Fairlawn Elementary

Summary:

Fairlawn Elementary is a public elementary school in Santa Maria, California, serving 746 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, which has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Fairlawn Elementary has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (98.93%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 92.10% to 97.92% Hispanic. The school's academic performance, as measured by state assessments, is consistently lower than the district and state averages. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, only 29.3% of Fairlawn students were proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 24.41% for the district and 46.66% for the state. Fairlawn also has a high chronic absenteeism rate of 10.3%, higher than the nearby schools, which range from 11.2% to 28.1%. Additionally, 93.03% of Fairlawn students receive free or reduced-price lunch, significantly higher than the nearby schools, which range from 69.76% to 92.34%.

Despite these challenges, Fairlawn Elementary's ranking for English Language Learner students and Migrant students is higher than its overall ranking, suggesting potential opportunities to focus on and support these specific student populations. However, the school has consistently ranked in the bottom 25% of California elementary schools over the past decade, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger, indicating that significant interventions and support may be necessary to improve student outcomes at Fairlawn Elementary.


Detail:

Public K-6

 120 N. Mary Dr.
       Santa Maria, CA  93458-3920


(805) 361-7500

District: Santa Maria-Bonita

SchoolDigger Rank:
4279th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,152 Help


Students who attend Fairlawn Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    El Camino Junior High
High:    Santa Maria High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.3 Help
Number of students:  746

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.9%
White:
0.4%
Asian:
0.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  93% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Fairlawn Elementary ranks worse than 72.9% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 6th among 16 ranked elementary schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 25.84. (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 (98.9%), White (0.4%), American Indian (0.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 93% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Fairlawn Elementary is 22.3, which is the 8th best among 16 elementary schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Fairlawn Elementary is $7,152. 11 elementary schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Fairlawn Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Fairlawn Elementary 4279th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Fairlawn Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Santa Maria-Bonita:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Maria-Bonita 1380th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Fairlawn Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Fairlawn Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 18.19 4102nd 4809 14.7%
2005 19.92 3973rd 4822 17.6%
2006 17.45 4171st 4818 13.4%
2007 21.79 4148th 5113 18.9%
2008 18.46 4439th 5113 13.2%
2009 15.18 4722nd 5193 9.1%
2010 18.48 4682nd 5314 11.9%
2011 16.84 4865th 5377 9.5%
2012 14.40 4991st 5390 7.4%
2013 16.73 4945th 5530 10.6%
2015 9.01 5528th 5611 1.5%
2016 11.74 5317th 5614 5.3%
2017 12.05 5359th 5692 5.9%
2018 12.38 5298th 5662 6.4%
2019 20.17 4786th 5789 17.3%
2022 24.94 4348th 5883 26.1%
2023 25.84 4266th 5848 27.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Fairlawn Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.86 3053rd 3246 5.9%
2019 25.28 2848th 3275 13.0%
2022 44.38 1513th 3311 54.3%
2023 45.29 1458th 3240 55.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Fairlawn Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.73 4672nd 5084 8.1%
2019 28.15 4015th 5173 22.4%
2022 35.92 3335th 5264 36.6%
2023 35.27 3437th 5355 35.8%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Migrant students at Fairlawn Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 51.99 32nd 68 52.9%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Fairlawn Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 32.86 260th 356 27.0%
2023 54.60 121st 336 64.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Fairlawn Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.27 5042nd 5413 6.9%
2019 22.89 4393rd 5492 20.0%
2022 25.16 4198th 5635 25.5%
2023 26.27 4099th 5595 26.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Fairlawn Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.82 5100th 5431 6.1%
2019 19.51 4707th 5510 14.6%
2022 25.38 4203rd 5663 25.8%
2023 25.78 4156th 5627 26.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Fairlawn Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.26 4447th 4830 7.9%
2019 28.12 3825th 4963 22.9%
2022 35.12 3278th 5084 35.5%
2023 36.02 3219th 5079 36.6%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

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.

Fairlawn Elementary Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Fairlawn Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 63 6 52 456 3 n/a n/a 0 580
1990 66 3 50 497 2 n/a n/a 0 618
1991 41 6 27 542 7 n/a n/a 0 623
1992 36 5 30 536 3 n/a n/a 0 610
1993 36 5 28 595 2 n/a n/a 0 666
1994 29 10 27 639 2 n/a n/a 0 707
1995 21 9 25 628 3 n/a n/a 0 686
1996 21 9 25 628 3 n/a n/a 0 686
1997 30 7 24 675 0 n/a n/a 0 736
1998 24 5 22 659 3 n/a n/a 0 713
1999 33 0 22 739 1 n/a n/a 0 795
2000 26 1 21 743 0 n/a n/a 0 791
2001 11 1 21 689 0 n/a n/a 0 722
2002 13 4 25 732 2 n/a n/a 0 776
2003 13 4 25 732 2 n/a n/a 0 776
2004 14 3 22 759 1 n/a n/a 0 799
2005 10 2 24 586 0 n/a n/a 0 622
2006 14 0 27 596 1 n/a n/a 0 638
2007 9 0 20 569 1 n/a n/a 0 599
2008 7 1 24 569 1 n/a n/a 0 602
2009 5 2 23 604 1 1 0 0 636
2010 3 2 16 588 0 1 0 0 610
2011 0 1 15 646 0 0 0 0 662
2012 0 1 15 674 0 0 0 0 690
2013 3 0 11 711 0 0 2 0 727
2014 4 0 11 737 1 0 2 0 755
2015 5 2 7 768 0 0 2 0 784
2016 1 3 6 730 0 0 2 0 742
2017 2 0 6 768 0 0 0 0 776
2018 2 0 4 765 0 0 0 0 771
2019 1 0 3 726 0 0 0 0 730
2020 0 0 5 703 1 0 0 0 709
2021 1 0 4 741 2 0 0 0 748
2022 2 0 3 772 1 0 0 0 778
2023 3 0 2 738 2 0 1 0 746

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 Fairlawn Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 580 22.0 26.3 n/a
1990 618 24.5 25.2 n/a
1991 623 25.0 24.9 n/a
1992 610 25.4 24.0 85.7
1993 666 27.5 24.2 92.2
1994 707 25.0 28.3 93.1
1995 686 25.0 27.4 91.4
1996 686 25.0 27.4 91.4
1997 736 30.0 24.5 94.2
1998 713 32.0 22.3 93.5
1999 795 37.0 21.5 92.7
2000 791 38.0 20.8 96.5
2001 722 35.0 20.6 94.2
2002 776 34.5 22.5 92.4
2003 776 34.5 22.5 92.4
2004 799 35.3 22.6 93.6
2005 622 29.0 21.4 89.5
2006 638 29.0 22.0 96.2
2007 599 31.0 19.3 92.7
2008 602 30.0 20.1 99.5
2009 636 28.2 20.3 87.6
2010 610 23.8 25.6 98.9
2011 662 n/a n/a 90
2012 690 24.7 27.8 n/a
2013 727 25.7 28.2 93.8
2014 755 26.2 28.7 80.1
2015 784 28.0 28.0 96.2
2016 742 28.0 26.5 93
2017 776 28.5 27.2 87.9
2018 771 31.5 24.4 95.5
2019 730 27.2 26.7 94
2020 709 n/a n/a 91
2021 748 31.5 23.7 95.5
2022 778 32.5 23.9 93.1
2023 746 33.4 22.3 93

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 Fairlawn Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 580 22.0 26.3 n/a
1990 618 24.5 25.2 n/a
1991 623 25.0 24.9 n/a
1992 610 25.4 24.0 85.7
1993 666 27.5 24.2 92.2
1994 707 25.0 28.3 93.1
1995 686 25.0 27.4 91.4
1996 686 25.0 27.4 91.4
1997 736 30.0 24.5 94.2
1998 713 32.0 22.3 93.5
1999 795 37.0 21.5 92.7
2000 791 38.0 20.8 96.5
2001 722 35.0 20.6 94.2
2002 776 34.5 22.5 92.4
2003 776 34.5 22.5 92.4
2004 799 35.3 22.6 93.6
2005 622 29.0 21.4 89.5
2006 638 29.0 22.0 96.2
2007 599 31.0 19.3 92.7
2008 602 30.0 20.1 99.5
2009 636 28.2 20.3 87.6
2010 610 23.8 25.6 98.9
2011 662 n/a n/a 90
2012 690 24.7 27.8 n/a
2013 727 25.7 28.2 93.8
2014 755 26.2 28.7 80.1
2015 784 28.0 28.0 96.2
2016 742 28.0 26.5 93
2017 776 28.5 27.2 87.9
2018 771 31.5 24.4 95.5
2019 730 27.2 26.7 94
2020 709 n/a n/a 91
2021 748 31.5 23.7 95.5
2022 778 32.5 23.9 93.1
2023 746 33.4 22.3 93

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

Fairlawn Elementary

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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%
2013100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2014100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201599.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2016100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%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%
202196.5%0.0%0.0%98.3%98.3%98.3%
202296.5%0.0%1.8%97.4%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,152

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Fairlawn Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4786th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 4266th of 5848 Elementary schools
 9.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fairlawn Elementary)27.817.3
 10.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Maria-Bonita)28.918.8
 10.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Fairlawn Elementary)32.711.3
 21.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria-Bonita)31.422.9
 8.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fairlawn Elementary)4128.6
 12.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Maria-Bonita)33.823.2
 10.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Fairlawn Elementary)35.418.7
 16.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria-Bonita)32.219.1
 13.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fairlawn Elementary)26.827.9
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Maria-Bonita)33.425.5
 7.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Fairlawn Elementary)15.712.3
 3.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria-Bonita)18.312.8
 5.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Fairlawn Elementary)9.620
 10.4%
   5th Grade Science (Santa Maria-Bonita)13.116.1
 3%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fairlawn Elementary)24.542.1
 17.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Maria-Bonita)34.628.1
 6.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Fairlawn Elementary)21.431.3
 9.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria-Bonita)24.615.8
 8.7%
   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 Students730746
 2.2%
African American00
American Indian02
Asian32
 33.3%
Hispanic726738
 1.7%
Pacific Islander00
White13
 200%
Two or More Races01
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients94%93%
 0.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Fairlawn Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 746 students attended Fairlawn Elementary.

Fairlawn Elementary ranks 4279th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students who attend Fairlawn Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : El Camino Junior High
High : Santa Maria High

Students at Fairlawn Elementary are 99% Hispanic.


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