John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Summary:

John E. Steinbeck Elementary is a public elementary school in Salinas, California, serving students from kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the Alisal Union School District. The school stands out for its unique demographic profile, with a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students compared to the state average and nearby schools.

Academically, John E. Steinbeck Elementary performs better than the Alisal Union District average but lags behind the state average in both English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics proficiency. When compared to other schools in the area, the school generally outperforms its Alisal Union peers but falls short of some higher-performing schools in the nearby Salinas City Elementary District, such as Creekside Elementary and New Republic Elementary. The school's performance also varies significantly among different student subgroups, with its Hispanic and English Language Learner students performing below the state average.

A concerning trend at John E. Steinbeck Elementary is the significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 6.8% in 2020-2021 to 29.1% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the state average. Additionally, the school has a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population, which may be contributing to the school's lower academic performance compared to the state average.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1714 Burlington Dr.
       Salinas, CA  93906-4411


(831) 753-5780

District: Alisal Union

SchoolDigger Rank:
4106th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $4,399 Help


Students who attend John E. Steinbeck Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Harden Middle
High:    Everett Alvarez High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.2 Help
Number of students:  511

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
87.7%
Two or more races:
5.3%
Asian:
2.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  78.7% Help


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Compare Details John E. Steinbeck Elementary ranks worse than 70% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 5th among 12 ranked elementary schools in the Alisal Union School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 27.63. (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 John E. Steinbeck Elementary has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Alisal Union School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (87.7%), two or more races (5.3%), Asian (2.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 78.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at John E. Steinbeck Elementary is 22.2, which is the 3rd best among 12 elementary schools in the Alisal Union School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at John E. Steinbeck Elementary is $4,399, which is the 3rd highest among 12 elementary schools in the Alisal Union School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

John E. Steinbeck Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks John E. Steinbeck Elementary 4106th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See John E. Steinbeck Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Alisal Union:

SchoolDigger ranks Alisal Union 1322nd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for John E. Steinbeck Elementary

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Rank History for all students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 58.99 1761st 4809 63.4%
2005 59.36 1777th 4822 63.1%
2006 49.56 2215th 4818 54.0%
2007 55.49 2041st 5113 60.1%
2008 53.70 2182nd 5113 57.3%
2009 49.54 2519th 5193 51.5%
2010 52.12 2443rd 5314 54.0%
2011 43.29 3004th 5377 44.1%
2012 57.12 2201st 5390 59.2%
2013 54.77 2413th 5530 56.4%
2015 42.38 2890th 5611 48.5%
2016 39.16 3129th 5614 44.3%
2017 32.69 3630th 5692 36.2%
2018 43.08 2952nd 5662 47.9%
2019 49.19 2643rd 5789 54.3%
2022 30.00 3865th 5883 34.3%
2023 27.63 4094th 5848 30.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.57 510th 3246 84.3%
2019 67.39 602nd 3275 81.6%
2022 29.26 2665th 3311 19.5%
2023 35.09 2146th 3240 33.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 33.75 1481st 2416 38.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.09 1623rd 5084 68.1%
2019 59.12 1825th 5173 64.7%
2022 32.78 3598th 5264 31.6%
2023 34.30 3533rd 5355 34.0%
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Rank History for Female students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.41 2694th 5413 50.2%
2019 55.05 2226th 5492 59.5%
2022 35.12 3318th 5635 41.1%
2023 28.07 3944th 5595 29.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.16 1213th 2128 43.0%
2019 42.06 1227th 2585 52.5%
2022 36.05 1234th 2227 44.6%
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Rank History for Male students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.35 3088th 5431 43.1%
2019 43.83 2783rd 5510 49.5%
2022 27.43 4009th 5663 29.2%
2023 28.25 3929th 5627 30.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.47 2078th 4830 57.0%
2019 61.20 1619th 4963 67.4%
2022 38.88 2984th 5084 41.3%
2023 35.16 3292nd 5079 35.2%
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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 John E. Steinbeck Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1991 85 3 22 151 0 n/a n/a 0 261
1992 101 2 39 220 1 n/a n/a 0 363
1993 123 5 46 320 6 n/a n/a 0 500
1994 141 7 46 338 1 n/a n/a 0 533
1995 171 12 72 334 5 n/a n/a 0 594
1996 171 12 72 334 5 n/a n/a 0 594
1997 182 12 71 230 2 n/a n/a 0 497
1998 213 14 75 247 0 n/a n/a 0 549
1999 203 15 64 261 1 n/a n/a 0 544
2000 218 14 65 252 3 n/a n/a 0 552
2001 197 21 80 250 0 n/a n/a 4 552
2002 172 35 71 270 1 n/a n/a 0 549
2003 172 35 71 270 1 n/a n/a 0 549
2004 156 35 76 333 0 n/a n/a 0 600
2005 135 40 78 352 0 n/a n/a 8 613
2006 114 31 77 391 0 n/a n/a 20 633
2007 86 30 70 413 1 n/a n/a 40 640
2008 94 33 81 451 1 n/a n/a 0 660
2009 77 23 61 470 1 2 0 0 634
2010 73 19 58 450 1 3 0 0 604
2011 69 16 50 478 3 2 4 0 622
2012 67 16 48 535 4 3 6 0 679
2013 53 18 45 524 2 0 9 0 651
2014 48 15 45 541 1 5 15 0 670
2015 55 12 36 531 1 8 19 0 662
2016 42 13 28 529 1 9 41 0 663
2017 34 10 21 541 1 8 64 0 679
2018 24 9 20 515 1 7 63 0 639
2019 25 10 18 478 1 8 56 0 596
2020 13 8 19 478 2 7 52 0 579
2021 13 7 18 469 2 5 51 0 565
2022 14 10 21 466 3 3 36 0 553
2023 11 5 15 448 3 2 27 0 511

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 John E. Steinbeck Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 261 11.0 23.7 n/a
1992 363 11.2 32.4 80.4
1993 500 19.0 26.3 79
1994 533 20.6 25.9 88.9
1995 594 22.0 27.0 94.9
1996 594 22.0 27.0 94.9
1997 497 21.0 23.7 95
1998 549 22.5 24.4 94.9
1999 544 24.5 22.2 89.2
2000 552 25.0 22.1 89.1
2001 552 25.0 22.1 88.7
2002 549 23.5 23.4 88
2003 549 23.5 23.4 88
2004 600 26.0 23.1 88.2
2005 613 24.0 25.5 89.1
2006 633 26.5 23.9 87.9
2007 640 29.6 21.6 89.8
2008 660 31.5 21.0 97
2009 634 27.0 21.1 0
2010 604 23.5 25.7 78.8
2011 622 n/a n/a 99.5
2012 679 24.0 28.2 n/a
2013 651 23.0 28.3 86.5
2014 670 24.0 27.9 44.9
2015 662 24.0 27.5 58.8
2016 663 25.0 26.5 58.5
2017 679 27.0 25.1 49.5
2018 639 26.0 24.5 56.3
2019 596 26.0 22.9 59.7
2020 579 n/a n/a 63.7
2021 565 24.0 23.5 72.4
2022 553 24.5 22.5 75.4
2023 511 23.0 22.2 78.7

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 John E. Steinbeck Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 261 11.0 23.7 n/a
1992 363 11.2 32.4 80.4
1993 500 19.0 26.3 79
1994 533 20.6 25.9 88.9
1995 594 22.0 27.0 94.9
1996 594 22.0 27.0 94.9
1997 497 21.0 23.7 95
1998 549 22.5 24.4 94.9
1999 544 24.5 22.2 89.2
2000 552 25.0 22.1 89.1
2001 552 25.0 22.1 88.7
2002 549 23.5 23.4 88
2003 549 23.5 23.4 88
2004 600 26.0 23.1 88.2
2005 613 24.0 25.5 89.1
2006 633 26.5 23.9 87.9
2007 640 29.6 21.6 89.8
2008 660 31.5 21.0 97
2009 634 27.0 21.1 0
2010 604 23.5 25.7 78.8
2011 622 n/a n/a 99.5
2012 679 24.0 28.2 n/a
2013 651 23.0 28.3 86.5
2014 670 24.0 27.9 44.9
2015 662 24.0 27.5 58.8
2016 663 25.0 26.5 58.5
2017 679 27.0 25.1 49.5
2018 639 26.0 24.5 56.3
2019 596 26.0 22.9 59.7
2020 579 n/a n/a 63.7
2021 565 24.0 23.5 72.4
2022 553 24.5 22.5 75.4
2023 511 23.0 22.2 78.7

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

John E. Steinbeck Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201299.0%1.0%0.0%0.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201397.0%3.0%0.0%0.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
201469.0%0.0%0.0%31.0%75.0%99.0%100.0%72.0%77.0%
201593.0%0.0%0.0%7.0%93.0%99.0%99.0%95.0%95.0%
201699.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%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%
201897.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%
201997.0%0.0%3.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202096.6%0.0%3.5%96.6%
202296.3%0.0%3.7%96.3%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for John E. Steinbeck Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $4,399

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

Impact of COVID-19 on John E. Steinbeck 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 2643rd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 4094th of 5848 Elementary schools
 24.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)36.640
 3.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal Union)30.722.7
 8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)40.941.8
 0.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Alisal Union)40.426.7
 13.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)54.630.1
 24.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal Union)36.622
 14.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)46.422.2
 24.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Alisal Union)28.914.6
 14.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)47.127.5
 19.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal Union)37.629.7
 7.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)37.314.8
 22.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Alisal Union)22.914.6
 8.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)24.513.8
 10.8%
   5th Grade Science (Alisal Union)13.214.2
 1%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)53.331
 22.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Alisal Union)40.835.3
 5.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (John E. Steinbeck Elementary)42.213.8
 28.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Alisal Union)22.219
 3.2%
   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 Students596511
 14.3%
African American105
 50%
American Indian13
 200%
Asian1815
 16.7%
Hispanic478448
 6.3%
Pacific Islander82
 75%
White2511
 56%
Two or More Races5627
 51.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients59.7%78.7%
 18.9%


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Students who attend John E. Steinbeck Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Harden Middle
High : Everett Alvarez High

Students at John E. Steinbeck Elementary are 88% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 3% Asian, 2% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 511 students attended John E. Steinbeck Elementary.

John E. Steinbeck Elementary ranks 4106th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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