Willow Glen Middle

Summary:

Willow Glen Middle is a public middle school located in San Jose, California, serving 1,155 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the San Jose Unified School District, which is ranked 711 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Willow Glen Middle stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of White (34.98%) and Asian (6.75%) students compared to nearby schools. Academically, the school consistently outperforms the district and state in Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, with 51.86% of students proficient or better in ELA/Literacy, compared to 50.42% for the district and 46.66% for the state. However, the school's Hispanic and English Language Learner subgroups perform below the state average, while the White and Multi-racial subgroups rank in the top 25% of California middle schools.

Despite its strong academic performance, Willow Glen Middle has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 6.1% in 2020-2021 to 26.1% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the state average. This trend is concerning and warrants further investigation. Compared to nearby schools like Dartmouth Middle and KIPP Heritage Academy, Willow Glen Middle has a higher chronic absenteeism rate, although it generally outperforms these schools in academic metrics. To address these challenges, the school could benefit from targeted interventions and support programs to improve attendance and address the disparities in subgroup performance.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 2105 Cottle Ave.
       San Jose, CA  95125-3504


(408) 535-6277

District: San Jose Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
760th of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,509 Help


Students who attend Willow Glen Middle usually attend:

High:    Willow Glen High

Feeder schools for Willow Glen Middle:

Elementary:    Booksin Elementary
    Ernesto Galarza Elementary
    Schallenberger Elementary
    Willow Glen Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  24.5 Help
Number of students:  1,155

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
47.7%
White:
35.0%
Two or more races:
7.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  35.2% Help


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Compare Details Willow Glen Middle ranks better than 72.8% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 6 ranked middle schools in the San Jose Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 66.11. (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 Willow Glen Middle has the largest middle school student body size in the San Jose Unified School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (47.7%), White (35%), two or more races (7.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 35.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Willow Glen Middle is 24.5, which is the highest among 6 middle schools in the San Jose Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Willow Glen Middle is $11,509. 3 middle schools in the San Jose Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Willow Glen Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Willow Glen Middle 760th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Willow Glen Middle in the ranking list.)

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San Jose Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks San Jose Unified 711th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Willow Glen Middle

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Rank History for all students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 34.88 1082nd 1769 38.8%
2005 45.38 891st 1777 49.9%
2006 47.58 867th 1804 51.9%
2007 40.57 1102nd 1999 44.9%
2008 44.67 1048th 2005 47.7%
2009 37.59 1255th 2063 39.2%
2010 41.61 1266th 2179 41.9%
2011 41.23 1328th 2236 40.6%
2012 48.99 1119th 2259 50.5%
2013 50.27 1141st 2379 52.0%
2015 66.49 730th 2477 70.5%
2016 63.24 795th 2497 68.2%
2017 64.58 787th 2508 68.6%
2018 68.40 680th 2480 72.6%
2019 62.84 844th 2715 68.9%
2021 69.06 227th 894 74.6%
2022 63.13 827th 2740 69.8%
2023 66.11 759th 2788 72.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.43 161st 462 65.2%
2019 62.41 235th 554 57.6%
2022 74.30 158th 665 76.2%
2023 72.91 180th 678 73.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.83 642nd 1364 52.9%
2019 36.31 824th 1442 42.9%
2021 41.19 176th 363 51.5%
2022 35.08 972nd 1540 36.9%
2023 32.29 1109th 1523 27.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 70.96 262nd 1532 82.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.98 1331st 2230 40.3%
2019 29.31 1714th 2369 27.6%
2021 35.97 461st 721 36.1%
2022 22.45 2014th 2458 18.1%
2023 25.54 1943rd 2535 23.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.31 717th 2262 68.3%
2019 59.80 835th 2380 64.9%
2021 71.48 180th 738 75.6%
2022 67.66 653rd 2509 74.0%
2023 66.32 705th 2535 72.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.59 386th 1369 71.8%
2019 58.62 415th 1491 72.2%
2021 79.56 35th 354 90.1%
2022 67.72 303rd 1531 80.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.85 574th 2273 74.7%
2019 63.18 742nd 2407 69.2%
2021 64.76 234th 763 69.3%
2022 57.19 873rd 2527 65.5%
2023 63.59 742nd 2546 70.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.54 353rd 700 49.6%
2019 53.60 398th 745 46.6%
2022 50.60 421st 733 42.6%
2023 38.47 498th 717 30.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 29.16 460th 637 27.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.13 1018th 2072 50.9%
2019 37.38 1331st 2213 39.9%
2022 38.10 1358th 2359 42.4%
2023 30.72 1606th 2379 32.5%
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Rank History for White students at Willow Glen Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 76.46 330th 1496 77.9%
2019 67.90 491st 1602 69.4%
2022 75.89 308th 1555 80.2%
2023 81.53 216th 1549 86.1%
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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 Willow Glen Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 520 32 94 415 11 n/a n/a 0 1072
1989 443 28 72 458 10 n/a n/a 0 1011
1990 358 38 67 462 8 n/a n/a 0 933
1991 302 37 46 471 11 n/a n/a 0 867
1992 247 19 48 438 15 n/a n/a 0 767
1993 283 27 49 491 16 n/a n/a 0 866
1994 307 24 57 473 19 n/a n/a 0 880
1995 378 32 112 684 15 n/a n/a 0 1221
1996 378 32 112 684 15 n/a n/a 0 1221
1997 345 33 124 679 15 n/a n/a 0 1196
1998 331 35 124 656 14 n/a n/a 0 1160
1999 362 34 106 636 20 n/a n/a 0 1158
2000 339 41 105 659 23 n/a n/a 0 1167
2001 308 39 105 678 21 n/a n/a 0 1151
2002 301 31 91 741 20 n/a n/a 1 1185
2003 301 31 91 741 20 n/a n/a 1 1185
2004 273 42 67 681 14 n/a n/a 0 1077
2005 249 39 71 687 9 n/a n/a 1 1056
2006 264 35 67 663 13 n/a n/a 3 1045
2007 316 51 85 688 12 n/a n/a 6 1158
2008 369 49 91 638 13 n/a n/a 0 1160
2009 360 65 84 662 12 2 10 0 1195
2010 365 67 78 692 12 4 13 0 1231
2011 408 56 76 704 12 6 31 0 1293
2012 420 64 77 656 10 5 31 0 1263
2013 441 51 86 610 9 3 27 0 1227
2014 460 58 89 584 9 6 25 0 1231
2015 465 51 110 583 7 6 37 0 1259
2016 470 44 100 591 7 5 48 0 1265
2017 481 35 89 575 3 3 81 0 1267
2018 457 29 71 607 2 3 98 0 1267
2019 452 21 69 584 1 4 94 0 1225
2020 425 29 77 599 1 5 88 0 1224
2021 410 26 78 578 2 6 90 0 1190
2022 360 35 78 561 2 3 89 1 1129
2023 404 25 78 551 2 3 91 1 1155

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 Willow Glen Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1072 51.0 21.0 n/a
1989 1011 50.0 20.2 n/a
1990 933 43.0 21.6 n/a
1991 867 44.0 19.7 n/a
1992 767 44.7 17.1 45.9
1993 866 34.9 24.8 46.9
1994 880 39.5 22.3 43.1
1995 1221 51.8 23.6 46.9
1996 1221 51.8 23.6 46.9
1997 1196 42.4 28.2 49
1998 1160 51.0 22.7 49.5
1999 1158 49.0 23.6 44.7
2000 1167 47.8 24.4 38.6
2001 1151 52.3 22.0 46.8
2002 1185 62.0 19.1 53
2003 1185 62.0 19.1 53
2004 1077 54.0 19.9 62.8
2005 1056 54.0 19.6 53.2
2006 1045 51.2 20.4 53.3
2007 1158 54.0 21.4 48.2
2008 1160 59.8 19.4 48.8
2009 1195 52.8 20.7 48.5
2010 1231 55.2 22.3 47.1
2011 1293 n/a n/a 43.4
2012 1263 60.4 20.9 n/a
2013 1227 58.3 21.0 39.9
2014 1231 57.7 21.3 37.9
2015 1259 58.0 21.7 35.1
2016 1265 57.0 22.1 36.6
2017 1267 57.6 21.9 35.4
2018 1267 55.5 22.8 37.2
2019 1225 55.3 22.1 32.7
2020 1224 n/a n/a 32.4
2021 1190 58.6 20.2 28.3
2022 1129 42.1 26.7 28.8
2023 1155 47.0 24.5 35.2

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 Willow Glen Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1072 51.0 21.0 n/a
1989 1011 50.0 20.2 n/a
1990 933 43.0 21.6 n/a
1991 867 44.0 19.7 n/a
1992 767 44.7 17.1 45.9
1993 866 34.9 24.8 46.9
1994 880 39.5 22.3 43.1
1995 1221 51.8 23.6 46.9
1996 1221 51.8 23.6 46.9
1997 1196 42.4 28.2 49
1998 1160 51.0 22.7 49.5
1999 1158 49.0 23.6 44.7
2000 1167 47.8 24.4 38.6
2001 1151 52.3 22.0 46.8
2002 1185 62.0 19.1 53
2003 1185 62.0 19.1 53
2004 1077 54.0 19.9 62.8
2005 1056 54.0 19.6 53.2
2006 1045 51.2 20.4 53.3
2007 1158 54.0 21.4 48.2
2008 1160 59.8 19.4 48.8
2009 1195 52.8 20.7 48.5
2010 1231 55.2 22.3 47.1
2011 1293 n/a n/a 43.4
2012 1263 60.4 20.9 n/a
2013 1227 58.3 21.0 39.9
2014 1231 57.7 21.3 37.9
2015 1259 58.0 21.7 35.1
2016 1265 57.0 22.1 36.6
2017 1267 57.6 21.9 35.4
2018 1267 55.5 22.8 37.2
2019 1225 55.3 22.1 32.7
2020 1224 n/a n/a 32.4
2021 1190 58.6 20.2 28.3
2022 1129 42.1 26.7 28.8
2023 1155 47.0 24.5 35.2

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 Willow Glen Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,509

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

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 844th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 759th of 2788 Middle schools
 3.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Willow Glen Middle)5655.4
 0.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Jose Unified)53.447.4
 6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Willow Glen Middle)39.948.8
 8.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)40.839.1
 1.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
6th Grade Reading/Language Arts (Willow Glen Middle)27.826.1
 1.7%
   6th Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Jose Unified)21.818.8
 3%
   6th Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)17.217.8
 0.6%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Willow Glen Middle)52.447
 5.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Jose Unified)56.350.4
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Willow Glen Middle)4129.8
 11.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)43.337.1
 6.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
7th Grade Reading/Language Arts (Willow Glen Middle)8.10
 8.1%
   7th Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Jose Unified)5.86.6
 0.9%
   7th Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)4.53.5
 1.1%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Willow Glen Middle)58.452.9
 5.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Jose Unified)56.953.5
 3.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Willow Glen Middle)40.632
 8.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)45.535.5
 9.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Willow Glen Middle)36.741.1
 4.5%
   8th Grade Science (San Jose Unified)3936.6
 2.4%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%
8th Grade Reading/Language Arts (Willow Glen Middle)9.120.8
 11.7%
   8th Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Jose Unified)20.913.9
 7%
   8th Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)9.19.5
 0.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students12251155
 5.7%
African American2125
 19%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian6978
 13%
Hispanic584551
 5.7%
Pacific Islander43
 25%
White452404
 10.6%
Two or More Races9491
 3.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients32.7%35.2%
 2.4%


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Willow Glen Middle ranks 760th of 2798 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Willow Glen Middle are 48% Hispanic, 35% White, 8% Two or more races, 7% Asian, 2% African American.

Students who attend Willow Glen Middle usually go on to attend Willow Glen High

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,155 students attended Willow Glen Middle.


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