Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Summary:

Thomas Jefferson Elementary is a public elementary school in Bellflower, California, serving 465 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the Bellflower Unified School District, which is ranked 819 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Thomas Jefferson Elementary has a diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic (64.3%) and African American (16.13%) students compared to nearby schools. The school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 7.3% in 2018-2019 to 28.2% in 2022-2023, which is notably higher than the 20.1% to 46.0% range of nearby schools. Academically, Thomas Jefferson Elementary's proficiency rates in English Language Arts (39.43%) and Mathematics (29.5%) are lower than the Bellflower Unified School District (43.45% and 24.64%) and the state of California (46.66% and 34.62%). However, the school's student subgroups, such as African American, Hispanic, and English Language Learner students, generally perform better than the overall school performance, with some subgroups ranking in the top 30% of California elementary schools.

The significant increase in chronic absenteeism and the academic performance gaps between Thomas Jefferson Elementary and the district/state averages suggest the need for targeted interventions and a closer examination of the school's instructional practices, curriculum, and support systems for students. Comparing the school to nearby schools, such as Esther Lindstrom Elementary and Intensive Learning Center, which demonstrate higher academic performance, could provide valuable insights and opportunities for improvement.


Detail:

Public K-6

 10027 East Rose St.
       Bellflower, CA  90706-6916


(562) 804-6521

District: Bellflower Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
3099th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,884 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  23.7 Help
Number of students:  465

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
64.3%
African American:
16.1%
Asian:
9.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  82.2% Help


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Compare Details Thomas Jefferson Elementary ranks worse than 52.8% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 5th 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 40.43. (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 (64.3%), African American (16.1%), Asian (9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 82.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Thomas Jefferson Elementary is 23.7. 5 elementary schools in the Bellflower Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Thomas Jefferson Elementary is $8,884, which is the 3rd highest among 10 elementary schools in the Bellflower Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Thomas Jefferson Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Thomas Jefferson Elementary 3099th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Thomas Jefferson 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 Thomas Jefferson Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 22.07 3772nd 4809 21.6%
2005 32.65 3124th 4822 35.2%
2006 29.53 3337th 4818 30.7%
2007 36.81 3118th 5113 39.0%
2008 35.37 3245th 5113 36.5%
2009 36.17 3295th 5193 36.5%
2010 36.92 3361st 5314 36.8%
2011 31.78 3859th 5377 28.2%
2012 21.03 4581st 5390 15.0%
2013 30.78 3979th 5530 28.0%
2015 32.06 3540th 5611 36.9%
2016 30.03 3766th 5614 32.9%
2017 35.43 3412th 5692 40.1%
2018 36.27 3391st 5662 40.1%
2019 39.25 3233rd 5789 44.2%
2022 36.59 3330th 5883 43.4%
2023 40.43 3099th 5874 47.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.86 1514th 3246 53.4%
2019 66.79 619th 3275 81.1%
2022 69.87 487th 3311 85.3%
2023 85.32 194th 3250 94.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 39.60 1228th 2420 49.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.28 2282nd 5084 55.1%
2019 50.94 2341st 5173 54.7%
2022 51.16 2209th 5264 58.0%
2023 55.72 2002nd 5374 62.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.78 3295th 5413 39.1%
2019 38.16 3223rd 5492 41.3%
2022 40.72 2957th 5635 47.5%
2023 42.86 2824th 5617 49.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.11 799th 2128 62.5%
2019 53.36 889th 2585 65.6%
2022 30.48 1465th 2227 34.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.20 3329th 5431 38.7%
2019 40.07 3035th 5510 44.9%
2022 33.75 3481st 5663 38.5%
2023 38.28 3172nd 5650 43.9%
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Rank History for African American students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.67 340th 700 51.4%
2019 48.74 331st 747 55.7%
2023 52.02 263rd 662 60.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.68 2422nd 4830 49.9%
2019 56.22 1893rd 4963 61.9%
2022 50.77 2157th 5084 57.6%
2023 58.81 1733rd 5098 66.0%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Thomas Jefferson Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 435 28 39 170 1 n/a n/a 0 673
1989 419 29 41 182 3 n/a n/a 0 674
1990 416 39 47 200 2 n/a n/a 0 704
1991 389 35 47 194 2 n/a n/a 0 667
1992 360 57 33 188 1 n/a n/a 0 639
1993 308 87 50 192 3 n/a n/a 0 640
1994 279 121 63 208 4 n/a n/a 0 675
1995 290 204 68 250 4 n/a n/a 0 816
1996 290 204 68 250 4 n/a n/a 0 816
1997 288 188 79 288 2 n/a n/a 0 845
1998 256 197 91 292 1 n/a n/a 0 837
1999 221 183 86 296 12 n/a n/a 0 798
2000 197 195 87 345 10 n/a n/a 0 834
2001 187 181 82 341 13 n/a n/a 2 806
2002 144 173 85 391 7 n/a n/a 0 800
2003 144 173 85 391 7 n/a n/a 0 800
2004 135 153 82 381 3 n/a n/a 30 784
2005 105 143 67 399 3 n/a n/a 34 751
2006 89 133 70 408 1 n/a n/a 35 736
2007 82 115 60 371 1 n/a n/a 24 653
2008 67 102 69 387 n/a n/a n/a 0 625
2009 66 120 53 422 2 20 31 0 714
2010 54 114 44 432 1 20 28 0 693
2011 57 116 37 473 3 17 22 0 725
2012 53 116 42 456 2 16 15 0 700
2013 45 113 40 442 2 16 17 0 675
2014 40 100 42 430 2 10 15 0 639
2015 40 112 43 418 2 11 21 0 647
2016 40 110 42 387 2 11 15 0 607
2017 42 92 45 360 1 9 7 0 556
2018 37 84 50 371 1 9 5 0 557
2019 23 79 46 349 1 8 9 0 515
2020 20 88 45 333 0 10 18 0 514
2021 19 71 38 304 0 9 22 0 463
2022 18 68 42 295 0 7 17 0 447
2023 28 75 42 299 1 4 16 0 465

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 Thomas Jefferson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 673 25.6 26.2 n/a
1989 674 24.5 27.5 n/a
1990 704 25.5 27.6 n/a
1991 667 24.8 26.8 n/a
1992 639 25.2 25.3 36.5
1993 640 24.3 26.3 42.5
1994 675 25.5 26.5 58.1
1995 816 30.8 26.5 71.4
1996 816 30.8 26.5 71.4
1997 845 36.8 23.0 74.4
1998 837 38.4 21.8 74.3
1999 798 36.4 21.9 75.9
2000 834 39.5 21.1 75.1
2001 806 39.8 20.3 71.4
2002 800 38.0 21.1 76.5
2003 800 38.0 21.1 76.5
2004 784 38.0 20.6 81.6
2005 751 37.0 20.3 79.8
2006 736 35.0 21.0 82
2007 653 31.6 20.7 81.6
2008 625 35.0 17.9 83.4
2009 714 33.0 19.8 81.5
2010 693 33.0 21.0 86.6
2011 725 n/a n/a 89.1
2012 700 24.0 29.1 85.3
2013 675 23.0 29.3 75.3
2014 639 23.0 27.7 86.4
2015 647 26.0 24.8 89.3
2016 607 25.0 24.2 86.7
2017 556 24.0 23.1 87.9
2018 557 23.0 24.2 86.2
2019 515 21.0 24.5 82.5
2020 514 n/a n/a 83.1
2021 463 19.2 24.0 82.9
2022 447 18.0 24.8 77.4
2023 465 19.5 23.7 82.2

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 Thomas Jefferson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 673 25.6 26.2 n/a
1989 674 24.5 27.5 n/a
1990 704 25.5 27.6 n/a
1991 667 24.8 26.8 n/a
1992 639 25.2 25.3 36.5
1993 640 24.3 26.3 42.5
1994 675 25.5 26.5 58.1
1995 816 30.8 26.5 71.4
1996 816 30.8 26.5 71.4
1997 845 36.8 23.0 74.4
1998 837 38.4 21.8 74.3
1999 798 36.4 21.9 75.9
2000 834 39.5 21.1 75.1
2001 806 39.8 20.3 71.4
2002 800 38.0 21.1 76.5
2003 800 38.0 21.1 76.5
2004 784 38.0 20.6 81.6
2005 751 37.0 20.3 79.8
2006 736 35.0 21.0 82
2007 653 31.6 20.7 81.6
2008 625 35.0 17.9 83.4
2009 714 33.0 19.8 81.5
2010 693 33.0 21.0 86.6
2011 725 n/a n/a 89.1
2012 700 24.0 29.1 85.3
2013 675 23.0 29.3 75.3
2014 639 23.0 27.7 86.4
2015 647 26.0 24.8 89.3
2016 607 25.0 24.2 86.7
2017 556 24.0 23.1 87.9
2018 557 23.0 24.2 86.2
2019 515 21.0 24.5 82.5
2020 514 n/a n/a 83.1
2021 463 19.2 24.0 82.9
2022 447 18.0 24.8 77.4
2023 465 19.5 23.7 82.2

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

Thomas Jefferson Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201295.0%2.0%0.0%3.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%96.0%97.0%
201396.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%98.0%99.0%
201495.0%1.0%0.0%4.0%98.0%98.0%99.0%96.0%98.0%
201594.0%1.0%0.0%4.0%97.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%
201696.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%96.0%100.0%100.0%96.0%96.0%
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%0.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%97.0%
201997.0%0.0%0.0%97.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%97.0%
202196.0%0.0%4.0%96.0%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,884

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Thomas Jefferson 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 3233rd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 3099th of 5874 Elementary schools
 3.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)51.623.6
 28%
   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 (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)37.520.8
 16.7%
   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 (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)33.947.1
 13.3%
   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 (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)16.937.1
 20.2%
   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 (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)52.740.9
 11.8%
   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 (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)40.433.9
 6.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Bellflower Unified)31.426.7
 4.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)25.523.1
 2.5%
   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 (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)45.646.5
 0.9%
   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 (Thomas Jefferson Elementary)20.326.8
 6.5%
   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 Students515465
 9.7%
African American7975
 5.1%
American Indian11
Asian4642
 8.7%
Hispanic349299
 14.3%
Pacific Islander84
 50%
White2328
 21.7%
Two or More Races916
 77.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients82.5%82.2%
 0.4%


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Thomas Jefferson Elementary ranks 3099th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary are 64% Hispanic, 16% African American, 9% Asian, 6% White, 3% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 465 students attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary.


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