John Malcom Elementary

Summary:

John Malcom Elementary is a public elementary school in Laguna Niguel, California, serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Capistrano Unified School District. This high-performing school consistently ranks in the top 15% of California elementary schools, with a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

John Malcom Elementary stands out for its strong academic performance, with a significantly higher percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts (71.09%) and Mathematics compared to the district and state averages. The school also excels in the performance of specific student subgroups, ranking 3rd out of 5,084 California elementary schools for Hispanic students in ELA and 73rd out of 2,585 for students with disabilities. While the school has seen an increase in chronic absenteeism, it still performs better than nearby schools like San Juan Elementary and Hidden Hills Elementary.

Interestingly, despite its high academic performance, John Malcom Elementary has a significant population of low-socioeconomic status students, with 28.83% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. This suggests the school is able to provide a quality education to students from diverse backgrounds. When compared to other nearby schools, such as George White Elementary and Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts, John Malcom Elementary stands out as a consistently high-performing institution within the Capistrano Unified School District.


Detail:

Public K-5

 32261 Charles Ave.
       Laguna Niguel, CA  92677-4258


(949) 248-0542

District: Capistrano Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
698th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,478 Help


Students who attend John Malcom Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Niguel Hills Middle
High:    Dana Hills High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.8 Help
Number of students:  548

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.8%
Two or more races:
17.3%
Hispanic:
10.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  28.8% Help


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Compare Details John Malcom Elementary ranks better than 88.1% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 17th 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 90.18. (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: White (68.8%), two or more races (17.3%), Hispanic (10.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 28.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at John Malcom Elementary is 23.8, which is the 14th 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 John Malcom Elementary is $9,478. 22 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

John Malcom Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks John Malcom Elementary 698th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See John Malcom 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 John Malcom Elementary

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Rank History for all students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 79.40 918th 4809 80.9%
2005 79.66 932nd 4822 80.7%
2006 85.30 720th 4818 85.1%
2007 84.94 756th 5113 85.2%
2008 82.30 865th 5113 83.1%
2009 85.77 720th 5193 86.1%
2010 84.55 752nd 5314 85.8%
2011 90.37 415th 5377 92.3%
2012 85.73 689th 5390 87.2%
2013 83.55 845th 5530 84.7%
2015 90.62 590th 5611 89.5%
2016 88.31 722nd 5614 87.1%
2017 90.11 639th 5692 88.8%
2018 86.76 809th 5662 85.7%
2019 87.13 789th 5789 86.4%
2022 84.73 953rd 5883 83.8%
2023 90.18 698th 5874 88.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 41.22 456th 669 31.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 51.38 876th 2420 63.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.92 453rd 5084 91.1%
2019 86.51 427th 5173 91.7%
2022 74.30 990th 5264 81.2%
2023 90.50 368th 5374 93.2%
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Rank History for Female students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.69 1005th 5413 81.4%
2019 83.79 880th 5492 84.0%
2022 85.23 859th 5635 84.8%
2023 89.96 626th 5617 88.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.90 65th 2128 96.9%
2019 96.30 73rd 2585 97.2%
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Rank History for Male students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.99 627th 5431 88.5%
2019 87.78 696th 5510 87.4%
2022 81.79 1025th 5663 81.9%
2023 88.30 709th 5650 87.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.83 135th 4830 97.2%
2019 93.33 184th 4963 96.3%
2022 99.97 3rd 5084 99.9%
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Rank History for White students at John Malcom Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.61 1019th 2737 62.8%
2019 62.79 1106th 2834 61.0%
2022 60.17 1154th 2726 57.7%
2023 73.96 659th 2662 75.2%
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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 John Malcom Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 834 6 25 35 0 n/a n/a 0 900
1996 834 6 25 35 0 n/a n/a 0 900
1997 847 4 31 34 0 n/a n/a 0 916
1998 832 5 32 30 0 n/a n/a 0 899
1999 771 4 22 29 0 n/a n/a 0 826
2000 758 6 25 40 0 n/a n/a 1 830
2001 777 8 26 30 0 n/a n/a 0 841
2002 690 9 39 31 0 n/a n/a 27 796
2003 690 9 39 31 0 n/a n/a 27 796
2004 706 7 39 40 1 n/a n/a 40 833
2005 648 6 37 32 2 n/a n/a 42 767
2006 647 3 40 28 2 n/a n/a 59 779
2007 616 4 30 28 1 n/a n/a 56 735
2008 590 2 25 29 n/a n/a n/a 0 646
2009 557 2 26 28 2 0 60 0 675
2010 517 2 18 71 3 0 48 0 659
2011 536 0 18 76 0 0 40 0 670
2012 554 1 17 82 0 0 40 0 694
2013 559 6 19 76 0 0 47 0 707
2014 574 7 23 81 0 0 53 0 738
2015 546 5 21 77 0 1 59 0 709
2016 525 3 21 71 0 0 66 0 686
2017 496 2 20 72 1 0 69 0 660
2018 454 2 18 67 1 0 72 0 614
2019 434 1 28 68 1 0 73 0 605
2020 457 3 20 59 0 2 85 0 626
2021 362 4 13 42 0 1 76 0 498
2022 350 5 13 46 0 0 63 0 477
2023 377 3 14 59 0 0 95 0 548

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 John Malcom Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 900 32.0 28.1 4.9
1996 900 32.0 28.1 4.9
1997 916 39.0 23.5 6.2
1998 899 40.0 22.5 4.4
1999 826 37.0 22.3 4.5
2000 830 39.0 21.3 4
2001 841 37.0 22.7 3.3
2002 796 33.6 23.7 6.2
2003 796 33.6 23.7 6.2
2004 833 36.0 23.1 5.8
2005 767 32.0 24.0 6.2
2006 779 33.5 23.3 4.3
2007 735 32.0 23.0 4.1
2008 646 32.0 20.2 3.3
2009 675 30.0 21.8 5.3
2010 659 24.0 27.4 5.9
2011 670 n/a n/a 7.5
2012 694 24.6 28.1 n/a
2013 707 23.3 30.3 11.9
2014 738 23.0 32.0 10.7
2015 709 22.0 32.2 9.4
2016 686 22.0 31.1 8.6
2017 660 22.0 30.0 10.9
2018 614 20.1 30.5 13.7
2019 605 20.0 30.2 14.2
2020 626 n/a n/a 14.7
2021 498 19.4 25.6 13.7
2022 477 22.0 21.6 18.9
2023 548 22.9 23.8 28.8

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 John Malcom Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 900 32.0 28.1 4.9
1996 900 32.0 28.1 4.9
1997 916 39.0 23.5 6.2
1998 899 40.0 22.5 4.4
1999 826 37.0 22.3 4.5
2000 830 39.0 21.3 4
2001 841 37.0 22.7 3.3
2002 796 33.6 23.7 6.2
2003 796 33.6 23.7 6.2
2004 833 36.0 23.1 5.8
2005 767 32.0 24.0 6.2
2006 779 33.5 23.3 4.3
2007 735 32.0 23.0 4.1
2008 646 32.0 20.2 3.3
2009 675 30.0 21.8 5.3
2010 659 24.0 27.4 5.9
2011 670 n/a n/a 7.5
2012 694 24.6 28.1 n/a
2013 707 23.3 30.3 11.9
2014 738 23.0 32.0 10.7
2015 709 22.0 32.2 9.4
2016 686 22.0 31.1 8.6
2017 660 22.0 30.0 10.9
2018 614 20.1 30.5 13.7
2019 605 20.0 30.2 14.2
2020 626 n/a n/a 14.7
2021 498 19.4 25.6 13.7
2022 477 22.0 21.6 18.9
2023 548 22.9 23.8 28.8

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

John Malcom Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201275.0%5.0%0.0%21.0%83.0%92.0%94.0%84.0%82.0%
201375.0%3.0%0.0%23.0%83.0%92.0%95.0%82.0%81.0%
201463.0%8.0%0.0%29.0%71.0%81.0%92.0%76.0%69.0%
201563.0%16.0%0.0%21.0%71.0%75.0%81.0%73.0%69.0%
201686.0%9.0%1.0%4.0%90.0%89.0%90.0%90.0%88.0%
201783.0%3.0%4.0%8.0%89.0%88.0%93.0%90.0%87.0%
201897.0%0.0%1.0%1.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201992.0%0.0%3.0%94.0%97.0%≥98.0%94.0%95.0%
202087.8%7.1%4.1%90.8%91.8%90.8%91.8%89.8%
202297.1%0.0%0.0%97.1%97.1%97.1%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,478

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

Impact of COVID-19 on John Malcom 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 789th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 698th of 5874 Elementary schools
 1.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (John Malcom Elementary)6761.9
 5.1%
   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 (John Malcom Elementary)7169.4
 1.6%
   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 (John Malcom Elementary)62.365.9
 3.6%
   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 (John Malcom Elementary)66.462.5
 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 (John Malcom Elementary)81.285.7
 4.5%
   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 (John Malcom Elementary)62.771.4
 8.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)56.357.5
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (John Malcom Elementary)64.465.5
 1.1%
   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 Students605548
 9.4%
African American13
 200%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian2814
 50%
Hispanic6859
 13.2%
Pacific Islander00
White434377
 13.1%
Two or More Races7395
 30.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients14.2%28.8%
 14.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about John Malcom Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 548 students attended John Malcom Elementary.

Students who attend John Malcom Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Niguel Hills Middle
High : Dana Hills High

Students at John Malcom Elementary are 69% White, 17% Two or more races, 11% Hispanic, 3% Asian.

John Malcom Elementary ranks 698th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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