Rio Norte Junior High

Summary:

Rio Norte Junior High is a high-performing public middle school in Santa Clarita, California, serving 1,123 students in grades 7-8 and part of the William S. Hart Union High School District. The school consistently ranks among the top middle schools in the state, with exceptional academic outcomes and a diverse student population.

Rio Norte Junior High stands out for its strong academic performance, with 77.08% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 68.5% for the district and 46.66% for the state. The school also excels in the performance of various student subgroups, ranking in the top 10% of California middle schools for African American students and the top 15% for Hispanic students. Despite having a relatively low percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, Rio Norte still performs well for this subgroup, ranking in the top 15% of California middle schools.

While Rio Norte Junior High outperforms nearby schools like Sierra Vista Junior High and La Mesa Junior High, another high-performing school in the area is Rancho Pico Junior High, which ranks 143 out of 2,788 California middle schools. Rio Norte's diverse racial/ethnic composition, with 38.91% White, 22.89% Hispanic, and 25.47% Asian students, is a strength, as the school performs exceptionally well for underrepresented student groups.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 28771 Rio Norte Dr.
       Santa Clarita, CA  91354-1700


(661) 295-3700

District: William S. Hart Union High

SchoolDigger Rank:
223rd of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,609 Help


Students who attend Rio Norte Junior High usually attend:

High:    Academy of the Canyons
    Valencia High

Feeder schools for Rio Norte Junior High:

Elementary:    Charles Helmers Elementary
    North Park Elementary
    Tesoro del Valle Elementary
    West Creek Academy

Student/teacher ratio:  23.6 Help
Number of students:  1,123

Racial breakdown:

White:
38.9%
Asian:
25.5%
Hispanic:
22.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  11.3% Help


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Compare Details Rio Norte Junior High ranks better than 92% of middle schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 6 ranked middle schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.35. (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 Rio Norte Junior High is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (38.9%), Asian (25.5%), Hispanic (22.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 11.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the William S. Hart Union High School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Rio Norte Junior High is 23.6. 4 middle schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Rio Norte Junior High is $10,609. 3 middle schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Rio Norte Junior High:

SchoolDigger ranks Rio Norte Junior High 223rd of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Rio Norte Junior High in the ranking list.)

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William S. Hart Union High:

SchoolDigger ranks William S. Hart Union High 212th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Rio Norte Junior High

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Rank History for all students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 85.93 182nd 1769 89.7%
2005 89.12 131st 1777 92.6%
2006 90.81 111th 1804 93.8%
2007 90.35 116th 1999 94.2%
2008 87.83 147th 2005 92.7%
2009 87.77 139th 2063 93.3%
2010 88.37 128th 2179 94.1%
2011 87.01 148th 2236 93.4%
2012 87.09 146th 2259 93.5%
2013 86.27 158th 2379 93.4%
2015 92.62 161st 2477 93.5%
2016 91.08 200th 2497 92.0%
2017 90.90 228th 2508 90.9%
2018 93.68 159th 2480 93.6%
2019 93.10 194th 2715 92.9%
2022 91.50 235th 2740 91.4%
2023 92.35 222nd 2788 92.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.98 82nd 462 82.3%
2019 71.76 153rd 554 72.4%
2023 61.26 271st 678 60.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.84 84th 1364 93.8%
2023 58.97 281st 1523 81.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 90.85 82nd 1532 94.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.83 61st 2230 97.3%
2019 89.85 144th 2369 93.9%
2022 83.97 226th 2458 90.8%
2023 93.32 110th 2535 95.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.48 184th 2262 91.9%
2019 89.78 228th 2380 90.4%
2022 91.19 208th 2509 91.7%
2023 91.78 205th 2535 91.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.57 31st 1369 97.7%
2019 95.61 48th 1491 96.8%
2022 82.25 157th 1531 89.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.55 123rd 2273 94.6%
2019 94.60 138th 2407 94.3%
2022 90.79 226th 2527 91.1%
2023 91.24 215th 2546 91.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.28 51st 700 92.7%
2019 84.40 46th 745 93.8%
2022 77.73 153rd 733 79.1%
2023 77.16 138th 717 80.8%
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Rank History for African American students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.51 16th 600 97.3%
2019 96.07 17th 643 97.4%
2022 97.76 7th 637 98.9%
2023 97.23 10th 609 98.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.25 91st 2072 95.6%
2019 95.08 63rd 2213 97.2%
2022 87.58 172nd 2359 92.7%
2023 91.14 125th 2379 94.7%
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Rank History for White students at Rio Norte Junior High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.42 255th 1496 83.0%
2019 77.61 309th 1602 80.7%
2022 74.67 329th 1555 78.8%
2023 78.11 269th 1549 82.6%
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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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Enrollment information for Rio Norte Junior High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 541 20 106 89 3 n/a n/a 0 759
2005 787 38 167 134 2 n/a n/a 0 1128
2006 825 51 200 172 4 n/a n/a 0 1252
2007 855 42 233 202 3 n/a n/a 0 1335
2008 887 67 224 202 3 n/a n/a 0 1383
2009 862 78 239 233 3 7 5 0 1427
2010 808 55 224 243 0 3 40 0 1373
2011 646 46 208 241 0 2 82 0 1225
2012 584 44 201 269 0 2 79 0 1179
2013 620 43 215 261 1 4 84 0 1228
2014 560 56 240 217 2 2 78 0 1155
2015 522 59 261 223 1 0 78 0 1144
2016 584 57 281 255 0 0 91 0 1268
2017 631 50 275 251 0 1 96 0 1304
2018 626 47 291 248 0 2 95 0 1309
2019 586 46 273 270 0 2 101 0 1278
2020 545 38 284 287 1 1 87 0 1243
2021 513 49 291 254 3 2 41 0 1153
2022 461 49 293 227 1 3 55 1 1090
2023 437 51 286 257 1 1 88 2 1123

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 Rio Norte Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 759 32.0 23.7 3.3
2005 1128 48.0 23.5 2.6
2006 1252 54.0 23.2 2.1
2007 1335 56.0 23.8 2.8
2008 1383 66.8 20.7 3.2
2009 1427 58.6 21.4 3.6
2010 1373 53.0 25.9 4.2
2011 1225 n/a n/a 3.9
2012 1179 49.0 24.0 n/a
2013 1228 48.5 25.3 6.7
2014 1155 48.8 23.6 8.2
2015 1144 43.0 26.6 7.7
2016 1268 54.0 23.4 4.8
2017 1304 54.8 23.7 4.1
2018 1309 54.6 23.9 11.6
2019 1278 56.4 22.6 12.7
2020 1243 n/a n/a 12.2
2021 1153 50.4 22.8 14
2022 1090 45.8 23.7 11.9
2023 1123 47.4 23.6 11.3

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 Rio Norte Junior High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 759 32.0 23.7 3.3
2005 1128 48.0 23.5 2.6
2006 1252 54.0 23.2 2.1
2007 1335 56.0 23.8 2.8
2008 1383 66.8 20.7 3.2
2009 1427 58.6 21.4 3.6
2010 1373 53.0 25.9 4.2
2011 1225 n/a n/a 3.9
2012 1179 49.0 24.0 n/a
2013 1228 48.5 25.3 6.7
2014 1155 48.8 23.6 8.2
2015 1144 43.0 26.6 7.7
2016 1268 54.0 23.4 4.8
2017 1304 54.8 23.7 4.1
2018 1309 54.6 23.9 11.6
2019 1278 56.4 22.6 12.7
2020 1243 n/a n/a 12.2
2021 1153 50.4 22.8 14
2022 1090 45.8 23.7 11.9
2023 1123 47.4 23.6 11.3

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 Rio Norte Junior High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $10,609

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Rio Norte Junior 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 194th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 222nd of 2788 Middle schools
 0.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Rio Norte Junior High)81.378.1
 3.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (William S. Hart Union High)70.565.9
 4.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Rio Norte Junior High)62.352.1
 10.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (William S. Hart Union High)53.846.8
 7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Rio Norte Junior High)82.676.1
 6.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (William S. Hart Union High)6963
 5.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Rio Norte Junior High)64.357.1
 7.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (William S. Hart Union High)53.944.4
 9.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Rio Norte Junior High)55.953.4
 2.5%
   8th Grade Science (William S. Hart Union High)47.742.4
 5.3%
   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 Students12781123
 12.1%
African American4651
 10.9%
American Indian01
Asian273286
 4.8%
Hispanic270257
 4.8%
Pacific Islander21
 50%
White586437
 25.4%
Two or More Races10188
 12.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients12.7%11.3%
 1.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Rio Norte Junior High

Students at Rio Norte Junior High are 39% White, 25% Asian, 23% Hispanic, 8% Two or more races, 5% African American.

Students who attend Rio Norte Junior High usually go on to attend Academy of the Canyons

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,123 students attended Rio Norte Junior High.

Yes. Rio Norte Junior High ranks in the top 8.0% of California middle schools.


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