Valley Center Prep: Full Guide

Location: Valley Center, CA

Are you a student or parent at Valley Center Prep? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to Valley Center Prep available. Here we'll cover:

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

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Basic Information

Valley Center Prep is a public school, supporting grades 0 to 12 . It's located in Valley Center, CA in San Diego County.

Based on its location, Valley Center Prep is classified as a school in a rural fringe area, near an urbanized area. Here's the location on a map:

Contact Information

Mailing address:

Valley Center Prep
28751-u Cole Grade Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082

Phone number: 7607510455

Valley Center Prep homepage:

Principal: Dennis Zabinsky
Email the principal: [email protected]

Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Valley Center Prep is 74 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 Valley Center Prep 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 Valley Center Prep, 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 Valley Center Prep growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at Valley Center Prep has steadily decreased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 1 4 5
10th grade 1 5 6
11th grade 7 11 18
12th grade 12 16 28

As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 23 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Valley Center Prep is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.

There are a few reasons this can happen. The population of Valley Center could be decreasing, thus sending fewer students into Valley Center Prep. Alternatively, other schools (like charter or private schools) might be appearing, drawing students away.

Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Valley Center Prep?

From our statistics, Valley Center Prep has a 37:63 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

There is a large female majority at Valley Center Prep, and the imbalance is greater than you would expect from the general population in San Diego 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 Valley Center Prep. In other cases, the school might preferentially select for females (if it has its own admissions criteria), or parents with female kids might prefer to send them to Valley Center Prep. In yet other cases, other neighboring schools might attract male students, drawing them away from Valley Center Prep.

If this gender imbalance is a concern for you, we suggest contacting Valley Center Prep administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a female majority. Their phone number is 7607510455.

Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Valley Center Prep? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Valley Center Prep has a diverse student body. No single ethnicity composes more than 50% of all students, which means you'll be surrounded by a diverse set of students in class. Only a third of California schools show this much diversity.

The most common ethnicity at Valley Center Prep is white. In California, white students make up 26.3% of all California students, and are the second most common ethnicity after Hispanic students.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 18.9% 14
Asian 1.3% 1
Hispanic 36.4% 27
Black 0.0% 0
White 43.2% 32
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 Valley Center. 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 Valley Center Prep Families

What are the family incomes of students at Valley Center Prep? 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 Valley Center Prep, 12.1% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 54.0% qualify for free lunches.

This means Valley Center Prep 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 Valley Center is likely to be relatively low.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 9 12.1%
Free lunches 40 54.0%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 25 33.7%

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

Valley Center Prep 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. Valley Center Prep 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 Valley Center Prep 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 Valley Center Prep 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 Valley Center Prep: 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 Valley Center Prep 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 67 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:

Valley Center-pauma Unified School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Valley Center High 13 16 1271
Oak Glen High 6 2 70

Sports Teams

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