Willow Glen High

Summary:

Willow Glen High is a public high school in San Jose, California, serving 1,656 students in grades 9-12. It 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.

Willow Glen High stands out for its diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 31.16% White, 2.6% African American, 51.93% Hispanic, 6.52% Asian, and 7.25% two or more races. Academically, the school consistently performs well, ranking in the top 25% of California high schools and receiving a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. Its 4-year graduation rate of 92.9% is higher than the state and district averages. However, the school has seen an increase in chronic absenteeism, reaching 37.0% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the state and district averages.

Compared to nearby schools in the San Jose Unified District, such as Abraham Lincoln High, Gunderson High, and Pioneer High, Willow Glen High generally outperforms them in academic performance, graduation rates, and test scores. However, the school's performance varies across different student subgroups, with higher rankings for White and male students, but lower rankings for Hispanic, English Language Learner, and low socioeconomic status students. Additionally, the nearby University Preparatory Academy Charter outperforms Willow Glen High in several key metrics.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 2001 Cottle Ave.
       San Jose, CA  95125-3502


(408) 535-6330

District: San Jose Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
572nd of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,468 Help


Feeder schools for Willow Glen High:

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

Student/teacher ratio:  21.8 Help
Number of students:  1,656

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
51.9%
White:
31.2%
Two or more races:
7.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  34.6% Help


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Compare Details Willow Glen High ranks better than 75.6% of high schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 8 ranked high schools in the San Jose Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 64.31. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Willow Glen 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 (51.9%), White (31.2%), two or more races (7.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 34.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Willow Glen High is 21.8. 4 high schools in the San Jose Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Willow Glen High is $11,468. 5 high schools in the San Jose Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Willow Glen High:

SchoolDigger ranks Willow Glen High 572nd of 2348 California public high schools. (See Willow Glen High in the ranking list.)

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San Jose Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks San Jose Unified 713th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Willow Glen High

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Rank History for all students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 38.59 731st 1653 55.8%
2005 37.24 877th 1901 53.9%
2006 44.11 753rd 1968 61.7%
2007 51.55 625th 2063 69.7%
2008 49.48 689th 2117 67.5%
2009 52.79 666th 2238 70.2%
2010 51.19 729th 2281 68.0%
2011 51.56 748th 2367 68.4%
2012 52.30 730th 2354 69.0%
2013 45.95 896th 2426 63.1%
2015 71.39 518th 1994 74.0%
2016 60.00 790th 2039 61.3%
2017 57.99 840th 2021 58.4%
2018 59.64 809th 2017 59.9%
2019 66.06 618th 2133 71.0%
2021 69.84 353rd 1290 72.6%
2022 71.22 510th 2123 76.0%
2023 64.31 572nd 2348 75.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 61.00 198th 515 61.6%
2023 56.30 287th 786 63.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.97 527th 938 43.8%
2019 52.51 253rd 941 73.1%
2021 63.40 100th 467 78.6%
2022 45.82 392nd 1044 62.5%
2023 30.14 802nd 1323 39.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 49.40 482nd 1547 68.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.84 1174th 1862 36.9%
2019 52.78 856th 1937 55.8%
2021 43.86 641st 1126 43.1%
2022 37.48 1195th 1943 38.5%
2023 52.54 825th 2247 63.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.28 820th 1760 53.4%
2019 55.81 717th 1833 60.9%
2021 56.64 432nd 1054 59.0%
2022 62.81 563rd 1858 69.7%
2023 63.57 546th 2118 74.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.99 147th 1052 86.0%
2019 36.54 613th 1117 45.1%
2022 34.34 708th 1161 39.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.90 739th 1834 59.7%
2019 68.66 505th 1880 73.1%
2021 75.26 259th 1122 76.9%
2022 74.80 413th 1916 78.4%
2023 61.86 575th 2207 73.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.52 316th 581 45.6%
2019 41.29 391st 582 32.8%
2022 55.14 297th 581 48.9%
2023 65.84 276th 731 62.2%
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Rank History for African American students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.11 295th 582 49.3%
2019 38.04 344th 592 41.9%
2022 66.41 128th 522 75.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.92 1088th 1742 37.5%
2019 47.20 951st 1814 47.6%
2022 48.86 853rd 1861 54.2%
2023 47.63 917th 2142 57.2%
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Rank History for White students at Willow Glen High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.12 468th 1173 60.1%
2019 67.77 367th 1222 70.0%
2022 74.16 278th 1204 76.9%
2023 66.19 359th 1434 75.0%
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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 Willow Glen High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 870 29 105 474 15 n/a n/a 0 1493
1989 788 45 111 503 10 n/a n/a 0 1457
1990 645 37 124 589 17 n/a n/a 0 1412
1991 573 37 114 639 16 n/a n/a 0 1379
1992 551 36 116 650 17 n/a n/a 0 1370
1993 455 41 110 594 19 n/a n/a 0 1219
1994 429 31 97 575 13 n/a n/a 0 1145
1995 413 49 100 665 18 n/a n/a 0 1245
1996 413 49 100 665 18 n/a n/a 0 1245
1997 452 35 136 721 21 n/a n/a 0 1365
1998 480 46 150 811 21 n/a n/a 0 1508
1999 482 41 163 837 14 n/a n/a 0 1537
2000 453 41 162 836 19 n/a n/a 0 1511
2001 421 32 151 823 17 n/a n/a 0 1444
2002 357 34 141 740 28 n/a n/a 5 1305
2003 357 34 141 740 28 n/a n/a 5 1305
2004 355 33 130 708 26 n/a n/a 0 1252
2005 347 34 128 710 29 n/a n/a 8 1256
2006 381 31 127 734 25 n/a n/a 7 1305
2007 398 33 129 811 16 n/a n/a 13 1400
2008 402 49 100 833 16 n/a n/a 0 1400
2009 444 47 98 845 13 9 9 0 1465
2010 444 53 113 811 14 5 16 0 1456
2011 479 56 121 823 11 8 26 0 1524
2012 498 62 117 814 9 8 40 0 1548
2013 513 62 115 839 10 9 41 0 1589
2014 546 65 117 889 10 10 22 0 1659
2015 550 80 106 882 8 14 20 0 1660
2016 545 69 120 918 7 11 27 0 1697
2017 568 71 134 885 11 6 36 0 1711
2018 591 72 147 823 8 8 49 0 1698
2019 589 65 155 847 8 7 66 0 1737
2020 578 64 160 799 8 6 88 0 1703
2021 567 58 133 826 3 5 105 0 1697
2022 535 52 111 818 3 9 111 1 1640
2023 516 43 108 860 2 7 120 0 1656

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Willow Glen High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1493 70.2 21.2 n/a
1989 1457 67.5 21.5 n/a
1990 1412 66.5 21.2 n/a
1991 1379 64.5 21.3 n/a
1992 1370 65.5 20.9 32.1
1993 1219 50.6 24.1 34
1994 1145 54.0 21.2 32.8
1995 1245 53.2 23.4 40.8
1996 1245 53.2 23.4 40.8
1997 1365 43.6 31.3 40.1
1998 1508 69.0 21.9 38.7
1999 1537 62.8 24.5 35.8
2000 1511 62.6 24.1 32
2001 1444 65.4 22.1 35.6
2002 1305 66.1 19.7 43.1
2003 1305 66.1 19.7 43.1
2004 1252 58.6 21.4 47.5
2005 1256 61.6 20.4 39.5
2006 1305 61.6 21.2 38.3
2007 1400 61.4 22.8 35.8
2008 1400 71.9 19.5 47.7
2009 1465 62.1 21.5 45.9
2010 1456 66.8 21.8 40.2
2011 1524 n/a n/a 38.1
2012 1548 69.5 22.2 n/a
2013 1589 68.7 23.1 37.4
2014 1659 71.2 23.2 36.8
2015 1660 75.0 22.1 35.1
2016 1697 73.0 23.2 37.5
2017 1711 78.2 21.8 38.1
2018 1698 76.0 22.3 37.6
2019 1737 69.7 24.9 37.2
2020 1703 n/a n/a 36.8
2021 1697 78.3 21.6 30.5
2022 1640 75.6 21.6 30.1
2023 1656 75.6 21.8 34.6

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 High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1493 70.2 21.2 n/a
1989 1457 67.5 21.5 n/a
1990 1412 66.5 21.2 n/a
1991 1379 64.5 21.3 n/a
1992 1370 65.5 20.9 32.1
1993 1219 50.6 24.1 34
1994 1145 54.0 21.2 32.8
1995 1245 53.2 23.4 40.8
1996 1245 53.2 23.4 40.8
1997 1365 43.6 31.3 40.1
1998 1508 69.0 21.9 38.7
1999 1537 62.8 24.5 35.8
2000 1511 62.6 24.1 32
2001 1444 65.4 22.1 35.6
2002 1305 66.1 19.7 43.1
2003 1305 66.1 19.7 43.1
2004 1252 58.6 21.4 47.5
2005 1256 61.6 20.4 39.5
2006 1305 61.6 21.2 38.3
2007 1400 61.4 22.8 35.8
2008 1400 71.9 19.5 47.7
2009 1465 62.1 21.5 45.9
2010 1456 66.8 21.8 40.2
2011 1524 n/a n/a 38.1
2012 1548 69.5 22.2 n/a
2013 1589 68.7 23.1 37.4
2014 1659 71.2 23.2 36.8
2015 1660 75.0 22.1 35.1
2016 1697 73.0 23.2 37.5
2017 1711 78.2 21.8 38.1
2018 1698 76.0 22.3 37.6
2019 1737 69.7 24.9 37.2
2020 1703 n/a n/a 36.8
2021 1697 78.3 21.6 30.5
2022 1640 75.6 21.6 30.1
2023 1656 75.6 21.8 34.6

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 High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,468

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Willow Glen High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 618th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 572nd of 2348 High schools
 4.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Willow Glen High)54.756.6
 1.9%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Jose Unified)52.854.8
 2.1%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Willow Glen High)37.532.1
 5.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (San Jose Unified)37.432.9
 4.5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
12th Grade Science (Willow Glen High)22.59.3
 13.2%
   12th Grade Science (San Jose Unified)27.710.6
 17%
   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 Students17371656
 4.7%
African American6543
 33.8%
American Indian82
 75%
Asian155108
 30.3%
Hispanic847860
 1.5%
Pacific Islander77
White589516
 12.4%
Two or More Races66120
 81.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients37.2%34.6%
 2.6%


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Willow Glen High ranks 572nd of 2348 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,656 students attended Willow Glen High.

Willow Glen High is fed by the following schools:

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

Students at Willow Glen High are 52% Hispanic, 31% White, 7% Two or more races, 7% Asian, 3% African American.


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