Santa Barbara Community Academy

Summary:

Santa Barbara Community Academy is an elementary school in Santa Barbara, California, serving 197 students from kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

The school stands out for its predominantly Hispanic student population, with over 97% of students identifying as Hispanic, compared to nearby schools like Vieja Valley Elementary (39.33% Hispanic) and Washington Elementary (39.69% Hispanic). However, Santa Barbara Community Academy consistently underperforms the district and state averages in academic assessments, with proficiency rates ranging from 19.51% to 45.45% in English Language Arts and 13.95% to 21.74% in Mathematics. The school also has a high chronic absenteeism rate of 22.9%, significantly higher than the surrounding schools.

Additionally, Santa Barbara Community Academy serves a predominantly economically disadvantaged student population, with 80.71% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, much higher than the nearby Vieja Valley Elementary (26.67%) and Washington Elementary (45.99%). These unique demographic and academic challenges present an opportunity for the Santa Barbara Unified School District to implement targeted interventions and support systems to address the specific needs of the Santa Barbara Community Academy student population.


Detail:

Public K-6

 850 Portesuello Ave.
       Santa Barbara, CA  93101-2971


(805) 687-2081

District: Santa Barbara Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
4553rd of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,715 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  15.9 Help
Number of students:  197

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.0%
White:
1.5%
Two or more races:
0.5%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  80.7% Help


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Compare Details Santa Barbara Community Academy ranks worse than 77.5% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 9th among 10 ranked elementary schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.05. (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 Santa Barbara Community Academy has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (98%), White (1.5%), two or more races (0.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 80.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Santa Barbara Community Academy is 15.9, which is the 3rd best among 10 elementary schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Santa Barbara Community Academy is $11,715. 5 elementary schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Santa Barbara Community Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Barbara Community Academy 4553rd of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Santa Barbara Community Academy in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Santa Barbara Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Barbara Unified 652nd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Santa Barbara Community Academy

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Rank History for all students at Santa Barbara Community Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2013 43.53 3103rd 5530 43.9%
2015 22.20 4411th 5611 21.4%
2016 21.05 4529th 5614 19.3%
2017 32.77 3624th 5692 36.3%
2018 28.27 3969th 5662 29.9%
2019 33.54 3658th 5789 36.8%
2022 30.33 3849th 5883 34.6%
2023 23.05 4553rd 5874 22.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Santa Barbara Community Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.74 1217th 3246 62.5%
2019 44.39 1527th 3275 53.4%
2022 21.04 3149th 3311 4.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Santa Barbara Community Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.86 3025th 5084 40.5%
2019 44.59 2776th 5173 46.3%
2022 41.60 2862nd 5264 45.6%
2023 33.50 3610th 5374 32.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Santa Barbara Community Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.12 3826th 5413 29.3%
2019 31.58 3704th 5492 32.6%
2022 38.50 3087th 5635 45.2%
2023 28.97 3869th 5617 31.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Santa Barbara Community Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.88 3780th 5431 30.4%
2019 29.79 3813th 5510 30.8%
2022 23.81 4339th 5663 23.4%
2023 13.29 5295th 5650 6.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Santa Barbara Community Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.58 2959th 4830 38.7%
2019 44.55 2647th 4963 46.7%
2022 40.54 2864th 5084 43.7%
2023 32.35 3517th 5098 31.0%
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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.

Santa Barbara Community Academy Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Santa Barbara Community Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2012 18 9 1 263 1 0 4 0 296
2013 9 6 2 261 0 0 4 0 282
2014 5 5 0 275 0 0 3 0 288
2015 10 5 1 282 0 0 2 0 300
2016 10 3 0 280 0 0 1 0 294
2017 8 3 0 294 0 0 1 0 306
2018 7 2 2 258 0 0 1 0 270
2019 3 0 0 205 0 0 1 0 209
2020 6 0 2 232 0 0 1 0 241
2021 5 0 0 237 0 0 4 0 246
2022 0 0 0 218 0 0 2 0 220
2023 3 0 0 193 0 0 1 0 197

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 Santa Barbara Community Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 296 11.0 26.9 n/a
2013 282 11.0 25.6 79.1
2014 288 11.0 26.1 85.8
2015 300 12.0 25.0 83.3
2016 294 12.0 24.5 47.3
2017 306 12.0 25.5 85.9
2018 270 12.0 22.5 78.9
2019 209 10.0 20.9 91.9
2020 241 n/a n/a 81.7
2021 246 12.9 19.0 68.7
2022 220 12.6 17.4 76.8
2023 197 12.3 15.9 80.7

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 Santa Barbara Community Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2012 296 11.0 26.9 n/a
2013 282 11.0 25.6 79.1
2014 288 11.0 26.1 85.8
2015 300 12.0 25.0 83.3
2016 294 12.0 24.5 47.3
2017 306 12.0 25.5 85.9
2018 270 12.0 22.5 78.9
2019 209 10.0 20.9 91.9
2020 241 n/a n/a 81.7
2021 246 12.9 19.0 68.7
2022 220 12.6 17.4 76.8
2023 197 12.3 15.9 80.7

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

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201295.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%100.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%100.0%
201381.0%0.0%0.0%19.0%87.0%90.0%92.0%85.0%92.0%
201494.0%0.0%0.0%6.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%94.0%96.0%
201598.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%98.0%
2016100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2017≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%
2018≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Santa Barbara Community Academy

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,715

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Santa Barbara Community Academy

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 3658th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 4553rd of 5874 Elementary schools
 14.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Barbara Community Academy)57.619.5
 38.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Barbara Unified)4642.4
 3.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Santa Barbara Community Academy)54.614
 40.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Santa Barbara Unified)49.146
 3.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Barbara Community Academy)3920.8
 18.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Barbara Unified)4646.8
 0.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Santa Barbara Community Academy)28.621.4
 7.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Santa Barbara Unified)41.343.4
 2.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Barbara Community Academy)23.745.5
 21.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Barbara Unified)47.449.5
 2.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Santa Barbara Community Academy)13.221.7
 8.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Santa Barbara Unified)34.429.5
 4.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Santa Barbara Community Academy)15.821.7
 6%
   5th Grade Science (Santa Barbara Unified)31.535
 3.5%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Barbara Community Academy)4133.3
 7.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Barbara Unified)49.850.7
 0.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Santa Barbara Community Academy)33.315.2
 18.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Santa Barbara Unified)42.740.2
 2.5%
   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 Students209197
 5.7%
African American00
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic205193
 5.9%
Pacific Islander00
White33
Two or More Races11
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients91.9%80.7%
 11.2%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 197 students attended Santa Barbara Community Academy.

Santa Barbara Community Academy ranks in the bottom 22.5% of California elementary schools.

Students at Santa Barbara Community Academy are 98% Hispanic, 2% White.


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