Orange County Special Education

Summary:

Orange County Special Education is an alternative public school in Costa Mesa, California that serves 347 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, with a diverse student population that is predominantly Hispanic (52.16%) and White (20.75%).

While the school aims to provide specialized support for its students, the data suggests it is struggling in several key areas compared to nearby schools. Orange County Special Education has had very low four-year graduation rates, ranging from 0% to 28.2% in recent years, which is significantly lower than the graduation rates of nearby schools like Occs:chep/Pchs (78.0%), ACCESS Juvenile Hall (32.4%), and ACCESS County Community (34.7%). The school has also had high dropout rates, ranging from 3.0% to 26.7% in recent years, and very high chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 29.3% to 52.6%.

Additionally, Orange County Special Education students have performed poorly on standardized tests compared to the Orange County Department of Education and California state averages. For example, in 2022-2023, only 11.76% of 11th-grade students were proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 20.54% for the Orange County Department of Education and 55.41% for California. These findings suggest that the school may need to implement significant interventions and support systems to improve student outcomes and address the unique challenges faced by its diverse student population.


Detail:

Public, Alternative K-12

 200 Kalmus Dr.
       Costa Mesa, CA  92628-9050


(714) 966-4129

District: Orange County Department of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
1994th of 2,348 California Alternative Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  7.3 Help
Number of students:  347

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
52.2%
White:
20.7%
Asian:
16.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  42.9% Help


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Compare Details Orange County Special Education is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 5.32. (See more...)
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Compare Details Orange County Special Education ranks worse than 84.9% of high schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 11.18. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Orange County Special Education 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 Student population at Orange County Special Education is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (52.2%), White (20.7%), Asian (16.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 42.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Orange County Special Education is 7.3, which is the lowest among 4 alternative schools in the Orange County Department of Education School District! (See more...)
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Schooldigger Rankings:

Orange County Special Education was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Orange County Special Education 1994th of 2348 California public high schools. (See Orange County Special Education in the ranking list.)



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Rank History for Orange County Special Education

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Rank History for all middle school students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 7.99 1716th 1769 3.0%
2005 8.35 1698th 1777 4.4%
2006 14.23 1618th 1804 10.3%
2007 8.72 1890th 1999 5.5%
2008 11.55 1857th 2005 7.4%
2009 12.83 1879th 2063 8.9%
2015 7.80 2392nd 2477 3.4%
2016 8.05 2388th 2497 4.4%
2021 3.58 893rd 894 0.1%
2022 5.32 2732nd 2740 0.3%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 24.74 312th 354 11.9%
2022 18.63 1481st 1531 3.3%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 5.26 2355th 2359 0.2%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Orange County Special Education

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Rank History for all high school students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 15.22 1460th 1653 11.7%
2005 14.09 1621st 1901 14.7%
2006 15.66 1632nd 1968 17.1%
2007 18.52 1566th 2063 24.1%
2008 27.13 1251st 2117 40.9%
2009 24.22 1665th 2238 25.6%
2010 21.86 1542nd 2281 32.4%
2011 26.65 1418th 2367 40.1%
2012 23.54 1487th 2354 36.8%
2013 13.71 1947th 2426 19.7%
2015 11.07 1758th 1994 11.8%
2017 10.52 1795th 2021 11.2%
2018 14.10 1627th 2017 19.3%
2019 13.96 1813th 2133 15.0%
2023 11.18 1994th 2348 15.1%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 36.89 771st 1547 50.2%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 8.52 2089th 2247 7.0%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 4.61 2110th 2118 0.4%
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Rank History for high school Disabled students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.42 524th 1052 50.2%
2019 36.05 620th 1117 44.5%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 13.02 1806th 2207 18.2%
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Rank History for high school Hispanic students at Orange County Special Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.63 1356th 1742 22.2%
2019 15.72 1494th 1814 17.6%
2023 9.06 1939th 2142 9.5%
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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 Orange County Special Education

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 463 39 55 156 2 n/a n/a 0 715
1989 440 21 56 161 0 n/a n/a 0 678
1990 443 21 60 178 1 n/a n/a 0 703
1991 438 22 71 197 1 n/a n/a 0 729
1992 432 31 77 205 1 n/a n/a 0 746
1993 407 24 92 208 1 n/a n/a 0 732
1994 277 19 54 135 2 n/a n/a 0 487
1995 254 15 51 166 0 n/a n/a 0 486
1996 254 15 51 166 0 n/a n/a 0 486
1997 278 15 58 175 0 n/a n/a 0 526
1998 262 19 62 200 14 n/a n/a 0 557
1999 268 15 50 190 2 n/a n/a 14 539
2000 281 20 59 216 1 n/a n/a 1 578
2001 259 21 55 226 2 n/a n/a 6 569
2002 271 16 69 232 3 n/a n/a 19 610
2003 271 16 69 232 3 n/a n/a 19 610
2004 255 14 81 240 3 n/a n/a 7 600
2005 237 27 76 244 3 n/a n/a 13 600
2006 234 20 95 255 3 n/a n/a 7 614
2007 238 21 91 265 2 n/a n/a 18 635
2008 221 19 90 270 3 n/a n/a 0 603
2009 207 21 81 262 2 3 12 0 588
2010 162 21 90 235 1 3 33 0 545
2011 161 17 88 227 3 1 6 0 503
2012 165 17 78 191 0 2 25 0 478
2013 151 15 80 181 2 1 27 0 457
2014 126 15 75 196 1 2 11 0 426
2015 116 13 78 220 2 2 7 0 438
2016 113 10 71 204 1 2 7 0 408
2017 88 15 60 186 1 3 9 0 362
2018 90 14 60 193 2 2 7 0 368
2019 91 17 64 190 7 4 3 0 376
2020 90 15 59 191 4 2 5 0 366
2021 91 19 56 204 4 3 6 0 383
2022 81 20 56 191 5 3 8 0 364
2023 72 21 58 181 5 3 6 1 347

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 Orange County Special Education

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 715 97.5 7.3 n/a
1989 678 87.2 7.7 n/a
1990 703 90.8 7.7 n/a
1991 729 99.8 7.3 n/a
1992 746 101.4 7.3 n/a
1993 732 89.0 8.2 0
1994 487 69.5 7.0 0
1995 486 77.3 6.3 0
1996 486 77.3 6.3 0
1997 526 77.1 6.8 0
1998 557 82.8 6.7 0
1999 539 89.2 6.0 0
2000 578 84.0 6.9 0
2001 569 76.6 7.4 0
2002 610 84.2 7.2 0
2003 610 84.2 7.2 0
2004 600 88.1 6.8 0
2005 600 88.0 6.8 18.4
2006 614 88.8 6.9 15.3
2007 635 84.1 7.6 19.1
2008 603 122.6 4.9 20.2
2009 588 77.7 5.2 17.9
2010 545 70.6 7.7 15.2
2011 503 n/a n/a 19.9
2012 478 59.9 7.9 0
2013 457 56.9 8.0 21.4
2014 426 45.0 9.4 15.7
2015 438 45.0 9.7 16
2016 408 50.0 8.1 14.7
2017 362 52.8 6.8 19.6
2018 368 41.0 8.9 28.3
2019 376 41.0 9.1 31.4
2020 366 n/a n/a 22.1
2021 383 47.0 8.1 29
2022 364 47.0 7.7 38.7
2023 347 47.0 7.3 42.9

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 Orange County Special Education

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 715 97.5 7.3 n/a
1989 678 87.2 7.7 n/a
1990 703 90.8 7.7 n/a
1991 729 99.8 7.3 n/a
1992 746 101.4 7.3 n/a
1993 732 89.0 8.2 0
1994 487 69.5 7.0 0
1995 486 77.3 6.3 0
1996 486 77.3 6.3 0
1997 526 77.1 6.8 0
1998 557 82.8 6.7 0
1999 539 89.2 6.0 0
2000 578 84.0 6.9 0
2001 569 76.6 7.4 0
2002 610 84.2 7.2 0
2003 610 84.2 7.2 0
2004 600 88.1 6.8 0
2005 600 88.0 6.8 18.4
2006 614 88.8 6.9 15.3
2007 635 84.1 7.6 19.1
2008 603 122.6 4.9 20.2
2009 588 77.7 5.2 17.9
2010 545 70.6 7.7 15.2
2011 503 n/a n/a 19.9
2012 478 59.9 7.9 0
2013 457 56.9 8.0 21.4
2014 426 45.0 9.4 15.7
2015 438 45.0 9.7 16
2016 408 50.0 8.1 14.7
2017 362 52.8 6.8 19.6
2018 368 41.0 8.9 28.3
2019 376 41.0 9.1 31.4
2020 366 n/a n/a 22.1
2021 383 47.0 8.1 29
2022 364 47.0 7.7 38.7
2023 347 47.0 7.3 42.9

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Orange County Special Education

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201288.0%8.0%0.0%4.0%88.0%92.0%92.0%88.0%88.0%
2013100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201488.0%0.0%0.0%13.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%94.0%88.0%
201575.0%4.0%0.0%21.0%88.0%92.0%96.0%83.0%79.0%
2016100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201987.0%0.0%0.0%87.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%91.0%≥95.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Orange County Special Education

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 1813th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 1994th of 2348 High schools
 0.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Orange County Special Education)00
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Orange County Department of Education)33.717.5
 16.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Orange County Special Education)5.90
 5.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Orange County Department of Education)22.17
 15.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Orange County Special Education)23.511.8
 11.8%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Orange County Department of Education)22.920.5
 2.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (Orange County Special Education)011.8
 11.8%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Orange County Department of Education)4.15.2
 1.1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
12th Grade Science (Orange County Special Education)00
   12th Grade Science (Orange County Department of Education)17.228
 10.8%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.8
 1.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students376347
 7.7%
African American1721
 23.5%
American Indian75
 28.6%
Asian6458
 9.4%
Hispanic190181
 4.7%
Pacific Islander43
 25%
White9172
 20.9%
Two or More Races36
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients31.4%42.9%
 11.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Orange County Special Education

Orange County Special Education ranks in the bottom 15.1% of California alternative schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 347 students attended Orange County Special Education.

Students at Orange County Special Education are 52% Hispanic, 21% White, 17% Asian, 6% African American, 2% Two or more races, 1% American Indian.


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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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