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This SF public school is tops in UC Berkeley acceptance rate. It's not Lowell.

  

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This SF public school is tops in UC Berkeley acceptance rate. It's not Lowell.

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Students at a San Francisco public high school were more successful at being accepted into   UC Berkeley   for the fall 2023 academic year than their peers at any other secondary school in California. 



According to data   from the   University of California   released on March 13, Mission High School had an acceptance rate of 43% at the flagship UC campus, the highest of any high school surveyed and almost three times the state average of 15%. A data visualization made by the   San Francisco Chronicle   shows how much of an outlier Mission High was among California high schools (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another). The data, which is broken down by UC campus, shows the acceptance rates for California high schools with at least 40 applicants. 



Though Mission High has traditionally lagged in state standardized testing results, it surpassed a wide range of high schools throughout the state in the acceptance rankings, including private schools and San Francisco’s highly competitive Lowell High, which   requires placement testing for enrollment . Fresno’s Edison High and Oxnard’s Channel Islands High were the second- and third-ranked high schools with the most admitted applicants to Berkeley; they also are public with acceptance rates of 39% and 38% respectively.


Mission High, located on 18th Street at Mission Dolores Park, had 90 students apply to UC Berkeley for fall 2023. Of those students, 39 were admitted to the university,   according to UC data,  and 23 enrolled there in the fall. 



The school has seen a steady increase in applicants to UC Berkeley in recent years. For the fall 2022 term, 89 students from Mission High applied and 31 were admitted. And for the fall 2021 term, 66 students applied and 23 students were admitted.



The Mission High students applying to UC Berkeley for the fall 2023 academic year had an average GPA of 3.98, the highest GPA for Mission students seeking admission to the university since 1994. And the group of students from Mission High who were admitted to UC Berkeley for fall 2023 had an even higher average GPA of 4.13.



Mission High’s acceptance rate comes at a time when the school has struggled with meeting standardized testing requirements, a long-standing issue at the high school. Education journalist Kristina Rizga   published a book in 2015   about the school and its battle with a “low-performing” reputation because of below-average state test scores despite its high graduation, attendance and college acceptance rates. 



Mission High still falls below the district and California average for its math, reading and science test scores,   according to a survey   for the current school year from U.S. News World & Report. But the school remains above the state average for its UC acceptance rates, with 91% of its students who applied being accepted into a University of California school last year. 



Mission High’s enrolled students also include   many who are economically disadvantaged   and from minority groups. About 56% met the qualifications for free or reduced lunch, according to Mission High’s profile on the San Francisco Unified School District   website.   In the 2022-2023 school year, Mission High reported 1,082 enrolled students. A majority of the students are Latinx (65%), and 13% are African American.  



Most of the students from Mission High admitted to UC Berkeley were Latinx: 21 students out of the 49 Latinx applicants from Mission High were admitted to the university, according to UC data. Additionally, UC Berkeley admitted three African American students, 11 Asian students and three white students from Mission. 


In the San Francisco Unified School District, Independence High School is the only public school to come close to Mission High’s UC Berkeley acceptance rate. A much smaller school than Mission, 10 of its 75 students applied to UC Berkeley. Of those, three were admitted, resulting in a 30% acceptance rate. 



Mission High still had a significantly higher acceptance rate to Berkeley than Lowell High School, which has both a larger student body and uses admissions-based enrollment. Out of 688 of Lowell’s seniors, 499 of them applied to the university. Sixty-nine students were admitted, resulting in a 14% acceptance rate. 



Lowell students applying to Berkeley had the highest GPAs out of all the SFUSD schools, with an average of 4.06,   according to UC data.   Lowell students who were admitted to Berkeley had an average GPA of 4.22. 



Systemwide, San Francisco International High had the highest acceptance rate to any UC among all the SFUSD schools. Every student who applied to a UC got in, which was 12 out of 57 seniors. Mission High was second, with 114 out of 277 of its seniors applying to a UC campus. Of those seniors, 105 were admitted to one of the campuses, a 92% acceptance rate.  




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Sean Treacy
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1  seeder  Sean Treacy    3 weeks ago

7% of the students at this school are proficient at math, yet their acceptance rate at an extremely competitive school is sky high. How is that possible.

Racial discrimination. This is what actual systematic discrimination looks like. 

 
 
 
Krishna
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1.1  Krishna  replied to  Sean Treacy @1    3 weeks ago
7% of the students at this school are proficient at math, yet their acceptance rate at an extremely competitive school is sky high. How is that possible. Racial discrimination.

I am not familiar with this situation. However, based on their poor abilities in Math-- it could racial discrimination.

However I see another possibility-- in admissions criteria, they don't give a lot of weighting to Math. 

Why? IDK but my guess is that English skills, reading skills, etc.  are much more correlated with future academic success -- and Math less so. (Especially now that just about everyone is carrying around an electronic device that can quickly do math!)

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
1.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  Krishna @1.1    3 weeks ago
IDK but my guess is that English skills, reading skills, etc.  are much more correlated with future academic success -- and Math less so. (Especially now that just about everyone is carrying around an electronic device that can quickly do math!)

I suspect you might be right.    But only for certain schools.    Looking at UC Berkeley, the top five program graduates are arguable math based disciplines.    Over 35% of their under grad graduates in 2022.    And doesn’t include other math based programs below those percentages

Computer science. 8.4%
Econometrics and quantitative economics. 7.9%
Cell/cellular and molecular biology. 7.6%
Computer and information sciences, other. 6.6%
Electrical and electronics engineering. 5.2%
Something doesn’t smell right here
(Google this link, doesn’t seem to work on NTers)

Graduates who need a computer to do their math in disciplines like this, are not the ones to hire.   Not in my experience.
 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2  Kavika     3 weeks ago

UC Berkeley Fall Enrollment Data for New Undergraduates

New First-Time College Entrants, by Detailed Ethnicity (see footnotes below)
Ethnicity 2021 Fall 2022 Fall 2023 Fall 2021 Fall 2022 Fall 2023 Fall
African American / Black Subtotal 270 241 255 3.9% 3.6% 3.8%
African 56 63 75 0.8% 0.9% 1.1%
African American or Black 213 191 193 3.1% 2.8% 2.9%
Black Caribbean 33 24 25 0.5% 0.4% 0.4%
Other African American / Black 12 9 8 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Asian Subtotal 3,654 3,514 3,374 52.6% 52.1% 50.5%
Asian Indian 925 908 855 13.3% 13.5% 12.8%
Bangladeshi 27 32 34 0.4% 0.5% 0.5%
Cambodian 26 21 31 0.4% 0.3% 0.5%
Chinese 1,326 1,243 1,275 19.1% 18.4% 19.1%
Filipino 288 313 261 4.1% 4.6% 3.9%
Hmong 12 9 7 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Indonesian 57 44 53 0.8% 0.7% 0.8%
Japanese 163 171 151 2.3% 2.5% 2.3%
Korean 440 416 390 6.3% 6.2% 5.8%
Laotian 10 10 14 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Malaysian 29 37 30 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
Pakistani 87 70 50 1.3% 1.0% 0.7%
Sri Lankan 18 17 18 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Taiwanese 275 228 199 4.0% 3.4% 3.0%
Thai 28 35 26 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
Vietnamese 274 276 264 3.9% 4.1% 4.0%
Other Asian 111 92 81 1.6% 1.4% 1.2%
Chicanx / Latinx Subtotal 1,419 1,425 1,529 20.4% 21.1% 22.9%
Cuban / Cuban American 22 25 18 0.3% 0.4% 0.3%
Latin American / Latinx 409 452 470 5.9% 6.7% 7.0%
Mexican / Mexican American / Chicanx 1,049 1,029 1,171 15.1% 15.2% 17.5%
Puerto Rican 31 35 29 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
Other Chicanx / Latinx 202 247 213 2.9% 3.7% 3.2%
Native American / Alaska Native Subtotal 75 121 96 1.1% 1.8% 1.4%
Native American / Alaska Native 75 121 96 1.1% 1.8% 1.4%
Pacific Islander Subtotal 60 40 71 0.9% 0.6% 1.1%
Fijian 4 5 12 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Guamanian / Chamorro 3 9 7 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Hawaiian 30 16 31 0.4% 0.2% 0.5%
Samoan 9 2 10 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Tongan 6 3 4 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Other Pacific Islander 12 8 13 0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
Southwest Asian / North African Subtotal 342 371 359 4.9% 5.5% 5.4%
Afghan 15 12 16 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Algerian 4 3 6 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Amazigh 2 3 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Armenian 33 50 35 0.5% 0.7% 0.5%
Assyrian / Chaldean 5 9 3 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Azerbaijani 4 1 7 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Bahraini 1 2 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Circassian 2 1 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Djiboutian 1 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Egyptian 28 32 32 0.4% 0.5% 0.5%
Emirati 1 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Georgian 2 0 7 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Iranian 78 88 85 1.1% 1.3% 1.3%
Iraqi 10 14 15 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
Israeli 27 24 35 0.4% 0.4% 0.5%
Jordanian 12 5 7 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Kurdish 3 5 5 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Kuwaiti 0 5 1 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Lebanese 36 38 36 0.5% 0.6% 0.5%
Libyan 1 2 2 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Mauritanian 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Middle Eastern 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Moroccan 9 9 11 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
North African 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Omani 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Palestinian 24 22 18 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Qatari 0 1 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Saudi Arabian 19 24 26 0.3% 0.4% 0.4%
Somali 0 2 2 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Sudanese 3 4 2 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Syrian 14 18 20 0.2% 0.3% 0.3%
Tunisian 3 5 3 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Turkish 50 39 43 0.7% 0.6% 0.6%
Yemeni 9 6 12 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Other North African 0 2 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Other Southwest Asian 2 4 5 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
White Subtotal 2,142 2,071 1,897 30.8% 30.7% 28.4%
European / European Descent 1,974 1,937 1,782 28.4% 28.7% 26.7%
Other White / Caucasian 216 184 150 3.1% 2.7% 2.2%
No Response Subtotal 304 266 301 4.4% 3.9% 4.5%
No Response 304 266 301 4.4% 3.9% 4.5%
Grand Total 6,945 6,750 6,675 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Underrepresented Minority Subtotal 1,729 1,707 1,834 24.9% 25.3% 27.5%
New Transfer Entrants, by Detailed Ethnicity (see footnotes below)
Ethnicity 2021 Fall 2022 Fall 2023 Fall 2021 Fall 2022 Fall 2023 Fall
African American / Black Subtotal 133 141 156 5.0% 5.3% 5.6%
African 49 42 37 1.8% 1.6% 1.3%
African American or Black 91 107 117 3.4% 4.0% 4.2%
Black Caribbean 12 15 20 0.5% 0.6% 0.7%
Other African American / Black 7 5 5 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
Asian Subtotal 1,261 1,257 1,352 47.4% 46.9% 48.5%
Asian Indian 92 121 136 3.5% 4.5% 4.9%
Bangladeshi 14 13 13 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Cambodian 9 7 10 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Chinese 589 545 606 22.1% 20.4% 21.8%
Filipino 102 113 120 3.8% 4.2% 4.3%
Hmong 3 0 2 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Indonesian 61 43 61 2.3% 1.6% 2.2%
Japanese 76 73 81 2.9% 2.7% 2.9%
Korean 146 161 147 5.5% 6.0% 5.3%
Laotian 6 5 3 0.2% 0.2% 0.1%
Malaysian 10 9 13 0.4% 0.3% 0.5%
Pakistani 45 44 56 1.7% 1.6% 2.0%
Sri Lankan 2 5 3 0.1% 0.2% 0.1%
Taiwanese 70 65 56 2.6% 2.4% 2.0%
Thai 11 8 15 0.4% 0.3% 0.5%
Vietnamese 107 111 134 4.0% 4.1% 4.8%
Other Asian 52 45 50 2.0% 1.7% 1.8%
Chicanx / Latinx Subtotal 644 628 591 24.2% 23.5% 21.2%
Cuban / Cuban American 8 6 6 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
Latin American / Latinx 228 214 215 8.6% 8.0% 7.7%
Mexican / Mexican American / Chicanx 448 463 432 16.8% 17.3% 15.5%
Puerto Rican 13 19 14 0.5% 0.7% 0.5%
Other Chicanx / Latinx 100 90 85 3.8% 3.4% 3.1%
Native American / Alaska Native Subtotal 49 67 87 1.8% 2.5% 3.1%
Native American / Alaska Native 49 67 87 1.8% 2.5% 3.1%
Pacific Islander Subtotal 25 25 21 0.9% 0.9% 0.8%
Fijian 4 5 6 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Guamanian / Chamorro 2 5 0 0.1% 0.2% 0.0%
Hawaiian 12 5 10 0.5% 0.2% 0.4%
Samoan 3 2 3 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Tongan 1 5 1 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Other Pacific Islander 5 7 5 0.2% 0.3% 0.2%
Southwest Asian / North African Subtotal 223 217 225 8.4% 8.1% 8.1%
Afghan 30 35 35 1.1% 1.3% 1.3%
Algerian 4 7 9 0.2% 0.3% 0.3%
Amazigh 3 3 0 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Armenian 28 23 30 1.1% 0.9% 1.1%
Assyrian / Chaldean 1 5 4 0.0% 0.2% 0.1%
Azerbaijani 4 1 4 0.2% 0.0% 0.1%
Bahraini 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Circassian 1 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Djiboutian 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Egyptian 14 20 14 0.5% 0.7% 0.5%
Emirati 0 1 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Georgian 0 2 4 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Iranian 66 61 52 2.5% 2.3% 1.9%
Iraqi 7 13 8 0.3% 0.5% 0.3%
Israeli 12 15 16 0.5% 0.6% 0.6%
Jordanian 2 4 5 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Kurdish 2 2 4 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Kuwaiti 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Lebanese 19 10 24 0.7% 0.4% 0.9%
Libyan 1 2 1 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Mauritanian 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Middle Eastern 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Moroccan 5 11 8 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%
North African 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Omani 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Palestinian 11 17 13 0.4% 0.6% 0.5%
Qatari 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Saudi Arabian 2 1 1 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Somali 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Sudanese 4 1 4 0.2% 0.0% 0.1%
Syrian 9 9 7 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Tunisian 1 1 2 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Turkish 17 20 14 0.6% 0.7% 0.5%
Yemeni 5 5 9 0.2% 0.2% 0.3%
Other North African 5 2 0 0.2% 0.1% 0.0%
Other Southwest Asian 3 4 0 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
White Subtotal 831 840 849 31.2% 31.4% 30.5%
European / European Descent 767 779 806 28.8% 29.1% 28.9%
Other White / Caucasian 86 87 77 3.2% 3.2% 2.8%
No Response Subtotal 71 68 87 2.7% 2.5% 3.1%
No Response 71 68 87 2.7% 2.5% 3.1%
Grand Total 2,660 2,678 2,786 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Underrepresented Minority Subtotal 795 772 768 29.9% 28.8% 27.6%
  • The Underrepresented Minority Subtotal includes African American/Black, Asian Underrepresented, Chicanx/Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander.
  • These tables include both domestic and international students in all counts, unlike most campus and federal reporting that does not show race/ethnicity for US nonresidents.
  • These tables show every race/ethnicity currently collected for students by the University of California.
  • These detailed counts are duplicated, so one student will be counted in multiple rows if they se

I can see what you mean, close to 50% Asian vs 30% white....NO MORE ASIANS.

The student body at the schools served by San Francisco Unified School District is 13.8% White, 6.2% Black, 37.7% Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander, 29.6% Hispanic/Latino, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.8% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

Oh my now we need more minorities in Berkeley.

Are you aware, Sean that Ireland honors Choctaw (they are Indians/Native American) students with scholarships every year, how cool is that putting minorities ahead of whites by other whites....Amazing.

Are you aware that the minority enrollment at Lowell is 81% of which 55% are Asian...Oh my, and only 17% white.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago

Amazing. They actually keep a list of undergraduates based on race and ethnicity.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago

Not unusual many schools do.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
2.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago

It's to be transparent because so many people have misconceptions about this.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2.2  Kavika   replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago

Here is an interesting stat, last year the students from Mission that was accepted into Berkely had a average GPA of 4.13 not bad at all.

 
 

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