Minarets High School: Full Guide

Location: O'neals, CA

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

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

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

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Basic Information

Minarets High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in O'neals, CA in Madera County.

Based on its location, Minarets High is classified as a school in a distant rural area, somewhat far from an urbanized area. Here's the location on a map:


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Minarets High School
Po Box 186
O'neals, CA 93645

Phone number: 5598688689

Minarets High School homepage: http://www.minarets.us/

Principal: Daniel Ching
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Minarets High School is 276 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, Minarets 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 Minarets High lacking for your interests, consider looking to your local community to supplement your interests.


Growth in Student Body Size

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

From our calculations, the enrollment at Minarets 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
9th grade 44 37 81
10th grade 26 26 52
11th grade 36 21 57
12th grade 49 37 86

As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 5 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Minarets High is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.

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


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Minarets High School?

From our statistics, Minarets High has a 57:43 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

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

If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting Minarets High administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 5598688689.


Ethnicity Breakdown

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

From our statistics, Minarets 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 Minarets 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 Minarets 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 Minarets High is one of hundreds of schools in the state that have a majority of white students.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 5.0% 14
Asian 0.0% 0
Hispanic 17.7% 49
Black 1.0% 3
White 67.7% 187
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.7% 2
Two or more races 7.6% 21

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of O'neals. 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 Minarets High Families

What are the family incomes of students at Minarets 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 Minarets High, 5.4% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 31.1% qualify for free lunches.

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

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 15 5.4%
Free lunches 86 31.1%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 175 63.4%

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

Because Minarets 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 Minarets 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 Minarets 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 Minarets 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 Minarets 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 280 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:

Chawanakee Unified School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Manzanita Community Day 0 0 2
Chawanakee Academy 0 0 142
Mountain Oaks High 0 0 12
Minarets Charter High 0 0 135

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 Minarets High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

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


Standardized Testing


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

The average composite SAT score is a 1450 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 54 at Minarets High take the SAT.

This is an average SAT score, putting Minarets High School right around the national average. Because the SAT measures academic achievement, this suggests that Minarets High will offer a fairly standard high school education, neither strongly lacking or outperforming.

Note, however, that this is just an average - the top students can still exceed the average significantly. If you can rise far above your school average, you'll have a great shot at entering a strong college.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
Minarets High 501 486 469 1450
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.

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ACT Scores

In California, the ACT is less popular than the SAT. Fewer students take the ACT, and typically these students are more motivated and academically prepared for college. Therefore, it's harder to compare Minarets High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At Minarets High, the average ACT composite score was 21, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 36 out of 276 total students take the ACT.

This is above average performance, putting Minarets High in the top 50% of California high schools. Since the ACT tests what you learn in school, these ACT scores are a good indication that you'll get an above-average education at Minarets High.

Here are the average English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for Minarets High compared to California and the US:

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
Minarets High 20 21 22 21
California 21.8 22.8 22.3 21.7
UnitedStates 20.3 20.9 21.3 20.8

Scores provided are for the 2013-14 school year.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Minarets High School students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 26 students in grades 9-12 at Minarets High take 50 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at Minarets High is 2.1 out of 5.

Unfortunately, this score puts Minarets High at below average performance. For AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and the majority of students who take AP tests at Minarets High don't pass. This performance places Minarets High School in the bottom 50% of schools for AP tests in California.

This isn't all bad news. It's already good that Minarets High offers an AP program, so you can start dipping your toes into college-level courses. Some schools are new to offering AP courses, and teachers often get better at preparing students for AP tests. Furthermore, a good number of students still earn a passing grade of 3 or above. With hard work throughout the year, you'll still be able to beat your school's average.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:


AP Test-Taking Statistics

Another way to gauge the quality of a school's AP program is to see how many AP students actually took AP exams at Minarets High School. If a lot of students enroll in AP courses but don't actually take the AP tests, it can be a sign that students don't feel adequately prepared to take the test, or the school isn't encouraging students to take the exams enough.

At Minarets High, there is a total enrollment of 66 in AP courses (a student taking more than one AP course counts more than once).

Of AP-taking students, 4 took AP tests for ALL AP courses. 12 students took AP tests for SOME AP Courses, and 52 took AP courses but took NO tests.


This is bad test participation. Most AP students at Minarets High School take the AP exam for NONE of their AP courses. This is an unusual situation, as the goal of an AP course is typically to take the standardized national AP test.

What you want to figure out is why so many students take AP courses but end up not taking the course. Do they not feel comfortable enough taking the AP test, knowing they may not pass? Or is it hard for Minarets High students to take AP courses? Good people to ask are your counselors and AP teachers.

Hopefully, you may find that there are just logistical issues with taking AP tests that you might be able to overcome. However, you may also learn that the AP courses at Minarets High don't prepare students well enough for the test, which reflects poorly on the AP program at your school. If the AP resources available to you don't give you confidence, consider self-studying to prepare for the AP test.

Note: The most recent data we have available is from 2012, so the statistics may have changed since then. Most likely, however, the trends are likely to continue - above average schools are likely to stay above average, and below average schools are likely to stay below average.


AP Passing Rates

For AP students at Minarets High School who take the exam, it's important to know how they do. Here we have specific data on how many students got a passing grade (a 3 or above) on all, some, or none of the AP exams that they took.

Of all AP test takers, 0 students passed every AP test they took, which is a fantastic job. 0 students passed some but not all AP exams, and 11 students didn't pass ANY AP exam they took.

 

To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Minarets High School, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.


State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Minarets 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 Minarets 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 Minarets High.

English/Language Arts

At Minarets High School, 33% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered below average and puts Minarets High in the bottom 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The majority of Minarets High students do not pass state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the Common Core is new, the pass rate at Minarets High will likely rise over time. But it still reflects Minarets High's below average standing among California high schools.

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 Minarets High School, 7% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Minarets High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Minarets 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.


Academic Offerings


In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Minarets High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at Minarets High. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at Minarets High. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your Minarets High AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does Minarets High School offer?

AP Courses

Minarets High School offers AP courses in 14 subjects.

This is a reasonable number of AP subjects, putting Minarets High School in the top 50% of California schools that offer AP courses. You'll likely have access to some of the most popular math and humanities AP subjects, as well as a few others.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so Minarets High is missing a large number of subjects, including some popular ones. If there are any AP courses you want to take that aren't being offered at Minarets High, ask your counselor for ideas on how to cover the gap.

Of course, keep in mind that quality matters even more than quantity - even if Minarets High doesn't offer every AP course under the sun, the classes might still be taught very well. You can see student performance in the AP score analysis section above.

The following AP courses were offered at Minarets High during 2015-2016:

Course Title
Biology
Calculus AB
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
European History
Macroeconomics
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Statistics
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Studio Art: Drawing
United States Government and Politics
United States History

Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Minarets High School. Sports are an integral part of many students' high school experiences. The more sports that are available, and the more levels supported (Frosh, JV, Varsity), the more likely you'll be able to participate in a sport at Minarets High.

By the way, the Minarets High mascot is the Mustangs. Go Mustangs!

Minarets High School fields 9 teams for girls' sports. This is a relatively number that puts Minarets High in the bottom 50% of California schools that offer girls' sports. This is understandable - sports teams are expensive to support, and many schools would rather put those resources elsewhere. If you participate in a sport that Minarets High doesn't offer, consider joining a local non-school team to get practice and compete.

And now for the boys: Minarets High School fields 12 teams for boys' sports. This relatively number puts Minarets High in the bottom 50% of California schools that offer boys' sports. Sports teams are expensive to support, and Minarets High may not be able to offer the full range of options. If you participate in a sport that Minarets High doesn't offer, consider joining a local non-school team to get practice and compete.

Boys Teams Girls Teams
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Football
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Wrestling
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Volleyball
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Baseball
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Softball
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Crosscountry
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Soccer
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Sources

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