Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Summary:

Richard Henry Dana Elementary is a public elementary school in Dana Point, California, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Capistrano Unified School District.

Richard Henry Dana Elementary has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, with a higher percentage of Hispanic students (57.82%) and a lower percentage of White students (33.67%). However, the school faces challenges, including a significantly higher chronic absenteeism rate (22.3%) and lower academic performance on standardized tests, with only 44.04% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy, compared to the district's 70.24% and the state's 46.66%. Over the past several years, the school's statewide ranking has steadily declined, suggesting its performance has not kept pace with other schools in California.

Despite these challenges, Richard Henry Dana Elementary performs better for specific student subgroups, such as English Language Learners and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, compared to the overall student population. Additionally, the school has a separate program, Richard Henry Dana Exceptional Needs, which serves students with special needs and has a significantly higher chronic absenteeism rate (58.1%) and a lower student-teacher ratio (5:1) compared to the main school.


Detail:

Public K-5

 24242 La Cresta Dr.
       Dana Point, CA  92629-2561


(949) 496-5784

District: Capistrano Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
2728th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,866 Help


Students who attend Richard Henry Dana Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Marco Forster Middle
High:    Dana Hills High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.6 Help
Number of students:  294

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
57.8%
White:
33.7%
Two or more races:
7.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  59.9% Help


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Compare Details Richard Henry Dana Elementary ranks better than 53.6% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 31st 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 46.52. (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 (57.8%), White (33.7%), two or more races (7.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 59.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Richard Henry Dana Elementary is 24.6. 22 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 Richard Henry Dana Elementary is $11,866, which is the highest among 35 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Richard Henry Dana Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Richard Henry Dana Elementary 2728th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Richard Henry Dana 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 Richard Henry Dana Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 34.97 2940th 4809 38.9%
2005 26.85 3493rd 4822 27.6%
2006 39.08 2761st 4818 42.7%
2007 56.88 1976th 5113 61.4%
2008 57.02 1999th 5113 60.9%
2009 80.55 979th 5193 81.1%
2010 71.99 1370th 5314 74.2%
2011 52.27 2457th 5377 54.3%
2012 33.77 3681st 5390 31.7%
2013 36.04 3593rd 5530 35.0%
2015 45.53 2708th 5611 51.7%
2016 36.63 3289th 5614 41.4%
2017 16.07 5028th 5692 11.7%
2018 21.83 4523rd 5662 20.1%
2019 34.85 3541st 5789 38.8%
2022 41.92 2965th 5883 49.6%
2023 46.52 2728th 5874 53.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.89 2536th 3246 21.9%
2019 46.89 1404th 3275 57.1%
2022 48.50 1286th 3311 61.2%
2023 43.45 1585th 3250 51.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.22 3894th 5084 23.4%
2019 51.53 2299th 5173 55.6%
2022 58.20 1785th 5264 66.1%
2023 48.03 2496th 5374 53.6%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 35.45 226th 336 32.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.97 3999th 5413 26.1%
2019 36.81 3294th 5492 40.0%
2022 44.06 2752nd 5635 51.2%
2023 39.80 3021st 5617 46.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.64 4694th 5431 13.6%
2019 33.27 3517th 5510 36.2%
2022 41.88 2897th 5663 48.8%
2023 52.88 2292nd 5650 59.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.20 3538th 4830 26.7%
2019 46.55 2519th 4963 49.2%
2022 46.22 2434th 5084 52.1%
2023 37.18 3133rd 5098 38.5%
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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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Data source: California Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Richard Henry Dana Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 670 3 24 131 0 n/a n/a 0 828
1989 691 4 21 157 0 n/a n/a 0 873
1990 679 5 27 214 1 n/a n/a 0 926
1991 638 9 26 229 2 n/a n/a 0 904
1992 664 7 23 270 0 n/a n/a 0 964
1993 677 12 19 285 0 n/a n/a 0 993
1994 611 6 24 342 0 n/a n/a 0 983
1995 321 15 14 387 0 n/a n/a 0 737
1996 321 15 14 387 0 n/a n/a 0 737
1997 297 15 6 397 0 n/a n/a 0 715
1998 328 12 6 419 0 n/a n/a 0 765
1999 339 12 11 446 0 n/a n/a 0 808
2000 317 10 8 451 0 n/a n/a 0 786
2001 230 4 3 394 0 n/a n/a 0 631
2002 157 4 6 307 0 n/a n/a 8 482
2003 157 4 6 307 0 n/a n/a 8 482
2004 120 4 5 301 0 n/a n/a 4 434
2005 114 4 7 267 0 n/a n/a 9 401
2006 90 3 2 243 2 n/a n/a 8 348
2007 86 3 1 248 0 n/a n/a 10 348
2008 98 3 2 272 1 n/a n/a 0 376
2009 95 0 2 254 1 1 33 0 386
2010 89 0 6 301 1 0 15 0 412
2011 77 0 4 288 2 0 15 0 386
2012 66 0 4 294 2 0 13 0 379
2013 63 1 3 292 0 0 7 0 366
2014 36 1 1 293 0 0 4 0 335
2015 33 0 1 261 0 0 3 0 298
2016 22 0 1 245 1 0 5 0 274
2017 14 0 1 218 1 0 5 0 239
2018 14 1 1 194 0 0 4 0 214
2019 12 1 1 169 0 0 3 0 186
2020 41 1 0 152 0 0 7 0 201
2021 54 1 3 156 0 0 13 0 227
2022 77 2 2 157 0 0 15 0 253
2023 99 0 4 170 0 0 21 0 294

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 Richard Henry Dana Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 828 33.0 25.0 n/a
1989 873 35.0 24.9 n/a
1990 926 34.0 27.2 n/a
1991 904 34.6 26.1 n/a
1992 964 35.2 27.3 32.2
1993 993 36.0 27.6 33.2
1994 983 35.0 28.1 47.5
1995 737 36.4 20.2 66.5
1996 737 36.4 20.2 66.5
1997 715 42.0 17.0 76.4
1998 765 48.0 15.9 66
1999 808 51.0 15.8 60.6
2000 786 49.0 16.0 63.6
2001 631 31.0 20.4 66.1
2002 482 23.6 20.4 83.8
2003 482 23.6 20.4 83.8
2004 434 21.6 20.1 74.7
2005 401 17.0 23.6 60.7
2006 348 19.0 18.3 70.6
2007 348 19.0 18.3 78.4
2008 376 21.0 17.9 68.1
2009 386 19.0 17.5 65.8
2010 412 17.0 24.2 85.7
2011 386 n/a n/a 76.4
2012 379 13.9 27.2 n/a
2013 366 13.3 27.3 84.4
2014 335 11.0 30.4 87.5
2015 298 10.0 29.8 78.2
2016 274 10.0 27.4 84.3
2017 239 9.0 26.5 86.6
2018 214 7.0 30.5 92.5
2019 186 6.0 31.0 87.1
2020 201 n/a n/a 78.1
2021 227 9.5 23.8 65.2
2022 253 11.0 23.0 53
2023 294 11.9 24.6 59.9

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 Richard Henry Dana Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 828 33.0 25.0 n/a
1989 873 35.0 24.9 n/a
1990 926 34.0 27.2 n/a
1991 904 34.6 26.1 n/a
1992 964 35.2 27.3 32.2
1993 993 36.0 27.6 33.2
1994 983 35.0 28.1 47.5
1995 737 36.4 20.2 66.5
1996 737 36.4 20.2 66.5
1997 715 42.0 17.0 76.4
1998 765 48.0 15.9 66
1999 808 51.0 15.8 60.6
2000 786 49.0 16.0 63.6
2001 631 31.0 20.4 66.1
2002 482 23.6 20.4 83.8
2003 482 23.6 20.4 83.8
2004 434 21.6 20.1 74.7
2005 401 17.0 23.6 60.7
2006 348 19.0 18.3 70.6
2007 348 19.0 18.3 78.4
2008 376 21.0 17.9 68.1
2009 386 19.0 17.5 65.8
2010 412 17.0 24.2 85.7
2011 386 n/a n/a 76.4
2012 379 13.9 27.2 n/a
2013 366 13.3 27.3 84.4
2014 335 11.0 30.4 87.5
2015 298 10.0 29.8 78.2
2016 274 10.0 27.4 84.3
2017 239 9.0 26.5 86.6
2018 214 7.0 30.5 92.5
2019 186 6.0 31.0 87.1
2020 201 n/a n/a 78.1
2021 227 9.5 23.8 65.2
2022 253 11.0 23.0 53
2023 294 11.9 24.6 59.9

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

Richard Henry Dana Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201293.0%1.0%0.0%6.0%96.0%97.0%99.0%96.0%94.0%
201395.0%5.0%0.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201486.0%5.0%0.0%9.0%95.0%95.0%93.0%93.0%88.0%
201591.0%2.0%0.0%7.0%95.0%98.0%98.0%93.0%93.0%
2016100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2017≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%
2018≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%
2019≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%
202092.7%3.6%1.8%92.7%94.6%94.6%94.6%94.6%
202296.7%0.0%3.3%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Richard Henry Dana Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,866

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Richard Henry Dana Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 3541st of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 2728th of 5874 Elementary schools
 14.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Richard Henry Dana Elementary)41.453.9
 12.5%
   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 (Richard Henry Dana Elementary)51.756.6
 4.9%
   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 (Richard Henry Dana Elementary)33.348.2
 14.8%
   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 (Richard Henry Dana Elementary)32.437
 4.7%
   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 (Richard Henry Dana Elementary)44.723.3
 21.4%
   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 (Richard Henry Dana Elementary)21.16.7
 14.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)56.357.5
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Richard Henry Dana Elementary)26.310
 16.3%
   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 Students186294
 58.1%
African American10
 100%
American Indian00
Asian14
 300%
Hispanic169170
 0.6%
Pacific Islander00
White1299
 725%
Two or More Races321
 600%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients87.1%59.9%
 27.2%


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Students who attend Richard Henry Dana Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Marco Forster Middle
High : Dana Hills High

In the 2022-23 school year, 294 students attended Richard Henry Dana Elementary.

Richard Henry Dana Elementary ranks 2728th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Richard Henry Dana Elementary are 58% Hispanic, 34% White, 7% Two or more races, 1% Asian.


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