Santa Rita Elementary

Summary:

Santa Rita Elementary is a public K-6 school in Los Altos, California, serving a diverse student population of 385 and part of the highly-ranked Los Altos Elementary School District.

Santa Rita Elementary is a high-performing school, consistently ranking in the top 10% of California elementary schools. However, it faces some challenges, including a steady increase in chronic absenteeism and achievement gaps for certain student subgroups. While the school's Asian and English Language Learner students perform exceptionally well, its Hispanic and low-socioeconomic status students lag behind. Compared to nearby schools like Covington Elementary and Herbert Hoover Elementary, which rank in the top 1% and 0.1% of California elementary schools, respectively, Santa Rita's academic performance is slightly lower.

Santa Rita Elementary's diverse student population, with 34.29% White, 20.52% Hispanic, 31.17% Asian, and 12.73% two or more races, is higher than some of the nearby schools, such as Gardner Bullis Elementary and Covington Elementary, which have higher percentages of White and Asian students. Additionally, Santa Rita Elementary has a relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 16.36%, compared to the nearby Mountain View Whisman district schools.


Detail:

Public K-6

 700 Los Altos Ave.
       Los Altos, CA  94022-1631


(650) 559-1600

District: Los Altos Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
582nd of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,105 Help


Students who attend Santa Rita Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Ardis G. Egan Junior High
High:    Los Altos High

Student/teacher ratio:  19.1 Help
Number of students:  385

Racial breakdown:

White:
34.3%
Asian:
31.2%
Hispanic:
20.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  16.4% Help


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Compare Details Santa Rita Elementary ranks better than 90.1% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks last among 7 ranked elementary schools in the Los Altos Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 91.88. (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 Student population at Santa Rita Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (34.3%), Asian (31.2%), Hispanic (20.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 16.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Los Altos Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Santa Rita Elementary is 19.1. 4 elementary schools in the Los Altos Elementary School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Santa Rita Elementary is $15,105. 3 elementary schools in the Los Altos Elementary School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Santa Rita Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Rita Elementary 582nd of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Santa Rita Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Los Altos Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Los Altos Elementary 20th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Santa Rita Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 98.79 28th 4809 99.4%
2005 97.71 72nd 4822 98.5%
2006 98.14 49th 4818 99.0%
2007 97.82 62nd 5113 98.8%
2008 97.09 73rd 5113 98.6%
2009 96.42 79th 5193 98.5%
2010 96.01 78th 5314 98.5%
2011 93.44 225th 5377 95.8%
2012 94.63 112th 5390 97.9%
2013 92.40 290th 5530 94.8%
2015 97.81 121st 5611 97.8%
2016 95.20 301st 5614 94.6%
2017 96.18 243rd 5692 95.7%
2018 95.59 239th 5662 95.8%
2019 92.12 511th 5789 91.2%
2022 93.70 467th 5883 92.1%
2023 91.88 577th 5848 90.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.49 188th 3246 94.2%
2019 64.60 692nd 3275 78.9%
2022 82.37 263rd 3311 92.1%
2023 91.14 123rd 3240 96.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.19 973rd 5084 80.9%
2019 25.36 4204th 5173 18.7%
2022 63.68 1485th 5264 71.8%
2023 49.64 2389th 5355 55.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 95.18 212th 5413 96.1%
2019 91.82 451st 5492 91.8%
2022 91.69 538th 5635 90.5%
2023 89.09 681st 5595 87.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.32 40th 2128 98.1%
2019 99.30 21st 2585 99.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.31 298th 5431 94.5%
2019 90.62 537th 5510 90.3%
2022 92.99 448th 5663 92.1%
2023 91.81 511th 5627 90.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.00 180th 1071 83.2%
2019 71.66 335th 1149 70.8%
2022 76.67 235th 1154 79.6%
2023 81.76 114th 1183 90.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 22.76 4197th 4963 15.4%
2022 71.07 1101st 5084 78.3%
2023 68.45 1252nd 5079 75.3%
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Rank History for White students at Santa Rita Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 87.88 157th 2737 94.3%
2019 76.89 570th 2834 79.9%
2022 81.82 378th 2726 86.1%
2023 79.04 469th 2659 82.4%
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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.

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by a parent
Friday, December 2, 2016

Open Quote This school is all about fund-raising. If you are not one of the major players in the school, the staff are not very keen about who you are. There're countless fund-raising events at the school-level. At the class level, there are at least 3 gifting seasons. I'd love to be a teacher at this school. Here's what is going on: In addition to gifting during the Christmas season and the end of the academic year, the school has begun a trend where parents are asked to contribute towards birthday gifts for the teachers. It did not use to be the case, but in recent years, this is happening, and parents are informed (unsolicited/without asking) about the teachers' birthdays and given suggestions about gift cards to buy via semi-official channels, i.e. other members of the staff from within the school.

My second major peeve and concern is about a few of the teachers (not all) based on observations as a parent who cares to go through my kids' school work/assignments and do cross-checking with other parents and students: 1) They had 2 long-term subs this Fall for 2 teachers on maternity leave - 3rd and 4th grade. Hiring decision for the 3rd grade sub was questionable, and I can only speak for this one since I don't know about the 4th grade sub. One of the 2 long-term subs have problems with spelling and actual academic teaching. For instance, she can't spell many basic words right, and the students learned it wrong from her, e.g. "boundaries" spelled as "boundries" and "allowed" spelled as "aloud." Parents have found mistakes in assignments and confirmed it as the teacher's mistakes when we cross-checked with other students/parents. (Thankfully, the teacher she subbed for is now back! However, we parents still see her a lot subbing in other classes.) 2) One of the Kindergarten classes has a teacher whom MANY students have reported as not doing anything except always sipping on her drink and eating snacks. Thankfully there is an aide who is good with the students and do a good job of guiding them. However, other signs of lack of interest on the part of the teacher include: messy classroom with dirty floors all year long, students getting much less activities compared to their twin siblings in another K class ... Close Quote



Enrollment information for Santa Rita Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 305 13 46 15 0 n/a n/a 0 379
1989 295 14 57 19 0 n/a n/a 0 385
1990 313 22 73 21 0 n/a n/a 0 429
1991 311 17 85 22 0 n/a n/a 0 435
1992 333 31 72 18 0 n/a n/a 0 454
1993 332 23 77 21 0 n/a n/a 0 453
1994 334 12 100 23 1 n/a n/a 0 470
1995 378 18 93 39 0 n/a n/a 0 528
1996 378 18 93 39 0 n/a n/a 0 528
1997 392 17 89 30 0 n/a n/a 0 528
1998 379 12 82 43 0 n/a n/a 0 516
1999 396 15 82 34 0 n/a n/a 0 527
2000 343 4 126 42 0 n/a n/a 0 515
2001 313 17 143 44 1 n/a n/a 0 518
2002 296 9 184 29 1 n/a n/a 0 519
2003 296 9 184 29 1 n/a n/a 0 519
2004 284 6 198 49 4 n/a n/a 0 541
2005 280 9 203 44 0 n/a n/a 0 536
2006 286 7 195 45 0 n/a n/a 19 552
2007 269 3 191 44 0 n/a n/a 71 578
2008 245 3 191 42 n/a n/a n/a 0 481
2009 213 2 194 36 0 2 66 0 513
2010 210 2 193 61 0 5 52 0 523
2011 210 3 201 67 1 7 53 0 542
2012 210 3 199 66 1 6 52 0 537
2013 233 1 205 60 1 5 61 0 566
2014 229 2 192 72 0 1 63 0 559
2015 258 3 195 49 3 1 59 0 568
2016 249 3 185 66 4 0 51 0 558
2017 241 2 174 68 4 0 52 0 541
2018 245 2 176 64 4 0 55 0 546
2019 223 1 169 78 4 0 49 0 524
2020 209 1 151 82 2 2 44 0 491
2021 134 2 81 66 1 3 32 0 319
2022 142 1 113 82 1 3 35 0 377
2023 132 1 120 79 1 3 49 0 385

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 Santa Rita Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 379 15.5 24.4 n/a
1989 385 14.0 27.5 n/a
1990 429 16.0 26.8 n/a
1991 435 18.0 24.1 n/a
1992 454 18.3 24.8 2.9
1993 453 19.1 23.7 2.4
1994 470 20.7 22.7 4.5
1995 528 22.5 23.5 6.6
1996 528 22.5 23.5 6.6
1997 528 27.5 19.2 2.8
1998 516 27.0 19.1 5.8
1999 527 28.1 18.8 4
2000 515 26.0 19.8 5.4
2001 518 27.0 19.2 5
2002 519 25.8 20.1 3.5
2003 519 25.8 20.1 3.5
2004 541 26.8 20.2 6.5
2005 536 26.8 20.0 5.4
2006 552 26.8 20.6 5.6
2007 578 27.8 20.8 9.3
2008 481 28.8 16.7 7.1
2009 513 25.8 19.1 7.6
2010 523 23.8 21.9 8.4
2011 542 n/a n/a 7.7
2012 537 24.6 21.7 9.3
2013 566 25.0 22.6 11
2014 559 25.1 22.2 12.9
2015 568 24.0 23.6 12.5
2016 558 25.0 22.3 13.3
2017 541 22.8 23.6 14.2
2018 546 24.0 22.7 14.8
2019 524 25.4 20.5 15.8
2020 491 n/a n/a 13.8
2021 319 17.4 18.2 17.2
2022 377 20.0 18.8 17.8
2023 385 20.0 19.1 16.4

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 Santa Rita Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 379 15.5 24.4 n/a
1989 385 14.0 27.5 n/a
1990 429 16.0 26.8 n/a
1991 435 18.0 24.1 n/a
1992 454 18.3 24.8 2.9
1993 453 19.1 23.7 2.4
1994 470 20.7 22.7 4.5
1995 528 22.5 23.5 6.6
1996 528 22.5 23.5 6.6
1997 528 27.5 19.2 2.8
1998 516 27.0 19.1 5.8
1999 527 28.1 18.8 4
2000 515 26.0 19.8 5.4
2001 518 27.0 19.2 5
2002 519 25.8 20.1 3.5
2003 519 25.8 20.1 3.5
2004 541 26.8 20.2 6.5
2005 536 26.8 20.0 5.4
2006 552 26.8 20.6 5.6
2007 578 27.8 20.8 9.3
2008 481 28.8 16.7 7.1
2009 513 25.8 19.1 7.6
2010 523 23.8 21.9 8.4
2011 542 n/a n/a 7.7
2012 537 24.6 21.7 9.3
2013 566 25.0 22.6 11
2014 559 25.1 22.2 12.9
2015 568 24.0 23.6 12.5
2016 558 25.0 22.3 13.3
2017 541 22.8 23.6 14.2
2018 546 24.0 22.7 14.8
2019 524 25.4 20.5 15.8
2020 491 n/a n/a 13.8
2021 319 17.4 18.2 17.2
2022 377 20.0 18.8 17.8
2023 385 20.0 19.1 16.4

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

Santa Rita Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201287.0%8.0%2.0%3.0%87.0%88.0%90.0%88.0%87.0%
201397.0%3.0%0.0%0.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
201495.0%4.0%0.0%1.0%96.0%95.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%
201592.0%5.0%3.0%0.0%92.0%92.0%92.0%92.0%92.0%
201690.0%5.0%0.0%3.0%93.0%91.0%93.0%92.0%93.0%
201790.0%0.0%2.0%8.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%97.0%≥98.0%
201896.0%0.0%1.0%0.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%97.0%97.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202094.1%3.5%2.4%96.5%95.3%96.5%

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

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $15,105

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Santa Rita Elementary

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 511th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 577th of 5848 Elementary schools
 1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Rita Elementary)7264.7
 7.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Altos Elementary)80.981.2
 0.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Santa Rita Elementary)77.375.5
 1.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Los Altos Elementary)87.286.2
 1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Rita Elementary)69.170.2
 1.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Altos Elementary)83.482.3
 1.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Santa Rita Elementary)63.472.9
 9.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Los Altos Elementary)84.284.2
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Rita Elementary)84.767.6
 17.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Altos Elementary)90.885.9
 4.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Santa Rita Elementary)76.768.9
 7.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Los Altos Elementary)84.185.2
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Santa Rita Elementary)68.664
 4.6%
   5th Grade Science (Los Altos Elementary)78.782
 3.3%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Santa Rita Elementary)7469.1
 4.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Los Altos Elementary)88.287.2
 0.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Santa Rita Elementary)73.367.3
 6.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Los Altos Elementary)86.286.8
 0.6%
   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 Students524385
 26.5%
African American11
American Indian41
 75%
Asian169120
 29%
Hispanic7879
 1.3%
Pacific Islander03
White223132
 40.8%
Two or More Races4949
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.8%16.4%
 0.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Rita Elementary

Students at Santa Rita Elementary are 34% White, 31% Asian, 21% Hispanic, 13% Two or more races.

Yes. Santa Rita Elementary ranks in the top 9.9% of California elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 385 students attended Santa Rita Elementary.

Students who attend Santa Rita Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Ardis G. Egan Junior High
High : Los Altos High


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