Santa Rita Elementary

Public K-6

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


 (650) 559-1600

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District: Los Altos Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
239th of 5,662 California Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  23.6
Number of students:  541

Racial breakdown:
White:
44.5%
Asian:
32.2%
Hispanic:
12.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14.2%

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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, Santa Rita Elementary ranked better than 95.8% of elementary schools in California. It also ranked last among 7 ranked elementary schools in the Los Altos Elementary School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 95.59. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Student population at Santa Rita Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (44.5%), Asian (32.2%), Hispanic (12.6%). (See more...)
Compare Details 14.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Los Altos Elementary School District. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Santa Rita Elementary is 23.6. 3 elementary schools in the Los Altos Elementary School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Santa Rita Elementary employs 22.8 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Santa Rita Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Santa Rita Elementary 239th of 5662 California public elementary schools. (See Santa Rita Elementary in the ranking list.)

Los Altos Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Los Altos Elementary 11th of 856 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Santa Rita Elementary

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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%

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

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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 1 481
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 n/a 52 0 541

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 Fulltime 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 4.0
2000 515 26.0 19.8 5.4
2001 518 27.0 19.2 5.0
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 11.0
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

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 Santa Rita Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime 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 4.0
2000 515 26.0 19.8 5.4
2001 518 27.0 19.2 5.0
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 11.0
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

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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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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