Location: Fresno, CA
Are you a student or parent at Elm High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?
We've written the best guide to Elm High available. Here we'll cover:
- Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
- How safe Elm High is to attend
- SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Elm High students
- Which AP/IB classes you can take at Elm High
- Every sports team you can join at Elm High
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Elm High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Fresno, CA in Fresno County.
Based on its location, Elm High is classified as a school in a large suburb. Here's the location on a map:
Elm High School5865 S. Clara Ave. Fresno, CA 93706
Phone number: 5594858805
Elm High School homepage: http://www.pantherslive.net/pages/Washington_Union_High_School
Principal: Glen FreemanEmail the principal: [email protected]
The total enrollment at Elm High School is 130 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, Elm 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 Elm High lacking for your interests, consider looking to your local community to supplement your interests.
Growth in Student Body Size
Is Elm High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.
From our calculations, the enrollment at Elm High 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|
As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 67 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Elm High is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.
There are a few reasons this can happen. The population of Fresno could be decreasing, thus sending fewer students into Elm High. Alternatively, other schools (like charter or private schools) might be appearing, drawing students away.
Are there more boys or girls at Elm High School?
From our statistics, Elm High has a 50:50 split between male and female students in the high school grades.
Elm High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Fresno 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 Elm High doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.
What's the racial diversity at Elm High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?
From our statistics, Elm 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 Elm 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 Elm 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 Elm High fits within this category.
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.0%||0|
|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 Fresno. 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 Elm High Families
What are the family incomes of students at Elm 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 Elm High, 0.7% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 81.5% qualify for free lunches.
This means Elm 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, Elm High can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in Fresno is thus likely to be low.
|Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches||23||17.6%|
As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Fresno 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 Elm 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 Elm 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 Elm 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 Elm 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 Elm High students at risk.
Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:
Washington Unified School District Safety
|School Name||Total Referred||Total Arrests||Enrollment|
|Easton Continuation High||0||0||0|
|W. E. B. Dubois Public Charter||0||0||0|
|Easton Community Day||0||0||0|
|River City High||936||0||1963|
Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Elm High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?
We've compiled everything we could find about Elm High's academics here.
Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Elm High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.
As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Elm 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 Elm 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 Elm High.
At Elm High School, 4% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.
This is considered well below average and puts Elm High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The vast majority of Elm High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.
This low percentage itself isn't much cause for concern - as teachers and students get more familiar with the new Common Core, the pass rate at Elm High will likely increase. But it still reflects Elm High's low 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 Elm High School, 0% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Elm High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Elm 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.
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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
- California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System Results