Kirk Elementary

Summary:

Kirk Elementary is a public elementary school in Fresno, California, serving 377 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school faces significant challenges, with a student population that is predominantly Hispanic (79.84%), high rates of poverty (98.94% receive free or reduced-price lunch), and consistently low academic performance, ranking in the bottom 10% of California elementary schools.

Compared to nearby schools like Winchell Elementary and Vang Pao Elementary, which perform significantly better on standardized tests, Kirk Elementary struggles academically across all grade levels and subject areas. The school has also experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 13.2% in 2018-2019 to 32.5% in the 2022-2023 school year, which is much higher than the surrounding schools.

These challenges highlight the significant obstacles faced by schools serving economically disadvantaged communities, such as Kirk Elementary, which is part of the Fresno Unified School District. Addressing the root causes of the school's low academic performance and high chronic absenteeism, which may be linked to socioeconomic factors and racial disparities, will likely require a comprehensive, data-driven approach that considers the unique needs of the school and its community.


Detail:

Public K-6

 2000 East Belgravia Ave.
       Fresno, CA  93706-4416


(559) 457-2970

District: Fresno Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5398th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,733 Help


Students who attend Kirk Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Rutherford B. Gaston Senior Middle
High:    Edison High

Student/teacher ratio:  17.4 Help
Number of students:  377

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
79.8%
African American:
13.5%
Asian:
2.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  98.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Kirk Elementary ranks worse than 91.9% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 63rd among 68 ranked elementary schools in the Fresno Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 14.03. (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 (79.8%), African American (13.5%), Asian (2.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 98.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Kirk Elementary is 17.4, which is the 5th best among 68 elementary schools in the Fresno Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Kirk Elementary is $11,733, which is the 6th highest among 68 elementary schools in the Fresno Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Kirk Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Kirk Elementary 5398th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Kirk Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Fresno Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Fresno Unified 1133rd of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Kirk Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Kirk Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 9.40 4696th 4809 2.3%
2005 16.52 4207th 4822 12.8%
2006 23.55 3759th 4818 22.0%
2007 22.25 4111th 5113 19.6%
2008 7.89 5008th 5113 2.1%
2009 6.21 5126th 5193 1.3%
2010 10.45 5131st 5314 3.4%
2011 10.16 5205th 5377 3.2%
2012 14.70 4971st 5390 7.8%
2013 3.49 5496th 5530 0.6%
2015 11.19 5404th 5611 3.7%
2016 13.61 5168th 5614 7.9%
2017 12.24 5345th 5692 6.1%
2018 12.30 5303rd 5662 6.3%
2019 12.79 5400th 5789 6.7%
2022 11.91 5610th 5883 4.6%
2023 14.03 5398th 5874 8.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Kirk Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.26 2113th 3246 34.9%
2019 33.67 2228th 3275 32.0%
2022 31.73 2471st 3311 25.4%
2023 28.28 2651st 3250 18.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Kirk Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.79 4613th 5084 9.3%
2019 18.93 4631st 5173 10.5%
2022 15.76 4923rd 5264 6.5%
2023 19.20 4770th 5374 11.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Kirk Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.28 5111th 5413 5.6%
2019 11.07 5255th 5492 4.3%
2022 12.94 5366th 5635 4.8%
2023 17.89 4902nd 5617 12.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Kirk Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.67 5049th 5431 7.0%
2019 17.09 4890th 5510 11.3%
2022 12.13 5436th 5663 4.0%
2023 12.44 5346th 5650 5.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Kirk Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.85 4255th 4830 11.9%
2019 21.18 4292nd 4963 13.5%
2022 17.87 4644th 5084 8.7%
2023 21.34 4392nd 5098 13.8%
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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.

Kirk Elementary Test Scores
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Enrollment information for Kirk Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 16 249 11 156 0 n/a n/a 0 432
1989 15 232 10 161 0 n/a n/a 0 418
1990 11 255 3 183 1 n/a n/a 0 453
1991 17 265 14 198 1 n/a n/a 0 495
1992 14 264 24 184 3 n/a n/a 0 489
1993 13 253 20 208 0 n/a n/a 0 494
1994 5 243 18 209 0 n/a n/a 0 475
1995 1 263 31 170 1 n/a n/a 0 466
1996 1 263 31 170 1 n/a n/a 0 466
1997 4 273 17 175 0 n/a n/a 0 469
1998 3 275 19 175 1 n/a n/a 0 473
1999 6 211 25 191 0 n/a n/a 0 433
2000 4 185 16 207 1 n/a n/a 0 413
2001 1 182 23 224 1 n/a n/a 0 431
2002 4 200 21 226 1 n/a n/a 0 452
2003 4 200 21 226 1 n/a n/a 0 452
2004 6 161 22 252 1 n/a n/a 0 442
2005 7 165 24 230 1 n/a n/a 0 427
2006 10 147 17 237 3 n/a n/a 0 414
2007 6 114 19 236 1 n/a n/a 0 376
2008 2 92 18 225 1 n/a n/a 0 338
2009 9 79 14 235 1 1 1 0 340
2010 8 79 20 238 0 1 0 0 346
2011 8 61 20 226 0 1 1 0 317
2012 6 58 12 213 0 1 3 0 293
2013 5 53 17 217 0 1 4 0 297
2014 8 60 15 213 0 0 3 0 299
2015 4 71 9 248 1 0 3 0 336
2016 6 61 9 242 0 0 4 0 322
2017 7 64 8 253 1 3 6 0 342
2018 6 64 9 251 0 6 4 0 340
2019 7 57 11 280 0 5 6 0 366
2020 9 58 13 296 0 3 3 0 382
2021 8 60 10 288 0 3 7 0 376
2022 9 43 10 281 0 3 6 0 352
2023 8 51 9 301 0 0 8 0 377

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 Kirk Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 432 19.0 22.7 n/a
1989 418 20.0 20.9 n/a
1990 453 19.0 23.8 n/a
1991 495 21.0 23.5 n/a
1992 489 21.3 22.9 89.6
1993 494 18.0 27.4 75.7
1994 475 20.0 23.8 70.7
1995 466 19.4 24.0 81.1
1996 466 19.4 24.0 81.1
1997 469 20.4 23.0 89.3
1998 473 23.0 20.6 90.7
1999 433 24.4 17.7 94.9
2000 413 22.4 18.4 47.5
2001 431 22.4 19.2 99.3
2002 452 24.0 18.8 99.3
2003 452 24.0 18.8 99.3
2004 442 22.0 20.1 99.3
2005 427 23.9 17.9 99.3
2006 414 20.4 20.3 99.3
2007 376 21.4 17.6 99.2
2008 338 22.1 15.3 95
2009 340 16.7 18.7 95.6
2010 346 18.7 18.5 96
2011 317 n/a n/a 96.2
2012 293 11.0 26.6 n/a
2013 297 10.0 29.7 99
2014 299 13.0 23.0 95.3
2015 336 16.0 21.0 97.3
2016 322 16.0 20.1 97.8
2017 342 16.0 21.3 98.5
2018 340 17.0 20.0 99.1
2019 366 20.0 18.3 95.9
2020 382 n/a n/a 97.4
2021 376 10.7 34.9 93.6
2022 352 23.0 15.2 93.2
2023 377 21.6 17.4 98.9

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 Kirk Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 432 19.0 22.7 n/a
1989 418 20.0 20.9 n/a
1990 453 19.0 23.8 n/a
1991 495 21.0 23.5 n/a
1992 489 21.3 22.9 89.6
1993 494 18.0 27.4 75.7
1994 475 20.0 23.8 70.7
1995 466 19.4 24.0 81.1
1996 466 19.4 24.0 81.1
1997 469 20.4 23.0 89.3
1998 473 23.0 20.6 90.7
1999 433 24.4 17.7 94.9
2000 413 22.4 18.4 47.5
2001 431 22.4 19.2 99.3
2002 452 24.0 18.8 99.3
2003 452 24.0 18.8 99.3
2004 442 22.0 20.1 99.3
2005 427 23.9 17.9 99.3
2006 414 20.4 20.3 99.3
2007 376 21.4 17.6 99.2
2008 338 22.1 15.3 95
2009 340 16.7 18.7 95.6
2010 346 18.7 18.5 96
2011 317 n/a n/a 96.2
2012 293 11.0 26.6 n/a
2013 297 10.0 29.7 99
2014 299 13.0 23.0 95.3
2015 336 16.0 21.0 97.3
2016 322 16.0 20.1 97.8
2017 342 16.0 21.3 98.5
2018 340 17.0 20.0 99.1
2019 366 20.0 18.3 95.9
2020 382 n/a n/a 97.4
2021 376 10.7 34.9 93.6
2022 352 23.0 15.2 93.2
2023 377 21.6 17.4 98.9

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

Kirk Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201292.0%0.0%0.0%8.0%92.0%100.0%100.0%92.0%98.0%
201398.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%98.0%
201490.0%0.0%0.0%10.0%94.0%100.0%100.0%92.0%96.0%
201564.0%0.0%0.0%36.0%70.0%77.0%82.0%66.0%68.0%
2016100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $11,733

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Kirk 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 5400th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5398th of 5874 Elementary schools
 1.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Kirk Elementary)34.217.8
 16.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fresno Unified)39.129.7
 9.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Kirk Elementary)26.819.6
 7.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Fresno Unified)4433.8
 10.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Kirk Elementary)20.815.2
 5.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fresno Unified)39.128.5
 10.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Kirk Elementary)2521.3
 3.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Fresno Unified)38.628.2
 10.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Kirk Elementary)26.213
 13.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fresno Unified)37.632.9
 4.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Kirk Elementary)76.4
 0.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Fresno Unified)28.421.8
 6.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Kirk Elementary)7.110.6
 3.5%
   5th Grade Science (Fresno Unified)18.117.5
 0.6%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Kirk Elementary)20.522.7
 2.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fresno Unified)37.935.4
 2.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Kirk Elementary)1015.2
 5.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Fresno Unified)32.126.4
 5.7%
   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 Students366377
 3%
African American5751
 10.5%
American Indian00
Asian119
 18.2%
Hispanic280301
 7.5%
Pacific Islander50
 100%
White78
 14.3%
Two or More Races68
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients95.9%98.9%
 3%


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Students who attend Kirk Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Rutherford B. Gaston Senior Middle
High : Edison High

Students at Kirk Elementary are 80% Hispanic, 14% African American, 2% Asian, 2% White, 2% Two or more races.

Kirk Elementary ranks in the bottom 8.1% of California elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 377 students attended Kirk Elementary.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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