Union Hill Middle

Summary:

Union Hill Middle is a public middle school located in Grass Valley, California, serving grades 7-8 with a total enrollment of 141 students. The school is part of the Grass Valley Elementary district, which is ranked 453 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Union Hill Middle consistently outperforms the state and its local feeder school, Lyman Gilmore Middle, in Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics. In 2022-2023, 59.4% of Union Hill Middle students were proficient or better in ELA, compared to 48.17% at Lyman Gilmore Middle and 46.66% statewide. In Mathematics, 44.36% of Union Hill Middle students were proficient or better, compared to 38.07% at Lyman Gilmore Middle and 34.62% statewide. The school also performs well in Science, with 30.3% of students proficient or better in the CAST assessment, compared to 30.88% at Lyman Gilmore Middle and 30.18% statewide. However, the school's performance for special education students is particularly low, ranking 1,492 out of 1,532 California middle schools in 2022-2023, with a 0-star rating.

While Union Hill Middle generally outperforms the nearby Weimar Hills and Magnolia Intermediate schools in academic performance, the Seven Hills Intermediate school, located just 3.45 miles away, has consistently higher academic performance and a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. Additionally, Union Hill Middle has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 10.9% in 2018-2019 to 28.1% in 2022-2023, which is a concerning trend that the school should address.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 11638 Colfax Hwy.
       Grass Valley, CA  95945-8805


(530) 273-8456

District: Union Hill Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
611th of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,520 Help


Students who attend Union Hill Middle usually attend:

High:    Nevada Union High

Feeder schools for Union Hill Middle:

Elementary:    Union Hill Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  18.9 Help
Number of students:  141

Racial breakdown:

White:
56.7%
Two or more races:
29.1%
Hispanic:
14.2%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  36.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Union Hill Middle ranks better than 78.2% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 73.39. (See more...)
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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 Student population at Union Hill Middle is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (56.7%), two or more races (29.1%), Hispanic (14.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 36.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Union Hill Middle is 18.9. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Union Hill Middle is $8,520.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Union Hill Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Union Hill Middle 611th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Union Hill Middle in the ranking list.)

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Union Hill Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Union Hill Elementary 453rd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Union Hill Middle

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Rank History for all students at Union Hill Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2015 62.54 807th 2477 67.4%
2016 60.98 846th 2497 66.1%
2017 55.50 967th 2508 61.4%
2018 74.81 549th 2480 77.9%
2019 57.83 954th 2715 64.9%
2021 75.43 175th 894 80.4%
2022 72.98 613th 2740 77.6%
2023 73.39 611th 2788 78.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Union Hill Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 55.03 297th 665 55.3%
2023 50.90 346th 678 49.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Union Hill Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 17.67 1492nd 1532 2.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Union Hill Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.45 817th 2230 63.4%
2019 44.05 1215th 2369 48.7%
2021 61.71 206th 721 71.4%
2022 72.91 446th 2458 81.9%
2023 76.81 383rd 2535 84.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Union Hill Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.00 597th 2262 73.6%
2019 55.96 911th 2380 61.7%
2021 72.22 172nd 738 76.7%
2022 74.14 540th 2509 78.5%
2023 79.05 455th 2535 82.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Union Hill Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.67 489th 2273 78.5%
2019 57.21 873rd 2407 63.7%
2021 76.07 155th 763 79.7%
2022 68.73 644th 2527 74.5%
2023 62.15 768th 2546 69.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Union Hill Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 62.65 654th 2359 72.3%
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Rank History for White students at Union Hill Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.93 616th 1496 58.8%
2019 36.37 1019th 1602 36.4%
2022 49.14 776th 1555 50.1%
2023 51.16 722nd 1549 53.4%
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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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Data source: California Department of Education

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Saturday, March 11, 2023

Open Quote Our child is one of the top three students out of all the middle schools in the district that is going to the public speech championships . There were 2 of the best students from each middle school in our area hundreds of students Union Hill is the Best Close Quote



Enrollment information for Union Hill Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2014 105 0 2 8 3 0 14 0 132
2015 109 0 1 9 0 1 12 0 132
2016 104 0 2 7 1 1 8 0 123
2017 107 0 0 3 0 0 5 0 115
2018 98 0 3 8 0 2 13 0 124
2019 99 2 1 16 1 0 6 0 125
2020 117 0 0 22 1 0 4 0 144
2021 95 0 1 23 1 0 22 0 142
2022 82 0 1 23 0 0 39 0 145
2023 80 0 0 20 0 0 41 0 141

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 Union Hill Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2014 132 6.7 19.4 30.3
2015 132 7.0 18.8 27.3
2016 123 7.0 17.5 25.2
2017 115 4.9 23.1 26.1
2018 124 5.6 21.7 38.7
2019 125 5.6 22.1 44
2020 144 n/a n/a 42.4
2021 142 6.8 20.6 35.9
2022 145 8.4 17.1 35.9
2023 141 7.4 18.9 36.9

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 Union Hill Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2014 132 6.7 19.4 30.3
2015 132 7.0 18.8 27.3
2016 123 7.0 17.5 25.2
2017 115 4.9 23.1 26.1
2018 124 5.6 21.7 38.7
2019 125 5.6 22.1 44
2020 144 n/a n/a 42.4
2021 142 6.8 20.6 35.9
2022 145 8.4 17.1 35.9
2023 141 7.4 18.9 36.9

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 Union Hill Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,520

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Union Hill Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 954th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 611th of 2788 Middle schools
 13.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Union Hill Middle)36.961.2
 24.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Union Hill Elementary)36.961.2
 24.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Union Hill Middle)38.150
 11.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Union Hill Elementary)38.150
 11.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Union Hill Middle)56.657.6
 1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Union Hill Elementary)54.657.6
 3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Union Hill Middle)71.238.8
 32.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Union Hill Elementary)68.538.8
 29.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Union Hill Middle)30.230.3
 0.1%
   8th Grade Science (Union Hill Elementary)28.630.3
 1.7%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students125141
 12.8%
African American20
 100%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic1620
 25%
Pacific Islander00
White9980
 19.2%
Two or More Races641
 583.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients44%36.9%
 7.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Union Hill Middle

Union Hill Middle ranks 611th of 2798 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Union Hill Middle are 57% White, 29% Two or more races, 14% Hispanic.

Students who attend Union Hill Middle usually go on to attend Nevada Union High

In the 2022-23 school year, 141 students attended Union Hill Middle.


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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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