Palisades Elementary

Summary:

Palisades Elementary is a public elementary school in Capistrano Beach, California, serving 343 students in grades K-5. As part of the Capistrano Unified School District, which is ranked 181 out of 1,560 districts in the state, Palisades Elementary stands out for its strong academic performance and exceptional support for special education students.

With a higher percentage of White students (58.6%) compared to nearby schools like San Juan Elementary (78.91% Hispanic) and Kinoshita Elementary (95.12% Hispanic), Palisades Elementary consistently outperforms the district and state in standardized test scores. The school also ranks exceptionally high in the state for its special education program, earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Palisades Elementary faces challenges such as higher chronic absenteeism rates and a more socioeconomically diverse student population than some nearby schools, its strong academic achievements and dedication to supporting all students make it a standout institution in the local area. The school's steady improvement in statewide rankings over the past decade, moving from 2,233 out of 5,692 California elementary schools to 1,069 out of 5,848, is a testament to the quality education it provides.


Detail:

Public K-5

 26462 Via Sacramento
       Capistrano Beach, CA  92624-1399


(949) 496-5942

District: Capistrano Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1077th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,517 Help


Students who attend Palisades Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Shorecliffs Middle
High:    San Juan Hills High

Student/teacher ratio:  19.0 Help
Number of students:  343

Racial breakdown:

White:
58.6%
Hispanic:
22.7%
Two or more races:
17.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  48.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Palisades Elementary ranks better than 81.7% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 22nd 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 82.35. (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 Palisades Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (58.6%), Hispanic (22.7%), two or more races (17.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 48.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palisades Elementary is 19, which is the 2nd best among 34 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palisades Elementary is $10,517, which is the 7th highest among 34 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Palisades Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Palisades Elementary 1077th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Palisades Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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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 Palisades Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Palisades Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 69.58 1315th 4809 72.7%
2005 70.03 1331st 4822 72.4%
2006 69.86 1348th 4818 72.0%
2007 64.16 1634th 5113 68.0%
2008 76.26 1130th 5113 77.9%
2009 67.66 1550th 5193 70.2%
2010 58.24 2084th 5314 60.8%
2011 66.95 1643rd 5377 69.4%
2012 73.81 1339th 5390 75.2%
2013 75.66 1280th 5530 76.9%
2015 74.14 1348th 5611 76.0%
2016 68.08 1612th 5614 71.3%
2017 55.81 2233rd 5692 60.8%
2018 57.06 2184th 5662 61.4%
2019 65.36 1824th 5789 68.5%
2022 75.84 1368th 5883 76.7%
2023 82.35 1077th 5874 81.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Palisades Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 94.88 103rd 2420 95.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Palisades Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.21 2534th 5084 50.2%
2019 52.75 2220th 5173 57.1%
2022 72.58 1049th 5264 80.1%
2023 81.54 716th 5374 86.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Palisades Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.65 2088th 5413 61.4%
2019 44.14 2857th 5492 48.0%
2022 75.69 1295th 5635 77.0%
2023 77.22 1205th 5617 78.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Palisades Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 97.22 61st 2585 97.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Palisades Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.24 2156th 5431 60.3%
2019 77.23 1205th 5510 78.1%
2022 74.24 1342nd 5663 76.3%
2023 83.36 950th 5650 83.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Palisades Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.16 2923rd 4830 39.5%
2019 41.61 2850th 4963 42.6%
2022 69.38 1184th 5084 76.7%
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Rank History for White students at Palisades Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.97 1793rd 2737 34.5%
2019 54.57 1397th 2834 50.7%
2022 56.82 1263rd 2726 53.7%
2023 58.65 1165th 2662 56.2%
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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.

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 Palisades Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 590 4 5 60 0 n/a n/a 0 659
1989 568 1 5 54 0 n/a n/a 0 628
1990 573 0 4 57 0 n/a n/a 0 634
1991 604 5 10 79 1 n/a n/a 0 699
1992 582 5 12 86 1 n/a n/a 0 686
1993 635 5 20 95 0 n/a n/a 0 755
1994 683 3 15 107 0 n/a n/a 0 808
1995 671 6 21 171 3 n/a n/a 0 872
1996 671 6 21 171 3 n/a n/a 0 872
1997 678 10 23 184 4 n/a n/a 0 899
1998 696 12 26 212 6 n/a n/a 0 952
1999 593 11 20 207 8 n/a n/a 0 839
2000 586 10 21 219 12 n/a n/a 1 849
2001 537 8 21 222 11 n/a n/a 5 804
2002 426 4 12 143 11 n/a n/a 12 608
2003 426 4 12 143 11 n/a n/a 12 608
2004 403 5 12 128 10 n/a n/a 29 587
2005 376 3 7 116 5 n/a n/a 36 543
2006 331 3 14 120 8 n/a n/a 41 517
2007 332 1 6 108 7 n/a n/a 41 495
2008 328 n/a 4 101 2 n/a n/a 0 435
2009 330 5 7 110 5 0 75 0 532
2010 332 1 12 156 1 0 22 0 524
2011 318 3 17 162 1 0 25 0 526
2012 325 1 14 153 1 0 19 0 513
2013 335 4 12 167 1 1 23 0 543
2014 314 1 10 157 1 1 26 0 510
2015 323 3 10 152 2 0 29 0 519
2016 337 1 14 160 2 1 41 0 556
2017 302 5 14 148 1 1 39 0 510
2018 288 4 10 132 1 1 46 0 482
2019 271 4 14 107 1 0 48 0 445
2020 241 3 8 104 2 0 53 0 411
2021 208 1 10 93 1 0 40 0 353
2022 228 2 7 93 2 0 53 0 385
2023 201 0 3 78 1 0 60 0 343

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 Palisades Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 659 25.5 25.8 n/a
1989 628 26.0 24.1 n/a
1990 634 25.0 25.3 n/a
1991 699 27.0 25.8 n/a
1992 686 27.4 25.0 16.5
1993 755 26.0 29.0 13.2
1994 808 28.0 28.9 18.8
1995 872 30.6 28.5 28.1
1996 872 30.6 28.5 28.1
1997 899 37.0 24.3 28.8
1998 952 39.0 24.4 28.9
1999 839 39.0 21.5 26
2000 849 37.0 22.9 26.9
2001 804 37.0 21.7 23.7
2002 608 28.1 21.6 39.6
2003 608 28.1 21.6 39.6
2004 587 27.1 21.7 28.3
2005 543 25.0 21.7 22.1
2006 517 26.0 19.9 26.3
2007 495 28.0 17.7 26
2008 435 28.5 15.3 31.5
2009 532 28.0 17.7 32.7
2010 524 24.0 21.8 30.3
2011 526 n/a n/a 36.3
2012 513 19.8 25.8 n/a
2013 543 20.3 26.7 38.9
2014 510 18.0 28.3 35.7
2015 519 19.0 27.3 38.2
2016 556 20.0 27.8 34.5
2017 510 19.0 26.8 36.5
2018 482 18.0 26.7 43.8
2019 445 16.0 27.8 37.1
2020 411 n/a n/a 39.9
2021 353 15.4 22.8 38.2
2022 385 19.0 20.2 34
2023 343 18.0 19.0 48.4

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 Palisades Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 659 25.5 25.8 n/a
1989 628 26.0 24.1 n/a
1990 634 25.0 25.3 n/a
1991 699 27.0 25.8 n/a
1992 686 27.4 25.0 16.5
1993 755 26.0 29.0 13.2
1994 808 28.0 28.9 18.8
1995 872 30.6 28.5 28.1
1996 872 30.6 28.5 28.1
1997 899 37.0 24.3 28.8
1998 952 39.0 24.4 28.9
1999 839 39.0 21.5 26
2000 849 37.0 22.9 26.9
2001 804 37.0 21.7 23.7
2002 608 28.1 21.6 39.6
2003 608 28.1 21.6 39.6
2004 587 27.1 21.7 28.3
2005 543 25.0 21.7 22.1
2006 517 26.0 19.9 26.3
2007 495 28.0 17.7 26
2008 435 28.5 15.3 31.5
2009 532 28.0 17.7 32.7
2010 524 24.0 21.8 30.3
2011 526 n/a n/a 36.3
2012 513 19.8 25.8 n/a
2013 543 20.3 26.7 38.9
2014 510 18.0 28.3 35.7
2015 519 19.0 27.3 38.2
2016 556 20.0 27.8 34.5
2017 510 19.0 26.8 36.5
2018 482 18.0 26.7 43.8
2019 445 16.0 27.8 37.1
2020 411 n/a n/a 39.9
2021 353 15.4 22.8 38.2
2022 385 19.0 20.2 34
2023 343 18.0 19.0 48.4

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

Palisades Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201272.0%11.0%0.0%18.0%89.0%89.0%85.0%89.0%76.0%
201376.0%4.0%21.0%0.0%76.0%76.0%76.0%76.0%76.0%
201460.0%15.0%3.0%23.0%70.0%75.0%75.0%69.0%65.0%
201574.0%5.0%3.0%18.0%77.0%88.0%91.0%76.0%80.0%
201681.0%10.0%0.0%9.0%87.0%87.0%81.0%88.0%88.0%
201792.0%0.0%1.0%5.0%94.0%94.0%96.0%96.0%97.0%
201895.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201993.0%0.0%0.0%95.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%95.0%95.0%
202076.4%5.5%10.9%85.5%85.5%81.8%87.3%89.1%
202189.9%2.9%1.5%92.8%94.2%89.9%91.3%89.9%
202293.3%0.0%1.0%96.2%98.1%93.3%94.2%94.2%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $10,517

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Palisades Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1824th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1077th of 5874 Elementary schools
 13.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palisades Elementary)51.555.8
 4.3%
   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 (Palisades Elementary)41.355.8
 14.5%
   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 (Palisades Elementary)62.564
 1.5%
   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 (Palisades Elementary)56.864
 7.2%
   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 (Palisades Elementary)56.368.1
 11.8%
   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 (Palisades Elementary)49.257.5
 8.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)56.357.5
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Palisades Elementary)48.451.1
 2.6%
   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 Students445343
 22.9%
African American40
 100%
American Indian11
Asian143
 78.6%
Hispanic10778
 27.1%
Pacific Islander00
White271201
 25.8%
Two or More Races4860
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients37.1%48.4%
 11.3%


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Students who attend Palisades Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Shorecliffs Middle
High : San Juan Hills High

Palisades Elementary ranks 1077th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 343 students attended Palisades Elementary.

Students at Palisades Elementary are 59% White, 23% Hispanic, 17% Two or more races.


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