Harbor High

Summary:

Harbor High is a public high school located in Santa Cruz, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1,023 students. It is part of the Santa Cruz City High School District, which is ranked 443 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Harbor High has a higher percentage of Hispanic students (54.25%) compared to the surrounding schools, such as Soquel High (29.21%) and Santa Cruz High (39.43%). Academically, Harbor High's 11th-grade English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency rate of 64.2% is higher than the California state average, but lower than Soquel High (71.56%) and Santa Cruz High (61.54%). In mathematics, Harbor High's 11th-grade proficiency rate of 28.96% is slightly higher than the state average, but lower than Soquel High (28.25%) and Santa Cruz High (45.96%). Harbor High's science proficiency rate for 12th-grade students is 35.29%, which is higher than the state average but lower than Soquel High (29.19%) and Santa Cruz High (43.63%).

Harbor High has a 92.5% four-year graduation rate, which is higher than the nearby Costanoa Continuation High (76.3%) but lower than Soquel High (93.9%) and Santa Cruz High (96.2%). The school also has a relatively high chronic absenteeism rate of 28.0%, which is higher than Soquel High (22.2%) and Santa Cruz High (22.9%), but lower than Costanoa Continuation High (74.3%). Overall, the data suggests that Harbor High is a solid-performing school within the Santa Cruz City High School District, with some areas for potential improvement, particularly in addressing the academic performance gaps and high chronic absenteeism rates compared to some of the higher-performing nearby schools.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 300 La Fonda Ave.
       Santa Cruz, CA  95062-1431


(831) 429-3810

District: Santa Cruz City High

SchoolDigger Rank:
494th of 2,348 California High Schools


Feeder schools for Harbor High:

Elementary:    Happy Valley Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  18.8 Help
Number of students:  1,023

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
54.3%
White:
35.4%
Two or more races:
5.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  37.4% Help


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Compare Details Harbor High ranks better than 79% of high schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 6 ranked high schools in the Santa Cruz City High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 69.44. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Harbor 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 (54.3%), White (35.4%), two or more races (5.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 37.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Harbor High is 18.8, which is the 3rd best among 6 high schools in the Santa Cruz City High School District. (See more...)
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Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Harbor High:

SchoolDigger ranks Harbor High 494th of 2348 California public high schools. (See Harbor High in the ranking list.)

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Santa Cruz City High:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Cruz City High 445th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Harbor High

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Rank History for all students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 77.05 95th 1653 94.3%
2005 87.18 38th 1901 98.0%
2006 83.54 78th 1968 96.0%
2007 82.08 94th 2063 95.4%
2008 82.11 99th 2117 95.3%
2009 76.22 169th 2238 92.4%
2010 71.69 254th 2281 88.9%
2011 71.35 281st 2367 88.1%
2012 66.18 394th 2354 83.3%
2013 61.38 505th 2426 79.2%
2015 74.75 457th 1994 77.1%
2016 68.60 602nd 2039 70.5%
2017 72.26 556th 2021 72.5%
2018 73.25 528th 2017 73.8%
2019 80.74 351st 2133 83.5%
2021 68.35 375th 1290 70.9%
2022 70.42 526th 2123 75.2%
2023 69.44 494th 2348 79.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 60.47 202nd 515 60.8%
2023 52.47 311th 786 60.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.45 437th 938 53.4%
2019 50.56 276th 941 70.7%
2021 68.81 75th 467 83.9%
2022 47.54 362nd 1044 65.3%
2023 29.72 821st 1323 37.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 49.34 486th 1547 68.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.61 487th 1862 73.8%
2019 78.38 324th 1937 83.3%
2021 47.07 592nd 1126 47.4%
2022 59.89 628th 1943 67.7%
2023 54.89 747th 2247 66.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.82 485th 1760 72.4%
2019 77.95 362nd 1833 80.3%
2021 62.91 359th 1054 65.9%
2022 67.59 497th 1858 73.3%
2023 68.44 467th 2118 78.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.77 346th 1052 67.1%
2019 62.15 273rd 1117 75.6%
2021 55.39 167th 555 69.9%
2022 44.84 481st 1161 58.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.96 553rd 1834 69.8%
2019 75.51 404th 1880 78.5%
2021 67.33 316th 1122 71.8%
2022 68.76 515th 1916 73.1%
2023 66.75 505th 2207 77.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.14 454th 1742 73.9%
2019 70.40 425th 1814 76.6%
2022 53.58 758th 1861 59.3%
2023 56.04 689th 2142 67.8%
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Rank History for White students at Harbor High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.02 361st 1173 69.2%
2019 84.20 142nd 1222 88.4%
2022 77.62 239th 1204 80.1%
2023 69.49 313th 1434 78.2%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Harbor High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1042 10 26 38 0 n/a n/a 0 1116
1989 1078 7 30 48 0 n/a n/a 0 1163
1990 1042 7 21 41 0 n/a n/a 0 1111
1991 1009 11 42 66 4 n/a n/a 0 1132
1992 1003 11 49 85 6 n/a n/a 0 1154
1993 982 16 58 89 6 n/a n/a 0 1151
1994 964 18 63 97 5 n/a n/a 0 1147
1995 1069 28 82 172 9 n/a n/a 0 1360
1996 1069 28 82 172 9 n/a n/a 0 1360
1997 1059 21 79 164 7 n/a n/a 0 1330
1998 998 14 73 160 4 n/a n/a 0 1249
1999 1034 27 74 196 4 n/a n/a 0 1335
2000 1061 28 82 224 7 n/a n/a 0 1402
2001 965 30 76 265 3 n/a n/a 12 1351
2002 835 16 64 273 6 n/a n/a 46 1240
2003 835 16 64 273 6 n/a n/a 46 1240
2004 772 9 58 276 5 n/a n/a 57 1177
2005 802 15 61 275 5 n/a n/a 33 1191
2006 764 16 57 290 5 n/a n/a 33 1165
2007 698 20 59 317 6 n/a n/a 31 1131
2008 629 22 57 342 3 n/a n/a 0 1053
2009 590 17 50 378 3 1 23 0 1062
2010 570 24 50 392 4 1 7 0 1048
2011 501 15 46 415 5 1 17 0 1000
2012 471 14 46 465 8 3 22 0 1029
2013 453 16 47 494 7 4 25 0 1046
2014 396 14 41 527 9 6 26 0 1019
2015 403 18 39 533 9 7 23 0 1032
2016 360 13 37 511 5 6 22 0 954
2017 336 12 33 485 5 3 28 0 902
2018 333 10 35 510 4 2 32 0 926
2019 300 5 19 476 2 0 40 0 842
2020 340 9 24 508 2 1 51 0 935
2021 375 13 43 537 0 2 30 1 1001
2022 380 10 41 556 1 1 53 1 1043
2023 362 8 41 555 1 0 55 1 1023

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

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Harbor High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1116 50.3 22.1 n/a
1989 1163 47.9 24.2 n/a
1990 1111 47.1 23.5 n/a
1991 1132 50.5 22.4 n/a
1992 1154 51.3 22.4 3.6
1993 1151 45.4 25.4 6.7
1994 1147 49.2 23.3 7.3
1995 1360 47.0 28.9 8.2
1996 1360 47.0 28.9 8.2
1997 1330 50.2 26.5 8.1
1998 1249 48.8 25.6 8.9
1999 1335 50.4 26.5 8.9
2000 1402 55.4 25.3 11.1
2001 1351 55.2 24.5 11.9
2002 1240 47.9 25.9 13
2003 1240 47.9 25.9 13
2004 1177 43.4 27.1 14.5
2005 1191 43.4 27.4 15.3
2006 1165 44.0 26.5 21.6
2007 1131 44.2 25.6 24.8
2008 1053 54.7 19.3 27.1
2009 1062 45.3 19.1 32.8
2010 1048 43.3 24.1 32.2
2011 1000 n/a n/a 45.7
2012 1029 40.8 25.2 n/a
2013 1046 40.0 26.1 40.6
2014 1019 45.0 22.6 55.3
2015 1032 43.0 24.0 57.1
2016 954 44.0 21.6 53.2
2017 902 40.6 22.1 55
2018 926 44.6 20.7 55.6
2019 842 40.3 20.8 52.6
2020 935 n/a n/a 48.3
2021 1001 48.9 20.4 38.8
2022 1043 54.4 19.1 34.6
2023 1023 54.3 18.8 37.4

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 Harbor High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1116 50.3 22.1 n/a
1989 1163 47.9 24.2 n/a
1990 1111 47.1 23.5 n/a
1991 1132 50.5 22.4 n/a
1992 1154 51.3 22.4 3.6
1993 1151 45.4 25.4 6.7
1994 1147 49.2 23.3 7.3
1995 1360 47.0 28.9 8.2
1996 1360 47.0 28.9 8.2
1997 1330 50.2 26.5 8.1
1998 1249 48.8 25.6 8.9
1999 1335 50.4 26.5 8.9
2000 1402 55.4 25.3 11.1
2001 1351 55.2 24.5 11.9
2002 1240 47.9 25.9 13
2003 1240 47.9 25.9 13
2004 1177 43.4 27.1 14.5
2005 1191 43.4 27.4 15.3
2006 1165 44.0 26.5 21.6
2007 1131 44.2 25.6 24.8
2008 1053 54.7 19.3 27.1
2009 1062 45.3 19.1 32.8
2010 1048 43.3 24.1 32.2
2011 1000 n/a n/a 45.7
2012 1029 40.8 25.2 n/a
2013 1046 40.0 26.1 40.6
2014 1019 45.0 22.6 55.3
2015 1032 43.0 24.0 57.1
2016 954 44.0 21.6 53.2
2017 902 40.6 22.1 55
2018 926 44.6 20.7 55.6
2019 842 40.3 20.8 52.6
2020 935 n/a n/a 48.3
2021 1001 48.9 20.4 38.8
2022 1043 54.4 19.1 34.6
2023 1023 54.3 18.8 37.4

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.
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Harbor 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 351st of 2133 High schoolsRanks 494th 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 (Harbor High)69.164.2
 4.9%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Cruz City High)65.662.6
 3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Harbor High)43.229
 14.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Santa Cruz City High)46.432.8
 13.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
12th Grade Science (Harbor High)31.735.3
 3.6%
   12th Grade Science (Santa Cruz City High)34.233.8
 0.4%
   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 Students8421023
 21.5%
African American58
 60%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian1941
 115.8%
Hispanic476555
 16.6%
Pacific Islander00
White300362
 20.7%
Two or More Races4055
 37.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients52.6%37.4%
 15.2%


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Harbor High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Happy Valley Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,023 students attended Harbor High.

Harbor High ranks 494th of 2348 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Harbor High are 54% Hispanic, 35% White, 5% Two or more races, 4% Asian.


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