Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools: Full Guide

Location: Anaheim, CA

Are you a student or parent at Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

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

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

Let's get started!

Basic Information

Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools is a public school, supporting grades 7 to 12 . It's located in Anaheim, CA in Orange County.

Based on its location, CDS is classified as a school in a large city. Here's the location on a map:


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools
1800 W. Ball Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92804

Phone number: 7149997754

Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools homepage: http://www.ocde.us/ACCESS

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Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools is 57 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 CDS 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 CDS, 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 Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at CDS has steadily 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 9 5 14
10th grade 8 3 11
11th grade 9 1 10
12th grade 5 1 6

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 8 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 Anaheim could be growing in population, thus sending more students into CDS. Alternatively, CDS could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools?

From our statistics, CDS has a 76:24 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

There is a large male majority at CDS, and much more than you would expect from the general population in Orange 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 CDS. 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 CDS.

If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting CDS administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 7149997754.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, CDS 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 CDS does. When attending class, most students will be of the same ethnicity, with some variation.

The majority of students at CDS 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 CDS fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.0% 0
Asian 1.7% 1
Hispanic 78.9% 45
Black 7.0% 4
White 7.0% 4
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1.7% 1
Two or more races 3.5% 2

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

What are the family incomes of students at Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools? 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 CDS, 5.2% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 73.6% qualify for free lunches.

This means CDS 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, CDS can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in Anaheim is thus likely to be low.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 3 5.2%
Free lunches 42 73.6%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 12 21.0%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Anaheim 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 CDS 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 CDS 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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School Safety

How safe is Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools 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 CDS: 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 CDS students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 11 referrals to law enforcement (7 male, 4 female), and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 90 students.

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

This means that 12.2 CDS has major safety issues. For every 100 students, there were 12.2 law-enforcement related actions. This is a very high number that puts CDS in the top 10% of schools with disciplinary actions.

With this record, is Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools significantly different from other schools in the area? It could be that CDS 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:

Anaheim Union High School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Anaheim High 23 2 3271
Cypress High 10 6 2629
Gilbert High (continuation) 2 2 666
Hope 0 0 236
Katella High 8 6 2716
John F. Kennedy High 4 2 2395

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 Community Day, Alternative Education, and Special Education Schools? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about CDS's academics here.


Graduation Rate

To start off, an important benchmark of academic achievement is graduation rate. For all students who start high school at CDS, 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 CDS, 83% CDS 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%.

CDS is in the 49th 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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Sources

The data on this page is drawn from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to):