Branch Elementary

Public K-6

 970 Sch Rd.
       Arroyo Grande, CA  93420-6109


(805) 474-3720

District: Lucia Mar Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
762nd of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $4,968 Help


Students who attend Branch Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Paulding Middle
High:    Arroyo Grande High
    Central Coast New Technical High

Student/teacher ratio:  21.8 Help
Number of students:  244

Racial breakdown:

White:
62.7%
Hispanic:
27.0%
Two or more races:
9.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  36.5% Help


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Compare Details Branch Elementary ranks better than 87% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 11 ranked elementary schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 89.08. (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 Branch Elementary has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. Racial makeup is: White (62.7%), Hispanic (27%), two or more races (9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 36.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Branch Elementary is 21.8. 7 elementary schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Branch Elementary is $4,968, which is the 5th highest among 11 elementary schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Branch Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Branch Elementary 762nd of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Branch Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Lucia Mar Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Lucia Mar Unified 596th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Branch Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Branch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 90.88 461st 4809 90.4%
2005 87.32 631st 4822 86.9%
2006 80.15 960th 4818 80.1%
2007 87.32 656th 5113 87.2%
2008 81.05 921st 5113 82.0%
2009 87.54 613th 5193 88.2%
2010 88.87 510th 5314 90.4%
2011 87.60 588th 5377 89.1%
2012 80.92 978th 5390 81.9%
2013 83.33 858th 5530 84.5%
2015 84.40 915th 5611 83.7%
2016 79.45 1151st 5614 79.5%
2017 75.36 1319th 5692 76.8%
2018 81.61 1044th 5662 81.6%
2019 75.93 1347th 5789 76.7%
2022 76.99 1324th 5883 77.5%
2023 89.08 755th 5848 87.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Branch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.90 1305th 5084 74.3%
2019 54.58 2098th 5173 59.4%
2022 69.68 1192nd 5264 77.4%
2023 78.39 832nd 5355 84.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Branch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 81.18 983rd 5413 81.8%
2019 72.69 1383rd 5492 74.8%
2022 71.73 1454th 5635 74.2%
2023 81.84 1015th 5595 81.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Branch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.72 1116th 5431 79.5%
2019 72.68 1402nd 5510 74.6%
2022 79.16 1143rd 5663 79.8%
2023 91.63 519th 5627 90.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Branch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.37 1200th 4963 75.8%
2022 78.65 791st 5084 84.4%
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Rank History for White students at Branch Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.71 907th 2737 66.9%
2019 58.49 1266th 2834 55.3%
2022 53.52 1353rd 2726 50.4%
2023 71.00 766th 2659 71.2%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Branch Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 166 1 5 23 1 n/a n/a 0 196
1989 198 2 6 23 1 n/a n/a 0 230
1990 201 2 10 34 1 n/a n/a 0 248
1991 221 0 7 35 1 n/a n/a 0 264
1992 212 0 9 32 0 n/a n/a 0 253
1993 204 0 8 35 0 n/a n/a 0 247
1994 208 2 6 35 0 n/a n/a 0 251
1995 208 1 12 39 0 n/a n/a 0 260
1996 208 1 12 39 0 n/a n/a 0 260
1997 209 1 11 33 0 n/a n/a 0 254
1998 216 3 17 25 2 n/a n/a 0 263
1999 236 2 15 24 0 n/a n/a 0 277
2000 260 2 17 28 0 n/a n/a 0 307
2001 241 3 15 27 0 n/a n/a 1 287
2002 251 3 13 29 1 n/a n/a 0 297
2003 251 3 13 29 1 n/a n/a 0 297
2004 227 2 8 23 0 n/a n/a 25 285
2005 231 1 8 17 0 n/a n/a 19 276
2006 225 1 6 23 0 n/a n/a 26 281
2007 231 1 6 29 1 n/a n/a 17 285
2008 224 1 3 28 1 n/a n/a 0 257
2009 222 1 2 32 0 0 24 0 281
2010 238 1 4 55 0 0 4 0 302
2011 232 1 5 56 0 0 4 0 298
2012 231 2 5 61 0 0 2 0 301
2013 227 4 7 69 0 0 2 0 309
2014 236 4 8 70 0 0 5 0 323
2015 251 4 7 60 0 0 7 0 329
2016 260 5 9 53 0 0 8 0 335
2017 234 3 8 58 0 0 9 0 312
2018 236 2 7 62 0 0 14 0 321
2019 222 1 6 74 0 0 15 0 318
2020 226 0 3 71 0 0 24 0 324
2021 170 0 1 50 0 0 19 0 240
2022 164 0 2 60 0 0 18 0 244
2023 153 1 2 66 0 0 22 0 244

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

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Branch Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 196 8.7 22.5 n/a
1989 230 8.7 26.4 n/a
1990 248 11.5 21.5 n/a
1991 264 11.7 22.5 n/a
1992 253 11.9 21.2 9.1
1993 247 9.8 25.2 12.1
1994 251 9.8 25.6 15.5
1995 260 11.8 22.0 19.6
1996 260 11.8 22.0 19.6
1997 254 13.5 18.8 19.7
1998 263 11.5 22.9 20.9
1999 277 13.8 20.1 19.9
2000 307 14.0 21.9 12.4
2001 287 14.0 20.5 19.6
2002 297 13.7 21.7 22.6
2003 297 13.7 21.7 22.6
2004 285 12.7 22.4 18.1
2005 276 12.0 23.0 14.4
2006 281 12.0 23.4 12.9
2007 285 12.0 23.8 15.3
2008 257 13.0 19.8 17.9
2009 281 12.0 21.6 19.9
2010 302 12.0 25.1 20.9
2011 298 n/a n/a 24.2
2012 301 10.5 28.6 n/a
2013 309 11.5 26.8 19.1
2014 323 13.0 24.8 22.6
2015 329 14.0 23.5 20.7
2016 335 14.0 23.9 20.9
2017 312 13.5 23.1 19.2
2018 321 14.0 22.9 23.4
2019 318 13.6 23.3 25.5
2020 324 n/a n/a 25
2021 240 11.6 20.6 36.7
2022 244 9.8 24.8 35.2
2023 244 11.1 21.8 36.5

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 Branch Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 196 8.7 22.5 n/a
1989 230 8.7 26.4 n/a
1990 248 11.5 21.5 n/a
1991 264 11.7 22.5 n/a
1992 253 11.9 21.2 9.1
1993 247 9.8 25.2 12.1
1994 251 9.8 25.6 15.5
1995 260 11.8 22.0 19.6
1996 260 11.8 22.0 19.6
1997 254 13.5 18.8 19.7
1998 263 11.5 22.9 20.9
1999 277 13.8 20.1 19.9
2000 307 14.0 21.9 12.4
2001 287 14.0 20.5 19.6
2002 297 13.7 21.7 22.6
2003 297 13.7 21.7 22.6
2004 285 12.7 22.4 18.1
2005 276 12.0 23.0 14.4
2006 281 12.0 23.4 12.9
2007 285 12.0 23.8 15.3
2008 257 13.0 19.8 17.9
2009 281 12.0 21.6 19.9
2010 302 12.0 25.1 20.9
2011 298 n/a n/a 24.2
2012 301 10.5 28.6 n/a
2013 309 11.5 26.8 19.1
2014 323 13.0 24.8 22.6
2015 329 14.0 23.5 20.7
2016 335 14.0 23.9 20.9
2017 312 13.5 23.1 19.2
2018 321 14.0 22.9 23.4
2019 318 13.6 23.3 25.5
2020 324 n/a n/a 25
2021 240 11.6 20.6 36.7
2022 244 9.8 24.8 35.2
2023 244 11.1 21.8 36.5

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

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%3.0%0.0%0.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
2013100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201487.0%13.0%0.0%0.0%87.0%87.0%87.0%87.0%87.0%
201588.0%12.0%0.0%0.0%88.0%88.0%88.0%88.0%88.0%
201686.0%14.0%0.0%0.0%86.0%86.0%86.0%86.0%86.0%
2017≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%
201896.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%96.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2019≥95.0%≤5.0%≤5.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%≥95.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Branch Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $4,968

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Branch Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1347th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 755th of 5848 Elementary schools
 10.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Branch Elementary)58.555.6
 3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Lucia Mar Unified)53.341
 12.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Branch Elementary)53.772.2
 18.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Lucia Mar Unified)54.143.8
 10.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Branch Elementary)59.679.2
 19.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Lucia Mar Unified)55.348.6
 6.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Branch Elementary)59.670.8
 11.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Lucia Mar Unified)50.241.9
 8.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Branch Elementary)70.980
 9.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Lucia Mar Unified)59.852.6
 7.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Branch Elementary)43.662.5
 18.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Lucia Mar Unified)41.635.5
 6.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Branch Elementary)47.355
 7.7%
   5th Grade Science (Lucia Mar Unified)39.238.2
 1%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Branch Elementary)72.361.5
 10.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Lucia Mar Unified)54.851.4
 3.4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Branch Elementary)57.561.5
 4.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Lucia Mar Unified)43.435
 8.4%
   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 Students318244
 23.3%
African American11
American Indian00
Asian62
 66.7%
Hispanic7466
 10.8%
Pacific Islander00
White222153
 31.1%
Two or More Races1522
 46.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients25.5%36.5%
 11%


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Students who attend Branch Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Paulding Middle
High : Arroyo Grande High
High : Central Coast New Technical High

Students at Branch Elementary are 63% White, 27% Hispanic, 9% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 244 students attended Branch Elementary.

Branch Elementary ranks 762nd of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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