Pacific Drive Elementary

Summary:

Pacific Drive Elementary is a public elementary school in Fullerton, California, serving 594 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the Fullerton Elementary School District, which is ranked 508 out of 1,560 districts in the state.

Pacific Drive Elementary faces significant challenges compared to surrounding schools. The school has a much higher percentage of Hispanic students (80.64%) and a very high rate of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (75.35% to 84.86%). Academically, Pacific Drive consistently ranks in the bottom 10-15% of California elementary schools, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's performance on standardized tests is significantly lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas. Additionally, Pacific Drive has experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 7.3% in 2018-2019 to 21.7% in 2022-2023, which is much higher than the surrounding schools.

In contrast, nearby schools like Sunset Lane Elementary and Robert C. Fisler Elementary demonstrate significantly higher academic performance, lower chronic absenteeism, and lower percentages of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. Understanding the practices and strategies employed by these higher-performing schools could provide valuable insights for improving Pacific Drive Elementary and addressing the unique needs of its student population.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1501 W. Valencia Dr.
       Fullerton, CA  92833-3940


(714) 447-7735

District: Fullerton Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
5195th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,181 Help


Students who attend Pacific Drive Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Nicolas Junior High

Student/teacher ratio:  23.7 Help
Number of students:  594

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
80.6%
White:
8.4%
Asian:
4.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  83.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Pacific Drive Elementary ranks worse than 88.5% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 16th among 17 ranked elementary schools in the Fullerton Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.43. (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 (80.6%), White (8.4%), Asian (4.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 83.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pacific Drive Elementary is 23.7, which is the 3rd best among 17 elementary schools in the Fullerton Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Pacific Drive Elementary is $6,181, which is the 4th highest among 17 elementary schools in the Fullerton Elementary School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Pacific Drive Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Pacific Drive Elementary 5195th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Pacific Drive Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Fullerton Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Fullerton Elementary 508th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Pacific Drive Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Pacific Drive Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 21.18 3859th 4809 19.8%
2005 26.30 3532nd 4822 26.8%
2006 29.16 3370th 4818 30.1%
2007 27.68 3722nd 5113 27.2%
2008 27.08 3823rd 5113 25.2%
2009 24.44 4107th 5193 20.9%
2010 34.54 3522nd 5314 33.7%
2011 28.28 4113th 5377 23.5%
2012 35.78 3539th 5390 34.3%
2013 26.11 4338th 5530 21.6%
2015 21.81 4444th 5611 20.8%
2016 23.93 4262nd 5614 24.1%
2017 20.22 4672nd 5692 17.9%
2018 21.49 4566th 5662 19.4%
2019 23.56 4483rd 5789 22.6%
2022 26.71 4176th 5883 29.0%
2023 16.43 5176th 5848 11.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Pacific Drive Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.19 1607th 3246 50.5%
2019 55.17 991st 3275 69.7%
2022 63.08 664th 3311 79.9%
2023 31.14 2453rd 3240 24.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Pacific Drive Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 30.18 1637th 2416 32.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Pacific Drive Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.72 4140th 5084 18.6%
2019 25.33 4205th 5173 18.7%
2022 36.24 3318th 5264 37.0%
2023 19.95 4687th 5355 12.5%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Pacific Drive Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.05 4534th 5413 16.2%
2019 20.79 4555th 5492 17.1%
2022 26.53 4073rd 5635 27.7%
2023 10.64 5456th 5595 2.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Pacific Drive Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.41 1793rd 2128 15.7%
2019 22.56 2207th 2585 14.6%
2022 35.91 1242nd 2227 44.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Pacific Drive Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.04 4183rd 5431 23.0%
2019 29.46 3834th 5510 30.4%
2022 28.18 3947th 5663 30.3%
2023 23.77 4355th 5627 22.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Pacific Drive Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.90 3627th 4830 24.9%
2019 27.36 3873rd 4963 22.0%
2022 34.15 3359th 5084 33.9%
2023 22.08 4309th 5079 15.2%
See the entire list of Best California Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

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 Pacific Drive Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 498 15 54 150 0 n/a n/a 0 717
1989 521 24 61 179 0 n/a n/a 0 785
1990 520 29 62 227 1 n/a n/a 0 839
1991 463 23 75 262 2 n/a n/a 0 825
1992 441 27 75 296 4 n/a n/a 0 843
1993 431 22 75 265 6 n/a n/a 0 799
1994 422 15 71 277 3 n/a n/a 0 788
1995 386 19 77 305 3 n/a n/a 0 790
1996 386 19 77 305 3 n/a n/a 0 790
1997 323 13 74 349 4 n/a n/a 0 763
1998 314 20 75 361 3 n/a n/a 0 773
1999 312 21 90 402 4 n/a n/a 0 829
2000 285 23 94 420 4 n/a n/a 0 826
2001 277 24 86 480 4 n/a n/a 0 871
2002 247 28 97 513 2 n/a n/a 0 887
2003 247 28 97 513 2 n/a n/a 0 887
2004 225 19 92 541 1 n/a n/a 0 878
2005 202 17 87 489 2 n/a n/a 6 803
2006 174 12 67 517 2 n/a n/a 7 779
2007 139 10 62 516 2 n/a n/a 20 749
2008 115 14 61 511 2 n/a n/a 0 703
2009 108 9 50 473 5 1 34 0 680
2010 101 12 41 513 5 4 28 0 704
2011 70 11 26 530 2 2 28 0 669
2012 54 14 29 528 1 2 30 0 658
2013 54 14 24 523 1 3 26 0 645
2014 47 15 23 541 4 3 16 0 649
2015 48 9 19 515 3 2 15 0 611
2016 53 10 22 501 6 3 23 0 618
2017 34 5 18 478 4 2 28 0 569
2018 34 3 17 466 2 3 21 0 546
2019 51 2 29 450 3 5 23 0 563
2020 48 1 33 455 3 4 24 0 568
2021 48 2 30 458 3 3 20 0 564
2022 50 3 28 485 3 4 15 0 588
2023 50 12 28 479 2 3 20 0 594

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 Pacific Drive Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 717 28.3 25.3 n/a
1989 785 32.0 24.5 n/a
1990 839 31.5 26.6 n/a
1991 825 31.9 25.8 n/a
1992 843 32.4 26.0 32.3
1993 799 31.3 25.5 30.7
1994 788 32.0 24.6 36.3
1995 790 32.0 24.7 46.8
1996 790 32.0 24.7 46.8
1997 763 32.2 23.7 43.6
1998 773 32.0 24.2 47.2
1999 829 35.2 23.6 45.6
2000 826 34.0 24.3 56.3
2001 871 36.8 23.7 55
2002 887 37.5 23.7 52.2
2003 887 37.5 23.7 52.2
2004 878 35.5 24.7 54.4
2005 803 36.8 21.8 62
2006 779 32.2 24.2 61
2007 749 30.1 24.9 64.2
2008 703 36.0 19.5 70
2009 680 31.1 18.8 70
2010 704 32.6 21.6 68.9
2011 669 n/a n/a 78.9
2012 658 26.4 24.9 n/a
2013 645 25.2 25.5 76.9
2014 649 24.0 27.0 78
2015 611 23.0 26.5 79.9
2016 618 24.0 25.7 77.7
2017 569 23.0 24.7 77.2
2018 546 20.0 27.3 61.5
2019 563 21.0 26.8 79
2020 568 n/a n/a 75
2021 564 22.0 25.6 75.4
2022 588 23.7 24.7 84.9
2023 594 25.0 23.7 83.5

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 Pacific Drive Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 717 28.3 25.3 n/a
1989 785 32.0 24.5 n/a
1990 839 31.5 26.6 n/a
1991 825 31.9 25.8 n/a
1992 843 32.4 26.0 32.3
1993 799 31.3 25.5 30.7
1994 788 32.0 24.6 36.3
1995 790 32.0 24.7 46.8
1996 790 32.0 24.7 46.8
1997 763 32.2 23.7 43.6
1998 773 32.0 24.2 47.2
1999 829 35.2 23.6 45.6
2000 826 34.0 24.3 56.3
2001 871 36.8 23.7 55
2002 887 37.5 23.7 52.2
2003 887 37.5 23.7 52.2
2004 878 35.5 24.7 54.4
2005 803 36.8 21.8 62
2006 779 32.2 24.2 61
2007 749 30.1 24.9 64.2
2008 703 36.0 19.5 70
2009 680 31.1 18.8 70
2010 704 32.6 21.6 68.9
2011 669 n/a n/a 78.9
2012 658 26.4 24.9 n/a
2013 645 25.2 25.5 76.9
2014 649 24.0 27.0 78
2015 611 23.0 26.5 79.9
2016 618 24.0 25.7 77.7
2017 569 23.0 24.7 77.2
2018 546 20.0 27.3 61.5
2019 563 21.0 26.8 79
2020 568 n/a n/a 75
2021 564 22.0 25.6 75.4
2022 588 23.7 24.7 84.9
2023 594 25.0 23.7 83.5

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Pacific Drive Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201282.0%1.0%0.0%17.0%83.0%94.0%96.0%82.0%84.0%
201390.0%0.0%0.0%10.0%94.0%99.0%100.0%94.0%93.0%
201489.0%3.0%0.0%8.0%91.0%95.0%97.0%90.0%91.0%
201598.0%3.0%0.0%0.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
201694.0%5.0%0.0%1.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%94.0%95.0%
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≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
202098.4%0.0%0.0%98.4%
202195.7%0.0%0.0%96.8%
202292.8%0.0%0.0%95.2%93.6%94.4%94.4%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,181

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Pacific Drive Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4483rd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5176th of 5848 Elementary schools
 11.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pacific Drive Elementary)23.611.4
 12.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fullerton Elementary)53.554.2
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Pacific Drive Elementary)33.316.5
 16.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Fullerton Elementary)58.155.9
 2.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pacific Drive Elementary)24.220.2
 4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fullerton Elementary)57.654.3
 3.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Pacific Drive Elementary)18.219.1
 0.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Fullerton Elementary)58.154.1
 4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pacific Drive Elementary)34.837.3
 2.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fullerton Elementary)61.158.9
 2.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Pacific Drive Elementary)26.19.8
 16.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Fullerton Elementary)48.846.5
 2.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Pacific Drive Elementary)21.720
 1.7%
   5th Grade Science (Fullerton Elementary)4139.8
 1.2%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pacific Drive Elementary)39.521.9
 17.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Fullerton Elementary)58.455.9
 2.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Pacific Drive Elementary)26.49.4
 17.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Fullerton Elementary)51.350.2
 1.1%
   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 Students563594
 5.5%
African American212
 500%
American Indian32
 33.3%
Asian2928
 3.4%
Hispanic450479
 6.4%
Pacific Islander53
 40%
White5150
 2%
Two or More Races2320
 13%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients79%83.5%
 4.5%


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Students who attend Pacific Drive Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Nicolas Junior High

Pacific Drive Elementary ranks in the bottom 11.5% of California elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 594 students attended Pacific Drive Elementary.

Students at Pacific Drive Elementary are 81% Hispanic, 8% White, 5% Asian, 3% Two or more races, 2% African American.


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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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