Sacramento Charter High School
The California Department of Education released the results for the 2011 STAR program, including data on the performance of individual schools on the California Standards Tests (CSTs). In addition, the CDE also released the Academic Performance Index (API) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) information for all California schools.
Sacramento Charter High School students again showed strong gains on the CST, both overall and relative to their peers. Sac High students outperformed all its district peers in Algebra I and World History, when compared against high schools with enrollment of 800 or more students. Compared with all open enrollment high schools in the district, SCHS students were also the top performers in US History, Life Science, Chemistry and Algebra II (tied).
“Sacramento Charter High School has come a long way in the last eight years, and while these results are evidence of our exceptional academic program, our goals are higher still,” said Will Jarrell, principal.
In addition, within different ethnicity groups, especially African Americans and Latinos, Sac High students are far-outperforming their peers across the state and closing the achievement gap as the table below displays.
In addition to strong results from the CSTs, Sac High also showed a growth of 8 points on its API for an overall score of 786. This puts Sac High as the highest performing open enrollment large high school (800 or more students) within SCUSD. In addition, when looking at large high schools county-wide, Sac High has the 14th highest API and is the only school in the top 15 with a socio-economically disadvantaged population of more that 50%.
Since Sac High has been operated by St. HOPE Public Schools its API has increased by 210 points compared to an increase on average of 86 points in all California schools in that same time frame. In regards to AYP, SCHS met 18 out of 18 criteria to meet the increasingly challenging requirements set by No Child Left Behind. Further analysis reflects that Sac High students continue to out-perform their peers across the state when compared to similar groups of high school students.