Moulton Elementary

Summary:

Moulton Elementary is a public elementary school in Laguna Niguel, California, serving around 550 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the Capistrano Unified School District, which is ranked 181 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

Moulton Elementary consistently outperforms the state and district averages in academic assessments, with proficiency rates of 72.7% in English Language Arts and 67.81% in Math, compared to the state averages of 46.66% and 34.62%, respectively. The school's performance is particularly strong in 4th and 5th grade ELA, and it also excels in supporting various student subgroups, including Hispanic, low socioeconomic status, and disabled students. However, the school has seen an increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 7.5% in 2020-2021 to 21.8% in 2022-2023, which is an area of concern.

Compared to nearby schools, Moulton Elementary generally outperforms in academic metrics, such as John Malcom Elementary, Marian Bergeson Elementary, and Wood Canyon Elementary. However, some nearby schools, such as Canyon Vista Elementary, have higher overall state rankings and lower chronic absenteeism rates. Additionally, the nearby charter schools, such as Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts and Community Roots Academy, generally perform on par with or slightly below Moulton Elementary in academic metrics.


Detail:

Public K-5

 29851 Highlands Ave.
       Laguna Niguel, CA  92677-2008


(949) 234-5980

District: Capistrano Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
658th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,505 Help


Students who attend Moulton Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Niguel Hills Middle
High:    Dana Hills High

Student/teacher ratio:  25.0 Help
Number of students:  550

Racial breakdown:

White:
64.2%
Hispanic:
14.9%
Two or more races:
12.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30% Help


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Compare Details Moulton Elementary ranks better than 88.8% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 15th among 34 ranked elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.75. (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 Moulton Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (64.2%), Hispanic (14.9%), two or more races (12.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 30% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Moulton Elementary is 25. 29 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Moulton Elementary is $9,505. 21 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Moulton Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Moulton Elementary 658th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Moulton Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Capistrano Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Capistrano Unified 183rd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Moulton Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 82.83 798th 4809 83.4%
2005 83.29 798th 4822 83.5%
2006 81.19 913th 4818 81.1%
2007 77.49 1073rd 5113 79.0%
2008 78.98 1016th 5113 80.1%
2009 81.09 949th 5193 81.7%
2010 84.79 742nd 5314 86.0%
2011 87.74 581st 5377 89.2%
2012 87.26 605th 5390 88.8%
2013 83.31 859th 5530 84.5%
2015 89.21 657th 5611 88.3%
2016 89.83 628th 5614 88.8%
2017 88.70 718th 5692 87.4%
2018 88.85 694th 5662 87.7%
2019 91.94 525th 5789 90.9%
2022 92.42 561st 5883 90.5%
2023 90.75 658th 5874 88.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 56.56 328th 669 51.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 76.67 359th 2420 85.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.04 773rd 5084 84.8%
2019 83.19 578th 5173 88.8%
2022 96.56 127th 5264 97.6%
2023 95.32 186th 5374 96.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.95 620th 5413 88.5%
2019 90.58 525th 5492 90.4%
2022 90.50 611th 5635 89.2%
2023 87.55 761st 5617 86.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.79 219th 2128 89.7%
2019 92.66 132nd 2585 94.9%
2022 88.36 186th 2227 91.6%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 77.02 22nd 140 84.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.92 745th 5431 86.3%
2019 91.23 500th 5510 90.9%
2022 92.51 480th 5663 91.5%
2023 91.50 528th 5650 90.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 44.10 803rd 1190 32.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.84 735th 4830 84.8%
2019 75.99 880th 4963 82.3%
2022 93.29 251st 5084 95.1%
2023 86.48 491st 5098 90.4%
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Rank History for White students at Moulton Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.84 723rd 2737 73.6%
2019 79.85 471st 2834 83.4%
2022 79.98 451st 2726 83.5%
2023 76.11 580th 2662 78.2%
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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.

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by a parent
Friday, May 28, 2010

Open Quote First of all the student teacher ratio is not 20:1 it is closer to 31:1. At that ratio the teacher needs a full-time Aide. Creativity is lacking when it come to teaching kids that don't learn auditorilly. There are 6'-8' openings between classrooms creating constant distractions and limitations for the teachers. The school is 40 years old, you think they could of designed a partition or put in sliding glass doors by now.

The communication from our teachers has been based on teachers personality. In K I was given constant feedback. In 1st & 2nd it wasn't until after Christmas break that communications were more consistant. It is hard to be supportive of the teacher expectations if you don't know your child isn't meeting them. It would be better for K-3 if every 2 -4 weeks we were given areas that need improving or what we can encourage to help them excel. Otherwise we are not able to correct behaviors before they become habits. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Moulton Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 766 17 44 54 2 n/a n/a 0 883
1989 764 24 47 56 1 n/a n/a 0 892
1990 852 19 82 78 4 n/a n/a 0 1035
1991 747 26 76 64 4 n/a n/a 0 917
1992 861 28 91 73 4 n/a n/a 0 1057
1993 718 22 68 59 4 n/a n/a 0 871
1994 732 16 80 67 3 n/a n/a 0 898
1995 683 15 74 59 3 n/a n/a 0 834
1996 683 15 74 59 3 n/a n/a 0 834
1997 705 12 75 67 3 n/a n/a 0 862
1998 739 21 72 81 4 n/a n/a 0 917
1999 737 25 82 81 6 n/a n/a 0 931
2000 717 22 93 85 7 n/a n/a 0 924
2001 706 18 78 83 7 n/a n/a 0 892
2002 618 17 78 118 7 n/a n/a 16 854
2003 618 17 78 118 7 n/a n/a 16 854
2004 585 20 68 122 1 n/a n/a 13 809
2005 574 14 65 109 2 n/a n/a 18 782
2006 536 13 60 77 2 n/a n/a 30 718
2007 540 12 54 83 4 n/a n/a 36 729
2008 550 9 48 74 4 n/a n/a 0 685
2009 517 9 48 66 1 1 73 0 715
2010 468 4 47 128 3 1 68 0 719
2011 475 6 50 130 1 2 56 0 720
2012 439 7 50 132 1 2 46 0 677
2013 418 8 43 132 1 4 47 0 653
2014 390 5 51 134 1 3 55 0 639
2015 406 6 62 129 1 1 55 0 660
2016 430 9 61 106 1 2 64 0 673
2017 428 7 57 104 1 2 60 0 659
2018 428 8 48 86 1 2 59 0 632
2019 389 8 50 85 0 1 70 0 603
2020 382 7 56 85 0 0 72 0 602
2021 369 7 48 81 0 0 64 0 569
2022 364 8 40 78 0 0 56 1 547
2023 353 6 38 82 0 0 70 1 550

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 Moulton Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 883 29.0 30.4 n/a
1989 892 33.4 26.7 n/a
1990 1035 34.0 30.4 n/a
1991 917 35.0 26.2 n/a
1992 1057 35.6 29.6 6.1
1993 871 32.0 27.2 8.4
1994 898 32.0 28.1 9.6
1995 834 29.0 28.8 10
1996 834 29.0 28.8 10
1997 862 41.0 21.0 12.4
1998 917 43.5 21.1 9.9
1999 931 43.0 21.7 9.5
2000 924 42.5 21.7 8.2
2001 892 41.0 21.8 6.7
2002 854 37.5 22.8 15.4
2003 854 37.5 22.8 15.4
2004 809 35.7 22.7 11.2
2005 782 34.0 23.0 9.8
2006 718 31.0 23.2 9
2007 729 33.5 21.8 9.7
2008 685 34.0 20.1 9.2
2009 715 32.0 21.7 11.6
2010 719 26.0 27.6 9.7
2011 720 n/a n/a 12.4
2012 677 25.8 26.1 0
2013 653 22.0 29.6 15.5
2014 639 20.0 31.9 12.5
2015 660 21.0 31.4 14.4
2016 673 22.0 30.5 14.6
2017 659 22.0 29.9 15.5
2018 632 21.0 30.0 21.5
2019 603 20.0 30.1 20.1
2020 602 n/a n/a 20.8
2021 569 19.7 28.7 20.4
2022 547 23.0 23.7 20.8
2023 550 21.9 25.0 30

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 Moulton Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 883 29.0 30.4 n/a
1989 892 33.4 26.7 n/a
1990 1035 34.0 30.4 n/a
1991 917 35.0 26.2 n/a
1992 1057 35.6 29.6 6.1
1993 871 32.0 27.2 8.4
1994 898 32.0 28.1 9.6
1995 834 29.0 28.8 10
1996 834 29.0 28.8 10
1997 862 41.0 21.0 12.4
1998 917 43.5 21.1 9.9
1999 931 43.0 21.7 9.5
2000 924 42.5 21.7 8.2
2001 892 41.0 21.8 6.7
2002 854 37.5 22.8 15.4
2003 854 37.5 22.8 15.4
2004 809 35.7 22.7 11.2
2005 782 34.0 23.0 9.8
2006 718 31.0 23.2 9
2007 729 33.5 21.8 9.7
2008 685 34.0 20.1 9.2
2009 715 32.0 21.7 11.6
2010 719 26.0 27.6 9.7
2011 720 n/a n/a 12.4
2012 677 25.8 26.1 0
2013 653 22.0 29.6 15.5
2014 639 20.0 31.9 12.5
2015 660 21.0 31.4 14.4
2016 673 22.0 30.5 14.6
2017 659 22.0 29.9 15.5
2018 632 21.0 30.0 21.5
2019 603 20.0 30.1 20.1
2020 602 n/a n/a 20.8
2021 569 19.7 28.7 20.4
2022 547 23.0 23.7 20.8
2023 550 21.9 25.0 30

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

Moulton Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201294.0%0.0%0.0%6.0%94.0%99.0%99.0%95.0%96.0%
201385.0%6.0%0.0%9.0%87.0%90.0%92.0%87.0%90.0%
201479.0%8.0%0.0%13.0%82.0%90.0%92.0%84.0%80.0%
201575.0%6.0%0.0%19.0%84.0%88.0%92.0%82.0%79.0%
201687.0%9.0%0.0%4.0%89.0%89.0%91.0%89.0%89.0%
201797.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%98.0%98.0%≥99.0%98.0%98.0%
201887.0%0.0%1.0%11.0%94.0%96.0%≥98.0%91.0%94.0%
201993.0%2.0%6.0%98.0%98.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%
202094.0%2.6%3.4%96.6%97.4%96.6%96.6%96.6%
202297.3%2.7%0.0%97.3%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,505

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Moulton Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 525th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 658th of 5874 Elementary schools
 2.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Moulton Elementary)83.764.1
 19.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Capistrano Unified)66.164.5
 1.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Moulton Elementary)79.865.9
 13.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)66.466.8
 0.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Moulton Elementary)79.874.5
 5.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Capistrano Unified)68.167.2
 0.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Moulton Elementary)73.777.7
 3.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)65.468.1
 2.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Moulton Elementary)74.178.5
 4.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Capistrano Unified)68.169.7
 1.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Moulton Elementary)65.760.8
 5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)56.357.5
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Moulton Elementary)54.657
 2.4%
   5th Grade Science (Capistrano Unified)50.352.9
 2.7%
   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 Students603550
 8.8%
African American86
 25%
American Indian00
Asian5038
 24%
Hispanic8582
 3.5%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White389353
 9.3%
Two or More Races7070
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients20.1%30%
 9.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Moulton Elementary

Students who attend Moulton Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Niguel Hills Middle
High : Dana Hills High

In the 2022-23 school year, 550 students attended Moulton Elementary.

Students at Moulton Elementary are 64% White, 15% Hispanic, 13% Two or more races, 7% Asian, 1% African American.

Moulton Elementary ranks 658th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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