Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Summary:

Sanchez (David J.) Elementary is a public elementary school in Santa Maria, California, serving 652 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, which is ranked 1380 out of 1560 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating.

Sanchez (David J.) Elementary stands out for its high percentage of Hispanic students (98.77%), significantly higher than the surrounding schools, which range from 89.72% to 97.92% Hispanic. The school also outperforms the district and state in academic areas, with 31.18% of students proficient or better in Smarter Balanced Assessments/English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to 24.41% for the district and 46.66% for the state. However, the school has seen a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism, from 3.0% in 2018-2019 to 12.8% in 2022-2023, though still lower than the district average of 27.9%.

Sanchez (David J.) Elementary performs relatively well for certain student subgroups, ranking 529 out of 3,240 California elementary schools for English Language Learners in 2022-2023. The school generally outperforms nearby Bill Libbon Elementary, Alvin Elementary, and other schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District in test scores, but still lags behind the state averages. The high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 76.84% to 90.25%, suggests the school population faces significant socioeconomic challenges that may contribute to the lower overall academic performance.


Detail:

Public K-6

 804 West Liberty St.
       Santa Maria, CA  93458-6806


(805) 361-4625

District: Santa Maria-Bonita

SchoolDigger Rank:
3906th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,295 Help


Students who attend Sanchez (David J.) Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Arellanes Junior High
High:    Santa Maria High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.7 Help
Number of students:  652

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.8%
Asian:
0.6%
White:
0.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  76.8% Help


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Compare Details Sanchez (David J.) Elementary ranks worse than 66.5% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 3rd 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 29.84. (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 (98.8%), Asian (0.6%), two or more races (0.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 76.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary is 23.7. 12 elementary schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary is $7,295. 9 elementary schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sanchez (David J.) Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Sanchez (David J.) Elementary 3906th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Sanchez (David J.) Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Santa Maria-Bonita:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Maria-Bonita 1382nd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 20.84 4229th 5113 17.3%
2008 28.39 3718th 5113 27.3%
2009 17.95 4579th 5193 11.8%
2010 19.05 4646th 5314 12.6%
2011 23.18 4454th 5377 17.2%
2012 23.35 4425th 5390 17.9%
2013 29.00 4131st 5530 25.3%
2015 18.56 4780th 5611 14.8%
2016 20.22 4598th 5614 18.1%
2017 30.11 3818th 5692 32.9%
2018 33.77 3556th 5662 37.2%
2019 27.43 4153rd 5789 28.3%
2022 28.29 4015th 5883 31.8%
2023 29.84 3906th 5874 33.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.96 2318th 3246 28.6%
2019 34.73 2148th 3275 34.4%
2022 50.28 1187th 3311 64.1%
2023 68.61 532nd 3250 83.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 39.56 1229th 2420 49.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.08 2547th 5084 49.9%
2019 39.75 3146th 5173 39.2%
2022 39.09 3086th 5264 41.4%
2023 41.29 2964th 5374 44.8%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 24.13 307th 356 13.8%
2023 43.27 184th 336 45.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.26 3528th 5413 34.8%
2019 30.11 3819th 5492 30.5%
2022 29.05 3823rd 5635 32.2%
2023 30.41 3721st 5617 33.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.48 972nd 2128 54.3%
2019 19.57 2372nd 2585 8.2%
2022 24.39 1767th 2227 20.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.41 3381st 5431 37.7%
2019 26.47 4064th 5510 26.2%
2022 28.47 3926th 5663 30.7%
2023 30.43 3743rd 5650 33.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.19 2469th 4830 48.9%
2019 39.26 3004th 4963 39.5%
2022 38.87 2985th 5084 41.3%
2023 41.78 2772nd 5098 45.6%
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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 Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 25 9 9 656 0 n/a n/a 0 699
2006 14 9 15 646 0 n/a n/a 0 684
2007 14 6 7 647 2 n/a n/a 0 676
2008 10 3 8 638 2 n/a n/a 0 661
2009 7 1 5 658 1 0 2 0 674
2010 5 4 7 733 0 0 0 0 749
2011 4 1 5 774 0 0 0 0 784
2012 9 0 5 820 0 0 0 0 834
2013 6 1 4 841 0 0 0 0 852
2014 9 1 6 854 0 0 0 0 870
2015 8 0 6 870 0 0 0 0 884
2016 6 0 8 780 0 0 0 0 794
2017 7 0 8 772 0 0 1 0 788
2018 6 0 7 745 0 0 1 0 759
2019 2 0 10 696 0 0 1 0 709
2020 3 0 8 715 0 0 0 0 726
2021 4 0 8 675 0 0 0 0 687
2022 8 0 4 632 0 0 2 0 646
2023 2 0 4 644 0 0 2 0 652

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 Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 699 32.0 21.8 92.6
2006 684 30.1 22.7 87.1
2007 676 28.0 24.1 94.1
2008 661 33.0 20.0 95.8
2009 674 30.2 20.2 91.2
2010 749 21.0 35.6 91.7
2011 784 n/a n/a 91.8
2012 834 29.5 28.2 n/a
2013 852 30.5 27.9 93.3
2014 870 30.5 28.5 78.5
2015 884 31.0 28.5 93
2016 794 30.0 26.4 95.3
2017 788 32.0 24.6 85.7
2018 759 32.0 23.7 94.9
2019 709 31.2 22.6 92.4
2020 726 n/a n/a 90.1
2021 687 30.2 22.7 90.2
2022 646 28.0 23.0 88.2
2023 652 27.4 23.7 76.8

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 Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 699 32.0 21.8 92.6
2006 684 30.1 22.7 87.1
2007 676 28.0 24.1 94.1
2008 661 33.0 20.0 95.8
2009 674 30.2 20.2 91.2
2010 749 21.0 35.6 91.7
2011 784 n/a n/a 91.8
2012 834 29.5 28.2 n/a
2013 852 30.5 27.9 93.3
2014 870 30.5 28.5 78.5
2015 884 31.0 28.5 93
2016 794 30.0 26.4 95.3
2017 788 32.0 24.6 85.7
2018 759 32.0 23.7 94.9
2019 709 31.2 22.6 92.4
2020 726 n/a n/a 90.1
2021 687 30.2 22.7 90.2
2022 646 28.0 23.0 88.2
2023 652 27.4 23.7 76.8

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

Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201298.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%99.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%
201399.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201498.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%99.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%
201599.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%
201699.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%
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%≥99.0%
202098.5%0.0%1.6%
202196.2%0.0%0.0%96.2%98.1%96.2%96.2%96.2%
202295.1%0.0%1.0%95.1%97.0%98.0%96.0%98.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,295

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sanchez (David J.) 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 4153rd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 3906th 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 (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)28.319
 9.3%
   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 (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)39.327.2
 12.2%
   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 (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)35.642.7
 7.1%
   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 (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)40.538.9
 1.6%
   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 (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)3828.3
 9.7%
   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 (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)26.216.1
 10.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Santa Maria-Bonita)18.312.8
 5.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)17.520.4
 3%
   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 (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)25.933.8
 7.8%
   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 (Sanchez (David J.) Elementary)27.918.3
 9.6%
   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 Students709652
 8%
African American00
American Indian00
Asian104
 60%
Hispanic696644
 7.5%
Pacific Islander00
White22
Two or More Races12
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients92.4%76.8%
 15.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sanchez (David J.) Elementary

Students at Sanchez (David J.) Elementary are 99% Hispanic.

Students who attend Sanchez (David J.) Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Arellanes Junior High
High : Santa Maria High

Sanchez (David J.) Elementary ranks 3906th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 652 students attended Sanchez (David J.) Elementary.


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