San Juan Elementary

Summary:

San Juan Elementary is a public elementary school in San Juan Capistrano, California, serving 697 students in grades K-5 as part of the Capistrano Unified School District. However, the school faces significant challenges, including a high-need student population, low academic performance, and high chronic absenteeism rates.

San Juan Elementary has a notably higher Hispanic student population (78.91%) compared to nearby schools like John Malcom Elementary and Palisades Elementary. The school's test scores are consistently lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas, with only 24.85% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts in 2022-2023, compared to 70.24% in the district and 46.66% in California. Additionally, San Juan Elementary has a high chronic absenteeism rate of 28.6%, significantly higher than the nearby schools, which range from 13.9% to 32.8%.

The school's performance has declined over the years, with its statewide ranking dropping from 2,322 out of 5,611 California elementary schools in 2014-2015 to 3,863 out of 5,848 in 2022-2023. This decline is particularly pronounced for Hispanic students and English Language Learners, who rank in the bottom 20% and bottom 25% of California elementary schools, respectively. In contrast, the nearby Capistrano Home/Virtual school has consistently outperformed San Juan Elementary and the district as a whole on test scores, suggesting that the virtual learning environment may be better suited for some students.


Detail:

Public K-5

 31642 El Camino Real
       San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675-2616


(949) 493-4533

District: Capistrano Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
3874th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,610 Help


Students who attend San Juan Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Marco Forster Middle
High:    Capistrano Valley High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.8 Help
Number of students:  697

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
78.9%
White:
15.8%
Two or more races:
4.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  73.2% Help


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Compare Details San Juan Elementary ranks worse than 66% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 33rd 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 30.11. (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 (78.9%), White (15.8%), two or more races (4.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 73.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at San Juan Elementary is 24.8. 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 San Juan Elementary is $9,610. 20 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

San Juan Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks San Juan Elementary 3874th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See San Juan Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Capistrano Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Capistrano Unified 181st of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for San Juan Elementary

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Rank History for all students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 23.16 3691st 4809 23.2%
2005 12.54 4486th 4822 7.0%
2006 8.56 4692nd 4818 2.6%
2007 12.27 4806th 5113 6.0%
2008 9.37 4950th 5113 3.2%
2009 14.11 4788th 5193 7.8%
2010 23.37 4340th 5314 18.3%
2011 47.52 2750th 5377 48.9%
2012 55.38 2310th 5390 57.1%
2013 46.69 2882nd 5530 47.9%
2015 52.49 2322nd 5611 58.6%
2016 47.99 2606th 5614 53.6%
2017 40.74 3057th 5692 46.3%
2018 41.63 3045th 5662 46.2%
2019 37.09 3380th 5789 41.6%
2022 43.80 2862nd 5883 51.4%
2023 30.11 3863rd 5848 33.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.26 1435th 3246 55.8%
2019 40.10 1777th 3275 45.7%
2022 51.88 1104th 3311 66.7%
2023 30.68 2472nd 3240 23.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 39.55 1228th 2416 49.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.87 3630th 5084 28.6%
2019 27.76 4047th 5173 21.8%
2022 39.08 3087th 5264 41.4%
2023 26.77 4171st 5355 22.1%
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Rank History for Homeless students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 56.40 116th 356 67.4%
2023 28.20 275th 336 18.2%
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Rank History for Female students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.89 3285th 5413 39.3%
2019 33.74 3515th 5492 36.0%
2022 47.72 2538th 5635 55.0%
2023 29.84 3763rd 5595 32.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.95 372nd 2128 82.5%
2019 54.47 857th 2585 66.8%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 20.33 109th 130 16.2%
2023 9.53 130th 140 7.1%
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Rank History for Male students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.88 2681st 5431 50.6%
2019 40.10 3031st 5510 45.0%
2022 39.05 3066th 5663 45.9%
2023 30.88 3687th 5627 34.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.46 2900th 4830 40.0%
2019 31.60 3583rd 4963 27.8%
2022 42.44 2716th 5084 46.6%
2023 26.58 3978th 5079 21.7%
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Rank History for White students at San Juan Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.38 954th 2737 65.1%
2019 71.02 779th 2834 72.5%
2022 66.23 947th 2726 65.3%
2023 55.66 1268th 2659 52.3%
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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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by a parent
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Open Quote My daughter is in 3rd grade and I am so impressed with her academics. This is an immersion school and they learn both English and Spanish. The dedication of the teachers and staff is amazing. Thank you! Close Quote



Enrollment information for San Juan Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 275 1 9 314 2 n/a n/a 0 601
1989 355 5 16 421 2 n/a n/a 0 799
1990 329 2 10 501 2 n/a n/a 0 844
1991 333 2 5 682 5 n/a n/a 0 1027
1992 268 2 2 751 8 n/a n/a 0 1031
1993 216 3 9 848 10 n/a n/a 0 1086
1994 179 8 8 912 5 n/a n/a 0 1112
1995 65 4 2 892 4 n/a n/a 0 967
1996 65 4 2 892 4 n/a n/a 0 967
1997 44 4 6 987 4 n/a n/a 0 1045
1998 31 3 4 1008 2 n/a n/a 0 1048
1999 24 2 4 1084 5 n/a n/a 0 1119
2000 20 0 4 1081 2 n/a n/a 0 1107
2001 16 0 0 653 0 n/a n/a 4 673
2002 12 4 5 684 2 n/a n/a 2 709
2003 12 4 5 684 2 n/a n/a 2 709
2004 5 0 2 625 0 n/a n/a 0 632
2005 13 0 1 562 0 n/a n/a 4 580
2006 30 3 1 575 0 n/a n/a 14 623
2007 51 3 3 556 1 n/a n/a 13 627
2008 80 4 7 544 n/a n/a n/a 0 635
2009 94 7 15 513 0 1 21 0 651
2010 125 6 18 510 1 3 3 0 666
2011 171 8 23 534 0 3 3 0 742
2012 174 5 21 514 0 3 4 0 721
2013 171 5 21 538 0 3 8 0 746
2014 164 4 16 552 0 3 15 0 754
2015 161 3 15 579 0 1 15 0 774
2016 170 4 11 595 0 0 17 0 797
2017 161 5 8 584 0 0 17 0 775
2018 163 2 7 587 0 1 19 0 779
2019 169 0 6 589 0 1 20 0 785
2020 165 1 4 575 0 1 28 0 774
2021 146 1 4 552 0 1 27 0 731
2022 126 0 3 523 0 1 28 0 681
2023 110 1 3 550 0 1 32 0 697

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 San Juan Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 601 24.0 25.0 n/a
1989 799 30.0 26.6 n/a
1990 844 33.0 25.5 n/a
1991 1027 39.0 26.3 n/a
1992 1031 39.6 26.0 69.6
1993 1086 40.0 27.2 79.3
1994 1112 43.0 25.9 89
1995 967 38.0 25.4 94.9
1996 967 38.0 25.4 94.9
1997 1045 43.0 24.3 94.9
1998 1048 47.0 22.3 94.9
1999 1119 51.0 21.9 94.1
2000 1107 55.0 20.1 74.5
2001 673 33.0 20.4 96.6
2002 709 33.0 21.5 99.9
2003 709 33.0 21.5 99.9
2004 632 29.0 21.8 91.8
2005 580 28.0 20.7 88.4
2006 623 28.0 22.3 84.4
2007 627 31.0 20.2 84.7
2008 635 34.0 18.7 81.9
2009 651 33.0 18.1 88
2010 666 30.0 22.2 70
2011 742 n/a n/a 64.8
2012 721 27.8 25.8 n/a
2013 746 27.7 26.9 66
2014 754 26.0 29.0 65.1
2015 774 27.0 28.6 65.6
2016 797 29.0 27.4 64.5
2017 775 28.0 27.6 65.8
2018 779 28.0 27.8 66.9
2019 785 29.0 27.0 65
2020 774 n/a n/a 68.9
2021 731 25.1 29.0 64.7
2022 681 28.0 24.3 63.4
2023 697 28.0 24.8 73.2

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 San Juan Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 601 24.0 25.0 n/a
1989 799 30.0 26.6 n/a
1990 844 33.0 25.5 n/a
1991 1027 39.0 26.3 n/a
1992 1031 39.6 26.0 69.6
1993 1086 40.0 27.2 79.3
1994 1112 43.0 25.9 89
1995 967 38.0 25.4 94.9
1996 967 38.0 25.4 94.9
1997 1045 43.0 24.3 94.9
1998 1048 47.0 22.3 94.9
1999 1119 51.0 21.9 94.1
2000 1107 55.0 20.1 74.5
2001 673 33.0 20.4 96.6
2002 709 33.0 21.5 99.9
2003 709 33.0 21.5 99.9
2004 632 29.0 21.8 91.8
2005 580 28.0 20.7 88.4
2006 623 28.0 22.3 84.4
2007 627 31.0 20.2 84.7
2008 635 34.0 18.7 81.9
2009 651 33.0 18.1 88
2010 666 30.0 22.2 70
2011 742 n/a n/a 64.8
2012 721 27.8 25.8 n/a
2013 746 27.7 26.9 66
2014 754 26.0 29.0 65.1
2015 774 27.0 28.6 65.6
2016 797 29.0 27.4 64.5
2017 775 28.0 27.6 65.8
2018 779 28.0 27.8 66.9
2019 785 29.0 27.0 65
2020 774 n/a n/a 68.9
2021 731 25.1 29.0 64.7
2022 681 28.0 24.3 63.4
2023 697 28.0 24.8 73.2

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

San Juan Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201278.0%2.0%0.0%20.0%81.0%92.0%92.0%80.0%85.0%
201378.0%3.0%0.0%19.0%85.0%95.0%96.0%85.0%83.0%
201479.0%9.0%0.0%11.0%83.0%89.0%91.0%86.0%87.0%
201577.0%13.0%1.0%9.0%84.0%85.0%86.0%78.0%84.0%
201694.0%5.0%0.0%1.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%94.0%
201797.0%0.0%3.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%
201896.0%0.0%2.0%2.0%97.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%96.0%
201994.0%3.0%1.0%95.0%95.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%
202198.1%1.9%0.0%98.1%
202295.7%0.0%0.0%97.4%96.6%97.4%97.4%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,610

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

Impact of COVID-19 on San Juan Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 3380th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 3863rd of 5848 Elementary schools
 7.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Juan Elementary)32.820.2
 12.7%
   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 (San Juan Elementary)4730.3
 16.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)66.466.8
 0.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
3rd Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Juan Elementary)10.59.2
 1.2%
   3rd Grade Reading/Language Arts (Capistrano Unified)156.9
 8.1%
   3rd Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)13.88.7
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Juan Elementary)42.415.6
 26.8%
   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 (San Juan Elementary)5022
 28%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)65.468.1
 2.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
4th Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Juan Elementary)10.23.7
 6.5%
   4th Grade Reading/Language Arts (Capistrano Unified)139.4
 3.6%
   4th Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)14.59.1
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (San Juan Elementary)34.439.6
 5.3%
   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 (San Juan Elementary)32.836.5
 3.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)56.357.5
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (San Juan Elementary)20.828
 7.3%
   5th Grade Science (Capistrano Unified)50.352.9
 2.7%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
5th Grade Reading/Language Arts (San Juan Elementary)8.410.3
 1.9%
   5th Grade Reading/Language Arts (Capistrano Unified)11.49.8
 1.6%
   5th Grade Reading/Language Arts (California)138.8
 4.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students785697
 11.2%
African American01
American Indian00
Asian63
 50%
Hispanic589550
 6.6%
Pacific Islander11
White169110
 34.9%
Two or More Races2032
 60%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients65%73.2%
 8.2%


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San Juan Elementary ranks 3874th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 697 students attended San Juan Elementary.

Students who attend San Juan Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Marco Forster Middle
High : Capistrano Valley High

Students at San Juan Elementary are 79% Hispanic, 16% White, 5% Two or more races.


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