William & Marian Ghidotti High School: Full Guide

Location: Grass Valley, CA

Are you a student or parent at William & Marian Ghidotti High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to William & Marian Ghidotti High available. Here we'll cover:

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

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Basic Information

William & Marian Ghidotti High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Grass Valley, CA in Nevada County.

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


Contact Information

Mailing address:

William & Marian Ghidotti High School
250 Sierra College Dr.
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Phone number: 5302745270

William & Marian Ghidotti High School homepage: http://ghidotti.njuhsd.com/

Principal: Noah Levinson
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at William & Marian Ghidotti High School is 159 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, William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti High lacking for your interests, consider looking to your local community to supplement your interests.


Growth in Student Body Size

Is William & Marian Ghidotti High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at William & Marian Ghidotti 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 21 23 44
10th grade 28 18 46
11th grade 20 15 35
12th grade 20 14 34

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 Grass Valley could be growing in population, thus sending more students into William & Marian Ghidotti High. Alternatively, William & Marian Ghidotti High could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at William & Marian Ghidotti High School?

From our statistics, William & Marian Ghidotti High has a 56:44 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

There is a large male majority at William & Marian Ghidotti High, and much more than you would expect from the general population in Nevada 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 William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti High.

If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting William & Marian Ghidotti High administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 5302745270.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at William & Marian Ghidotti High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti High does. When attending class, most students will be of the same ethnicity, with some variation.

The majority of students at William & Marian Ghidotti High are white. In California, white students make up 26.3% of all California students, and are the second most common ethnicity after Hispanic students. Thus William & Marian Ghidotti High is one of hundreds of schools in the state that have a majority of white students.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.6% 1
Asian 0.6% 1
Hispanic 9.4% 15
Black 0.6% 1
White 85.5% 136
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.0% 0
Two or more races 3.1% 5

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Grass Valley. 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 William & Marian Ghidotti High Families

What are the family incomes of students at William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti High, 11.9% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 16.3% qualify for free lunches.

This means William & Marian Ghidotti High has a low poverty level. The overwhelming majority of students at William & Marian Ghidotti High don't qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Grass Valley is thus likely to be an affluent community, with quite high family incomes.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 19 11.9%
Free lunches 26 16.3%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 114 71.6%

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

Because William & Marian Ghidotti High is in the top quartile of schools by family income, it's likely to be well-funded relative to other high schools in California. This means you'll likely have access to advanced coursework like AP/IB classes and better-funded extracurriculars and sports.

It's still up to you, though, to take advantage of the resources William & Marian Ghidotti High has to offer. If you work hard and spend your time effectively, you'll likely be well positioned to succeed in college and beyond.

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School Safety

How safe is William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti 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 178 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:

Nevada Joint Union High School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Nevada Union High 0 0 2086
North Point Academy 0 0 70
Bear River High 0 0 849
Silver Springs High (continuation) 0 0 139
Nu Tech High 0 0 43
Sierra Academy Of Expeditionary Learning 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 William & Marian Ghidotti High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about William & Marian Ghidotti High's academics here.


Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1750 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 45 at William & Marian Ghidotti High take the SAT.

This is a very high average SAT score, putting William & Marian Ghidotti High School in the top 10% of all California high schools. The average student at William & Marian Ghidotti High is already scoring in the 75th percentile nationwide or higher - in fact, 82% of students score above the national average. The top students will likely be competing in the top tier nationwide.

Because the SAT measures academic ability, this is a good sign that you're surrounded by high-achieving peers. If you can keep up with your classmates at William & Marian Ghidotti High - or even exceed them - you'll have a great shot at getting into very competitive colleges.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
William & Marian Ghidotti High 597 593 562 1750
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.

To learn more about SAT percentile rankings, read our guide on what SAT percentiles really mean.

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State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti 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 William & Marian Ghidotti High.

English/Language Arts

At William & Marian Ghidotti High School, 100% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered excellent and puts William & Marian Ghidotti High in the top 5% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The vast majority of William & Marian Ghidotti High students easily meet state standards, and many of them are likely well above average. Students here are very well prepared academically.

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 William & Marian Ghidotti High School, 100% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts William & Marian Ghidotti High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of William & Marian Ghidotti 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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Sources

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