Stephen Foster Elementary

Summary:

Stephen Foster Elementary is a public elementary school in Lakewood, California, serving students from kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the Bellflower Unified School District. The school has a diverse student population and consistently outperforms the district and state in academic assessments, earning a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Stephen Foster Elementary's academic performance is a standout, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, and Science that significantly exceed the district and state averages. The school's Hispanic and White students, as well as its English Language Learners, Special Education, and Low Socioeconomic Status students, all perform well compared to their peers in the district and state. While the school has seen an increase in chronic absenteeism, its rates are still lower than some nearby schools, such as Craig Williams Elementary and Captain Raymond Collins.

When compared to other schools in the Bellflower Unified School District, as well as those in the Long Beach Unified and Paramount Unified districts, Stephen Foster Elementary stands out as a high-performing school with strong academic achievement and subgroup performance. While it faces some challenges with chronic absenteeism, the school's overall performance suggests effective educational practices and a commitment to supporting the diverse needs of its student population.


Detail:

Public K-6

 5223 East Bigelow St.
       Lakewood, CA  90712-2023


(562) 804-6518

District: Bellflower Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1437th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,112 Help


Students who attend Stephen Foster Elementary usually attend:

High:    Mayfair High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.0 Help
Number of students:  535

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
56.6%
White:
15.3%
Asian:
11.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  60.4% Help


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Compare Details Stephen Foster Elementary ranks better than 75.5% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks first among 10 ranked elementary schools in the Bellflower Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 73.69. (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 (56.6%), White (15.3%), Asian (11.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 60.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Bellflower Unified School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Stephen Foster Elementary is 23, which is the 4th best among 10 elementary schools in the Bellflower Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Stephen Foster Elementary is $8,112. 8 elementary schools in the Bellflower Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Stephen Foster Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Stephen Foster Elementary 1437th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Stephen Foster Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Bellflower Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Bellflower Unified 822nd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Stephen Foster Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 66.93 1406th 4809 70.8%
2005 65.64 1523rd 4822 68.4%
2006 66.14 1500th 4818 68.9%
2007 68.99 1413th 5113 72.4%
2008 72.69 1292nd 5113 74.7%
2009 73.18 1297th 5193 75.0%
2010 69.20 1500th 5314 71.8%
2011 75.35 1243rd 5377 76.9%
2012 73.59 1355th 5390 74.9%
2013 75.20 1312th 5530 76.3%
2015 74.82 1320th 5611 76.5%
2016 73.99 1349th 5614 76.0%
2017 67.29 1686th 5692 70.4%
2018 70.36 1558th 5662 72.5%
2019 67.51 1719th 5789 70.3%
2022 71.50 1552nd 5883 73.6%
2023 73.69 1437th 5874 75.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 51.08 1135th 3250 65.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 57.85 709th 2420 70.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.00 984th 5084 80.6%
2019 62.80 1577th 5173 69.5%
2022 76.56 892nd 5264 83.1%
2023 74.17 1027th 5374 80.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.20 1583rd 5413 70.8%
2019 61.14 1920th 5492 65.0%
2022 61.93 1859th 5635 67.0%
2023 72.83 1382nd 5617 75.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.77 857th 2128 59.7%
2019 50.02 981st 2585 62.1%
2022 63.03 534th 2227 76.0%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 67.50 39th 140 72.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.38 1471st 5431 72.9%
2019 70.53 1498th 5510 72.8%
2022 76.97 1248th 5663 78.0%
2023 71.91 1415th 5650 75.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.29 763rd 4830 84.2%
2019 71.50 1092nd 4963 78.0%
2022 79.76 745th 5084 85.3%
2023 83.62 594th 5098 88.3%
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Rank History for White students at Stephen Foster Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.72 1468th 2737 46.4%
2019 43.47 1747th 2834 38.4%
2022 60.63 1138th 2726 58.3%
2023 45.68 1549th 2662 41.8%
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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 Stephen Foster Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 488 16 30 79 0 n/a n/a 0 613
1989 510 17 29 84 0 n/a n/a 0 640
1990 464 17 48 91 0 n/a n/a 0 620
1991 552 28 62 99 1 n/a n/a 0 742
1992 551 35 58 98 2 n/a n/a 0 744
1993 552 39 64 106 1 n/a n/a 0 762
1994 543 56 70 112 2 n/a n/a 0 783
1995 619 58 70 144 2 n/a n/a 0 893
1996 619 58 70 144 2 n/a n/a 0 893
1997 604 59 70 146 1 n/a n/a 0 880
1998 598 57 68 163 3 n/a n/a 0 889
1999 452 60 55 132 8 n/a n/a 0 707
2000 461 69 60 142 4 n/a n/a 0 736
2001 417 66 60 157 3 n/a n/a 1 704
2002 344 55 66 200 3 n/a n/a 9 677
2003 344 55 66 200 3 n/a n/a 9 677
2004 345 58 62 178 2 n/a n/a 52 697
2005 318 59 63 189 1 n/a n/a 82 712
2006 275 65 73 215 4 n/a n/a 97 729
2007 258 80 77 249 0 n/a n/a 84 748
2008 258 56 65 244 1 n/a n/a 0 624
2009 224 64 57 222 0 6 119 0 692
2010 214 64 75 281 0 5 39 0 678
2011 198 73 71 298 0 6 31 0 677
2012 202 68 65 306 0 7 41 0 689
2013 203 73 73 316 1 8 40 0 714
2014 198 67 74 333 1 6 44 0 723
2015 208 69 77 332 1 8 40 0 735
2016 193 63 90 329 3 7 33 0 718
2017 176 62 92 353 3 4 30 0 720
2018 164 63 87 366 4 6 31 0 721
2019 132 64 90 366 4 7 25 0 688
2020 121 54 82 367 3 10 26 0 663
2021 99 44 74 312 3 12 35 0 579
2022 80 43 71 307 2 9 40 0 552
2023 82 30 61 303 1 9 49 0 535

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 Stephen Foster Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 613 24.9 24.6 n/a
1989 640 24.0 26.6 n/a
1990 620 24.0 25.8 n/a
1991 742 28.0 26.5 n/a
1992 744 28.5 26.1 14.5
1993 762 27.8 27.4 16.1
1994 783 28.8 27.2 19.2
1995 893 31.8 28.1 21.5
1996 893 31.8 28.1 21.5
1997 880 38.0 23.2 25.1
1998 889 39.1 22.7 22.5
1999 707 31.0 22.8 25.9
2000 736 34.1 21.6 24
2001 704 33.0 21.3 28.3
2002 677 34.0 19.9 25.1
2003 677 34.0 19.9 25.1
2004 697 35.0 19.9 22.3
2005 712 34.0 20.9 27.1
2006 729 36.0 20.3 31.8
2007 748 36.0 20.8 30.7
2008 624 41.6 15.0 30.4
2009 692 34.4 18.0 32.1
2010 678 34.0 19.9 38.3
2011 677 n/a n/a 39.6
2012 689 26.0 26.5 41.4
2013 714 27.0 26.4 36.6
2014 723 24.4 29.6 44.7
2015 735 29.0 25.3 47.8
2016 718 28.0 25.6 43.2
2017 720 27.0 26.6 43.1
2018 721 29.0 24.8 45.1
2019 688 29.0 23.7 46.1
2020 663 n/a n/a 46.8
2021 579 25.2 22.9 53.5
2022 552 24.7 22.2 56.9
2023 535 23.2 23.0 60.4

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 Stephen Foster Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 613 24.9 24.6 n/a
1989 640 24.0 26.6 n/a
1990 620 24.0 25.8 n/a
1991 742 28.0 26.5 n/a
1992 744 28.5 26.1 14.5
1993 762 27.8 27.4 16.1
1994 783 28.8 27.2 19.2
1995 893 31.8 28.1 21.5
1996 893 31.8 28.1 21.5
1997 880 38.0 23.2 25.1
1998 889 39.1 22.7 22.5
1999 707 31.0 22.8 25.9
2000 736 34.1 21.6 24
2001 704 33.0 21.3 28.3
2002 677 34.0 19.9 25.1
2003 677 34.0 19.9 25.1
2004 697 35.0 19.9 22.3
2005 712 34.0 20.9 27.1
2006 729 36.0 20.3 31.8
2007 748 36.0 20.8 30.7
2008 624 41.6 15.0 30.4
2009 692 34.4 18.0 32.1
2010 678 34.0 19.9 38.3
2011 677 n/a n/a 39.6
2012 689 26.0 26.5 41.4
2013 714 27.0 26.4 36.6
2014 723 24.4 29.6 44.7
2015 735 29.0 25.3 47.8
2016 718 28.0 25.6 43.2
2017 720 27.0 26.6 43.1
2018 721 29.0 24.8 45.1
2019 688 29.0 23.7 46.1
2020 663 n/a n/a 46.8
2021 579 25.2 22.9 53.5
2022 552 24.7 22.2 56.9
2023 535 23.2 23.0 60.4

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

Stephen Foster Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201290.0%0.0%2.0%8.0%94.0%95.0%93.0%92.0%94.0%
201395.0%4.0%2.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201498.0%1.0%1.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201592.0%1.0%0.0%7.0%92.0%99.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
201694.0%2.0%0.0%4.0%98.0%97.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201897.0%0.0%2.0%2.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%
201996.0%1.0%3.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%
202097.4%0.0%2.6%97.4%
202290.0%2.0%6.0%96.0%94.0%94.0%94.0%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,112

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Stephen Foster Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1719th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1437th of 5874 Elementary schools
 5.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Stephen Foster Elementary)70.459.7
 10.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Bellflower Unified)49.936.3
 13.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Stephen Foster Elementary)65.754.2
 11.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Bellflower Unified)50.236.7
 13.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Stephen Foster Elementary)56.554.6
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Bellflower Unified)42.838.3
 4.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Stephen Foster Elementary)40.645.5
 4.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Bellflower Unified)30.630.5
 0.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Stephen Foster Elementary)67.357.3
 10%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Bellflower Unified)49.940.2
 9.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Stephen Foster Elementary)38.542.7
 4.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Bellflower Unified)31.426.7
 4.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Stephen Foster Elementary)39.140.9
 1.9%
   5th Grade Science (Bellflower Unified)25.524.3
 1.2%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Stephen Foster Elementary)6171.2
 10.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Bellflower Unified)4940.7
 8.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Stephen Foster Elementary)3453
 19%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Bellflower Unified)32.126.1
 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 Students688535
 22.2%
African American6430
 53.1%
American Indian41
 75%
Asian9061
 32.2%
Hispanic366303
 17.2%
Pacific Islander79
 28.6%
White13282
 37.9%
Two or More Races2549
 96%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients46.1%60.4%
 14.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Stephen Foster Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 535 students attended Stephen Foster Elementary.

Students who attend Stephen Foster Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : Mayfair High

Students at Stephen Foster Elementary are 57% Hispanic, 15% White, 11% Asian, 9% Two or more races, 6% African American, 2% Pacific Islander.

Stephen Foster Elementary ranks 1437th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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