Location: San Andreas, CA
Are you a student or parent at Gold Strike High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?
We've written the best guide to Gold Strike High available. Here we'll cover:
- Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
- How safe Gold Strike High is to attend
- SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Gold Strike High students
- Which AP/IB classes you can take at Gold Strike High
- Every sports team you can join at Gold Strike High
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Gold Strike High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in San Andreas, CA in Calaveras County.
Based on its location, Gold Strike High is classified as a school in a distant rural area, somewhat far from an urbanized area. Here's the location on a map:
Gold Strike High SchoolPo Box 788 San Andreas, CA 95249-0788
Phone number: 2097542123
Gold Strike High School homepage: http://www.calaveras.k12.ca.us/Schools/calaveras_unified_school_distric.htm
Principal: Kathy GriggsEmail the principal: [email protected]
The total enrollment at Gold Strike High School is 55 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 Gold Strike High 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 Gold Strike High, 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 Gold Strike High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.
From our calculations, the enrollment at Gold Strike High has 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 11 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Gold Strike High is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.
There are a few reasons this can happen. The population of San Andreas could be decreasing, thus sending fewer students into Gold Strike High. Alternatively, other schools (like charter or private schools) might be appearing, drawing students away.
Are there more boys or girls at Gold Strike High School?
From our statistics, Gold Strike High has a 71:29 split between male and female students in the high school grades.
There is a large male majority at Gold Strike High, and much more than you would expect from the general population in Calaveras 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 Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike High.
If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting Gold Strike High administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 2097542123.
What's the racial diversity at Gold Strike High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?
From our statistics, Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike High does. When attending class, most students will be of the same ethnicity, with some variation.
The majority of students at Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike High is one of hundreds of schools in the state that have a majority of white students.
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.0%||0|
|Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander||0.0%||0|
|Two or more races||5.4%||3|
High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of San Andreas. 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 Gold Strike High Families
What are the family incomes of students at Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike High, 5.4% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 74.5% qualify for free lunches.
This means Gold Strike 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, Gold Strike High can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in San Andreas is thus likely to be low.
|Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches||11||20.0%|
As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in San Andreas 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 Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike High students at risk.
In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 7 referrals to law enforcement (7 male, 0 female), and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 49 students.
To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.
This means that 14.2 Gold Strike High has major safety issues. For every 100 students, there were 14.2 law-enforcement related actions. This is a very high number that puts Gold Strike High in the top 10% of schools with disciplinary actions.
With this record, is Gold Strike High School significantly different from other schools in the area? It could be that Gold Strike 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:
Calaveras Unified School District Safety
|School Name||Total Referred||Total Arrests||Enrollment|
|Jenny Lind High||0||0||24|
|Calaveras Unified Alternative-sierra Hills Educati||0||0||35|
|West Point Alternative||0||0||0|
Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Gold Strike High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?
We've compiled everything we could find about Gold Strike High's academics here.
Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Gold Strike High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.
As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike High.
At Gold Strike High School, 0% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.
This is considered well below average and puts Gold Strike High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The vast majority of Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike High will likely increase. But it still reflects Gold Strike 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 Gold Strike High School, 0% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Gold Strike High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Gold Strike 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