Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School: Full Guide

Location: Alpaugh, CA

Are you a student or parent at Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to Alpaugh High available. Here we'll cover:

  • Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
  • How safe Alpaugh High is to attend
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Alpaugh High students
  • Which AP/IB classes you can take at Alpaugh High
  • Every sports team you can join at Alpaugh High

Let's get started!

Basic Information

Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School is a public school, supporting grades 7 to 12 . It's located in Alpaugh, CA in Tulare County.

Based on its location, Alpaugh High is classified as a school in a distant rural area, somewhat far from an urbanized area. Here's the location on a map:

Contact Information

Mailing address:

Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School
Po Box 9
Alpaugh, CA 93201-0009

Phone number: 5599498413

Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School homepage:

Principal: Lisa Hoover
Email the principal: [email protected]

Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School is 123 students, making it a somewhat small high school, in the bottom half of all California high schools by size.

As a smaller-sized high school, Alpaugh High will feel like a cozy learning environment. With fewer than 100 students in your class, you'll likely get to know most other students and your teachers well. This will give you the feeling of a small liberal arts college.

But with a smaller student body, you won't have as many activities and clubs to choose from. If you find Alpaugh High lacking for your interests, consider looking to your local community to supplement your interests.

Growth in Student Body Size

Is Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at Alpaugh High has increased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 11 13 24
10th grade 10 11 21
11th grade 7 7 14
12th grade 8 6 14

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 10 students larger than the senior class. This suggests that the school is growing in size and taking on more students.

There are a few reasons this could be happening. The city of Alpaugh could be growing in population, thus sending more students into Alpaugh High. Alternatively, Alpaugh High could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.

Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School?

From our statistics, Alpaugh High has a 50:50 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

Alpaugh High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Tulare County. Since the student body is roughly half and half, it should feel like there are equal numbers of boys and girls in your classes.

This usually means that Alpaugh High doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.

Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Alpaugh High has a very homogenous student body, with over 90% of students identifying as one ethnicity. This is especially extreme - fewer than 10% of California schools show as little racial diversity as Alpaugh High does. When attending class, you'll be surrounded by students of the same ethnicity.

The majority of students at Alpaugh High are Hispanic. In California, Hispanic students make up the majority of all students at 51.5%, and are thus the most common ethnicity. Predominantly Hispanic schools are the most common type of homogenous school, and Alpaugh High fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.0% 0
Asian 0.0% 0
Hispanic 95.1% 117
Black 0.0% 0
White 4.8% 6
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.0% 0
Two or more races 0.0% 0

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Alpaugh. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.

Income Level of Alpaugh High Families

What are the family incomes of students at Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.

To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.

To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.

The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.

At Alpaugh High, 6.5% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 80.4% qualify for free lunches.

This means Alpaugh High has a high percentage of students at or near poverty. Almost a third of all schools in California show this level of poverty, and by National Center for Education Statistics standards, Alpaugh High can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in Alpaugh is thus likely to be low.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 8 6.5%
Free lunches 99 80.4%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 16 13.0%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Alpaugh and doesn't speak much about the school itself.

Unfortunately, schools in areas of lower income levels are likely to be more poorly funded. As a result, they might feature less advanced coursework like AP/IB classes, and you may not have a full range of sports and extracurriculars to draw from. Because Alpaugh High is an especially high poverty-level school, it might not have the resources you need to meet your full potential.

You definitely don't have control over the city, the school, or other families, but you can structure your own learning to be more productive. If you'd like to open yourself to more opportunities, you can look into whether it's possible to transfer to a nearby school with higher income levels.

If not, don't be alarmed - it's possible that Alpaugh High has all that you need for your ambition. And you can definitely be proactive about learning outside of your school, looking to your community or to the Internet to find more resources.

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School Safety

How safe is Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?

To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at Alpaugh High: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.

These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other Alpaugh High students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 10 referrals to law enforcement (8 male, 2 female), and 2 school-related arrests (2 males, 0 females). This is out of a total enrollment of 128 students.

To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.

This means that 9.3 Alpaugh High has major safety issues. For every 100 students, there were 9.3 law-enforcement related actions. This is a very high number that puts Alpaugh High in the top 10% of schools with disciplinary actions.

With this record, is Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School significantly different from other schools in the area? It could be that Alpaugh High has an especially bad record, or it could be that the local area shows a pattern.

Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:

Alpaugh Unified School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Tule Continuation High 2 2 11
Central California Connections Academy 0 0 0
Alpaugh Achievement Academy Charter 0 0 0

Academic Performance

Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about Alpaugh High's academics here.

Standardized Testing

Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.

State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.

If Alpaugh High students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at Alpaugh High.

English/Language Arts

At Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School, 31% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered below average and puts Alpaugh High in the bottom 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The majority of Alpaugh High students do not pass state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the Common Core is new, the pass rate at Alpaugh High will likely rise over time. But it still reflects Alpaugh High's below average standing among California high schools.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)


Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.


The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.

At Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School, 13% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Alpaugh High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Alpaugh High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

Math Test Results (2015)


Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.

Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School. Sports are an integral part of many students' high school experiences. The more sports that are available, and the more levels supported (Frosh, JV, Varsity), the more likely you'll be able to participate in a sport at Alpaugh High.

By the way, the Alpaugh Junior-senior High mascot is the Buffaloes. Go Buffaloes!

Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School fields 8 teams for girls' sports. This is a relatively number that puts Alpaugh High in the bottom 50% of California schools that offer girls' sports. This is understandable - sports teams are expensive to support, and many schools would rather put those resources elsewhere. If you participate in a sport that Alpaugh High doesn't offer, consider joining a local non-school team to get practice and compete.

And now for the boys: Alpaugh Junior-Senior High School fields 7 teams for boys' sports. This low number puts Alpaugh High in the bottom 25% of California schools that offer boys' sports. If you play a sport that Alpaugh High doesn't field a team for, consider joining a local non-school team to get practice and compete.

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