Desert Knolls Elementary

Public K-6

 18213 Symeron Dr.
       Apple Valley, CA  92307-4537


(760) 242-3441

District: Apple Valley Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5012th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,827 Help


Students who attend Desert Knolls Elementary usually attend:

High:    Granite Hills High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.4 Help
Number of students:  610

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
60.7%
White:
24.9%
African American:
8.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  73.6% Help


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Compare Details Desert Knolls Elementary ranks worse than 85.4% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 6th among 10 ranked elementary schools in the Apple Valley Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 18.25. (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 Desert Knolls Elementary has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Apple Valley Unified School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (60.7%), White (24.9%), African American (8.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 73.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Desert Knolls Elementary is 23.4, which is the 4th best among 10 elementary schools in the Apple Valley Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Desert Knolls Elementary is $5,827, which is the 3rd highest among 10 elementary schools in the Apple Valley Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Desert Knolls Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Knolls Elementary 5012th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Desert Knolls Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Apple Valley Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Apple Valley Unified 1388th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Desert Knolls Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 69.45 1322nd 4809 72.5%
2005 72.41 1231st 4822 74.5%
2006 69.31 1368th 4818 71.6%
2007 56.31 2005th 5113 60.8%
2008 59.12 1888th 5113 63.1%
2009 47.07 2657th 5193 48.8%
2010 50.32 2554th 5314 51.9%
2011 45.42 2867th 5377 46.7%
2012 41.87 3144th 5390 41.7%
2013 44.99 3008th 5530 45.6%
2015 38.14 3126th 5611 44.3%
2016 26.94 4016th 5614 28.5%
2017 25.19 4241st 5692 25.5%
2018 30.94 3756th 5662 33.7%
2019 30.39 3899th 5789 32.6%
2022 17.73 5083rd 5883 13.6%
2023 18.25 4994th 5848 14.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 18.79 3240th 3311 2.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 21.50 2121st 2416 12.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.06 3397th 5084 33.2%
2019 37.87 3285th 5173 36.5%
2022 19.40 4689th 5264 10.9%
2023 18.96 4769th 5355 10.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.18 3983rd 5413 26.4%
2019 23.89 4313th 5492 21.5%
2022 17.80 4909th 5635 12.9%
2023 16.80 4959th 5595 11.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.73 666th 2128 68.7%
2022 22.22 1909th 2227 14.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.57 3308th 5431 39.1%
2019 37.95 3194th 5510 42.0%
2022 18.92 4809th 5663 15.1%
2023 20.87 4618th 5627 17.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.21 559th 700 20.1%
2022 26.54 515th 663 22.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.50 2963rd 4830 38.7%
2019 36.24 3229th 4963 34.9%
2022 21.20 4424th 5084 13.0%
2023 20.07 4475th 5079 11.9%
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Rank History for White students at Desert Knolls Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.13 2199th 2737 19.7%
2019 22.24 2338th 2834 17.5%
2022 7.61 2583rd 2726 5.2%
2023 14.70 2352nd 2659 11.5%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Desert Knolls Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 324 17 14 34 0 n/a n/a 0 389
1989 360 21 14 31 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1990 530 22 12 44 3 n/a n/a 0 611
1991 636 28 15 86 1 n/a n/a 0 766
1992 676 38 30 95 1 n/a n/a 0 840
1993 573 36 27 67 4 n/a n/a 0 707
1994 566 39 24 82 1 n/a n/a 0 712
1995 530 68 16 106 3 n/a n/a 0 723
1996 530 68 16 106 3 n/a n/a 0 723
1997 523 72 14 110 7 n/a n/a 0 726
1998 492 64 14 125 5 n/a n/a 0 700
1999 437 67 15 133 7 n/a n/a 0 659
2000 433 54 10 117 7 n/a n/a 0 621
2001 432 56 21 139 1 n/a n/a 0 649
2002 421 62 28 139 0 n/a n/a 0 650
2003 421 62 28 139 0 n/a n/a 0 650
2004 439 67 25 141 0 n/a n/a 2 674
2005 444 66 27 152 1 n/a n/a 23 713
2006 418 66 30 139 0 n/a n/a 46 699
2007 302 50 32 155 2 n/a n/a 45 586
2008 284 43 24 149 1 n/a n/a 0 501
2009 264 49 15 139 1 4 29 0 501
2010 226 39 18 181 1 3 1 0 469
2011 269 55 18 217 2 5 1 0 567
2012 248 71 16 226 1 5 3 0 570
2013 224 65 16 220 7 5 5 0 542
2014 220 71 16 257 5 5 2 0 576
2015 236 79 19 257 0 6 8 0 605
2016 237 78 18 244 0 4 15 0 596
2017 219 76 14 279 0 6 9 0 603
2018 0 72 13 266 1 2 238 0 592
2019 213 49 16 286 1 7 15 0 587
2020 202 58 13 311 1 6 21 0 612
2021 171 45 12 295 2 3 15 0 543
2022 176 92 16 457 3 6 28 0 778
2023 152 54 6 370 1 3 24 0 610

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 Desert Knolls Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 389 17.0 22.8 n/a
1989 426 17.0 25.0 n/a
1990 611 25.0 24.4 n/a
1991 766 27.0 28.3 n/a
1992 840 27.4 30.6 23.6
1993 707 24.0 29.5 26.7
1994 712 27.5 25.9 29.4
1995 723 26.0 27.8 38.6
1996 723 26.0 27.8 38.6
1997 726 28.0 25.9 39.8
1998 700 32.0 21.9 38
1999 659 33.0 20.0 39.5
2000 621 33.0 18.8 36.1
2001 649 32.0 20.3 31.9
2002 650 32.0 20.3 43.5
2003 650 32.0 20.3 43.5
2004 674 29.5 22.8 43.8
2005 713 34.0 21.0 48
2006 699 34.0 20.6 57.6
2007 586 29.0 20.2 51.2
2008 501 28.0 17.9 49.3
2009 501 24.0 20.0 53.3
2010 469 21.0 22.3 61.8
2011 567 n/a n/a 64
2012 570 23.0 24.7 63.9
2013 542 22.0 24.6 70.1
2014 576 24.0 24.0 67.4
2015 605 25.0 24.2 65.6
2016 596 25.0 23.8 75
2017 603 25.0 24.1 71.6
2018 592 24.5 24.1 72.3
2019 587 28.0 20.9 76.1
2020 612 n/a n/a 72.5
2021 543 27.0 20.1 79.7
2022 778 30.0 25.9 74.8
2023 610 26.0 23.4 73.6

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 Desert Knolls Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 389 17.0 22.8 n/a
1989 426 17.0 25.0 n/a
1990 611 25.0 24.4 n/a
1991 766 27.0 28.3 n/a
1992 840 27.4 30.6 23.6
1993 707 24.0 29.5 26.7
1994 712 27.5 25.9 29.4
1995 723 26.0 27.8 38.6
1996 723 26.0 27.8 38.6
1997 726 28.0 25.9 39.8
1998 700 32.0 21.9 38
1999 659 33.0 20.0 39.5
2000 621 33.0 18.8 36.1
2001 649 32.0 20.3 31.9
2002 650 32.0 20.3 43.5
2003 650 32.0 20.3 43.5
2004 674 29.5 22.8 43.8
2005 713 34.0 21.0 48
2006 699 34.0 20.6 57.6
2007 586 29.0 20.2 51.2
2008 501 28.0 17.9 49.3
2009 501 24.0 20.0 53.3
2010 469 21.0 22.3 61.8
2011 567 n/a n/a 64
2012 570 23.0 24.7 63.9
2013 542 22.0 24.6 70.1
2014 576 24.0 24.0 67.4
2015 605 25.0 24.2 65.6
2016 596 25.0 23.8 75
2017 603 25.0 24.1 71.6
2018 592 24.5 24.1 72.3
2019 587 28.0 20.9 76.1
2020 612 n/a n/a 72.5
2021 543 27.0 20.1 79.7
2022 778 30.0 25.9 74.8
2023 610 26.0 23.4 73.6

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

Desert Knolls Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201288.0%6.0%0.0%5.0%90.0%94.0%91.0%89.0%91.0%
201389.0%5.0%0.0%6.0%94.0%93.0%95.0%92.0%94.0%
201489.0%2.0%0.0%9.0%94.0%96.0%96.0%94.0%93.0%
201585.0%1.0%0.0%14.0%91.0%94.0%95.0%87.0%89.0%
201693.0%2.0%1.0%2.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%93.0%95.0%
201797.0%0.0%1.0%1.0%98.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%97.0%
201893.0%0.0%3.0%2.0%97.0%96.0%96.0%95.0%96.0%
201996.0%0.0%4.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%96.0%≥99.0%
202092.6%1.7%4.1%97.5%97.5%98.4%92.6%97.5%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Desert Knolls Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,827

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Desert Knolls 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 3899th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 4994th of 5848 Elementary schools
 18%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Knolls Elementary)38.511.7
 26.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Apple Valley Unified)41.122.6
 18.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Desert Knolls Elementary)28.213
 15.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Apple Valley Unified)41.121.9
 19.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Knolls Elementary)27.930.9
 2.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Apple Valley Unified)39.926.8
 13.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Desert Knolls Elementary)20.321.7
 1.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Apple Valley Unified)30.720
 10.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Knolls Elementary)48.221.3
 26.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Apple Valley Unified)44.326.1
 18.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Desert Knolls Elementary)23.512
 11.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Apple Valley Unified)23.414.9
 8.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Desert Knolls Elementary)29.318.7
 10.6%
   5th Grade Science (Apple Valley Unified)25.617.4
 8.2%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Knolls Elementary)47.928.6
 19.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Apple Valley Unified)35.626.6
 9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Desert Knolls Elementary)20.812.9
 8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Apple Valley Unified)20.313.2
 7.2%
   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 Students587610
 3.9%
African American4954
 10.2%
American Indian11
Asian166
 62.5%
Hispanic286370
 29.4%
Pacific Islander73
 57.1%
White213152
 28.6%
Two or More Races1524
 60%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients76.1%73.6%
 2.5%


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Desert Knolls Elementary ranks in the bottom 14.6% of California elementary schools.

Students at Desert Knolls Elementary are 61% Hispanic, 25% White, 9% African American, 4% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 610 students attended Desert Knolls Elementary.

Students who attend Desert Knolls Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : Granite Hills High


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