La Paloma Elementary

Summary:

La Paloma Elementary is a public K-6 school in Fallbrook, California, serving a student population of 493. The school is part of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, which has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

La Paloma stands out for its diverse student population, with a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (68.97%) compared to the state average (46.66%) and nearby schools. The school has outperformed the district and state in English Language Arts proficiency for several grade levels, and its Hispanic, English Language Learner, Special Education, and Low Socioeconomic Status students have performed particularly well. However, the school has faced a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 9.9% in 2018-2019 to 34.9% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the district and state averages.

Compared to nearby schools, Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary outperformed La Paloma in both English Language Arts and Mathematics, while William H. Frazier Elementary had lower proficiency rates in most subject areas. Additionally, Bonsall West Elementary, in the neighboring Bonsall Unified district, had significantly higher proficiency rates than La Paloma. These comparisons suggest that La Paloma has room for improvement, particularly in Mathematics, and may benefit from further analysis of its resources and support systems to address the challenges it faces.


Detail:

Public K-6

 300 Heald Ln.
       Fallbrook, CA  92028-2108


(760) 731-4220

District: Fallbrook Union Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
1996th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,711 Help


Students who attend La Paloma Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    James E. Potter Intermediate
High:    Fallbrook High

Student/teacher ratio:  20.1 Help
Number of students:  493

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
69.0%
White:
24.7%
Two or more races:
3.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  76.1% Help


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Compare Details La Paloma Elementary ranks better than 66% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 3rd among 7 ranked elementary schools in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 61.44. (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 (69%), White (24.7%), two or more races (3.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 76.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at La Paloma Elementary is 20.1, which is the 3rd best among 7 elementary schools in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at La Paloma Elementary is $6,711. 4 elementary schools in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

La Paloma Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks La Paloma Elementary 1996th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See La Paloma Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Fallbrook Union Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Fallbrook Union Elementary 506th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for La Paloma Elementary

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Rank History for all students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 46.22 2347th 4809 51.2%
2005 47.44 2325th 4822 51.8%
2006 41.94 2617th 4818 45.7%
2007 35.07 3224th 5113 36.9%
2008 33.03 3386th 5113 33.8%
2009 36.79 3263rd 5193 37.2%
2010 43.19 2975th 5314 44.0%
2011 48.20 2712th 5377 49.6%
2012 45.65 2902nd 5390 46.2%
2013 80.64 1015th 5530 81.6%
2015 65.28 1698th 5611 69.7%
2016 63.23 1848th 5614 67.1%
2017 69.12 1606th 5692 71.8%
2018 66.13 1754th 5662 69.0%
2019 55.95 2258th 5789 61.0%
2022 56.41 2220th 5883 62.3%
2023 61.44 1996th 5874 66.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.93 548th 3246 83.1%
2019 66.64 622nd 3275 81.0%
2022 52.46 1079th 3311 67.4%
2023 70.00 497th 3250 84.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 62.49 600th 2420 75.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.81 928th 5084 81.7%
2019 60.68 1741st 5173 66.3%
2022 61.50 1598th 5264 69.6%
2023 63.69 1533rd 5374 71.5%
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Rank History for Female students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.72 1468th 5413 72.9%
2019 54.26 2258th 5492 58.9%
2022 54.91 2171st 5635 61.5%
2023 61.31 1886th 5617 66.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.97 371st 2128 82.6%
2019 77.88 367th 2585 85.8%
2022 65.93 494th 2227 77.8%
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Rank History for Male students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.98 1882nd 5431 65.3%
2019 56.96 2093rd 5510 62.0%
2022 56.34 2126th 5663 62.5%
2023 60.03 1943rd 5650 65.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.04 1034th 4830 78.6%
2019 59.25 1732nd 4963 65.1%
2022 53.75 1967th 5084 61.3%
2023 63.89 1454th 5098 71.5%
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Rank History for White students at La Paloma Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.48 877th 2737 68.0%
2019 57.63 1293rd 2834 54.4%
2022 62.14 1074th 2726 60.6%
2023 58.51 1171st 2662 56.0%
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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 La Paloma Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 630 5 11 218 0 n/a n/a 0 864
1989 669 6 7 251 3 n/a n/a 0 936
1990 710 4 14 282 3 n/a n/a 0 1013
1991 461 7 6 227 7 n/a n/a 0 708
1992 433 5 7 202 3 n/a n/a 0 650
1993 405 3 11 229 2 n/a n/a 0 650
1994 434 3 13 253 3 n/a n/a 0 706
1995 514 3 17 369 2 n/a n/a 0 905
1996 514 3 17 369 2 n/a n/a 0 905
1997 496 5 18 403 4 n/a n/a 0 926
1998 480 3 12 452 2 n/a n/a 0 949
1999 460 6 12 496 2 n/a n/a 1 977
2000 407 6 13 451 4 n/a n/a 5 886
2001 367 9 13 456 5 n/a n/a 12 862
2002 312 7 18 443 3 n/a n/a 10 793
2003 312 7 18 443 3 n/a n/a 10 793
2004 315 5 11 500 1 n/a n/a 15 847
2005 288 6 13 481 2 n/a n/a 5 795
2006 245 9 15 457 5 n/a n/a 0 731
2007 197 9 14 462 4 n/a n/a 1 687
2008 178 7 29 448 2 n/a n/a 0 664
2009 173 10 15 461 4 6 7 0 676
2010 155 10 14 434 3 3 1 0 620
2011 200 20 12 512 2 2 1 0 749
2012 185 12 15 515 2 0 16 0 745
2013 193 7 8 463 1 0 13 0 685
2014 183 6 9 445 2 0 15 0 660
2015 200 8 7 431 1 0 22 0 669
2016 139 5 5 378 1 0 24 0 552
2017 130 5 5 375 0 1 22 0 538
2018 143 7 5 346 0 1 23 0 525
2019 171 5 4 366 2 1 25 0 574
2020 157 8 7 357 1 1 29 0 560
2021 99 5 4 314 1 2 14 0 439
2022 125 2 4 348 2 2 21 0 504
2023 122 3 5 340 1 6 16 0 493

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 La Paloma Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 864 37.4 23.1 n/a
1989 936 39.9 23.4 n/a
1990 1013 43.9 23.0 n/a
1991 708 30.9 22.9 n/a
1992 650 31.4 20.7 35.2
1993 650 25.5 25.5 53.8
1994 706 27.3 25.9 36.1
1995 905 38.0 23.8 56.7
1996 905 38.0 23.8 56.7
1997 926 37.0 25.0 38.7
1998 949 44.0 21.6 51.2
1999 977 45.0 21.7 55
2000 886 34.0 26.1 51.1
2001 862 33.0 26.1 51.8
2002 793 29.5 26.9 55
2003 793 29.5 26.9 55
2004 847 31.0 27.3 54.9
2005 795 31.0 25.6 48.6
2006 731 29.0 25.2 55.7
2007 687 26.0 26.4 63.1
2008 664 27.0 24.6 60.4
2009 676 23.0 25.0 77.5
2010 620 23.0 26.9 79
2011 749 n/a n/a 74.5
2012 745 26.8 27.7 n/a
2013 685 27.2 25.1 70.2
2014 660 23.0 28.6 68.5
2015 669 26.0 25.7 63.5
2016 552 23.0 24.0 66.8
2017 538 20.8 25.7 69.1
2018 525 22.4 23.3 72.8
2019 574 23.4 24.4 68.5
2020 560 n/a n/a 70.2
2021 439 22.9 19.1 72
2022 504 25.0 20.1 65.3
2023 493 24.5 20.1 76.1

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 La Paloma Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 864 37.4 23.1 n/a
1989 936 39.9 23.4 n/a
1990 1013 43.9 23.0 n/a
1991 708 30.9 22.9 n/a
1992 650 31.4 20.7 35.2
1993 650 25.5 25.5 53.8
1994 706 27.3 25.9 36.1
1995 905 38.0 23.8 56.7
1996 905 38.0 23.8 56.7
1997 926 37.0 25.0 38.7
1998 949 44.0 21.6 51.2
1999 977 45.0 21.7 55
2000 886 34.0 26.1 51.1
2001 862 33.0 26.1 51.8
2002 793 29.5 26.9 55
2003 793 29.5 26.9 55
2004 847 31.0 27.3 54.9
2005 795 31.0 25.6 48.6
2006 731 29.0 25.2 55.7
2007 687 26.0 26.4 63.1
2008 664 27.0 24.6 60.4
2009 676 23.0 25.0 77.5
2010 620 23.0 26.9 79
2011 749 n/a n/a 74.5
2012 745 26.8 27.7 n/a
2013 685 27.2 25.1 70.2
2014 660 23.0 28.6 68.5
2015 669 26.0 25.7 63.5
2016 552 23.0 24.0 66.8
2017 538 20.8 25.7 69.1
2018 525 22.4 23.3 72.8
2019 574 23.4 24.4 68.5
2020 560 n/a n/a 70.2
2021 439 22.9 19.1 72
2022 504 25.0 20.1 65.3
2023 493 24.5 20.1 76.1

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

La Paloma Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201298.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%
201394.0%2.0%1.0%2.0%94.0%95.0%97.0%95.0%96.0%
201493.0%4.0%3.0%0.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%93.0%
201595.0%2.0%0.0%2.0%95.0%96.0%98.0%96.0%96.0%
201681.0%2.0%1.0%16.0%81.0%85.0%84.0%81.0%84.0%
201797.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%97.0%≥99.0%
201897.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%97.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%97.0%
201993.0%1.0%0.0%95.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%95.0%97.0%
202095.3%0.0%4.7%96.5%95.3%96.5%
202293.8%0.0%6.3%93.8%93.8%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for La Paloma Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,711

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

Impact of COVID-19 on La Paloma Elementary

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2258th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1996th of 5874 Elementary schools
 5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (La Paloma Elementary)53.166.1
 13%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fallbrook Union Elementary)55.349.6
 5.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (La Paloma Elementary)50.669.5
 18.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Fallbrook Union Elementary)56.150.4
 5.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (La Paloma Elementary)5038
 12%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fallbrook Union Elementary)55.847.3
 8.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (La Paloma Elementary)35.835.4
 0.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Fallbrook Union Elementary)50.444.5
 5.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (La Paloma Elementary)43.141.9
 1.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fallbrook Union Elementary)57.446.5
 10.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (La Paloma Elementary)23.634.9
 11.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Fallbrook Union Elementary)4233.9
 8.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (La Paloma Elementary)20.832.6
 11.7%
   5th Grade Science (Fallbrook Union Elementary)37.938.7
 0.8%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (La Paloma Elementary)78.276.2
 2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fallbrook Union Elementary)58.851.8
 7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (La Paloma Elementary)69.743.8
 25.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Fallbrook Union Elementary)4630.8
 15.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students574493
 14.1%
African American53
 40%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian45
 25%
Hispanic366340
 7.1%
Pacific Islander16
 500%
White171122
 28.7%
Two or More Races2516
 36%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients68.5%76.1%
 7.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about La Paloma Elementary

La Paloma Elementary ranks 1996th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at La Paloma Elementary are 69% Hispanic, 25% White, 3% Two or more races, 1% Pacific Islander, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 493 students attended La Paloma Elementary.

Students who attend La Paloma Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : James E. Potter Intermediate
High : Fallbrook High


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