California school district spending and test scores

Grossmont Union High School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Grossmont Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,325   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

736   Median: 783

$9,325 spent per student ($174.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Acalanes Union High $9,327
South Fork Union Elementary $9,326
Northern Humboldt Union High $9,326
Grossmont Union High $9,325
Canyon Elementary $9,320
John Swett Unified $9,311
Los Gatos Union Elementary $9,311
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Grossmont Union High (18,708.50) $9,325
Oceanside Unified (19,005.80) $8,492
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) $8,399
Alvord Unified (18,845.90) $7,775
Jurupa Unified (19,354.70) $7,601
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) $7,515
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) $6,740
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Julian Union High $16,301
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
San Diego Unified $9,855
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Grossmont Union High $9,325
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
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736 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Esparto Unified 736
Lemoore Union High 736
East Side Union High 736
Grossmont Union High 736
Pope Valley Union Elementary 736
Mountain Union Elementary 736
Winship-Robbins School District 736
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) 818
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) 780
Oceanside Unified (19,005.80) 773
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) 755
Alvord Unified (18,845.90) 752
Jurupa Unified (19,354.70) 743
Grossmont Union High (18,708.50) 736
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Poway Unified 883
Chula Vista Elementary 848
Julian Union Elementary 825
Ramona City Unified 809
San Diego Unified 785
Sweetwater Union High 758
Julian Union High 741
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A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12