Location: Hughson, CA
Are you a student or parent at Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?
We've written the best guide to Dickens Continuation High available. Here we'll cover:
- Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
- How safe Dickens Continuation High is to attend
- SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Dickens Continuation High students
- Which AP/IB classes you can take at Dickens Continuation High
- Every sports team you can join at Dickens Continuation High
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Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Hughson, CA in Stanislaus County.
Based on its location, Dickens Continuation High is classified as a school in a large suburb. Here's the location on a map:
Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School6937 Fox Rd. Hughson, CA 95326-0099
Phone number: 2098834182
Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School homepage: http://hughsonbjd.ss4.sharpschool.com/
Principal: Debra DavisEmail the principal: [email protected]
The total enrollment at Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School is 21 students, making it a small high school, in the bottom 25% of all California high schools by size.
With at most a few dozen students in your class, you'll get to know most other Dickens Continuation High students well. But the small student body size may mean that you won't get access to the full range of activities and classes that other high schools offer.
If you find that your interests aren't well served by Dickens Continuation High, consider transferring to a larger high school if possible, or find ways to supplement your interests in your community or on the Internet.
Growth in Student Body Size
Is Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.
From our calculations, the enrollment at Dickens Continuation High has decreased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.
|Male Students||Female Students||All Students|
As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 12 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Dickens Continuation High is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.
There are a few reasons this can happen. The population of Hughson could be decreasing, thus sending fewer students into Dickens Continuation High. Alternatively, other schools (like charter or private schools) might be appearing, drawing students away.
Are there more boys or girls at Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School?
From our statistics, Dickens Continuation High has a 67:33 split between male and female students in the high school grades.
There is a large male majority at Dickens Continuation High, and much more than you would expect from the general population in Stanislaus County. As a result, it'll feel like there are a lot more girls than boys in your classes.
Sometimes this imbalance can result from random chance and may not suggest anything about Dickens Continuation High. In other cases, the school might preferentially select for males. For example, in our data we find that continuation high schools unfortunately seem to be male-dominated. In yet other cases, other neighboring schools might attract female students, drawing them away from Dickens Continuation High.
If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting Dickens Continuation High administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 2098834182.
What's the racial diversity at Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?
From our statistics, Dickens Continuation High has a somewhat homogenous student body, with the majority of students identifying as one ethnicity, but not representing over 70% of the student body. Most schools in California fit this profile, so Dickens Continuation High isn't out of the ordinary. Most students attending class with you will be of the predominant ethnicity, but there will be meaningful diversity from other races.
The majority of students at Dickens Continuation 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 Dickens Continuation High fits within this category.
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.0%||0|
|Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander||0.0%||0|
|Two or more races||4.7%||1|
High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Hughson. 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 Dickens Continuation High Families
What are the family incomes of students at Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) 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 Dickens Continuation High, 4.7% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 76.1% qualify for free lunches.
This means Dickens Continuation 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, Dickens Continuation High can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in Hughson is thus likely to be low.
|Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches||4||19.0%|
As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Hughson 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 Dickens Continuation 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 Dickens Continuation 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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How safe is Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) 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 Dickens Continuation 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 Dickens Continuation High students at risk.
In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 0 referrals to law enforcement, and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 39 students.
To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.
Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:
Hughson Unified School District Safety
|School Name||Total Referred||Total Arrests||Enrollment|
|Valley Community Day||0||0||7|
Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Billy Joe Dickens (Continuation) High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?
We've compiled everything we could find about Dickens Continuation High's academics here.
To start off, an important benchmark of academic achievement is graduation rate. For all students who start high school at Dickens Continuation High, the state of California wants as many students to graduate as possible, since a high school diploma can mean a big difference in getting a job.
At Dickens Continuation High, 80% Dickens Continuation High students graduated within four years of starting high school.
Here's how this stacks up to other schools. The California state government has defined 90% as a target rate. The state average is around 80-85%.
Dickens Continuation High is in the 44th percentile of all public high schools in California for graduation rate. This is below average. Generally, a graduation rate of above 90% is considered good and well above average, and below 75% is well below average.
Note: This data comes from a few years back, but the trends are likely to stay the same, since schools don't get significantly better or worse within a short period of time.
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The data on this page is drawn from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to):
- National Center for Educational Statistics CCD 2013-2014
- "Free or reduced price lunch: A proxy for poverty?", NCES Blog
- CRDC 2011-2012 school year data
- California Department of Education SAT, ACT, and AP Test Results