O'Connell (John) High

Summary:

O'Connell (John) High is a public high school in San Francisco, California, serving grades 9-12 with a diverse student population of over 1,000 students.

The school faces significant challenges, with consistently low academic performance compared to the San Francisco Unified School District and the state of California. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 36.56% of 11th-grade students were proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, and a mere 6.45% were proficient or better in Mathematics. The school's four-year graduation rate of 86.3% is also lower than the district average, and its dropout rate of 12.1% is alarmingly high. Additionally, O'Connell (John) High struggles with a very high chronic absenteeism rate of 58.7%, more than double the district and state averages.

Interestingly, the nearby schools, such as Wells (Ida B.) High, Marshall (Thurgood) High, and Downtown High, also face similar challenges, suggesting that these issues are not unique to O'Connell (John) High but are more widespread in the local area. However, the nearby Gateway High, a charter school, stands out with significantly higher academic performance, graduation rates, and lower chronic absenteeism, indicating that alternative educational models may be more successful in this context.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 2355 Folsom St.
       San Francisco, CA  94110-2010


(415) 695-5370

District: San Francisco Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1552nd of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,103 Help


Feeder schools for O'Connell (John) High:

Elementary:    Alamo Elementary
    Alvarado Elementary
    Argonne Elementary
    Bryant Elementary
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Middle:    Aptos Middle
    Brown Junior (Willie L) Middle
    Denman (James) Middle
    Everett Middle
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Student/teacher ratio:  16.3 Help
Number of students:  506

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
70.6%
African American:
10.3%
Asian:
5.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  74.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details O'Connell (John) High ranks worse than 66.2% of high schools in California. It also ranks 10th among 16 ranked high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 25.2. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of O'Connell (John) 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 (70.6%), African American (10.3%), Asian (5.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 74.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the San Francisco Unified School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at O'Connell (John) High is 16.3, which is the 6th best among 16 high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at O'Connell (John) High is $6,103, which is the highest among 17 high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

O'Connell (John) High:

SchoolDigger ranks O'Connell (John) High 1552nd of 2346 California public high schools. (See O'Connell (John) High in the ranking list.)

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San Francisco Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks San Francisco Unified 619th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for O'Connell (John) High

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Rank History for all students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 19.74 1285th 1653 22.3%
2005 27.65 1105th 1901 41.9%
2006 19.71 1444th 1968 26.6%
2007 24.84 1309th 2063 36.5%
2008 21.89 1462nd 2117 30.9%
2009 24.81 1631st 2238 27.1%
2010 24.49 1440th 2281 36.9%
2011 24.76 1468th 2367 38.0%
2012 26.78 1398th 2354 40.6%
2013 30.33 1307th 2426 46.1%
2015 36.77 1234th 1994 38.1%
2016 35.60 1267th 2039 37.9%
2017 35.77 1302nd 2021 35.6%
2018 28.45 1396th 2017 30.8%
2019 19.82 1630th 2133 23.6%
2022 24.83 1537th 2123 27.6%
2023 25.20 1545th 2335 33.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.19 142nd 938 84.9%
2019 54.03 235th 941 75.0%
2022 59.83 205th 1044 80.4%
2023 22.64 1209th 1315 8.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 38.26 743rd 1539 51.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.50 1324th 1862 28.9%
2019 25.71 1401st 1937 27.7%
2022 25.30 1438th 1943 26.0%
2023 23.73 1569th 2237 29.9%
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Rank History for Homeless students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 62.27 88th 290 69.7%
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Rank History for Female students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.46 1398th 1760 20.6%
2019 18.45 1471st 1833 19.7%
2022 20.24 1487th 1858 20.0%
2023 30.66 1316th 2106 37.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 18.14 1067th 1117 4.5%
2022 42.38 524th 1161 54.9%
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Rank History for Male students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.06 1180th 1834 35.7%
2019 19.20 1457th 1880 22.5%
2022 25.71 1388th 1916 27.6%
2023 21.30 1567th 2195 28.6%
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Rank History for African American students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 12.54 553rd 592 6.6%
2022 20.00 440th 522 15.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at O'Connell (John) High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.74 1297th 1742 25.5%
2019 18.83 1428th 1814 21.3%
2022 24.84 1407th 1861 24.4%
2023 29.00 1399th 2132 34.4%
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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 O'Connell (John) High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 87 78 159 211 4 n/a n/a 0 539
1989 89 92 160 228 6 n/a n/a 0 575
1990 86 84 132 224 7 n/a n/a 0 533
1991 69 70 122 200 6 n/a n/a 0 467
1992 64 75 124 183 6 n/a n/a 0 452
1993 69 89 117 170 6 n/a n/a 0 451
1994 62 96 110 182 5 n/a n/a 0 455
1995 61 91 132 175 2 n/a n/a 0 461
1996 61 91 132 175 2 n/a n/a 0 461
1997 66 67 116 181 6 n/a n/a 0 436
1998 60 67 100 146 7 n/a n/a 0 380
1999 48 66 104 152 7 n/a n/a 0 377
2000 50 51 82 141 5 n/a n/a 0 329
2001 42 55 71 244 0 n/a n/a 1 413
2002 55 83 89 535 6 n/a n/a 6 774
2003 55 83 89 535 6 n/a n/a 6 774
2004 65 89 105 658 9 n/a n/a 6 932
2005 51 82 91 658 11 n/a n/a 6 899
2006 40 88 75 595 10 n/a n/a 6 814
2007 24 66 64 577 10 n/a n/a 78 819
2008 16 85 65 563 6 n/a n/a 0 735
2009 17 73 65 490 3 6 8 0 662
2010 14 66 82 434 3 4 16 0 619
2011 14 84 104 362 7 3 12 0 586
2012 17 76 91 277 4 2 9 0 476
2013 16 64 79 266 0 2 22 0 449
2014 26 67 83 264 1 2 12 0 455
2015 29 81 83 239 5 5 10 0 452
2016 15 54 55 183 2 1 9 0 319
2017 29 63 53 202 2 6 17 0 372
2018 38 76 68 237 0 15 41 0 475
2019 28 74 86 250 0 7 35 0 480
2020 29 71 67 306 0 5 31 0 509
2021 31 56 68 329 3 6 32 0 525
2022 34 60 49 346 4 5 31 1 530
2023 27 52 30 357 5 6 28 1 506

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 O'Connell (John) High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 539 44.2 12.1 n/a
1989 575 45.4 12.6 n/a
1990 533 43.0 12.3 n/a
1991 467 37.2 12.5 n/a
1992 452 37.8 11.9 16.4
1993 451 35.7 12.6 21.5
1994 455 36.9 12.3 18.2
1995 461 36.5 12.6 55.7
1996 461 36.5 12.6 55.7
1997 436 35.4 12.3 27.1
1998 380 34.2 11.1 46.8
1999 377 30.0 12.6 25.2
2000 329 30.5 10.8 28.6
2001 413 30.0 13.8 36.7
2002 774 44.0 17.6 51.8
2003 774 44.0 17.6 51.8
2004 932 45.0 20.7 63.9
2005 899 45.0 20.0 49.2
2006 814 48.6 16.7 0
2007 819 50.6 16.2 60.5
2008 735 56.4 13.0 47.9
2009 662 44.3 12.6 62.4
2010 619 41.0 15.1 58.8
2011 586 n/a n/a 75.3
2012 476 36.6 13.0 64.3
2013 449 32.9 13.6 70.8
2014 455 27.2 16.7 75.8
2015 452 27.0 16.7 78.1
2016 319 31.0 10.2 63.6
2017 372 30.9 12.0 61.6
2018 475 25.3 18.7 66.3
2019 480 24.3 19.7 67.3
2020 509 n/a n/a 75.8
2021 525 39.7 13.2 64.6
2022 530 38.3 13.8 68.7
2023 506 31.0 16.3 74.7

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 O'Connell (John) High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 539 44.2 12.1 n/a
1989 575 45.4 12.6 n/a
1990 533 43.0 12.3 n/a
1991 467 37.2 12.5 n/a
1992 452 37.8 11.9 16.4
1993 451 35.7 12.6 21.5
1994 455 36.9 12.3 18.2
1995 461 36.5 12.6 55.7
1996 461 36.5 12.6 55.7
1997 436 35.4 12.3 27.1
1998 380 34.2 11.1 46.8
1999 377 30.0 12.6 25.2
2000 329 30.5 10.8 28.6
2001 413 30.0 13.8 36.7
2002 774 44.0 17.6 51.8
2003 774 44.0 17.6 51.8
2004 932 45.0 20.7 63.9
2005 899 45.0 20.0 49.2
2006 814 48.6 16.7 0
2007 819 50.6 16.2 60.5
2008 735 56.4 13.0 47.9
2009 662 44.3 12.6 62.4
2010 619 41.0 15.1 58.8
2011 586 n/a n/a 75.3
2012 476 36.6 13.0 64.3
2013 449 32.9 13.6 70.8
2014 455 27.2 16.7 75.8
2015 452 27.0 16.7 78.1
2016 319 31.0 10.2 63.6
2017 372 30.9 12.0 61.6
2018 475 25.3 18.7 66.3
2019 480 24.3 19.7 67.3
2020 509 n/a n/a 75.8
2021 525 39.7 13.2 64.6
2022 530 38.3 13.8 68.7
2023 506 31.0 16.3 74.7

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 O'Connell (John) High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,103

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

Impact of COVID-19 on O'Connell (John) High

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 1630th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1545th of 2335 High schools
 10.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (O'Connell (John) High)29.336.6
 7.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Francisco Unified)63.164.5
 1.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (O'Connell (John) High)4.16.5
 2.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (San Francisco Unified)48.645
 3.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (O'Connell (John) High)7.511.3
 3.8%
   11th Grade Science (San Francisco Unified)39.247
 7.8%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (O'Connell (John) High)59.8
 4.8%
   12th Grade Science (San Francisco Unified)13.440.3
 26.9%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.8
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students480506
 5.4%
African American7452
 29.7%
American Indian05
Asian8630
 65.1%
Hispanic250357
 42.8%
Pacific Islander76
 14.3%
White2827
 3.6%
Two or More Races3528
 20%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients67.3%74.7%
 7.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about O'Connell (John) High

O'Connell (John) High ranks 1552nd of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at O'Connell (John) High are 71% Hispanic, 10% African American, 6% Asian, 6% Two or more races, 5% White, 1% Pacific Islander.

In the 2022-23 school year, 506 students attended O'Connell (John) High.

O'Connell (John) High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Alamo Elementary
Elementary : Alvarado Elementary
Elementary : Argonne Elementary
Elementary : Bryant Elementary
Elementary : Carver (George Washington) Elementary
Elementary : Chavez (Cesar) Elementary
Elementary : Chin (John Yehall) Elementary
Elementary : Clarendon Alternative Elementary
Elementary : Cleveland Elementary
Elementary : Cobb (William L.) Elementary
Elementary : Drew (Charles) College Preparatory Academy
Elementary : El Dorado Elementary
Elementary : Feinstein (Dianne) Elementary
Elementary : Flynn (Leonard R.) Elementary
Elementary : Garfield Elementary
Elementary : Glen Park Elementary
Elementary : Grattan Elementary
Elementary : Guadalupe Elementary
Elementary : Harte (Bret) Elementary
Elementary : Hillcrest Elementary
Elementary : Jefferson Elementary
Elementary : Key (Francis Scott) Elementary
Elementary : King (Thomas Starr) Elementary
Elementary : Lafayette Elementary
Elementary : Lakeshore Alternative Elementary
Elementary : Lau (Gordon J.) Elementary
Elementary : Longfellow Elementary
Elementary : Malcolm X Academy
Elementary : McCoppin (Frank) Elementary
Elementary : McKinley Elementary
Elementary : Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary
Elementary : Miraloma Elementary
Elementary : Monroe Elementary
Elementary : Moscone (George R.) Elementary
Elementary : Muir (John) Elementary
Elementary : New Traditions Elementary
Elementary : Ortega (Jose) Elementary
Elementary : Parker (Jean) Elementary
Elementary : Parks (Rosa) Elementary
Elementary : Peabody (George) Elementary
Elementary : Redding Elementary
Elementary : Sanchez Elementary
Elementary : Serra (Junipero) Elementary
Elementary : Sheridan Elementary
Elementary : Sherman Elementary
Elementary : Sloat (Commodore) Elementary
Elementary : Spring Valley Elementary
Elementary : Stevenson (Robert Louis) Elementary
Elementary : Sunnyside Elementary
Elementary : Sunset Elementary
Elementary : Sutro Elementary
Elementary : Taylor (Edward R.) Elementary
Elementary : Tenderloin Community
Elementary : Ulloa Elementary
Elementary : Visitacion Valley Elementary
Elementary : Webster (Daniel) Elementary
Elementary : West Portal Elementary
Elementary : Yick Wo Elementary
Middle : Aptos Middle
Middle : Brown Junior (Willie L) Middle
Middle : Denman (James) Middle
Middle : Everett Middle
Middle : Francisco Middle
Middle : Giannini (A.P.) Middle
Middle : Hoover (Herbert) Middle
Middle : King Junior (Martin Luther) Academic Middle
Middle : Lick (James) Middle
Middle : Marina Middle
Middle : Presidio Middle
Middle : Roosevelt Middle
Middle : Visitacion Valley Middle


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