Calistoga Junior-Senior High School: Full Guide

Location: Calistoga, CA

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

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

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

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Basic Information

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

Based on its location, Calistoga High is classified as a school in a town fringe area, or more than 10 miles from an urbanized area. Here's the location on a map:


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Calistoga Junior-Senior High School
1608 Lake St.
Calistoga, CA 94515-1359

Phone number: 7079426278

Calistoga Junior-Senior High School homepage: http://cjshs.calistoga.schoolfusion.us/

Principal: David Kumamoto
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Calistoga Junior-Senior High School is 345 students, making it a somewhat large high school, in the top half of all California high schools by size.

As a mid-sized high school, Calistoga High strikes the balance between size and comfort. There will be enough students to provide a diversity of experiences, like clubs and sports, for you to join. But it'll be small enough that you'll likely get to know most people in your class.


Growth in Student Body Size

Is Calistoga 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 Calistoga 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 38 34 72
10th grade 32 30 62
11th grade 23 35 58
12th grade 30 32 62

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 Calistoga could be growing in population, thus sending more students into Calistoga High. Alternatively, Calistoga High could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

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

From our statistics, Calistoga High has a 49:51 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

Calistoga High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Napa 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 Calistoga 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 Calistoga Junior-Senior High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Calistoga High has a homogenous student body, with the overwhelming majority of students identifying as one ethnicity. Only a third of California schools show as little diversity as Calistoga High does. When attending class, most students will be of the same ethnicity, with some variation.

The majority of students at Calistoga 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 Calistoga High fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.2% 1
Asian 1.1% 4
Hispanic 75.0% 259
Black 0.2% 1
White 22.3% 77
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.0% 0
Two or more races 0.8% 3

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Calistoga. 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 Calistoga High Families

What are the family incomes of students at Calistoga 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 Calistoga High, 15.9% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 47.8% qualify for free lunches.

This means Calistoga High has a moderate percentage of students at or near poverty. About half of all schools in California show this level of poverty or greater. The income level of families in Calistoga is likely to be relatively low.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 55 15.9%
Free lunches 165 47.8%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 125 36.2%

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

Calistoga High is in the middle 50% of schools by income level. Generally, higher income level schools are better-funded and have a higher quality range of classes and activities. Calistoga High is likely in the middle of the pack in this regard and will give you a good set of options to try.

If you have any interests that Calistoga High doesn't cover, look to your local community for activities, or to the Internet for self-study AP classes.

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School Safety

How safe is Calistoga 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 Calistoga 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 Calistoga High students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 2 referrals to law enforcement (2 male, 0 female), and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 357 students.

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

This means that 0.5 Calistoga High is a safe school. For every 100 students, there is much fewer than 1 law-enforcement related action. It's not a perfect record, but it happens so infrequently that it might have just been a few bad apples.

With this record, is Calistoga Junior-Senior High School significantly different from other schools in the area? It could be that Calistoga 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:

Calistoga Joint Unified School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Palisades High (continuation) 4 0 12

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 Calistoga 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 Calistoga High's academics here.


Standardized Testing


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

Let’s start by taking a look at the data for nationally administered standardized tests.

SAT Scores

As you probably know, the SAT is a critical test used for college admissions. The higher the score you get, the better your academic performance compared to students nationwide, and the easier it is to get into top colleges.

We did in-depth research and found the average Calistoga Junior-Senior High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1370 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 48 at Calistoga High take the SAT.

This is a below-average SAT score, putting Calistoga Junior-Senior High School in the bottom 50% of all California schools. Only 35% of students here score the national average or higher. Because the SAT measures academic achievement, this suggests that Calistoga High may offer a somewhat lacking high school education, compared to schools with higher SAT averages.

Note, however, that an average is just an average - top performers will still be able to impress. If you work hard and get an SAT score well above Calistoga High's average, you'll have a great shot at entering a good college.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
Calistoga High 459 449 470 1370
California 498 510 496 1504
United States 495 511 484 1490

Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.

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ACT Scores

In California, the ACT is less popular than the SAT. Fewer students take the ACT, and typically these students are more motivated and academically prepared for college. Therefore, it's harder to compare Calistoga Junior-Senior High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At Calistoga High, the average ACT composite score was 19, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 29 out of 254 total students take the ACT.

This is below average performance, putting Calistoga High in the bottom 50% of California high schools. Most students who take the ACT are below the national average.

Since the ACT tests what you learn in school, this is a pretty strong indicator that you'll get an average or below average education at Calistoga High.

Here are the average English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for Calistoga High compared to California and the US:

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
Calistoga High 19 19 20 19
California 21.8 22.8 22.3 21.7
United States 20.3 20.9 21.3 20.8

Scores provided are for the 2013-14 school year.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Calistoga Junior-Senior High School students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 52 students in grades 9-12 at Calistoga High take 76 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at Calistoga High is 2.1 out of 5.

Unfortunately, this score puts Calistoga High at below average performance. For AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and the majority of students who take AP tests at Calistoga High don't pass. This performance places Calistoga Junior-Senior High School in the bottom 50% of schools for AP tests in California.

This isn't all bad news. It's already good that Calistoga High offers an AP program, so you can start dipping your toes into college-level courses. Some schools are new to offering AP courses, and teachers often get better at preparing students for AP tests. Furthermore, a good number of students still earn a passing grade of 3 or above. With hard work throughout the year, you'll still be able to beat your school's average.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:


To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Calistoga Junior-Senior High School, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.


State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Calistoga 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 Calistoga 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 Calistoga High.

English/Language Arts

At Calistoga Junior-Senior High School, 73% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered good and puts Calistoga High in the top 25% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. Most Calistoga High students pass or exceed state standards, though there is also a sizable portion of students who fail to meet state standards.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)

 

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


Math

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 Calistoga Junior-Senior High School, 29% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Calistoga High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Calistoga 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.


Academic Offerings


In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Calistoga Junior-Senior High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at Calistoga High. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at Calistoga High. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your Calistoga High AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does Calistoga Junior-Senior High School offer?

AP Courses

Calistoga Junior-Senior High School offers AP courses in 9 subjects.

This is a relatively low number of AP subjects, putting Calistoga Junior-Senior High School in the bottom 50% of California schools offering AP courses. You'll likely be able to take the most popular courses like Calculus, English, and US History, but you won't have most other subjects available.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so Calistoga High is missing most. If you want to take any AP courses not being offered at Calistoga High, ask your counselor for ideas on how to cover the gap. If you're a strong student, you might consider transferring schools to access a more advanced curriculum.

Of course, keep in mind that even though Calistoga High doesn't offer many AP courses, it might teach the ones it does offer quite well. You can see student performance in the AP score analysis section above.

The following AP courses were offered at Calistoga High during 2015-2016:

Course Title
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
English Literature and Composition
Spanish Language and Culture
Statistics
Studio Art: Drawing
United States History
World History

Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Calistoga 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 Calistoga High.

By the way, the Calistoga Junior-senior High mascot is the Wildcats. Go Wildcats!

Calistoga Junior-Senior High School fields 11 teams for girls' sports. This is a relatively number that puts Calistoga 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 Calistoga High doesn't offer, consider joining a local non-school team to get practice and compete.

And now for the boys: Calistoga Junior-Senior High School fields 13 teams for boys' sports. This relatively number puts Calistoga High in the bottom 50% of California schools that offer boys' sports. Sports teams are expensive to support, and Calistoga High may not be able to offer the full range of options. If you participate in a sport that Calistoga High doesn't offer, consider joining a local non-school team to get practice and compete.

Boys Teams Girls Teams
Basketball
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Basketball
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Golf
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Tennis
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Tennis
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Football
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Wrestling
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Volleyball
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Baseball
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Softball
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Waterpolo
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Waterpolo
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Trackfield
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Crosscountry
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Soccer
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Soccer
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Swimming
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Swimming
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