Pioneer Valley High

Summary:

Pioneer Valley High is a public high school located in Santa Maria, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 3,220 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 has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Pioneer Valley High has a significantly higher Hispanic student population (93.63%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 50.94% to 96.25% Hispanic students. The school consistently maintains high 4-year graduation rates, ranging from 93.8% to 96.5% over the past 5 years, outperforming the district and state averages. However, the school has seen a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, from 8.1% in 2018-2019 to 16.3% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the district and state averages. While Pioneer Valley High's test scores in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science are generally higher than the district averages, they lag behind the state averages.

When compared to other high schools in the surrounding area, Pioneer Valley High generally performs better than the lower-ranked schools like Delta High and Santa Maria High, but lags behind the higher-performing schools like Ernest Righetti High, Cabrillo High, and Central Coast New Technical High. The school's unique demographic profile and mix of academic strengths and challenges suggest that addressing socioeconomic barriers and exploring specialized programs could be key focus areas for improvement.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 675 Panther Dr.
       Santa Maria, CA  93454-9700


(805) 922-1305

District: Santa Maria Joint Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
1153rd of 2,346 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,105 Help


Feeder schools for Pioneer Valley High:

Elementary:    Bruce (Robert) Elementary
    Oakley (Calvin C.) Elementary
    Ontiveros (Juan Pacifico) Elementary
    Rice (William) Elementary
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Middle:    Kunst (Tommie) Junior High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.3 Help
Number of students:  3,220

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
93.6%
Asian:
2.8%
White:
2.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  74.4% Help


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Compare Details Pioneer Valley High ranks better than 50.9% of high schools in California. It also ranks 2nd 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 39.58. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Pioneer Valley 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 Pioneer Valley High has the largest high school student body size in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (93.6%), Asian (2.8%), White (2.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 74.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pioneer Valley High is 24.3, which is the highest 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 Pioneer Valley High is $9,105, which is the lowest among 4 high schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Pioneer Valley High:

SchoolDigger ranks Pioneer Valley High 1153rd of 2346 California public high schools. (See Pioneer Valley High in the ranking list.)

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Santa Maria Joint Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Maria Joint Union High 1038th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Pioneer Valley High

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Rank History for all students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 72.13 218th 1901 88.5%
2006 73.71 220th 1968 88.8%
2007 39.60 888th 2063 57.0%
2008 39.92 914th 2117 56.8%
2009 44.36 902nd 2238 59.7%
2010 51.25 726th 2281 68.2%
2011 48.11 843rd 2367 64.4%
2012 46.46 873rd 2354 62.9%
2013 47.21 863rd 2426 64.4%
2015 51.87 942nd 1994 52.8%
2016 51.78 975th 2039 52.2%
2017 56.85 862nd 2021 57.3%
2018 55.26 901st 2017 55.3%
2019 52.33 920th 2133 56.9%
2022 39.21 1200th 2123 43.5%
2023 39.58 1147th 2335 50.9%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 33.70 358th 515 30.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.20 368th 938 60.8%
2019 42.01 416th 941 55.8%
2022 43.60 433rd 1044 58.5%
2023 32.37 710th 1315 46.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 24.23 1182nd 1539 23.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.74 701st 1862 62.4%
2019 59.19 700th 1937 63.9%
2022 46.33 938th 1943 51.7%
2023 45.53 990th 2237 55.7%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 45.80 146th 290 49.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.07 824th 1760 53.2%
2019 48.76 878th 1833 52.1%
2022 35.84 1154th 1858 37.9%
2023 37.12 1163rd 2106 44.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.94 746th 1052 29.1%
2019 20.08 1023rd 1117 8.4%
2022 28.02 881st 1161 24.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.73 928th 1834 49.4%
2019 50.41 849th 1880 54.8%
2022 38.22 1098th 1916 42.7%
2023 39.58 1053rd 2195 52.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.19 654th 1742 62.5%
2019 61.02 615th 1814 66.1%
2022 47.44 882nd 1861 52.6%
2023 46.22 951st 2132 55.4%
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Rank History for White students at Pioneer Valley High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.33 518th 1173 55.8%
2019 50.23 611th 1222 50.0%
2022 22.19 952nd 1204 20.9%
2023 46.83 645th 1424 54.7%
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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 Pioneer Valley High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 218 15 84 990 3 n/a n/a 30 1340
2006 296 26 122 1543 5 n/a n/a 103 2095
2007 331 33 143 1859 7 n/a n/a 152 2525
2008 300 28 128 1906 6 n/a n/a 0 2368
2009 253 34 117 2029 9 9 246 0 2697
2010 235 25 107 2247 5 4 52 0 2675
2011 207 20 102 2242 4 2 48 0 2625
2012 177 17 110 2291 2 2 46 0 2645
2013 150 22 104 2300 0 1 41 0 2618
2014 139 25 101 2376 1 2 44 0 2688
2015 139 26 111 2429 2 3 31 0 2741
2016 119 24 116 2406 1 4 24 0 2694
2017 101 17 117 2449 4 5 24 0 2717
2018 90 17 112 2465 3 4 22 0 2713
2019 84 15 110 2536 5 4 22 0 2776
2020 90 14 98 2713 5 2 25 0 2947
2021 87 10 82 2828 5 2 19 0 3033
2022 79 9 84 2958 5 4 16 1 3156
2023 72 16 89 3015 6 2 18 2 3220

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

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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 Pioneer Valley High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 1340 52.0 25.8 45.2
2006 2095 81.2 25.8 46.3
2007 2525 105.5 23.9 46.6
2008 2368 115.0 20.6 50.9
2009 2697 103.2 23.5 29.1
2010 2675 106.0 25.2 59.7
2011 2625 n/a n/a 64.6
2012 2645 100.5 26.2 n/a
2013 2618 99.8 26.2 67.4
2014 2688 102.7 26.1 79.5
2015 2741 110.0 24.9 66.5
2016 2694 112.0 24.0 73.6
2017 2717 107.4 25.2 72.9
2018 2713 109.2 24.8 73.5
2019 2776 112.3 24.7 75.8
2020 2947 n/a n/a 76.6
2021 3033 126.2 24.0 70
2022 3156 127.1 24.8 72
2023 3220 132.4 24.3 74.4

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 Pioneer Valley High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 1340 52.0 25.8 45.2
2006 2095 81.2 25.8 46.3
2007 2525 105.5 23.9 46.6
2008 2368 115.0 20.6 50.9
2009 2697 103.2 23.5 29.1
2010 2675 106.0 25.2 59.7
2011 2625 n/a n/a 64.6
2012 2645 100.5 26.2 n/a
2013 2618 99.8 26.2 67.4
2014 2688 102.7 26.1 79.5
2015 2741 110.0 24.9 66.5
2016 2694 112.0 24.0 73.6
2017 2717 107.4 25.2 72.9
2018 2713 109.2 24.8 73.5
2019 2776 112.3 24.7 75.8
2020 2947 n/a n/a 76.6
2021 3033 126.2 24.0 70
2022 3156 127.1 24.8 72
2023 3220 132.4 24.3 74.4

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Pioneer Valley High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,105

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Pioneer Valley High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 920th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1147th of 2335 High schools
 6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pioneer Valley High)61.145.8
 15.4%
   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 (Pioneer Valley High)28.619.2
 9.5%
   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 (Pioneer Valley High)23.917.3
 6.6%
   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 (Pioneer Valley High)15.76.7
 9.1%
   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 Students27763220
 16%
African American1516
 6.7%
American Indian56
 20%
Asian11089
 19.1%
Hispanic25363015
 18.9%
Pacific Islander42
 50%
White8472
 14.3%
Two or More Races2218
 18.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients75.8%74.4%
 1.4%


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Students at Pioneer Valley High are 94% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 2% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 3,220 students attended Pioneer Valley High.

Pioneer Valley High ranks 1153rd of 2346 California high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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