Washington Elementary

Summary:

Washington Elementary is a public elementary school in Berkeley, California, serving 395 students in grades K-5. The school is part of the Berkeley Unified School District, which is ranked 200 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 4-star rating.

Washington Elementary stands out for its diverse student population, with 43.54% White, 8.86% African American, 17.22% Hispanic, 11.65% Asian, and 17.47% two or more races. The school's academic performance is particularly strong in English Language Arts, with 66.12% of students proficient or better, compared to the Berkeley Unified and California averages of 67.15% and 46.66%, respectively. However, the school's performance for low-socioeconomic status and multi-racial students is relatively lower, ranking in the bottom 25% and bottom 50% of California elementary schools, respectively.

While Washington Elementary's academic performance is generally on par with or slightly lower than some nearby high-performing schools like Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier and Ruth Acty Elementary, it outperforms the nearby Peralta Elementary (in Oakland Unified School District) in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. However, the school faces challenges related to a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 8.9% in 2017-2018 to 22.6% in 2022-2023, which may impact its overall academic performance.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2300 MLK Jr. Way
       Berkeley, CA  94704-1412


(510) 644-6310

District: Berkeley Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
921st of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,229 Help


Students who attend Washington Elementary usually attend:

High:    Berkeley High

Student/teacher ratio:  16.9 Help
Number of students:  395

Racial breakdown:

White:
43.5%
Two or more races:
17.5%
Hispanic:
17.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21.5% Help


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Compare Details Washington Elementary ranks better than 84.3% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 7th among 11 ranked elementary schools in the Berkeley Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 85.86. (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 Student population at Washington Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (43.5%), two or more races (17.5%), Hispanic (17.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 21.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Washington Elementary is 16.9, which is the 4th best among 11 elementary schools in the Berkeley Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Washington Elementary is $8,229. 9 elementary schools in the Berkeley Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Washington Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Washington Elementary 921st of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Washington Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Berkeley Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Berkeley Unified 200th 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 32.86 3079th 4809 36.0%
2005 39.24 2766th 4822 42.6%
2006 46.04 2377th 4818 50.7%
2007 32.73 3382nd 5113 33.9%
2008 53.66 2184th 5113 57.3%
2009 52.74 2326th 5193 55.2%
2010 64.92 1724th 5314 67.6%
2011 69.39 1512th 5377 71.9%
2012 60.77 1999th 5390 62.9%
2013 78.74 1123rd 5530 79.7%
2015 88.52 694th 5611 87.6%
2016 87.61 754th 5614 86.6%
2017 78.39 1190th 5692 79.1%
2018 80.05 1123rd 5662 80.2%
2019 82.10 1066th 5789 81.6%
2022 80.68 1158th 5883 80.3%
2023 85.86 914th 5848 84.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 66.54 158th 445 64.5%
2022 36.69 419th 610 31.3%
2023 63.15 266th 667 60.1%
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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 49.80 2373rd 5084 53.3%
2019 42.35 2947th 5173 43.0%
2022 52.65 2114th 5264 59.8%
2023 28.33 4031st 5355 24.7%
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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 78.04 1130th 5413 79.1%
2019 84.11 866th 5492 84.2%
2022 71.07 1478th 5635 73.8%
2023 86.72 800th 5595 85.7%
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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
2019 50.93 958th 2585 62.9%
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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 79.37 1090th 5431 79.9%
2019 76.54 1232nd 5510 77.6%
2022 83.73 929th 5663 83.6%
2023 81.66 1020th 5627 81.9%
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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 44.95 365th 747 51.1%
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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 78.01 772nd 4830 84.0%
2019 77.59 805th 4963 83.8%
2023 90.75 324th 5079 93.6%
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Rank History for White students at Washington Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.82 304th 2737 88.9%
2019 77.35 561st 2834 80.2%
2022 78.04 525th 2726 80.7%
2023 84.74 256th 2659 90.4%
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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 107 143 49 11 0 n/a n/a 0 310
1989 121 172 39 19 0 n/a n/a 0 351
1990 98 164 37 14 0 n/a n/a 0 313
1991 90 175 39 18 0 n/a n/a 0 322
1992 77 178 33 20 0 n/a n/a 0 308
1993 77 141 30 11 0 n/a n/a 0 259
1994 71 123 35 18 4 n/a n/a 0 251
1995 85 121 33 15 0 n/a n/a 0 254
1996 85 121 33 15 0 n/a n/a 0 254
1997 131 206 52 35 1 n/a n/a 0 425
1998 159 218 54 47 0 n/a n/a 0 478
1999 132 208 64 46 0 n/a n/a 29 479
2000 128 192 63 42 3 n/a n/a 31 459
2001 108 179 57 46 2 n/a n/a 34 426
2002 82 134 55 63 1 n/a n/a 51 386
2003 82 134 55 63 1 n/a n/a 51 386
2004 66 130 47 62 2 n/a n/a 49 356
2005 78 101 48 61 0 n/a n/a 45 333
2006 104 77 55 63 0 n/a n/a 53 352
2007 87 63 51 51 0 n/a n/a 57 309
2008 102 53 49 43 n/a n/a n/a 0 247
2009 112 52 44 51 1 0 56 0 316
2010 134 63 45 48 1 0 52 0 343
2011 151 62 44 54 0 0 59 0 370
2012 186 71 49 51 2 1 65 0 425
2013 213 71 43 60 1 2 57 0 447
2014 235 72 42 55 0 2 65 0 471
2015 233 72 41 58 0 2 62 0 468
2016 234 68 42 62 0 1 59 0 466
2017 222 71 52 70 0 2 66 0 483
2018 222 71 54 83 0 1 69 0 500
2019 219 65 53 85 1 1 77 0 501
2020 192 43 55 65 0 2 68 0 425
2021 179 43 51 66 1 1 54 0 395
2022 172 37 48 62 2 2 65 0 388
2023 172 35 46 68 3 2 69 0 395

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 310 14.0 22.1 n/a
1989 351 16.3 21.5 n/a
1990 313 15.2 20.5 n/a
1991 322 16.0 20.1 n/a
1992 308 16.3 18.8 60.7
1993 259 13.0 19.9 63.7
1994 251 12.2 20.6 73.7
1995 254 12.2 20.8 55.9
1996 254 12.2 20.8 55.9
1997 425 21.5 19.8 59.3
1998 478 22.2 21.5 55.4
1999 479 23.5 20.4 58.4
2000 459 26.5 17.3 50.2
2001 426 23.9 17.8 64.3
2002 386 23.2 16.6 63.9
2003 386 23.2 16.6 63.9
2004 356 20.0 17.8 94.1
2005 333 16.6 20.1 66.7
2006 352 17.6 20.0 60.2
2007 309 18.6 16.6 61.9
2008 247 19.7 12.5 61.9
2009 316 18.8 16.0 44
2010 343 20.2 16.9 48.1
2011 370 n/a n/a 47.8
2012 425 20.9 20.3 n/a
2013 447 22.6 19.7 33.3
2014 471 22.4 21.0 29.1
2015 468 24.0 19.5 36.3
2016 466 23.0 20.2 30.3
2017 483 21.6 22.3 34
2018 500 23.5 21.2 31.4
2019 501 23.6 21.1 28.5
2020 425 n/a n/a 21.2
2021 395 21.2 18.5 22
2022 388 23.2 16.7 25.8
2023 395 23.2 16.9 21.5

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 310 14.0 22.1 n/a
1989 351 16.3 21.5 n/a
1990 313 15.2 20.5 n/a
1991 322 16.0 20.1 n/a
1992 308 16.3 18.8 60.7
1993 259 13.0 19.9 63.7
1994 251 12.2 20.6 73.7
1995 254 12.2 20.8 55.9
1996 254 12.2 20.8 55.9
1997 425 21.5 19.8 59.3
1998 478 22.2 21.5 55.4
1999 479 23.5 20.4 58.4
2000 459 26.5 17.3 50.2
2001 426 23.9 17.8 64.3
2002 386 23.2 16.6 63.9
2003 386 23.2 16.6 63.9
2004 356 20.0 17.8 94.1
2005 333 16.6 20.1 66.7
2006 352 17.6 20.0 60.2
2007 309 18.6 16.6 61.9
2008 247 19.7 12.5 61.9
2009 316 18.8 16.0 44
2010 343 20.2 16.9 48.1
2011 370 n/a n/a 47.8
2012 425 20.9 20.3 n/a
2013 447 22.6 19.7 33.3
2014 471 22.4 21.0 29.1
2015 468 24.0 19.5 36.3
2016 466 23.0 20.2 30.3
2017 483 21.6 22.3 34
2018 500 23.5 21.2 31.4
2019 501 23.6 21.1 28.5
2020 425 n/a n/a 21.2
2021 395 21.2 18.5 22
2022 388 23.2 16.7 25.8
2023 395 23.2 16.9 21.5

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
201257.0%0.0%0.0%43.0%71.0%92.0%75.0%77.0%83.0%
201368.0%3.0%0.0%29.0%77.0%87.0%95.0%76.0%77.0%
201460.0%3.0%0.0%37.0%66.0%80.0%85.0%69.0%72.0%
201582.0%3.0%0.0%15.0%86.0%88.0%91.0%86.0%89.0%
201667.0%0.0%3.0%30.0%75.0%86.0%91.0%78.0%80.0%
201797.0%0.0%2.0%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%
201997.0%0.0%3.0%98.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%98.0%
202196.4%0.0%0.0%96.4%96.4%96.4%96.4%

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 $8,229

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Washington 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 1066th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 914th of 5848 Elementary schools
 2.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Washington Elementary)57.471.7
 14.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Berkeley Unified)64.970.2
 5.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Washington Elementary)66.773.3
 6.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Berkeley Unified)68.171.9
 3.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Washington Elementary)61.469.4
 7.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Berkeley Unified)64.769.6
 4.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Washington Elementary)7569.4
 5.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley Unified)65.267.5
 2.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Washington Elementary)73.157.4
 15.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Berkeley Unified)65.869.5
 3.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Washington Elementary)61.555.6
 6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Berkeley Unified)54.960.8
 5.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Washington Elementary)48.747.6
 1.1%
   5th Grade Science (Berkeley Unified)47.556.3
 8.8%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students501395
 21.2%
African American6535
 46.2%
American Indian13
 200%
Asian5346
 13.2%
Hispanic8568
 20%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
White219172
 21.5%
Two or More Races7769
 10.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients28.5%21.5%
 7%


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Washington Elementary ranks 921st of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Washington Elementary are 44% White, 17% Two or more races, 17% Hispanic, 12% Asian, 9% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 395 students attended Washington Elementary.

Students who attend Washington Elementary usually go on to attend:

High : Berkeley High


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