Delta High

Summary:

Delta High is a public high school located in Santa Maria, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 341 students. The school is part of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, which is ranked 1038 out of 1560 districts in California and is rated 2 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Delta High has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (83.87%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 50.94% to 96.25% Hispanic students. Academically, Delta High's performance is significantly lower than nearby schools, with only 10.14% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 27.92% at Santa Maria High, 45.77% at Pioneer Valley High, and 49.21% at Ernest Righetti High. In Mathematics, 0% of 11th-grade students at Delta High were proficient or better, compared to 10.44% at Santa Maria High, 19.16% at Pioneer Valley High, and 18.13% at Ernest Righetti High.

Delta High's four-year graduation rate of 93.2% in 2022-2023 is higher than the state average, but lower than the surrounding schools, which range from 89.5% to 96.5%. The school also has a significantly higher chronic absenteeism rate of 74.7% in 2022-2023, compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 16.3% to 28.6%. Additionally, Delta High has a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (78.3%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 39.4% to 76.91%. These factors suggest that Delta High serves a more socioeconomically disadvantaged population and may need to implement targeted interventions and support to improve student learning outcomes and attendance.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 4893 Bethany Ln.
       Santa Maria, CA  93455-4880


(805) 937-6356

District: Santa Maria Joint Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
2097th of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,564 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  21.5 Help
Number of students:  341

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
83.9%
White:
11.7%
African American:
1.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  78.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Delta High ranks worse than 89.3% of high schools in California. It also ranks last among 4 ranked high schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 9.41. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Delta 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 Delta High has the smallest high school student body size in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (83.9%), White (11.7%), African American (1.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 78.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Delta High is 21.5, which is the lowest among 4 high schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Delta High is $12,564, which is the highest among 4 high schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Delta High:

SchoolDigger ranks Delta High 2097th of 2348 California public high schools. (See Delta High in the ranking list.)

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Santa Maria Joint Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Maria Joint Union High 1040th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Delta High

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Rank History for all students at Delta High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 34.51 819th 1653 50.5%
2005 23.49 1259th 1901 33.8%
2006 19.70 1445th 1968 26.6%
2007 25.32 1290th 2063 37.5%
2008 21.62 1477th 2117 30.2%
2009 34.55 1211th 2238 45.9%
2010 22.31 1519th 2281 33.4%
2011 16.41 1781st 2367 24.8%
2012 16.50 1756th 2354 25.4%
2013 17.82 1745th 2426 28.1%
2015 12.22 1685th 1994 15.5%
2016 10.92 1804th 2039 11.5%
2017 9.55 1883rd 2021 6.8%
2018 10.92 1777th 2017 11.9%
2019 10.55 2013th 2133 5.6%
2022 11.23 1992nd 2123 6.2%
2023 9.41 2097th 2348 10.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Delta High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.19 673rd 938 28.3%
2019 30.85 734th 941 22.0%
2022 27.87 912th 1044 12.6%
2023 24.42 1060th 1323 19.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Delta High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 11.45 1625th 1862 12.7%
2019 11.08 1801st 1937 7.0%
2022 11.66 1815th 1943 6.6%
2023 10.23 1984th 2247 11.7%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Delta High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 15.70 260th 290 10.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Delta High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 8.52 1593rd 1760 9.5%
2019 8.96 1738th 1833 5.2%
2022 9.54 1771st 1858 4.7%
2023 9.19 1941st 2118 8.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Delta High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.84 1623rd 1834 11.5%
2019 10.22 1771st 1880 5.8%
2022 11.11 1796th 1916 6.3%
2023 8.95 2008th 2207 9.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Delta High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.67 1526th 1742 12.4%
2019 11.00 1677th 1814 7.6%
2022 11.32 1729th 1861 7.1%
2023 9.14 1935th 2142 9.7%
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Rank History for White students at Delta High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 4.45 1172nd 1204 2.7%
2023 3.71 1364th 1434 4.9%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Delta High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 239 8 14 221 2 n/a n/a 0 484
1989 253 14 18 268 3 n/a n/a 0 556
1990 240 6 9 355 0 n/a n/a 0 610
1991 128 6 5 113 4 n/a n/a 0 256
1992 109 2 5 112 2 n/a n/a 0 230
1993 112 4 5 140 0 n/a n/a 0 261
1994 103 7 6 111 3 n/a n/a 0 230
1995 88 5 9 135 1 n/a n/a 0 238
1996 88 5 9 135 1 n/a n/a 0 238
1997 120 17 13 132 0 n/a n/a 0 282
1998 115 7 11 142 0 n/a n/a 0 275
1999 74 5 6 151 2 n/a n/a 4 242
2000 98 5 10 150 4 n/a n/a 0 267
2001 96 4 10 139 9 n/a n/a 0 258
2002 114 2 6 128 2 n/a n/a 8 260
2003 114 2 6 128 2 n/a n/a 8 260
2004 104 5 5 159 2 n/a n/a 14 289
2005 109 2 10 156 2 n/a n/a 6 285
2006 106 2 7 207 3 n/a n/a 13 338
2007 119 5 4 194 3 n/a n/a 13 338
2008 93 3 8 170 n/a n/a n/a 0 274
2009 71 3 4 122 1 0 14 0 215
2010 55 1 3 176 1 0 3 0 239
2011 73 3 9 418 2 0 11 0 516
2012 57 4 2 430 2 0 16 0 511
2013 43 5 5 476 0 0 13 0 542
2014 43 3 5 527 2 1 9 0 590
2015 29 6 2 346 2 0 6 0 391
2016 31 7 1 330 0 0 3 0 372
2017 37 6 1 320 2 0 4 0 370
2018 28 2 1 356 0 0 3 0 390
2019 20 0 4 340 0 2 3 0 369
2020 24 3 6 336 2 0 7 0 378
2021 28 4 2 327 4 0 7 0 372
2022 33 1 1 339 4 0 1 1 380
2023 40 5 1 286 4 0 4 1 341

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 Delta High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 484 7.9 61.2 n/a
1989 556 13.3 41.8 n/a
1990 610 14.1 43.2 n/a
1991 256 8.3 30.8 n/a
1992 230 8.4 27.3 17
1993 261 8.0 32.6 23
1994 230 7.0 32.9 30.4
1995 238 9.6 24.8 29.4
1996 238 9.6 24.8 29.4
1997 282 9.7 29.1 37.9
1998 275 9.6 28.6 24
1999 242 9.8 24.7 36.1
2000 267 10.0 26.7 38.2
2001 258 10.2 25.3 19.8
2002 260 10.5 24.8 29.4
2003 260 10.5 24.8 29.4
2004 289 10.7 27.0 16
2005 285 9.6 29.7 12.9
2006 338 14.0 24.1 16
2007 338 14.3 23.6 29.5
2008 274 15.3 17.9 18.6
2009 215 10.3 18.7 16.7
2010 239 10.0 23.9 43.5
2011 516 n/a n/a 52.7
2012 511 17.2 29.5 n/a
2013 542 17.2 31.3 69
2014 590 16.9 34.7 82.5
2015 391 13.0 30.0 70.3
2016 372 14.0 26.5 72
2017 370 10.6 34.8 70.5
2018 390 13.5 28.8 71.3
2019 369 12.8 28.8 71.8
2020 378 n/a n/a 79.4
2021 372 13.1 28.3 81.2
2022 380 13.6 27.9 74.7
2023 341 15.8 21.5 78.3

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 Delta High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 484 7.9 61.2 n/a
1989 556 13.3 41.8 n/a
1990 610 14.1 43.2 n/a
1991 256 8.3 30.8 n/a
1992 230 8.4 27.3 17
1993 261 8.0 32.6 23
1994 230 7.0 32.9 30.4
1995 238 9.6 24.8 29.4
1996 238 9.6 24.8 29.4
1997 282 9.7 29.1 37.9
1998 275 9.6 28.6 24
1999 242 9.8 24.7 36.1
2000 267 10.0 26.7 38.2
2001 258 10.2 25.3 19.8
2002 260 10.5 24.8 29.4
2003 260 10.5 24.8 29.4
2004 289 10.7 27.0 16
2005 285 9.6 29.7 12.9
2006 338 14.0 24.1 16
2007 338 14.3 23.6 29.5
2008 274 15.3 17.9 18.6
2009 215 10.3 18.7 16.7
2010 239 10.0 23.9 43.5
2011 516 n/a n/a 52.7
2012 511 17.2 29.5 n/a
2013 542 17.2 31.3 69
2014 590 16.9 34.7 82.5
2015 391 13.0 30.0 70.3
2016 372 14.0 26.5 72
2017 370 10.6 34.8 70.5
2018 390 13.5 28.8 71.3
2019 369 12.8 28.8 71.8
2020 378 n/a n/a 79.4
2021 372 13.1 28.3 81.2
2022 380 13.6 27.9 74.7
2023 341 15.8 21.5 78.3

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 Delta High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $12,564

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Delta 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 2013th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 2097th of 2348 High schools
 5.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Delta High)6.210.1
 4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Maria Joint Union High)49.738
 11.7%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Delta High)00
   11th Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria Joint Union High)22.314.5
 7.8%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (Delta High)0.52.7
 2.3%
   11th Grade Science (Santa Maria Joint Union High)17.916.6
 1.3%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (Delta High)0.74.3
 3.5%
   12th Grade Science (Santa Maria Joint Union High)135.6
 7.4%
   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 Students369341
 7.6%
African American05
American Indian04
Asian41
 75%
Hispanic340286
 15.9%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White2040
 100%
Two or More Races34
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients71.8%78.3%
 6.5%


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Delta High ranks in the bottom 10.7% of California high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 341 students attended Delta High.

Students at Delta High are 84% Hispanic, 12% White, 1% African American, 1% American Indian, 1% Two or more races.


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