Donlon Elementary

Summary:

Donlon Elementary is a highly-regarded public elementary school in Pleasanton, California, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade. With a diverse student population and a strong academic track record, Donlon consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state.

Donlon Elementary's students excel academically, with a higher percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science compared to the Pleasanton Unified School District and the state of California. The school's Asian and female students, as well as its English Language Learners, perform exceptionally well, ranking among the top in the state. Additionally, Donlon has a relatively low chronic absenteeism rate and a low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

While Donlon Elementary outperforms many of its nearby schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District, such as Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary, Henry P. Mohr Elementary, and Fairlands Elementary, some nearby schools, like Lydiksen Elementary and Walnut Grove Elementary, also demonstrate exceptional academic performance and have similar demographic profiles to Donlon Elementary.


Detail:

Public K-5

 4150 Dorman Rd.
       Pleasanton, CA  94588-4411


(925) 426-4220

District: Pleasanton Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
207th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,133 Help


Students who attend Donlon Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Thomas S. Hart Middle
High:    Foothill High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.6 Help
Number of students:  739

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
71.4%
White:
14.9%
Hispanic:
6.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Donlon Elementary ranks better than 96.5% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 96.8. (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 Donlon Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Pleasanton Unified School District. Racial makeup is: Asian (71.4%), White (14.9%), Hispanic (6.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Donlon Elementary is 24.6. 7 elementary schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Donlon Elementary is $6,133. 7 elementary schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Donlon Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Donlon Elementary 207th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Donlon Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Pleasanton Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Pleasanton Unified 110th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Donlon Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 89.96 513th 4809 89.3%
2005 89.25 526th 4822 89.1%
2006 92.86 339th 4818 93.0%
2007 92.60 372nd 5113 92.7%
2008 92.67 335th 5113 93.4%
2009 91.82 358th 5193 93.1%
2010 92.43 304th 5314 94.3%
2011 88.79 510th 5377 90.5%
2012 85.95 679th 5390 87.4%
2013 85.03 758th 5530 86.3%
2015 93.66 404th 5611 92.8%
2016 96.34 204th 5614 96.4%
2017 94.29 375th 5692 93.4%
2018 95.33 260th 5662 95.4%
2019 93.41 409th 5789 92.9%
2022 97.08 196th 5883 96.7%
2023 96.80 207th 5874 96.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 35.60 328th 445 26.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 98.10 48th 3275 98.5%
2023 77.84 302nd 3250 90.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 74.77 394th 2420 83.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.53 947th 5084 81.4%
2019 49.41 2443rd 5173 52.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.58 244th 5413 95.5%
2019 91.34 478th 5492 91.3%
2022 97.34 112th 5635 98.0%
2023 96.73 150th 5617 97.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.51 271st 2128 87.3%
2019 47.39 1054th 2585 59.2%
2022 57.23 653rd 2227 70.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.96 321st 5431 94.1%
2019 93.34 352nd 5510 93.6%
2022 95.38 276th 5663 95.1%
2023 95.46 268th 5650 95.3%
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Rank History for Asian students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.84 284th 1071 73.5%
2019 75.91 237th 1149 79.4%
2022 79.02 173rd 1154 85.0%
2023 78.40 190th 1190 84.0%
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Rank History for White students at Donlon Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.06 824th 2737 69.9%
2019 52.37 1482nd 2834 47.7%
2022 60.90 1129th 2726 58.6%
2023 70.21 795th 2662 70.1%
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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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by a parent
Monday, February 16, 2015

Open Quote This school is great if your kid can learn very independently. Most of the teachers are great. But if your kid is in the bottom 20%, expect to pay a tutor. They will lie through their teeth to avoid providing special education for kids with specific learning disabilities. 750+ students and not a single dyslexic kid? Yeah, right. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Donlon Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 563 19 34 34 3 n/a n/a 0 653
1990 557 26 34 42 10 n/a n/a 0 669
1991 520 16 64 40 12 n/a n/a 0 652
1992 663 21 83 42 14 n/a n/a 0 823
1993 695 16 96 59 14 n/a n/a 0 880
1994 689 23 106 59 13 n/a n/a 0 890
1995 735 23 95 59 15 n/a n/a 0 927
1996 735 23 95 59 15 n/a n/a 0 927
1997 742 16 108 61 12 n/a n/a 0 939
1998 703 9 114 65 10 n/a n/a 0 901
1999 702 5 112 53 7 n/a n/a 4 883
2000 675 7 113 45 8 n/a n/a 12 860
2001 647 10 119 46 11 n/a n/a 17 850
2002 549 11 157 58 8 n/a n/a 9 792
2003 549 11 157 58 8 n/a n/a 9 792
2004 530 15 148 48 4 n/a n/a 7 752
2005 486 11 138 41 3 n/a n/a 10 689
2006 459 13 133 40 2 n/a n/a 13 660
2007 434 17 145 45 3 n/a n/a 19 663
2008 413 17 167 47 3 n/a n/a 0 647
2009 418 17 164 43 2 3 29 0 676
2010 409 18 206 37 1 3 45 0 719
2011 405 24 233 48 1 5 37 0 753
2012 380 17 294 56 2 3 46 0 798
2013 373 21 287 68 0 2 60 0 811
2014 325 12 300 57 0 2 75 0 771
2015 307 11 326 53 0 2 79 0 778
2016 322 8 380 47 0 4 64 0 825
2017 283 8 398 68 0 4 63 0 824
2018 274 8 418 55 0 4 55 0 814
2019 210 7 438 45 2 3 53 0 758
2020 180 12 478 42 2 3 38 0 755
2021 156 15 504 36 2 3 38 0 754
2022 122 13 533 45 2 4 44 0 763
2023 110 17 528 46 2 3 33 0 739

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 Donlon Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 653 25.0 26.1 n/a
1990 669 26.0 25.7 n/a
1991 652 26.0 25.0 n/a
1992 823 26.4 31.1 2.1
1993 880 33.8 26.0 1.5
1994 890 35.3 25.2 1.6
1995 927 36.3 25.5 6.4
1996 927 36.3 25.5 6.4
1997 939 36.8 25.5 4.4
1998 901 43.5 20.7 6.4
1999 883 43.8 20.2 3.2
2000 860 43.4 19.8 2.8
2001 850 41.9 20.3 1.8
2002 792 44.1 18.0 3.6
2003 792 44.1 18.0 3.6
2004 752 39.4 19.1 3.4
2005 689 35.1 19.6 2.9
2006 660 38.6 17.1 3.2
2007 663 34.6 19.2 3.7
2008 647 38.5 16.8 2.9
2009 676 32.0 19.6 3.7
2010 719 33.2 21.6 4.6
2011 753 n/a n/a 3.7
2012 798 36.0 22.1 n/a
2013 811 32.5 24.8 3.2
2014 771 29.0 26.5 3
2015 778 30.0 25.9 4.4
2016 825 32.0 25.7 4.2
2017 824 31.5 26.1 5.7
2018 814 32.0 25.4 6.8
2019 758 30.5 24.8 6.7
2020 755 n/a n/a 5.2
2021 754 29.6 25.4 6.2
2022 763 29.8 25.5 6.9
2023 739 30.0 24.6 7

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 Donlon Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 653 25.0 26.1 n/a
1990 669 26.0 25.7 n/a
1991 652 26.0 25.0 n/a
1992 823 26.4 31.1 2.1
1993 880 33.8 26.0 1.5
1994 890 35.3 25.2 1.6
1995 927 36.3 25.5 6.4
1996 927 36.3 25.5 6.4
1997 939 36.8 25.5 4.4
1998 901 43.5 20.7 6.4
1999 883 43.8 20.2 3.2
2000 860 43.4 19.8 2.8
2001 850 41.9 20.3 1.8
2002 792 44.1 18.0 3.6
2003 792 44.1 18.0 3.6
2004 752 39.4 19.1 3.4
2005 689 35.1 19.6 2.9
2006 660 38.6 17.1 3.2
2007 663 34.6 19.2 3.7
2008 647 38.5 16.8 2.9
2009 676 32.0 19.6 3.7
2010 719 33.2 21.6 4.6
2011 753 n/a n/a 3.7
2012 798 36.0 22.1 n/a
2013 811 32.5 24.8 3.2
2014 771 29.0 26.5 3
2015 778 30.0 25.9 4.4
2016 825 32.0 25.7 4.2
2017 824 31.5 26.1 5.7
2018 814 32.0 25.4 6.8
2019 758 30.5 24.8 6.7
2020 755 n/a n/a 5.2
2021 754 29.6 25.4 6.2
2022 763 29.8 25.5 6.9
2023 739 30.0 24.6 7

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

Donlon Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%3.0%0.0%0.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
201497.0%2.0%0.0%2.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%97.0%
201598.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%98.0%
201695.0%2.0%0.0%3.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%98.0%
201798.0%0.0%1.0%1.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%
2018≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2019≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
202298.1%0.9%0.0%98.1%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,133

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Donlon Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 409th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 207th of 5874 Elementary schools
 3.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Donlon Elementary)87.279.2
 8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pleasanton Unified)79.276.4
 2.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Donlon Elementary)86.282.5
 3.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Pleasanton Unified)81.179.6
 1.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Donlon Elementary)78.885.4
 6.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pleasanton Unified)7473.7
 0.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Donlon Elementary)81.191.1
 10.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Pleasanton Unified)76.676.8
 0.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Donlon Elementary)72.578.2
 5.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pleasanton Unified)80.980.5
 0.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Donlon Elementary)68.775
 6.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Pleasanton Unified)76.775.2
 1.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Donlon Elementary)56.966.9
 10%
   5th Grade Science (Pleasanton Unified)65.463.6
 1.8%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students758739
 2.5%
African American717
 142.9%
American Indian22
Asian438528
 20.5%
Hispanic4546
 2.2%
Pacific Islander33
White210110
 47.6%
Two or More Races5333
 37.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients6.7%7%
 0.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Donlon Elementary

Yes! Donlon Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 207th of 5874 California elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 739 students attended Donlon Elementary.

Students who attend Donlon Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Thomas S. Hart Middle
High : Foothill High

Students at Donlon Elementary are 71% Asian, 15% White, 6% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 2% African American.


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