Laguna Niguel Elementary

Summary:

Laguna Niguel Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school serving 403 students in grades K-5 in the Capistrano Unified School District in Laguna Niguel, California. The school has consistently been ranked as one of the top-performing elementary schools in the state, with a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Laguna Niguel Elementary stands out for its strong academic performance, with students significantly outperforming state and district averages in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The school also has a relatively diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 50.87% White, 16.38% Hispanic, 13.15% Asian, and 18.36% two or more races. However, the school has seen a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism rates, from 6.9% in 2018-2019 to 22.9% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the state average and some nearby schools like Hidden Hills Elementary and Wood Canyon Elementary.

When compared to nearby schools in the Capistrano Unified School District, Laguna Niguel Elementary generally outperforms its peers in academic achievement, with the exception of Canyon Vista Elementary and Marian Bergeson Elementary, which also demonstrate strong academic performance. However, the school's performance for Hispanic students and multi-racial students is relatively lower compared to other subgroups, and the school may want to address this to ensure continued academic excellence.


Detail:

Public K-5

 27922 Niguel Heights Blvd.
       Laguna Niguel, CA  92677-7204


(949) 234-5308

District: Capistrano Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
661st of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,653 Help


Students who attend Laguna Niguel Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Aliso Viejo Middle
High:    Aliso Niguel High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.4 Help
Number of students:  403

Racial breakdown:

White:
50.9%
Two or more races:
18.4%
Hispanic:
16.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Laguna Niguel Elementary ranks better than 88.7% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 16th 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 90.71. (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 Laguna Niguel Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (50.9%), two or more races (18.4%), Hispanic (16.4%). (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 Laguna Niguel Elementary is 22.4, which is the 10th 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 Laguna Niguel Elementary is $9,653. 18 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Laguna Niguel Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Laguna Niguel Elementary 661st of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Laguna Niguel 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 Laguna Niguel Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 92.61 357th 4809 92.6%
2005 89.68 497th 4822 89.7%
2006 88.94 541st 4818 88.8%
2007 88.93 566th 5113 88.9%
2008 83.84 803rd 5113 84.3%
2009 90.06 476th 5193 90.8%
2010 88.50 539th 5314 89.9%
2011 83.18 834th 5377 84.5%
2012 81.59 943rd 5390 82.5%
2013 81.80 963rd 5530 82.6%
2015 93.10 440th 5611 92.2%
2016 90.36 593rd 5614 89.4%
2017 84.98 918th 5692 83.9%
2018 84.16 935th 5662 83.5%
2019 90.40 620th 5789 89.3%
2022 91.02 652nd 5883 88.9%
2023 90.71 661st 5874 88.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 37.72 473rd 669 29.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.53 807th 3246 75.1%
2019 72.69 462nd 3275 85.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.42 956th 5084 81.2%
2019 82.11 618th 5173 88.1%
2022 74.70 971st 5264 81.6%
2023 90.70 358th 5374 93.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.92 829th 5413 84.7%
2019 92.12 426th 5492 92.2%
2022 83.75 926th 5635 83.6%
2023 80.96 1058th 5617 81.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.22 317th 2128 85.1%
2019 83.94 282nd 2585 89.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.98 1061st 5431 80.5%
2019 84.23 853rd 5510 84.5%
2022 92.68 467th 5663 91.8%
2023 94.81 324th 5650 94.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.56 1929th 4830 60.1%
2019 72.37 1047th 4963 78.9%
2022 61.20 1566th 5084 69.2%
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Rank History for White students at Laguna Niguel Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.38 778th 2737 71.6%
2019 80.47 456th 2834 83.9%
2022 78.66 499th 2726 81.7%
2023 73.25 685th 2662 74.3%
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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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Enrollment information for Laguna Niguel Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 305 6 63 18 2 n/a n/a 5 399
2003 305 6 63 18 2 n/a n/a 5 399
2004 376 9 88 57 0 n/a n/a 30 560
2005 401 7 101 63 1 n/a n/a 29 602
2006 447 5 97 73 1 n/a n/a 37 660
2007 440 3 91 70 1 n/a n/a 37 642
2008 429 4 71 70 1 n/a n/a 0 575
2009 416 3 75 78 2 1 53 0 628
2010 375 2 70 121 5 2 41 0 616
2011 364 3 77 132 3 2 31 0 612
2012 350 4 76 143 4 1 31 0 609
2013 338 5 75 135 1 1 36 0 591
2014 328 5 66 115 2 0 37 0 553
2015 314 3 60 119 1 0 36 0 533
2016 314 5 67 115 1 0 40 0 542
2017 300 5 61 118 1 1 41 0 527
2018 285 4 62 97 1 1 42 0 492
2019 255 4 59 100 1 2 46 0 467
2020 247 5 55 74 1 2 48 0 432
2021 211 4 50 61 2 4 62 0 394
2022 189 1 45 73 2 4 56 0 370
2023 205 1 53 66 2 2 74 0 403

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 Laguna Niguel Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 399 18.5 21.6 2.8
2003 399 18.5 21.6 2.8
2004 560 25.6 21.9 11.5
2005 602 27.0 22.3 11.9
2006 660 27.8 23.7 9.3
2007 642 28.0 22.9 10.2
2008 575 28.0 20.5 3
2009 628 27.0 22.4 12.7
2010 616 22.0 28.0 16.7
2011 612 n/a n/a 18
2012 609 19.8 30.6 n/a
2013 591 19.5 30.1 22.3
2014 553 17.0 32.5 19.2
2015 533 17.0 31.3 18.8
2016 542 18.0 30.1 19.9
2017 527 17.0 31.0 22.2
2018 492 16.0 30.7 24
2019 467 16.0 29.1 23.6
2020 432 n/a n/a 23.1
2021 394 15.2 25.9 19.3
2022 370 18.0 20.5 19.2
2023 403 17.9 22.4 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 Laguna Niguel Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 399 18.5 21.6 2.8
2003 399 18.5 21.6 2.8
2004 560 25.6 21.9 11.5
2005 602 27.0 22.3 11.9
2006 660 27.8 23.7 9.3
2007 642 28.0 22.9 10.2
2008 575 28.0 20.5 3
2009 628 27.0 22.4 12.7
2010 616 22.0 28.0 16.7
2011 612 n/a n/a 18
2012 609 19.8 30.6 n/a
2013 591 19.5 30.1 22.3
2014 553 17.0 32.5 19.2
2015 533 17.0 31.3 18.8
2016 542 18.0 30.1 19.9
2017 527 17.0 31.0 22.2
2018 492 16.0 30.7 24
2019 467 16.0 29.1 23.6
2020 432 n/a n/a 23.1
2021 394 15.2 25.9 19.3
2022 370 18.0 20.5 19.2
2023 403 17.9 22.4 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

Laguna Niguel Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201268.0%2.0%0.0%29.0%89.0%94.0%96.0%89.0%91.0%
201388.0%3.0%0.0%9.0%90.0%97.0%97.0%94.0%91.0%
201468.0%8.0%3.0%21.0%83.0%88.0%89.0%83.0%81.0%
201594.0%0.0%0.0%6.0%97.0%97.0%100.0%94.0%94.0%
201690.0%8.0%1.0%0.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%
201796.0%1.0%0.0%3.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%
201895.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202087.0%1.9%9.3%94.4%94.4%92.6%94.4%94.4%
202196.7%0.0%0.0%96.7%96.7%96.7%96.7%
202294.3%0.0%1.9%96.2%94.3%94.3%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,653

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Laguna Niguel 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 620th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 661st of 5874 Elementary schools
 0.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Laguna Niguel Elementary)92.174.6
 17.6%
   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 (Laguna Niguel Elementary)85.567.3
 18.3%
   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 (Laguna Niguel Elementary)71.167.1
 4%
   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 (Laguna Niguel Elementary)73.374.3
 1%
   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 (Laguna Niguel Elementary)71.368.3
 2.9%
   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 (Laguna Niguel Elementary)62.863.3
 0.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)56.357.5
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Laguna Niguel Elementary)52.362.7
 10.4%
   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 Students467403
 13.7%
African American41
 75%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian5953
 10.2%
Hispanic10066
 34%
Pacific Islander22
White255205
 19.6%
Two or More Races4674
 60.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients23.6%30%
 6.5%


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Students at Laguna Niguel Elementary are 51% White, 18% Two or more races, 16% Hispanic, 13% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 403 students attended Laguna Niguel Elementary.

Students who attend Laguna Niguel Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Aliso Viejo Middle
High : Aliso Niguel High

Laguna Niguel Elementary ranks 661st of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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