Washington Elementary

Summary:

Washington Elementary is a public elementary school in Bellflower, California, serving 657 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 the state and has a 2-star rating.

Washington Elementary stands out for several key reasons. It has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (78.69%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 71.07% to 90.61% Hispanic. The school also struggles with high chronic absenteeism, ranging from 36.6% to 41.4% in recent years, much higher than the 25.2% to 45.0% range of surrounding schools. Academically, Washington Elementary consistently performs below the district and state averages in English Language Arts and Mathematics, with only 21.45% and 15.26% of students, respectively, meeting proficiency standards in the 2022-2023 school year. This is particularly concerning for Hispanic students, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities, who perform in the bottom 10% of California elementary schools.

Compared to nearby schools like Ernie Pyle Elementary, Albert Baxter Elementary, and Ramona Elementary, Washington Elementary lags behind in various metrics. This suggests opportunities for the school to learn from the practices and strategies of higher-performing institutions. Additionally, the high percentage of students (84.78%) qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch indicates significant economic disadvantage, which likely contributes to the school's challenges. By addressing these issues and collaborating with the district and neighboring schools, Washington Elementary may be able to improve outcomes for its students and provide a more equitable and high-quality educational experience.


Detail:

Public K-6

 9725 E. Jefferson St.
       Bellflower, CA  90706-3615


(562) 804-6535

District: Bellflower Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5196th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,102 Help


Students who attend Washington Elementary usually attend:

High:    Bellflower High

Student/teacher ratio:  21.1 Help
Number of students:  657

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
78.7%
African American:
9.9%
Asian:
5.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  84.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Washington Elementary ranks worse than 88.5% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks last 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 16.42. (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 Washington Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Bellflower Unified School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (78.7%), African American (9.9%), Asian (5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 84.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Washington Elementary is 21.1, which is the 2nd 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 Washington Elementary is $8,102, which is the lowest among 10 elementary schools in the Bellflower Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Washington Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Washington Elementary 5196th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Washington Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Bellflower Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Bellflower Unified 819th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Washington Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 22.48 3743rd 4809 22.2%
2005 26.80 3495th 4822 27.5%
2006 28.03 3446th 4818 28.5%
2007 37.75 3058th 5113 40.2%
2008 40.43 2919th 5113 42.9%
2009 42.70 2895th 5193 44.3%
2010 35.66 3453rd 5314 35.0%
2011 32.76 3783rd 5377 29.6%
2012 39.02 3326th 5390 38.3%
2013 36.75 3545th 5530 35.9%
2015 29.77 3719th 5611 33.7%
2016 17.82 4814th 5614 14.3%
2017 17.53 4900th 5692 13.9%
2018 19.91 4688th 5662 17.2%
2019 21.19 4690th 5789 19.0%
2022 19.02 4949th 5883 15.9%
2023 16.42 5177th 5848 11.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.38 1916th 3246 41.0%
2019 47.37 1381st 3275 57.8%
2022 49.97 1203rd 3311 63.7%
2023 47.08 1340th 3240 58.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 35.51 1407th 2416 41.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.62 3943rd 5084 22.4%
2019 27.19 4087th 5173 21.0%
2022 23.61 4366th 5264 17.1%
2023 19.41 4735th 5355 11.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.93 4547th 5413 16.0%
2019 27.15 4066th 5492 26.0%
2022 19.42 4770th 5635 15.4%
2023 14.91 5130th 5595 8.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.15 1574th 2128 26.0%
2019 26.08 2005th 2585 22.4%
2022 18.38 2149th 2227 3.5%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 11.44 121st 130 6.9%
2023 11.15 127th 140 9.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.07 4469th 5431 17.7%
2019 17.81 4832nd 5510 12.3%
2022 19.73 4743rd 5663 16.2%
2023 19.40 4751st 5627 15.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 38.80 437th 747 41.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.35 3661st 4830 24.2%
2019 29.48 3726th 4963 24.9%
2022 24.00 4191st 5084 17.6%
2023 18.82 4550th 5079 10.4%
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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 Washington Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 470 39 70 189 0 n/a n/a 0 768
1989 458 54 73 227 1 n/a n/a 0 813
1990 413 74 81 271 2 n/a n/a 0 841
1991 410 67 100 318 2 n/a n/a 0 897
1992 385 77 108 317 1 n/a n/a 0 888
1993 345 92 101 381 2 n/a n/a 0 921
1994 340 109 99 407 0 n/a n/a 0 955
1995 333 170 105 555 2 n/a n/a 0 1165
1996 333 170 105 555 2 n/a n/a 0 1165
1997 251 165 77 476 3 n/a n/a 0 972
1998 217 155 87 541 5 n/a n/a 0 1005
1999 179 144 70 572 2 n/a n/a 0 967
2000 150 130 51 631 1 n/a n/a 0 963
2001 147 123 52 698 1 n/a n/a 3 1024
2002 107 96 50 762 2 n/a n/a 1 1018
2003 107 96 50 762 2 n/a n/a 1 1018
2004 80 79 45 725 1 n/a n/a 71 1001
2005 75 69 40 718 2 n/a n/a 73 977
2006 52 64 46 743 2 n/a n/a 70 977
2007 36 51 38 715 2 n/a n/a 55 897
2008 35 47 38 685 2 n/a n/a 0 807
2009 35 53 35 673 1 8 55 0 860
2010 28 60 42 733 2 6 9 0 880
2011 38 51 33 699 6 10 8 0 845
2012 37 47 24 721 10 5 13 0 857
2013 36 51 20 729 7 2 11 0 856
2014 39 63 19 691 6 5 8 0 831
2015 26 64 23 621 6 2 8 0 750
2016 22 58 20 616 3 2 6 0 727
2017 20 55 23 631 5 1 7 0 742
2018 21 64 22 606 3 2 6 0 724
2019 36 66 29 612 3 2 14 0 762
2020 24 65 29 592 2 2 11 0 725
2021 20 56 30 528 2 3 13 0 652
2022 27 50 33 498 2 3 16 0 629
2023 23 65 33 517 2 3 14 0 657

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 Washington Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 768 30.2 25.4 n/a
1989 813 31.4 25.8 n/a
1990 841 33.4 25.1 n/a
1991 897 37.4 23.9 n/a
1992 888 38.0 23.3 43.9
1993 921 36.0 25.6 53
1994 955 35.0 27.3 59.9
1995 1165 43.0 27.1 71.1
1996 1165 43.0 27.1 71.1
1997 972 45.0 21.6 76.1
1998 1005 47.5 21.2 77.3
1999 967 46.1 21.0 80.9
2000 963 46.6 20.7 84.2
2001 1024 51.2 20.0 82.9
2002 1018 53.7 19.0 81.1
2003 1018 53.7 19.0 81.1
2004 1001 52.0 19.3 92.7
2005 977 51.0 19.2 89.9
2006 977 50.0 19.5 89.7
2007 897 47.0 19.1 88.4
2008 807 50.0 16.1 92.9
2009 860 45.0 18.3 83.1
2010 880 46.0 19.1 88.4
2011 845 n/a n/a 89.8
2012 857 30.0 28.5 89.3
2013 856 30.0 28.5 77.1
2014 831 30.0 27.7 89.8
2015 750 33.0 22.7 92.7
2016 727 31.0 23.4 87.3
2017 742 31.0 23.9 87.7
2018 724 28.0 25.8 88.4
2019 762 31.5 24.1 86.4
2020 725 n/a n/a 82.3
2021 652 29.2 22.3 83.4
2022 629 29.0 21.6 82.7
2023 657 31.0 21.1 84.8

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 Washington Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 768 30.2 25.4 n/a
1989 813 31.4 25.8 n/a
1990 841 33.4 25.1 n/a
1991 897 37.4 23.9 n/a
1992 888 38.0 23.3 43.9
1993 921 36.0 25.6 53
1994 955 35.0 27.3 59.9
1995 1165 43.0 27.1 71.1
1996 1165 43.0 27.1 71.1
1997 972 45.0 21.6 76.1
1998 1005 47.5 21.2 77.3
1999 967 46.1 21.0 80.9
2000 963 46.6 20.7 84.2
2001 1024 51.2 20.0 82.9
2002 1018 53.7 19.0 81.1
2003 1018 53.7 19.0 81.1
2004 1001 52.0 19.3 92.7
2005 977 51.0 19.2 89.9
2006 977 50.0 19.5 89.7
2007 897 47.0 19.1 88.4
2008 807 50.0 16.1 92.9
2009 860 45.0 18.3 83.1
2010 880 46.0 19.1 88.4
2011 845 n/a n/a 89.8
2012 857 30.0 28.5 89.3
2013 856 30.0 28.5 77.1
2014 831 30.0 27.7 89.8
2015 750 33.0 22.7 92.7
2016 727 31.0 23.4 87.3
2017 742 31.0 23.9 87.7
2018 724 28.0 25.8 88.4
2019 762 31.5 24.1 86.4
2020 725 n/a n/a 82.3
2021 652 29.2 22.3 83.4
2022 629 29.0 21.6 82.7
2023 657 31.0 21.1 84.8

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
2012100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201399.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%
201499.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%
201595.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%97.0%99.0%100.0%96.0%96.0%
201699.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%
2017≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2018≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
201998.0%0.0%2.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%
202097.6%0.0%2.4%97.6%
202296.9%0.0%3.1%96.9%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,102

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Washington Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4690th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5177th of 5848 Elementary schools
 7.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Washington Elementary)40.814.2
 26.7%
   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 (Washington Elementary)45.519.6
 25.8%
   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 (Washington Elementary)42.418.9
 23.5%
   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 (Washington Elementary)21.77.5
 14.2%
   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 (Washington Elementary)23.528.2
 4.6%
   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 (Washington Elementary)10.919.4
 8.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Bellflower Unified)31.426.7
 4.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Washington Elementary)9.713.9
 4.2%
   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 (Washington Elementary)2827.2
 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 (Washington Elementary)11.114.7
 3.6%
   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 Students762657
 13.8%
African American6665
 1.5%
American Indian32
 33.3%
Asian2933
 13.8%
Hispanic612517
 15.5%
Pacific Islander23
 50%
White3623
 36.1%
Two or More Races1414
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients86.4%84.8%
 1.6%


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Students at Washington Elementary are 79% Hispanic, 10% African American, 5% Asian, 4% White, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 657 students attended Washington Elementary.

Students who attend Washington Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : Bellflower High

Washington Elementary ranks in the bottom 11.5% of California elementary schools.


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