Pepper Tree Elementary

Summary:

Pepper Tree Elementary is a public elementary school in Upland, California, serving 778 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school consistently ranks among the top 15% of California elementary schools and outperforms the Upland Unified district and the state of California in academic assessments across multiple subject areas and grade levels.

Pepper Tree Elementary's academic performance is particularly impressive, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics that are significantly higher than the district and state averages. The school also excels in supporting diverse student populations, with its Hispanic and special education student groups ranking in the top 5% and top 3% of California elementary schools, respectively. Additionally, Pepper Tree's low-income students perform exceptionally well, ranking in the top 5% of California elementary schools.

Compared to other elementary schools in the Upland Unified district, Pepper Tree stands out as a high-performing institution, with significantly higher academic proficiency rates and a relatively low chronic absenteeism rate. This suggests that Pepper Tree may be a desirable choice for families seeking a high-quality elementary education within the district. While the school's overall performance is impressive, addressing the factors contributing to its increasing chronic absenteeism rate could be an area of focus for continued improvement.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1045 W. 18th St.
       Upland, CA  91784-1551


(909) 949-9635

District: Upland Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
701st of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,618 Help


Students who attend Pepper Tree Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Pioneer Junior High
High:    Upland High

Student/teacher ratio:  26.2 Help
Number of students:  778

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
40.9%
White:
34.2%
Asian:
15.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  36.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Pepper Tree Elementary ranks better than 88.1% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks first among 10 ranked elementary schools in the Upland Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.1. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Pepper Tree Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Upland Unified School District. Student population at Pepper Tree Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (40.9%), White (34.2%), Asian (15.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 36.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Upland Unified School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pepper Tree Elementary is 26.2. 8 elementary schools in the Upland Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Pepper Tree Elementary is $11,618, which is the 5th highest among 10 elementary schools in the Upland Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Pepper Tree Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Pepper Tree Elementary 701st of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Pepper Tree Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Upland Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Upland Unified 634th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Pepper Tree Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 92.32 379th 4809 92.1%
2005 90.66 460th 4822 90.5%
2006 88.99 538th 4818 88.8%
2007 86.74 683rd 5113 86.6%
2008 87.96 596th 5113 88.3%
2009 88.39 562nd 5193 89.2%
2010 91.85 334th 5314 93.7%
2011 92.81 260th 5377 95.2%
2012 91.43 337th 5390 93.7%
2013 89.82 471st 5530 91.5%
2015 89.65 633rd 5611 88.7%
2016 89.72 634th 5614 88.7%
2017 86.52 839th 5692 85.3%
2018 87.43 775th 5662 86.3%
2019 87.83 759th 5789 86.9%
2022 86.82 864th 5883 85.3%
2023 90.10 694th 5848 88.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 92.69 133rd 2416 94.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.78 539th 5084 89.4%
2019 93.71 180th 5173 96.5%
2022 92.39 263rd 5264 95.0%
2023 94.07 228th 5355 95.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.27 852nd 5413 84.3%
2019 86.62 742nd 5492 86.5%
2022 83.29 955th 5635 83.1%
2023 89.47 655th 5595 88.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.66 170th 2128 92.0%
2019 94.78 95th 2585 96.3%
2022 90.78 157th 2227 93.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.79 701st 5431 87.1%
2019 86.11 780th 5510 85.8%
2022 87.54 750th 5663 86.8%
2023 87.78 727th 5627 87.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 74.22 270th 1149 76.5%
2022 71.91 342nd 1154 70.4%
2023 68.27 443rd 1183 62.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.75 201st 4830 95.8%
2019 94.76 144th 4963 97.1%
2022 85.06 549th 5084 89.2%
2023 93.91 200th 5079 96.1%
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Rank History for White students at Pepper Tree Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.61 1020th 2737 62.7%
2019 60.67 1188th 2834 58.1%
2022 70.50 790th 2726 71.0%
2023 72.27 724th 2659 72.8%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Pepper Tree Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1991 503 35 86 94 2 n/a n/a 0 720
1992 557 43 81 96 1 n/a n/a 0 778
1993 588 43 83 104 1 n/a n/a 0 819
1994 532 48 75 109 1 n/a n/a 0 765
1995 578 54 72 118 2 n/a n/a 0 824
1996 578 54 72 118 2 n/a n/a 0 824
1997 549 56 74 125 2 n/a n/a 0 806
1998 539 54 84 123 4 n/a n/a 0 804
1999 557 48 76 124 3 n/a n/a 0 808
2000 522 52 65 129 5 n/a n/a 0 773
2001 474 48 73 145 4 n/a n/a 5 749
2002 411 35 60 116 1 n/a n/a 142 765
2003 411 35 60 116 1 n/a n/a 142 765
2004 397 30 68 115 3 n/a n/a 135 748
2005 390 24 71 140 6 n/a n/a 116 747
2006 387 23 76 151 4 n/a n/a 126 767
2007 390 38 87 171 5 n/a n/a 104 795
2008 363 35 73 176 7 n/a n/a 0 654
2009 353 29 80 193 7 3 121 0 786
2010 376 31 85 261 4 4 29 0 790
2011 372 29 76 268 3 2 26 0 776
2012 390 29 78 273 4 1 24 0 799
2013 398 32 83 279 3 1 24 0 820
2014 371 32 82 276 3 2 27 0 793
2015 344 38 81 282 3 2 34 0 784
2016 334 37 85 278 2 1 27 0 764
2017 332 40 93 278 2 1 38 0 784
2018 320 45 97 261 3 1 41 0 768
2019 329 41 111 272 2 1 56 0 812
2020 325 35 102 287 1 0 52 0 802
2021 294 37 105 282 0 0 57 0 775
2022 277 24 118 300 0 0 59 0 778
2023 266 20 122 318 0 0 52 0 778

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Pepper Tree Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 720 27.0 26.6 n/a
1992 778 27.4 28.3 2.2
1993 819 28.0 29.3 1.6
1994 765 27.0 28.3 4.3
1995 824 30.0 27.5 3.9
1996 824 30.0 27.5 3.9
1997 806 32.0 25.2 4.5
1998 804 32.8 24.5 6.6
1999 808 34.8 23.2 4.8
2000 773 35.0 22.1 4.4
2001 749 34.0 22.0 4.6
2002 765 33.5 22.8 5.1
2003 765 33.5 22.8 5.1
2004 748 33.3 22.5 7
2005 747 32.8 22.8 9.4
2006 767 36.4 21.1 10.5
2007 795 36.0 22.1 13
2008 654 37.0 17.7 14.7
2009 786 36.6 20.9 12.6
2010 790 36.0 21.9 16.6
2011 776 n/a n/a 17.7
2012 799 28.7 27.8 n/a
2013 820 29.7 27.5 20.9
2014 793 27.2 29.1 19.8
2015 784 30.0 26.1 18.5
2016 764 30.0 25.4 19.1
2017 784 28.6 27.4 18.2
2018 768 31.6 24.3 22.1
2019 812 31.5 25.7 24.6
2020 802 n/a n/a 22.3
2021 775 30.7 25.2 29.7
2022 778 29.8 26.0 35.6
2023 778 29.6 26.2 36.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Pepper Tree Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 720 27.0 26.6 n/a
1992 778 27.4 28.3 2.2
1993 819 28.0 29.3 1.6
1994 765 27.0 28.3 4.3
1995 824 30.0 27.5 3.9
1996 824 30.0 27.5 3.9
1997 806 32.0 25.2 4.5
1998 804 32.8 24.5 6.6
1999 808 34.8 23.2 4.8
2000 773 35.0 22.1 4.4
2001 749 34.0 22.0 4.6
2002 765 33.5 22.8 5.1
2003 765 33.5 22.8 5.1
2004 748 33.3 22.5 7
2005 747 32.8 22.8 9.4
2006 767 36.4 21.1 10.5
2007 795 36.0 22.1 13
2008 654 37.0 17.7 14.7
2009 786 36.6 20.9 12.6
2010 790 36.0 21.9 16.6
2011 776 n/a n/a 17.7
2012 799 28.7 27.8 n/a
2013 820 29.7 27.5 20.9
2014 793 27.2 29.1 19.8
2015 784 30.0 26.1 18.5
2016 764 30.0 25.4 19.1
2017 784 28.6 27.4 18.2
2018 768 31.6 24.3 22.1
2019 812 31.5 25.7 24.6
2020 802 n/a n/a 22.3
2021 775 30.7 25.2 29.7
2022 778 29.8 26.0 35.6
2023 778 29.6 26.2 36.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Pepper Tree Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201292.0%5.0%0.0%4.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%92.0%95.0%
201393.0%5.0%0.0%3.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%93.0%
201495.0%5.0%0.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201595.0%5.0%0.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201693.0%5.0%0.0%2.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%
201796.0%0.0%3.0%0.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%
201896.0%0.0%1.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%
201998.0%0.0%2.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
202197.5%2.5%0.0%97.5%97.5%97.5%97.5%97.5%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Pepper Tree Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,618

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Pepper Tree Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 759th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 694th of 5848 Elementary schools
 1.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pepper Tree Elementary)73.161.4
 11.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Upland Unified)54.550.7
 3.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Pepper Tree Elementary)78.866.4
 12.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Upland Unified)55.454.1
 1.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pepper Tree Elementary)70.166.1
 4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Upland Unified)54.545.5
 9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Pepper Tree Elementary)70.166.1
 4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Upland Unified)45.243.7
 1.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pepper Tree Elementary)75.278.6
 3.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Upland Unified)50.151.4
 1.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Pepper Tree Elementary)59.362.4
 3.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Upland Unified)33.835.2
 1.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Pepper Tree Elementary)49.665.8
 16.3%
   5th Grade Science (Upland Unified)28.537.4
 8.9%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pepper Tree Elementary)70.173
 2.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Upland Unified)55.949.2
 6.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Pepper Tree Elementary)58.663.6
 5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Upland Unified)42.534.3
 8.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students812778
 4.2%
African American4120
 51.2%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian111122
 9.9%
Hispanic272318
 16.9%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White329266
 19.1%
Two or More Races5652
 7.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients24.6%36.5%
 11.9%


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Pepper Tree Elementary ranks 701st of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Pepper Tree Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Pioneer Junior High
High : Upland High

In the 2022-23 school year, 778 students attended Pepper Tree Elementary.

Students at Pepper Tree Elementary are 41% Hispanic, 34% White, 16% Asian, 7% Two or more races, 3% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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