.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (El Puente)16.928.6
 11.7%
   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 (El Puente)1.13.3
 2.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Salinas Union High)20.616.6
 4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (El Puente)18.20
 18.2%
   11th Grade Science (Salinas Union High)27.828.5
 0.7%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.430.8
 0.4%
12th Grade Science (El Puente)8.29.1
 0.9%
   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 Students245279
 13.9%
African American51
 80%
American Indian00
Asian43
 25%
Hispanic207266
 28.5%
Pacific Islander00
White257
 72%
Two or More Races42
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients73.5%87.1%
 13.6%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 279 students attended El Puente.

Students at El Puente are 95% Hispanic, 3% White, 1% Asian.

El Puente ranks 1645th of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.


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