Blue Hills Elementary

Summary:

Blue Hills Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school in Saratoga, California, serving 406 students in grades K-5. The school is part of the Cupertino Union School District, which is ranked 36th out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating.

Blue Hills Elementary consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in California, with exceptional academic performance. The school's students excel on standardized tests, with proficiency rates significantly higher than state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 81.91% of Blue Hills students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 46.66% statewide and 84.04% in the Cupertino Union district. In Mathematics, 90% of Blue Hills students were proficient or better, compared to 34.62% statewide and 84.43% in the district. The school's strong performance suggests a high-quality, well-rounded educational program.

Blue Hills Elementary also stands out for its unique student demographics, with a significantly higher percentage of Asian students (72.17%) compared to the state and district averages. This is in contrast to nearby schools like Christa McAuliffe Elementary, which has a higher percentage of White students. Additionally, Blue Hills Elementary has a relatively low chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 1.9% to 11.0% over the past few years, which is lower than the state and district averages. This suggests the school has effective strategies in place to promote regular student attendance, an important factor in academic success.


Detail:

Public K-5

 12300 De Sanka Ave.
       Saratoga, CA  95070-3151


(408) 257-9282

District: Cupertino Union

SchoolDigger Rank:
143rd of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,068 Help


Students who attend Blue Hills Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    John F. Kennedy Middle
High:    Monta Vista High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.4 Help
Number of students:  406

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
72.2%
White:
11.3%
Two or more races:
9.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  13.1% Help


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Compare Details Blue Hills Elementary ranks better than 97.6% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 9th among 18 ranked elementary schools in the Cupertino Union School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.49. (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: Asian (72.2%), White (11.3%), two or more races (9.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 13.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Blue Hills Elementary is 24.4. 9 elementary schools in the Cupertino Union School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Blue Hills Elementary is $10,068, which is the highest among 18 elementary schools in the Cupertino Union School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Blue Hills Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Blue Hills Elementary 143rd of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Blue Hills Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Cupertino Union:

SchoolDigger ranks Cupertino Union 36th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Blue Hills Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Blue Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 98.95 22nd 4809 99.5%
2005 98.48 30th 4822 99.4%
2006 98.76 15th 4818 99.7%
2007 98.12 47th 5113 99.1%
2008 97.97 31st 5113 99.4%
2009 97.05 50th 5193 99.0%
2010 97.02 28th 5314 99.5%
2011 96.52 37th 5377 99.3%
2012 95.22 78th 5390 98.6%
2013 96.02 56th 5530 99.0%
2015 98.72 33rd 5611 99.4%
2016 98.69 17th 5614 99.7%
2017 98.67 37th 5692 99.3%
2018 98.58 32nd 5662 99.4%
2019 97.75 88th 5789 98.5%
2021 98.75 14th 1417 99.0%
2022 98.95 22nd 5883 99.6%
2023 97.49 142nd 5848 97.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Blue Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.92 38th 5413 99.3%
2019 97.31 64th 5492 98.8%
2021 97.24 33rd 1267 97.4%
2022 98.64 21st 5635 99.6%
2023 96.96 135th 5595 97.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Blue Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.41 33rd 5431 99.4%
2019 96.78 139th 5510 97.5%
2021 99.01 6th 1272 99.5%
2022 98.64 31st 5663 99.5%
2023 96.47 193rd 5627 96.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Blue Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.26 73rd 1071 93.2%
2019 79.53 146th 1149 87.3%
2022 82.21 96th 1154 91.7%
2023 76.53 234th 1183 80.2%
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Rank History for White students at Blue Hills Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 66.41 963rd 2834 66.0%
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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 Blue Hills Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 298 5 74 4 2 n/a n/a 0 383
1989 304 3 107 5 0 n/a n/a 0 419
1990 298 2 156 5 0 n/a n/a 0 461
1991 305 0 176 7 0 n/a n/a 0 488
1992 294 2 192 7 0 n/a n/a 0 495
1993 294 2 208 7 0 n/a n/a 0 511
1994 286 1 222 5 0 n/a n/a 0 514
1995 242 1 217 7 0 n/a n/a 0 467
1996 242 1 217 7 0 n/a n/a 0 467
1997 254 1 244 7 0 n/a n/a 0 506
1998 257 1 248 9 0 n/a n/a 0 515
1999 263 1 242 7 0 n/a n/a 0 513
2000 241 0 278 3 0 n/a n/a 0 522
2001 220 0 307 5 0 n/a n/a 0 532
2002 181 0 319 3 3 n/a n/a 0 506
2003 181 0 319 3 3 n/a n/a 0 506
2004 163 0 337 4 3 n/a n/a 0 507
2005 160 0 362 4 2 n/a n/a 0 528
2006 136 4 343 4 2 n/a n/a 0 489
2007 128 4 337 5 1 n/a n/a 0 475
2008 121 5 354 7 1 n/a n/a 0 488
2009 94 5 371 7 0 3 0 0 480
2010 91 5 385 12 0 1 2 0 496
2011 87 4 395 13 0 1 7 0 507
2012 72 3 391 11 0 0 12 0 489
2013 62 2 405 10 3 0 13 0 495
2014 57 6 369 12 1 0 22 0 467
2015 51 5 345 13 1 0 23 0 438
2016 41 3 300 8 1 0 30 0 383
2017 34 2 277 7 0 0 26 0 346
2018 31 0 250 9 0 0 29 0 319
2019 42 0 261 9 0 0 27 0 339
2020 40 0 275 14 0 1 31 0 361
2021 32 2 239 15 2 0 28 0 318
2022 29 3 208 16 2 0 22 0 280
2023 46 3 293 22 3 0 39 0 406

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 Blue Hills Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 383 13.0 29.4 n/a
1989 419 13.5 31.0 n/a
1990 461 15.0 30.7 n/a
1991 488 17.0 28.7 n/a
1992 495 17.3 28.6 0.8
1993 511 18.0 28.4 1.2
1994 514 17.5 29.4 0.8
1995 467 16.0 29.2 0.6
1996 467 16.0 29.2 0.6
1997 506 17.0 29.8 0.2
1998 515 n/a 0.0 0.8
1999 513 22.0 23.3 0.4
2000 522 22.5 23.2 0.2
2001 532 23.0 23.1 0.6
2002 506 22.0 23.0 0.6
2003 506 22.0 23.0 0.6
2004 507 22.0 23.0 0.2
2005 528 23.0 23.0 0.4
2006 489 22.0 22.2 1
2007 475 20.0 23.8 0.8
2008 488 23.0 21.2 1
2009 480 21.0 21.8 1
2010 496 22.5 22.0 2
2011 507 n/a n/a 1.8
2012 489 21.7 22.5 n/a
2013 495 21.9 22.6 2.4
2014 467 21.2 22.0 3.2
2015 438 21.0 20.8 3.7
2016 383 18.0 21.2 2.9
2017 346 16.4 21.0 1.7
2018 319 15.3 20.8 5.3
2019 339 16.0 21.1 4.4
2020 361 n/a n/a 1.9
2021 318 13.0 24.4 5.3
2022 280 11.6 24.0 13.2
2023 406 16.6 24.4 13.1

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 Blue Hills Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 383 13.0 29.4 n/a
1989 419 13.5 31.0 n/a
1990 461 15.0 30.7 n/a
1991 488 17.0 28.7 n/a
1992 495 17.3 28.6 0.8
1993 511 18.0 28.4 1.2
1994 514 17.5 29.4 0.8
1995 467 16.0 29.2 0.6
1996 467 16.0 29.2 0.6
1997 506 17.0 29.8 0.2
1998 515 n/a 0.0 0.8
1999 513 22.0 23.3 0.4
2000 522 22.5 23.2 0.2
2001 532 23.0 23.1 0.6
2002 506 22.0 23.0 0.6
2003 506 22.0 23.0 0.6
2004 507 22.0 23.0 0.2
2005 528 23.0 23.0 0.4
2006 489 22.0 22.2 1
2007 475 20.0 23.8 0.8
2008 488 23.0 21.2 1
2009 480 21.0 21.8 1
2010 496 22.5 22.0 2
2011 507 n/a n/a 1.8
2012 489 21.7 22.5 n/a
2013 495 21.9 22.6 2.4
2014 467 21.2 22.0 3.2
2015 438 21.0 20.8 3.7
2016 383 18.0 21.2 2.9
2017 346 16.4 21.0 1.7
2018 319 15.3 20.8 5.3
2019 339 16.0 21.1 4.4
2020 361 n/a n/a 1.9
2021 318 13.0 24.4 5.3
2022 280 11.6 24.0 13.2
2023 406 16.6 24.4 13.1

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

Blue Hills Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201298.0%2.0%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201398.0%2.0%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201496.0%2.0%0.0%2.0%96.0%98.0%98.0%96.0%96.0%
201591.0%4.0%0.0%5.0%95.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%
201695.0%2.0%0.0%2.0%95.0%98.0%98.0%95.0%95.0%
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%
202096.7%1.6%0.0%96.7%
202195.5%0.0%0.0%95.5%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $10,068

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Blue Hills 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 88th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 142nd of 5848 Elementary schools
 0.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Blue Hills Elementary)86.872.6
 14.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Cupertino Union)83.778.1
 5.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Blue Hills Elementary)84.984.1
 0.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Cupertino Union)86.884.7
 2.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Blue Hills Elementary)84.891.3
 6.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Cupertino Union)83.981.9
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Blue Hills Elementary)88.397.1
 8.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Cupertino Union)87.186.4
 0.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Blue Hills Elementary)90.280.7
 9.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Cupertino Union)84.883.9
 0.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Blue Hills Elementary)92.387.7
 4.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Cupertino Union)84.380.5
 3.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Blue Hills Elementary)72.379
 6.6%
   5th Grade Science (Cupertino Union)74.372.7
 1.6%
   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 Students339406
 19.8%
African American03
American Indian03
Asian261293
 12.3%
Hispanic922
 144.4%
Pacific Islander00
White4246
 9.5%
Two or More Races2739
 44.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients4.4%13.1%
 8.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Hills Elementary

Students who attend Blue Hills Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : John F. Kennedy Middle
High : Monta Vista High

In the 2022-23 school year, 406 students attended Blue Hills Elementary.

Students at Blue Hills Elementary are 72% Asian, 11% White, 10% Two or more races, 5% Hispanic.

Yes! Blue Hills Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 143rd of 5868 California elementary schools.


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