Ark Independent Studies

Summary:

Ark Independent Studies is a public high school in Santa Cruz, California, serving grades 6-12 with a total enrollment of 47 students. It is part of the Santa Cruz City High School District, which is ranked 443 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

Ark Independent Studies has a diverse student population, with 51.06% White and 40.43% Hispanic students. The school's statewide ranking has fluctuated over the years, ranging from 432 out of 2,335 California high schools in 2022-2023 (4-star rating) to 1,151 out of 2,426 in 2012-2013 (3-star rating). However, the school has seen significant improvements in its four-year graduation rate, from 71.4% in 2018-2019 to 93.1% in 2022-2023, and a corresponding decrease in the dropout rate from 26.2% to 6.9% during the same period. While Ark Independent Studies outperforms the state and nearby Santa Cruz High in English Language Arts/Literacy, it lags behind in Mathematics proficiency.

Compared to nearby schools, Ark Independent Studies performs better than Costanoa Continuation High in most metrics, but it trails behind other high schools in the Santa Cruz City High School District, such as Soquel High and Santa Cruz High. The school also has a relatively high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (42.55%), which is higher than the nearby Soquel High (27.62%) and Santa Cruz High (26.19%).


Detail:

Public 6-12

 840 N. Branciforte Ave.
       Santa Cruz, CA  95062-1028


(831) 429-3898

District: Santa Cruz City High

SchoolDigger Rank:
435th of 2,346 California High Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  19.5 Help
Number of students:  47

Racial breakdown:

White:
51.1%
Hispanic:
40.4%
American Indian:
4.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  42.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ark Independent Studies ranks better than 81.5% of high schools in California. It also ranks 2nd 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 73.14. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Ark Independent Studies 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 Ark Independent Studies has the smallest high school student body size in the Santa Cruz City High School District. Racial makeup is: White (51.1%), Hispanic (40.4%), American Indian (4.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 42.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ark Independent Studies is 19.5. 3 high schools in the Santa Cruz City High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Ark Independent Studies employs 2.4 full-time teachers.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ark Independent Studies:

SchoolDigger ranks Ark Independent Studies 435th of 2346 California public high schools. (See Ark Independent Studies in the ranking list.)

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Santa Cruz City High:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Cruz City High 443rd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ark Independent Studies

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Rank History for all students at Ark Independent Studies

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 25.21 1068th 1653 35.4%
2005 38.66 838th 1901 55.9%
2006 41.17 809th 1968 58.9%
2007 37.60 937th 2063 54.6%
2008 23.83 1361st 2117 35.7%
2009 33.11 1262nd 2238 43.6%
2010 49.81 765th 2281 66.5%
2011 32.66 1238th 2367 47.7%
2012 60.64 527th 2354 77.6%
2013 36.41 1151st 2426 52.6%
2022 61.98 670th 2123 68.4%
2023 73.14 432nd 2335 81.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Ark Independent Studies

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 60.77 603rd 1858 67.5%
2023 77.83 331st 2106 84.3%
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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 Ark Independent Studies

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 134 7 1 18 0 n/a n/a 0 160
1989 132 9 2 12 2 n/a n/a 0 157
1990 158 3 2 19 1 n/a n/a 0 183
1991 144 6 3 27 1 n/a n/a 0 181
1992 162 8 4 31 1 n/a n/a 0 206
1993 121 0 1 48 4 n/a n/a 0 174
1994 162 3 2 47 5 n/a n/a 0 219
1995 227 9 7 55 3 n/a n/a 0 301
1996 227 9 7 55 3 n/a n/a 0 301
1997 209 10 7 75 5 n/a n/a 0 306
1998 170 11 7 56 2 n/a n/a 0 246
1999 178 7 7 39 0 n/a n/a 0 231
2000 146 7 2 27 1 n/a n/a 0 183
2001 135 9 3 23 0 n/a n/a 1 171
2002 110 2 1 28 1 n/a n/a 4 146
2003 110 2 1 28 1 n/a n/a 4 146
2004 127 5 2 22 2 n/a n/a 11 169
2005 81 5 3 30 0 n/a n/a 4 123
2006 79 4 6 29 2 n/a n/a 1 121
2007 81 3 7 31 0 n/a n/a 3 125
2008 50 1 2 29 n/a n/a n/a 0 82
2009 55 1 1 27 0 0 5 0 89
2010 44 0 1 19 0 0 3 0 67
2011 45 2 0 23 0 0 0 0 70
2012 38 1 0 15 1 0 0 0 55
2013 43 3 2 24 0 0 4 0 76
2014 43 2 2 30 1 0 5 0 83
2015 33 1 2 21 1 0 2 0 60
2016 21 1 0 25 0 0 4 0 51
2017 30 1 1 25 1 0 2 0 60
2018 30 0 1 26 0 0 4 0 61
2019 32 0 0 23 0 0 3 0 58
2020 25 0 0 23 1 0 0 0 49
2021 42 3 0 26 2 0 3 0 76
2022 35 4 1 38 2 0 6 0 86
2023 24 0 0 19 2 0 2 0 47

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 Ark Independent Studies

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 160 10.0 16.0 n/a
1989 157 8.6 18.2 n/a
1990 183 7.8 23.4 n/a
1991 181 7.8 23.2 n/a
1992 206 7.9 26.0 26.7
1993 174 8.1 21.5 50
1994 219 10.6 20.7 32.9
1995 301 8.8 34.2 21.6
1996 301 8.8 34.2 21.6
1997 306 15.6 19.6 22.2
1998 246 12.6 19.5 24
1999 231 11.9 19.4 26.8
2000 183 11.1 16.5 30.6
2001 171 9.2 18.6 25.9
2002 146 8.6 17.0 25.4
2003 146 8.6 17.0 25.4
2004 169 7.6 22.2 27.8
2005 123 5.5 22.4 9.2
2006 121 5.3 22.8 15
2007 125 4.4 28.4 16.4
2008 82 4.2 19.5 25.6
2009 89 3.2 26.2 12.4
2010 67 3.0 22.3 14.9
2011 70 n/a n/a 15.7
2012 55 2.7 20.3 n/a
2013 76 2.3 33.0 19.7
2014 83 2.4 34.5 25.3
2015 60 3.0 20.0 40
2016 51 3.0 17.0 54.9
2017 60 2.7 21.8 43.3
2018 61 2.7 22.1 39.3
2019 58 2.7 21.0 48.3
2020 49 n/a n/a 26.5
2021 76 1.4 52.4 35.5
2022 86 2.5 34.4 39.5
2023 47 2.4 19.5 42.6

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 Ark Independent Studies

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 160 10.0 16.0 n/a
1989 157 8.6 18.2 n/a
1990 183 7.8 23.4 n/a
1991 181 7.8 23.2 n/a
1992 206 7.9 26.0 26.7
1993 174 8.1 21.5 50
1994 219 10.6 20.7 32.9
1995 301 8.8 34.2 21.6
1996 301 8.8 34.2 21.6
1997 306 15.6 19.6 22.2
1998 246 12.6 19.5 24
1999 231 11.9 19.4 26.8
2000 183 11.1 16.5 30.6
2001 171 9.2 18.6 25.9
2002 146 8.6 17.0 25.4
2003 146 8.6 17.0 25.4
2004 169 7.6 22.2 27.8
2005 123 5.5 22.4 9.2
2006 121 5.3 22.8 15
2007 125 4.4 28.4 16.4
2008 82 4.2 19.5 25.6
2009 89 3.2 26.2 12.4
2010 67 3.0 22.3 14.9
2011 70 n/a n/a 15.7
2012 55 2.7 20.3 n/a
2013 76 2.3 33.0 19.7
2014 83 2.4 34.5 25.3
2015 60 3.0 20.0 40
2016 51 3.0 17.0 54.9
2017 60 2.7 21.8 43.3
2018 61 2.7 22.1 39.3
2019 58 2.7 21.0 48.3
2020 49 n/a n/a 26.5
2021 76 1.4 52.4 35.5
2022 86 2.5 34.4 39.5
2023 47 2.4 19.5 42.6

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.
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ark Independent Studies

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.

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students5847
 19%
African American00
American Indian02
Asian00
Hispanic2319
 17.4%
Pacific Islander00
White3224
 25%
Two or More Races32
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients48.3%42.6%
 5.7%


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Ark Independent Studies ranks 435th of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Ark Independent Studies are 51% White, 40% Hispanic, 4% American Indian, 4% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 47 students attended Ark Independent Studies.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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