Winchell Elementary

Public K-6

 3722 E. Lowe St.
       Fresno, CA  93702-3432


 (559) 457-3440

District: Fresno Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
2951st of 5,662 California Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  26.1
Number of students:  733

Racial breakdown:
Hispanic:
87.6%
Asian:
6.5%
African American:
2.3%
Free/discounted lunch recipients:  97.5%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Winchell Elementary ranked worse than 52.1% of elementary schools in California. It also ranked 17th among 69 ranked elementary schools in the Fresno Unified School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.09. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (87.6%), Asian (6.5%), African American (2.3%). (See more...)
Compare Details 97.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Winchell Elementary is 26.1. 64 elementary schools in the Fresno Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Winchell Elementary employs 28 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Winchell Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Winchell Elementary 2951st of 5662 California public elementary schools. (See Winchell Elementary in the ranking list.)

Fresno Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Fresno Unified 662nd of 856 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Winchell Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 11.95 4557th 4809 5.2%
2005 16.86 4185th 4822 13.2%
2006 21.31 3898th 4818 19.1%
2007 28.90 3652nd 5113 28.6%
2008 17.21 4515th 5113 11.7%
2009 14.98 4730th 5193 8.9%
2010 18.43 4683rd 5314 11.9%
2011 18.25 4786th 5377 11.0%
2012 14.29 5001st 5390 7.2%
2013 13.18 5149th 5530 6.9%
2015 16.03 4985th 5611 11.2%
2016 20.22 4600th 5614 18.1%
2017 27.71 4027th 5692 29.3%
2018 43.09 2951st 5662 47.9%

Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a teacher
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Open Quote This elementary school is located in a historic neighborhood with characteristics of benign neglect due to this great country's unusual overseas preoccupations since 911 along with the dearth of local stimulus opportunities. The school itself appears to be run much as other local schools. A much touted benefit this year is the free lunch program for all FUSD schools (which also includes free breakfast and snacks). The problem I have as a volunteer and observer is the extraordinary amount of waste taking place particularly as observed here.

The amount of plastic waste used to wrap the trays, the individual food items, and utensils is enough to shrink wrap a baby whale every day. The contract with the USDA and courtesy of MO is healthy-looking enough. But why aren't cafeterias serving fresh meals anymore??? Fresh cooked cafeteria meals would employ Fresno locals and businesses; instead, the microwaved lunch plates typically include something like meat patty, cornbread (wrapped), diced fruit (wrapped), utensils (wrapped). An afternoon snack consisted of chicken salad (tin can), bite sized crackers (wrapped), fruit slices (wrapped), and juice. Most children would settle for milk and graham crackers rather than red-eye airplane snack.

The amount of food wasted is enough to feed 200 homeless people (there are 25000) in Fresno. Most of the children do not bother with the chicken salad and throw the tin cans straight into the garbage. (They don't have that much time to eat anyway). The amount of waste per classroom is extraordinary. One classroom uses one to two 33 gallon sized plastic garbage cans per day filled with a mix of construction paper, wash paper, uneaten/unopened food, drinks, and other garbage.

When the children wash their hands, no one tells them to conserve water or towel paper, so they turn on the water full force, and use a yard of towel paper each.

It is appalling that the teachers are sending messages that "waste is okay" to these low-income children. Appalling because if they don't eat the food, they should at least set aside the uneaten, unopened food for sharing with those less fortunate, often just outside the school gates, pushing grocery carts. It is sending a message of exceptionalism; however, the irony is that at least a few teachers use this to justify a parochial perspective.

This equates to harmful teaching since nothing should be wasted, not even water. Honestly, the school district policy of free food parochialism equates largesse with waste, as if the more waste generated, the more that has been accomplished. Worse, as the students grow accustomed to waste, presume that staff will pick up after them, they purposely litter as a way to vent or show off.

Additionally students and community are internalizing that shrink-wrapped foods are fast foods which are a waste-able. A fundamental disconnect with nature is fostered undermining the entire Michelle Obama healthy food vision. Students graduate with the notion that good food originates from a food factory and includes lots of additives and preservatives.

At a time when this area is suffering unprecedented drought and economic crisis, FUSD should use their free lunch program to instill character so that these students develop life-long skills such as self-regulation, self-esteem, and other noble ideals, rather than more people with low self-esteem, class-consciousness, and learned narcissism. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Winchell Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 111 80 186 781 3 n/a n/a 0 1161
1989 92 75 236 776 7 n/a n/a 0 1186
1990 81 66 247 826 9 n/a n/a 0 1229
1991 75 66 277 831 14 n/a n/a 0 1263
1992 78 38 184 858 14 n/a n/a 0 1172
1993 65 33 204 906 11 n/a n/a 0 1219
1994 61 36 218 902 13 n/a n/a 0 1230
1995 47 35 266 911 4 n/a n/a 0 1263
1996 47 35 266 911 4 n/a n/a 0 1263
1997 51 36 250 956 7 n/a n/a 0 1300
1998 50 49 248 1040 5 n/a n/a 0 1392
1999 48 48 201 1070 10 n/a n/a 0 1377
2000 55 54 195 1045 5 n/a n/a 0 1354
2001 33 32 89 758 3 n/a n/a 0 915
2002 16 29 75 869 4 n/a n/a 0 993
2003 16 29 75 869 4 n/a n/a 0 993
2004 24 47 71 864 5 n/a n/a 0 1011
2005 32 31 63 839 2 n/a n/a 0 967
2006 20 40 63 810 2 n/a n/a 0 935
2007 18 35 74 758 4 n/a n/a 1 890
2008 24 26 68 764 1 n/a n/a 0 883
2009 20 22 54 740 4 4 0 0 844
2010 21 24 41 663 9 2 0 0 760
2011 17 20 38 669 11 2 0 0 757
2012 15 11 39 661 9 1 1 0 737
2013 15 18 50 636 7 1 3 0 730
2014 16 15 49 634 6 0 1 0 721
2015 16 10 48 629 13 1 3 0 720
2016 13 17 48 642 9 2 2 0 733

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 Winchell Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1161 46.9 24.7 n/a
1989 1186 45.3 26.1 n/a
1990 1229 49.2 24.9 n/a
1991 1263 49.3 25.6 n/a
1992 1172 50.1 23.3 93.5
1993 1219 46.5 26.2 72.7
1994 1230 47.4 25.9 90.1
1995 1263 50.4 25.1 88.0
1996 1263 50.4 25.1 88.0
1997 1300 55.4 23.5 92.2
1998 1392 65.4 21.3 90.3
1999 1377 67.0 20.6 90.3
2000 1354 69.0 19.6 39.0
2001 915 44.4 20.6 99.7
2002 993 48.4 20.5 99.7
2003 993 48.4 20.5 99.7
2004 1011 49.1 20.6 99.7
2005 967 48.1 20.1 99.7
2006 935 44.7 20.9 99.7
2007 890 45.7 19.5 99.8
2008 883 47.7 18.5 93.2
2009 844 44.4 17.6 93.0
2010 760 37.4 20.3 93.4
2011 757 n/a n/a 93.4
2012 737 25.5 28.9 n/a
2013 730 27.0 27.0 98.1
2014 721 26.0 27.7 92.6
2015 720 28.0 25.7 98.1
2016 733 28.0 26.1 97.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Winchell Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1161 46.9 24.7 n/a
1989 1186 45.3 26.1 n/a
1990 1229 49.2 24.9 n/a
1991 1263 49.3 25.6 n/a
1992 1172 50.1 23.3 93.5
1993 1219 46.5 26.2 72.7
1994 1230 47.4 25.9 90.1
1995 1263 50.4 25.1 88.0
1996 1263 50.4 25.1 88.0
1997 1300 55.4 23.5 92.2
1998 1392 65.4 21.3 90.3
1999 1377 67.0 20.6 90.3
2000 1354 69.0 19.6 39.0
2001 915 44.4 20.6 99.7
2002 993 48.4 20.5 99.7
2003 993 48.4 20.5 99.7
2004 1011 49.1 20.6 99.7
2005 967 48.1 20.1 99.7
2006 935 44.7 20.9 99.7
2007 890 45.7 19.5 99.8
2008 883 47.7 18.5 93.2
2009 844 44.4 17.6 93.0
2010 760 37.4 20.3 93.4
2011 757 n/a n/a 93.4
2012 737 25.5 28.9 n/a
2013 730 27.0 27.0 98.1
2014 721 26.0 27.7 92.6
2015 720 28.0 25.7 98.1
2016 733 28.0 26.1 97.5

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.




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