Ernest Righetti High

Summary:

Ernest Righetti High is a public high school located in Santa Maria, California, serving 2,494 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, which is ranked 1038 out of 1560 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ernest Righetti High has a diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic students (71.97%) compared to the state average. Academically, the school's performance on standardized tests is generally higher than the district average but lower than the state average, with 49.21% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 37.98% for the district and 55.41% for the state. The school has maintained a relatively high four-year graduation rate, ranging from 90.4% to 95.4% over the past five years, which is higher than the district average. However, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 11.3% in 2017-2018 to 24.9% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the district and state averages.

When compared to other high schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Ernest Righetti High generally performs better academically than Santa Maria High but slightly worse than Pioneer Valley High. The school's performance also varies significantly among different student subgroups, with a relatively high ranking for Asian students (4-star rating) but lower for White students (2-star rating) and students with disabilities (3-star rating). The school's high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 63.51% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, may contribute to some of the academic challenges it faces.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 941 East Foster Rd.
       Santa Maria, CA  93455-3318


(805) 937-2051

District: Santa Maria Joint Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
1007th of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,413 Help


Feeder schools for Ernest Righetti High:

Elementary:    Alice Shaw Elementary
    Benjamin Foxen Elementary
    Joe Nightingale Elementary
    Mary Buren Elementary
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Middle:    Kermit McKenzie Intermediate
    Lakeview Junior High
    Orcutt Junior High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.1 Help
Number of students:  2,494

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
72.0%
White:
19.7%
Asian:
3.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  63.5% Help


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Compare Details Ernest Righetti High ranks better than 57.1% of high schools in California. It also ranks first 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 44.23. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Ernest Righetti 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 (72%), White (19.7%), Asian (3.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 63.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ernest Righetti High is 22.1, which is the 2nd best 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 Ernest Righetti High is $10,413, which is the 2nd highest among 4 high schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ernest Righetti High:

SchoolDigger ranks Ernest Righetti High 1007th of 2348 California public high schools. (See Ernest Righetti 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 Ernest Righetti High

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Rank History for all students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 57.91 372nd 1653 77.5%
2005 54.63 507th 1901 73.3%
2006 54.20 582nd 1968 70.4%
2007 53.37 577th 2063 72.0%
2008 62.12 437th 2117 79.4%
2009 69.53 264th 2238 88.2%
2010 64.08 418th 2281 81.7%
2011 63.56 428th 2367 81.9%
2012 55.67 660th 2354 72.0%
2013 54.76 660th 2426 72.8%
2015 48.27 1015th 1994 49.1%
2016 50.39 1011th 2039 50.4%
2017 39.36 1252nd 2021 38.1%
2018 48.45 1042nd 2017 48.3%
2019 53.79 881st 2133 58.7%
2022 47.86 978th 2123 53.9%
2023 44.23 1007th 2348 57.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 57.32 191st 422 54.7%
2022 41.59 311th 515 39.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.60 619th 938 34.0%
2019 66.33 139th 941 85.2%
2022 34.79 681st 1044 34.8%
2023 37.19 544th 1323 58.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 26.65 1112th 1547 28.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.75 1162nd 1862 37.6%
2019 54.61 793rd 1937 59.1%
2022 46.82 924th 1943 52.4%
2023 43.91 1036th 2247 53.9%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 55.68 115th 290 60.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.75 881st 1760 49.9%
2019 57.73 677th 1833 63.1%
2022 48.35 856th 1858 53.9%
2023 42.34 1015th 2118 52.1%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.56 508th 1052 51.7%
2019 41.28 533rd 1117 52.3%
2022 46.06 470th 1161 59.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.06 1082nd 1834 41.0%
2019 45.39 971st 1880 48.4%
2022 43.02 974th 1916 49.2%
2023 43.23 972nd 2207 56.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.67 330th 581 43.2%
2019 30.11 434th 582 25.4%
2022 85.16 60th 581 89.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.67 287th 582 50.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.30 1097th 1742 37.0%
2019 50.75 853rd 1814 53.0%
2022 47.13 891st 1861 52.1%
2023 43.42 1016th 2142 52.6%
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Rank History for White students at Ernest Righetti High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.13 681st 1173 41.9%
2019 42.76 729th 1222 40.3%
2022 35.70 781st 1204 35.1%
2023 38.52 782nd 1434 45.5%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Ernest Righetti High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1234 21 73 325 12 n/a n/a 0 1665
1989 1173 21 83 342 16 n/a n/a 0 1635
1990 1135 20 88 387 18 n/a n/a 0 1648
1991 1157 26 78 479 15 n/a n/a 0 1755
1992 1218 25 95 522 20 n/a n/a 0 1880
1993 1265 25 111 574 23 n/a n/a 0 1998
1994 1209 25 105 596 26 n/a n/a 0 1961
1995 1246 41 117 681 27 n/a n/a 0 2112
1996 1246 41 117 681 27 n/a n/a 0 2112
1997 1357 34 104 690 24 n/a n/a 0 2209
1998 1445 38 109 763 26 n/a n/a 0 2381
1999 1640 38 91 770 27 n/a n/a 3 2569
2000 1646 41 104 804 23 n/a n/a 6 2624
2001 1597 48 99 837 32 n/a n/a 1 2614
2002 1466 15 189 851 28 n/a n/a 12 2561
2003 1466 15 189 851 28 n/a n/a 12 2561
2004 1436 36 151 847 25 n/a n/a 88 2583
2005 1404 26 171 894 29 n/a n/a 70 2594
2006 1343 44 162 921 30 n/a n/a 71 2571
2007 1281 42 149 923 24 n/a n/a 67 2486
2008 1198 41 155 1003 24 n/a n/a 0 2421
2009 1103 33 134 972 19 10 117 0 2388
2010 926 30 113 1085 20 6 72 0 2252
2011 856 38 95 1155 13 6 120 0 2283
2012 797 36 80 1133 15 3 131 0 2195
2013 727 29 69 1228 13 2 108 0 2176
2014 665 35 73 1222 10 2 92 0 2099
2015 631 51 80 1233 15 7 63 0 2080
2016 594 49 91 1318 17 8 62 0 2139
2017 576 45 93 1368 13 5 80 0 2180
2018 550 30 90 1434 17 6 99 0 2226
2019 541 38 92 1534 15 4 77 0 2301
2020 562 29 88 1626 19 6 105 0 2435
2021 544 36 86 1706 18 5 70 2 2467
2022 530 37 87 1773 23 6 63 1 2520
2023 491 30 79 1795 33 7 52 7 2494

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 Ernest Righetti High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1665 66.4 25.0 n/a
1989 1635 65.0 25.1 n/a
1990 1648 68.7 23.9 n/a
1991 1755 70.2 25.0 n/a
1992 1880 71.3 26.3 15.1
1993 1998 81.4 24.5 15.4
1994 1961 83.6 23.5 14.9
1995 2112 81.2 26.0 17.8
1996 2112 81.2 26.0 17.8
1997 2209 84.5 26.1 18.9
1998 2381 91.2 26.1 15
1999 2569 94.0 27.3 15.2
2000 2624 99.0 26.5 15.3
2001 2614 106.0 24.7 13.1
2002 2561 104.5 24.5 16.1
2003 2561 104.5 24.5 16.1
2004 2583 103.5 25.0 21
2005 2594 96.3 26.9 21.7
2006 2571 97.6 26.3 21
2007 2486 97.0 25.6 22.3
2008 2421 108.4 22.3 28
2009 2388 89.0 24.3 13.1
2010 2252 90.6 24.8 29.1
2011 2283 n/a n/a 31.7
2012 2195 91.0 24.1 n/a
2013 2176 88.2 24.6 36.4
2014 2099 86.3 24.3 47.5
2015 2080 89.0 23.3 43.3
2016 2139 94.0 22.7 50.7
2017 2180 94.2 23.1 50.7
2018 2226 91.8 24.2 56.7
2019 2301 105.2 21.8 58.1
2020 2435 n/a n/a 56.6
2021 2467 114.3 21.5 51.5
2022 2520 116.5 21.6 61
2023 2494 112.5 22.1 63.5

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 Ernest Righetti High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1665 66.4 25.0 n/a
1989 1635 65.0 25.1 n/a
1990 1648 68.7 23.9 n/a
1991 1755 70.2 25.0 n/a
1992 1880 71.3 26.3 15.1
1993 1998 81.4 24.5 15.4
1994 1961 83.6 23.5 14.9
1995 2112 81.2 26.0 17.8
1996 2112 81.2 26.0 17.8
1997 2209 84.5 26.1 18.9
1998 2381 91.2 26.1 15
1999 2569 94.0 27.3 15.2
2000 2624 99.0 26.5 15.3
2001 2614 106.0 24.7 13.1
2002 2561 104.5 24.5 16.1
2003 2561 104.5 24.5 16.1
2004 2583 103.5 25.0 21
2005 2594 96.3 26.9 21.7
2006 2571 97.6 26.3 21
2007 2486 97.0 25.6 22.3
2008 2421 108.4 22.3 28
2009 2388 89.0 24.3 13.1
2010 2252 90.6 24.8 29.1
2011 2283 n/a n/a 31.7
2012 2195 91.0 24.1 n/a
2013 2176 88.2 24.6 36.4
2014 2099 86.3 24.3 47.5
2015 2080 89.0 23.3 43.3
2016 2139 94.0 22.7 50.7
2017 2180 94.2 23.1 50.7
2018 2226 91.8 24.2 56.7
2019 2301 105.2 21.8 58.1
2020 2435 n/a n/a 56.6
2021 2467 114.3 21.5 51.5
2022 2520 116.5 21.6 61
2023 2494 112.5 22.1 63.5

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 Ernest Righetti High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $10,413

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Ernest Righetti High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 881st of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1007th of 2348 High schools
 1.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ernest Righetti High)61.949.2
 12.7%
   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 (Ernest Righetti High)22.918.1
 4.8%
   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 (Ernest Righetti High)26.322.5
 3.8%
   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 (Ernest Righetti High)17.712
 5.7%
   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 Students23012494
 8.4%
African American3830
 21.1%
American Indian1533
 120%
Asian9279
 14.1%
Hispanic15341795
 17%
Pacific Islander47
 75%
White541491
 9.2%
Two or More Races7752
 32.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients58.1%63.5%
 5.4%


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Ernest Righetti High ranks 1007th of 2348 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 2,494 students attended Ernest Righetti High.

Students at Ernest Righetti High are 72% Hispanic, 20% White, 3% Asian, 2% Two or more races, 1% American Indian, 1% African American.


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