Willow Elementary

Summary:

Willow Elementary is a public elementary school in Lakewood, California, serving 388 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the ABC Unified School District, which is ranked 378 out of 1,560 districts in the state.

Willow Elementary faces several challenges, including a high chronic absenteeism rate of 31.3%, which is significantly higher than the district averages at Elliott (William F) Elementary (19.2%) and Hawaiian Elementary (21.6%). Academically, Willow Elementary's performance on standardized tests is generally lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas, with proficiency rates ranging from 26.67% to 50% in English Language Arts and 10% to 39.58% in Mathematics.

Willow Elementary also has a high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 77.32% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, which is notably higher than the nearby Bragg Elementary (47.86%) and Elliott (William F) Elementary (57.88%). Additionally, the school's statewide ranking has steadily declined over the years, from 2,625 out of 5,789 California elementary schools in 2018-2019 to 3,809 out of 5,848 in 2022-2023, corresponding with a decrease in its SchoolDigger star rating from 3 to 2 stars.


Detail:

Public K-6

 11733 East 205th St.
       Lakewood, CA  90715-1324


(562) 229-7910

District: ABC Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
3825th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,159 Help


Students who attend Willow Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Haskell (Pliny Fisk) Middle
High:    Artesia High

Student/teacher ratio:  21.5 Help
Number of students:  388

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
73.2%
Asian:
10.8%
African American:
6.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  77.3% Help


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Compare Details Willow Elementary ranks worse than 65.1% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 17th among 19 ranked elementary schools in the ABC Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 30.7. (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 Racial makeup is: Hispanic (73.2%), Asian (10.8%), African American (6.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 77.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Willow Elementary is 21.5, which is the 5th best among 19 elementary schools in the ABC Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Willow Elementary is $6,159, which is the 8th highest among 19 elementary schools in the ABC Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Willow Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Willow Elementary 3825th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Willow Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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ABC Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks ABC Unified 380th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Willow Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Willow Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 33.26 3047th 4809 36.6%
2005 31.64 3183rd 4822 34.0%
2006 29.74 3317th 4818 31.2%
2007 24.10 3998th 5113 21.8%
2008 27.60 3777th 5113 26.1%
2009 25.93 3986th 5193 23.2%
2010 26.10 4140th 5314 22.1%
2011 41.19 3159th 5377 41.2%
2012 35.53 3565th 5390 33.9%
2013 37.02 3524th 5530 36.3%
2015 23.83 4254th 5611 24.2%
2016 27.56 3967th 5614 29.3%
2017 40.64 3061st 5692 46.2%
2018 46.93 2726th 5662 51.9%
2019 49.51 2625th 5789 54.7%
2022 35.98 3373rd 5883 42.7%
2023 30.70 3825th 5874 34.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Willow Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.39 370th 3246 88.6%
2019 84.03 261st 3275 92.0%
2022 42.01 1673rd 3311 49.5%
2023 46.05 1413th 3250 56.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Willow Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 36.39 1366th 2420 43.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Willow Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.33 2088th 5084 58.9%
2019 64.46 1485th 5173 71.3%
2022 47.19 2455th 5264 53.4%
2023 36.26 3376th 5374 37.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Willow Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.66 2621st 5413 51.6%
2019 56.08 2172nd 5492 60.5%
2022 41.74 2896th 5635 48.6%
2023 36.04 3294th 5617 41.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Willow Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.79 607th 2128 71.5%
2019 55.12 842nd 2585 67.4%
2022 24.34 1771st 2227 20.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Willow Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.97 2676th 5431 50.7%
2019 42.88 2845th 5510 48.4%
2022 29.48 3828th 5663 32.4%
2023 25.82 4167th 5650 26.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Willow Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.35 2010th 4830 58.4%
2019 56.73 1866th 4963 62.4%
2022 40.83 2841st 5084 44.1%
2023 33.97 3396th 5098 33.4%
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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 Willow Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 258 22 82 307 2 n/a n/a 0 671
1989 242 19 110 290 2 n/a n/a 0 663
1990 222 27 120 283 0 n/a n/a 0 652
1991 213 36 123 295 0 n/a n/a 0 667
1992 188 42 135 305 0 n/a n/a 0 670
1993 174 50 155 309 14 n/a n/a 0 702
1994 153 61 159 300 1 n/a n/a 0 674
1995 94 83 158 385 5 n/a n/a 0 725
1996 94 83 158 385 5 n/a n/a 0 725
1997 93 112 135 426 3 n/a n/a 0 769
1998 80 105 116 423 5 n/a n/a 0 729
1999 75 96 125 431 3 n/a n/a 0 730
2000 77 94 127 447 6 n/a n/a 0 751
2001 66 85 111 477 5 n/a n/a 0 744
2002 64 76 110 476 2 n/a n/a 0 728
2003 64 76 110 476 2 n/a n/a 0 728
2004 53 68 108 446 0 n/a n/a 12 687
2005 41 66 140 425 0 n/a n/a 18 690
2006 44 60 123 391 1 n/a n/a 16 635
2007 32 63 99 362 1 n/a n/a 18 575
2008 29 65 96 343 1 n/a n/a 0 534
2009 24 64 82 331 2 7 17 0 527
2010 29 62 83 329 3 7 6 0 519
2011 24 48 80 311 0 10 9 0 482
2012 22 47 67 320 2 15 8 0 481
2013 22 48 72 358 2 10 8 0 520
2014 13 52 58 352 0 14 5 0 494
2015 12 43 54 357 0 17 5 0 488
2016 8 36 57 343 0 9 8 0 461
2017 4 33 49 336 0 5 6 0 433
2018 5 33 45 348 0 7 7 0 445
2019 5 32 53 330 0 5 9 0 434
2020 12 28 55 309 0 6 17 0 427
2021 10 28 55 286 0 6 20 0 405
2022 9 21 44 268 0 3 18 0 363
2023 11 26 42 284 0 6 19 0 388

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 Willow Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 671 25.0 26.8 n/a
1989 663 23.0 28.8 n/a
1990 652 25.0 26.0 n/a
1991 667 25.0 26.6 n/a
1992 670 25.4 26.3 57.6
1993 702 25.5 27.5 61
1994 674 23.5 28.7 70
1995 725 26.4 27.5 76.3
1996 725 26.4 27.5 76.3
1997 769 35.5 21.7 86.3
1998 729 38.0 19.2 80.9
1999 730 39.0 18.7 73.6
2000 751 37.0 20.3 76.3
2001 744 39.0 19.1 81
2002 728 35.0 20.8 76.5
2003 728 35.0 20.8 76.5
2004 687 34.0 20.2 79
2005 690 34.0 20.3 89.6
2006 635 32.8 19.4 91.6
2007 575 29.0 19.8 84.7
2008 534 28.0 19.1 84.8
2009 527 26.0 19.5 83.9
2010 519 24.0 21.6 85.9
2011 482 n/a n/a 88.2
2012 481 20.8 23.1 n/a
2013 520 22.0 23.6 88.1
2014 494 20.0 24.7 89.3
2015 488 19.0 25.6 89.3
2016 461 18.0 25.6 88.7
2017 433 17.0 25.4 87.8
2018 445 17.0 26.1 87.2
2019 434 17.0 25.5 89.4
2020 427 n/a n/a 85.9
2021 405 16.8 24.1 79
2022 363 17.0 21.3 74.7
2023 388 18.0 21.5 77.3

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 Willow Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 671 25.0 26.8 n/a
1989 663 23.0 28.8 n/a
1990 652 25.0 26.0 n/a
1991 667 25.0 26.6 n/a
1992 670 25.4 26.3 57.6
1993 702 25.5 27.5 61
1994 674 23.5 28.7 70
1995 725 26.4 27.5 76.3
1996 725 26.4 27.5 76.3
1997 769 35.5 21.7 86.3
1998 729 38.0 19.2 80.9
1999 730 39.0 18.7 73.6
2000 751 37.0 20.3 76.3
2001 744 39.0 19.1 81
2002 728 35.0 20.8 76.5
2003 728 35.0 20.8 76.5
2004 687 34.0 20.2 79
2005 690 34.0 20.3 89.6
2006 635 32.8 19.4 91.6
2007 575 29.0 19.8 84.7
2008 534 28.0 19.1 84.8
2009 527 26.0 19.5 83.9
2010 519 24.0 21.6 85.9
2011 482 n/a n/a 88.2
2012 481 20.8 23.1 n/a
2013 520 22.0 23.6 88.1
2014 494 20.0 24.7 89.3
2015 488 19.0 25.6 89.3
2016 461 18.0 25.6 88.7
2017 433 17.0 25.4 87.8
2018 445 17.0 26.1 87.2
2019 434 17.0 25.5 89.4
2020 427 n/a n/a 85.9
2021 405 16.8 24.1 79
2022 363 17.0 21.3 74.7
2023 388 18.0 21.5 77.3

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

Willow Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%98.0%98.0%100.0%98.0%97.0%
201397.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%100.0%
201497.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%98.0%100.0%100.0%98.0%98.0%
201599.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201699.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201997.0%0.0%3.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,159

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Willow Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2625th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 3825th of 5874 Elementary schools
 19.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Willow Elementary)59.326.7
 32.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ABC Unified)62.357
 5.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Willow Elementary)6128.9
 32.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (ABC Unified)6462.2
 1.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Willow Elementary)53.550
 3.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ABC Unified)63.261.2
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Willow Elementary)44.139.6
 4.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (ABC Unified)54.559
 4.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Willow Elementary)54.630
 24.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ABC Unified)65.364.5
 0.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Willow Elementary)21.410
 11.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (ABC Unified)4749.9
 2.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Willow Elementary)23.28.3
 14.9%
   5th Grade Science (ABC Unified)43.748.5
 4.8%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Willow Elementary)50.744.6
 6.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (ABC Unified)67.362.7
 4.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Willow Elementary)18.812.5
 6.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (ABC Unified)55.148.5
 6.6%
   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 Students434388
 10.6%
African American3226
 18.8%
American Indian00
Asian5342
 20.8%
Hispanic330284
 13.9%
Pacific Islander56
 20%
White511
 120%
Two or More Races919
 111.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients89.4%77.3%
 12.1%


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Willow Elementary ranks 3825th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 388 students attended Willow Elementary.

Students who attend Willow Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Haskell (Pliny Fisk) Middle
High : Artesia High

Students at Willow Elementary are 73% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% African American, 5% Two or more races, 3% White, 2% Pacific Islander.


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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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