James Monroe Elementary

Summary:

James Monroe Elementary is a public elementary school serving students from kindergarten to 5th grade in Bermuda Dunes, California. The school is part of the Desert Sands Unified School District, which has a 2-star rating out of 5 from SchoolDigger.

James Monroe Elementary consistently outperforms the district and state averages in academic assessments, with 52.03% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts/Literacy and 54.88% proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to 40.07% and 26.02% for the district, respectively. The school also has a more diverse student population, with 26.51% White, 1.89% African American, 61.62% Hispanic, 3.1% Asian, and 5.51% two or more races. However, the school has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 8.6% in 2018-2019 to 28.7% in 2022-2023, which is an area of concern.

Compared to nearby schools, James Monroe Elementary stands out for its strong academic performance, outpacing schools like James Earl Carter Elementary and Gerald R. Ford Elementary. The school also serves a population with a relatively lower socioeconomic status, with 63.68% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, which is higher than some nearby schools like Gerald R. Ford Elementary and Ronald Reagan Elementary.


Detail:

Public K-5

 42-100 Yucca Ln.
       Bermuda Dunes, CA  92203-8100


(760) 772-4130

District: Desert Sands Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1740th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,250 Help


Students who attend James Monroe Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle
High:    Palm Desert High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.2 Help
Number of students:  581

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
61.6%
White:
26.5%
Two or more races:
5.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  63.7% Help


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Compare Details James Monroe Elementary ranks better than 70.3% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 4th among 18 ranked elementary schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 66.31. (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 (61.6%), White (26.5%), two or more races (5.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 63.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at James Monroe Elementary is 24.2, which is the 9th best among 18 elementary schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at James Monroe Elementary is $8,250, which is the 8th highest among 18 elementary schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

James Monroe Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks James Monroe Elementary 1740th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See James Monroe Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Desert Sands Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Desert Sands Unified 972nd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for James Monroe Elementary

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Rank History for all students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 43.71 2470th 4809 48.6%
2005 48.66 2264th 4822 53.0%
2006 52.33 2082nd 4818 56.8%
2007 67.16 1506th 5113 70.5%
2008 68.54 1472nd 5113 71.2%
2009 59.18 1959th 5193 62.3%
2010 62.88 1835th 5314 65.5%
2011 67.45 1610th 5377 70.1%
2012 71.10 1463rd 5390 72.9%
2013 70.25 1563rd 5530 71.7%
2015 70.65 1467th 5611 73.9%
2016 87.90 739th 5614 86.8%
2017 91.90 524th 5692 90.8%
2018 93.17 435th 5662 92.3%
2019 93.01 440th 5789 92.4%
2022 76.11 1353rd 5883 77.0%
2023 66.31 1734th 5848 70.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 97.76 61st 3311 98.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 40.06 1215th 2416 49.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.46 114th 5084 97.8%
2019 95.39 130th 5173 97.5%
2022 80.74 732nd 5264 86.1%
2023 67.26 1374th 5355 74.3%
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Rank History for Female students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.70 533rd 5413 90.2%
2019 90.58 524th 5492 90.5%
2022 75.21 1313th 5635 76.7%
2023 63.09 1793rd 5595 68.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.85 346th 2128 83.7%
2019 79.81 333rd 2585 87.1%
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Rank History for Male students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.05 388th 5431 92.9%
2019 92.72 398th 5510 92.8%
2022 74.30 1341st 5663 76.3%
2023 67.46 1604th 5627 71.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.47 118th 4830 97.6%
2019 97.47 74th 4963 98.5%
2022 86.20 498th 5084 90.2%
2023 66.77 1321st 5079 74.0%
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Rank History for White students at James Monroe Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.27 70th 2737 97.4%
2019 89.22 117th 2834 95.9%
2022 60.78 1134th 2726 58.4%
2023 61.23 1070th 2659 59.8%
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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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Reviews:
by a principal
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Open Quote James Monroe in Bermuda Dunes is very under rated. In both 2018 & 2020 Monroe earned a California Distinguished School Award (one of 323 schools in California's 5,887 schools) - the only school to do so two years in a row in the Coachella Valley (three different school districts). Most recently Monroe also earned the highest educational recognition by the US Department of Education and named a National Blue Ribbon School - Again the ONLY school in the Coachella Valley (one of only 36 in the State of California and one of only 400 schools in the United States). Monroe is a designated Title one school. Great teachers, supportive families, great PTO and administration. Proud to support the classified and certificated employees and the caring community that makes up this great school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for James Monroe Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1991 255 9 8 121 1 n/a n/a 0 394
1992 306 37 6 197 1 n/a n/a 0 547
1993 316 37 8 205 1 n/a n/a 0 567
1994 334 39 6 248 2 n/a n/a 0 629
1995 327 21 8 326 1 n/a n/a 0 683
1996 327 21 8 326 1 n/a n/a 0 683
1997 293 20 6 285 3 n/a n/a 0 607
1998 304 22 5 323 2 n/a n/a 0 656
1999 299 21 8 358 1 n/a n/a 0 687
2000 280 23 7 347 1 n/a n/a 0 658
2001 304 19 6 388 1 n/a n/a 0 718
2002 287 18 12 387 2 n/a n/a 1 707
2003 287 18 12 387 2 n/a n/a 1 707
2004 267 21 17 384 2 n/a n/a 22 713
2005 275 21 14 398 3 n/a n/a 20 731
2006 262 16 16 373 2 n/a n/a 21 690
2007 237 15 16 242 2 n/a n/a 16 528
2008 226 17 14 257 1 n/a n/a 0 515
2009 221 20 12 279 1 1 7 0 541
2010 243 20 17 294 0 3 4 0 581
2011 214 17 21 302 0 2 4 0 560
2012 240 16 20 287 0 3 10 0 576
2013 232 22 17 296 0 2 11 0 580
2014 230 29 14 319 1 3 7 0 603
2015 210 23 17 316 2 3 11 0 582
2016 199 18 16 326 4 3 14 0 580
2017 239 24 15 340 4 3 32 0 657
2018 224 24 15 364 3 1 29 0 660
2019 226 22 22 387 6 1 32 0 696
2020 218 18 17 394 4 1 33 0 685
2021 180 17 15 383 4 0 36 0 635
2022 171 11 15 347 8 0 34 0 586
2023 154 11 18 358 8 0 32 0 581

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 James Monroe Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 394 14.0 28.1 n/a
1992 547 14.2 38.5 33.3
1993 567 18.5 30.6 35.4
1994 629 22.0 28.6 40.2
1995 683 25.5 26.8 49.2
1996 683 25.5 26.8 49.2
1997 607 25.7 23.6 55.4
1998 656 27.5 23.9 49.1
1999 687 33.0 20.8 45.1
2000 658 36.0 18.3 48.6
2001 718 38.0 18.9 49.7
2002 707 36.0 19.6 46.5
2003 707 36.0 19.6 46.5
2004 713 36.0 19.8 48.6
2005 731 38.5 19.0 48.8
2006 690 37.0 18.6 49.2
2007 528 27.5 19.2 39.5
2008 515 30.5 16.9 50.3
2009 541 28.5 17.7 48.1
2010 581 26.0 22.3 47.3
2011 560 n/a n/a 58
2012 576 23.0 25.0 n/a
2013 580 23.0 25.2 62.2
2014 603 21.0 28.7 47.3
2015 582 23.0 25.3 58.1
2016 580 25.0 23.2 56.9
2017 657 26.0 25.2 52.7
2018 660 28.0 23.5 51.8
2019 696 28.3 24.5 47.6
2020 685 n/a n/a 56.1
2021 635 28.5 22.2 53.7
2022 586 26.0 22.5 63.7
2023 581 24.0 24.2 63.7

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 James Monroe Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1991 394 14.0 28.1 n/a
1992 547 14.2 38.5 33.3
1993 567 18.5 30.6 35.4
1994 629 22.0 28.6 40.2
1995 683 25.5 26.8 49.2
1996 683 25.5 26.8 49.2
1997 607 25.7 23.6 55.4
1998 656 27.5 23.9 49.1
1999 687 33.0 20.8 45.1
2000 658 36.0 18.3 48.6
2001 718 38.0 18.9 49.7
2002 707 36.0 19.6 46.5
2003 707 36.0 19.6 46.5
2004 713 36.0 19.8 48.6
2005 731 38.5 19.0 48.8
2006 690 37.0 18.6 49.2
2007 528 27.5 19.2 39.5
2008 515 30.5 16.9 50.3
2009 541 28.5 17.7 48.1
2010 581 26.0 22.3 47.3
2011 560 n/a n/a 58
2012 576 23.0 25.0 n/a
2013 580 23.0 25.2 62.2
2014 603 21.0 28.7 47.3
2015 582 23.0 25.3 58.1
2016 580 25.0 23.2 56.9
2017 657 26.0 25.2 52.7
2018 660 28.0 23.5 51.8
2019 696 28.3 24.5 47.6
2020 685 n/a n/a 56.1
2021 635 28.5 22.2 53.7
2022 586 26.0 22.5 63.7
2023 581 24.0 24.2 63.7

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

James Monroe Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201294.0%5.0%0.0%1.0%94.0%95.0%95.0%94.0%94.0%
201388.0%8.0%0.0%4.0%91.0%91.0%92.0%90.0%90.0%
201493.0%2.0%0.0%6.0%96.0%97.0%97.0%94.0%93.0%
201598.0%2.0%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201695.0%3.0%1.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201793.0%0.0%0.0%7.0%96.0%96.0%≥99.0%95.0%97.0%
201897.0%0.0%1.0%2.0%98.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%
201996.0%0.0%1.0%97.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%97.0%98.0%
202095.2%1.6%3.2%98.4%97.6%97.6%96.0%97.6%
202183.8%1.0%0.0%92.9%97.0%89.9%92.9%89.9%
202296.1%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%96.1%98.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for James Monroe Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $8,250

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

Impact of COVID-19 on James Monroe 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 440th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1734th of 5848 Elementary schools
 22.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James Monroe Elementary)74.857.7
 17%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Sands Unified)54.137.9
 16.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (James Monroe Elementary)81.663.3
 18.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Desert Sands Unified)56.338
 18.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James Monroe Elementary)77.254
 23.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Sands Unified)53.438.1
 15.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (James Monroe Elementary)80.446
 34.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Desert Sands Unified)48.433.5
 15%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (James Monroe Elementary)8044.4
 35.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Desert Sands Unified)52.542.9
 9.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (James Monroe Elementary)7755.6
 21.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Desert Sands Unified)37.126.2
 11%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (James Monroe Elementary)5326.3
 26.7%
   5th Grade Science (Desert Sands Unified)27.827.7
 0.1%
   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 Students696581
 16.5%
African American2211
 50%
American Indian68
 33.3%
Asian2218
 18.2%
Hispanic387358
 7.5%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White226154
 31.9%
Two or More Races3232
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients47.6%63.7%
 16.1%


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Students at James Monroe Elementary are 62% Hispanic, 27% White, 6% Two or more races, 3% Asian, 2% African American, 1% American Indian.

Students who attend James Monroe Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle
High : Palm Desert High

James Monroe Elementary ranks 1740th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 581 students attended James Monroe Elementary.


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