Pearl Zanker Elementary

Summary:

Pearl Zanker Elementary is a public elementary school in Milpitas, California, serving over 600 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school has a diverse student population, with a majority of Asian students and significant representation from other racial groups.

Pearl Zanker Elementary consistently performs well academically, with a high percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and Mathematics, often exceeding the averages of the Milpitas Unified district and the state of California. The school's performance is particularly strong for English Language Learner students, ranking in the top 5% of California elementary schools for this subgroup. While the school's chronic absenteeism rate has increased in recent years, it remains lower than some nearby schools, such as Anthony Spangler Elementary and Robert Randall Elementary.

Compared to other elementary schools in the Berryessa Union Elementary and Milpitas Unified districts, Pearl Zanker Elementary stands out as a high-performing school, consistently ranking higher than many of its neighbors. This strong performance is observed across all racial subgroups, including Hispanic and African American students, suggesting the school effectively supports the learning needs of its diverse student population. The school's relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, compared to some nearby schools, may also contribute to its academic success.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1585 Fallen Leaf Dr.
       Milpitas, CA  95035-6762


(408) 635-2882

District: Milpitas Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
1155th of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,111 Help


Students who attend Pearl Zanker Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Rancho Milpitas Middle
High:    Milpitas High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.9 Help
Number of students:  574

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
65.5%
Hispanic:
16.4%
Two or more races:
7.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Pearl Zanker Elementary ranks better than 80.3% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 6th among 9 ranked elementary schools in the Milpitas Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 80.43. (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: Asian (65.5%), Hispanic (16.4%), two or more races (7.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 30.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Pearl Zanker Elementary is 24.9. 6 elementary schools in the Milpitas Unified School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Pearl Zanker Elementary is $6,111. 5 elementary schools in the Milpitas Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Pearl Zanker Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Pearl Zanker Elementary 1155th of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Pearl Zanker Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Milpitas Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Milpitas Unified 223rd of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Pearl Zanker Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Pearl Zanker Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 67.72 1373rd 4809 71.4%
2005 71.72 1265th 4822 73.8%
2006 74.58 1156th 4818 76.0%
2007 76.57 1113th 5113 78.2%
2008 80.01 971st 5113 81.0%
2009 77.54 1109th 5193 78.6%
2010 73.26 1314th 5314 75.3%
2011 67.80 1590th 5377 70.4%
2012 75.78 1232nd 5390 77.1%
2013 71.26 1516th 5530 72.6%
2015 80.60 1087th 5611 80.6%
2016 81.01 1088th 5614 80.6%
2017 79.76 1142nd 5692 79.9%
2018 83.54 957th 5662 83.1%
2019 85.83 859th 5789 85.2%
2022 85.62 919th 5883 84.4%
2023 80.43 1148th 5848 80.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Pearl Zanker Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.79 117th 3246 96.4%
2019 80.83 307th 3275 90.6%
2022 84.83 232nd 3311 93.0%
2023 81.15 253rd 3240 92.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Pearl Zanker Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.58 891st 5084 82.5%
2019 73.05 1029th 5173 80.1%
2022 65.26 1404th 5264 73.3%
2023 57.65 1897th 5355 64.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Pearl Zanker Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.36 1023rd 5413 81.1%
2019 87.60 684th 5492 87.5%
2022 85.59 841st 5635 85.1%
2023 83.07 977th 5595 82.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Pearl Zanker Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.52 907th 5431 83.3%
2019 82.18 958th 5510 82.6%
2022 82.28 996th 5663 82.4%
2023 74.55 1304th 5627 76.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Pearl Zanker Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.26 488th 1071 54.4%
2019 61.06 545th 1149 52.6%
2022 59.79 596th 1154 48.4%
2023 60.35 600th 1183 49.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Pearl Zanker Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.11 2284th 4830 52.7%
2019 63.17 1520th 4963 69.4%
2022 59.07 1684th 5084 66.9%
2023 36.61 3164th 5079 37.7%
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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by a parent
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Open Quote We've been very happy at Zanker. The special education support staff are fantastic, the administrative staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the teachers are amazing. Campus is well-kept and well-resourced. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Pearl Zanker Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 195 19 138 72 0 n/a n/a 0 424
1989 192 16 139 55 0 n/a n/a 0 402
1990 164 30 163 49 0 n/a n/a 0 406
1991 148 32 163 52 2 n/a n/a 0 397
1992 173 37 163 50 2 n/a n/a 0 425
1993 152 37 174 47 2 n/a n/a 0 412
1994 99 31 182 30 2 n/a n/a 0 344
1995 126 31 235 40 3 n/a n/a 0 435
1996 126 31 235 40 3 n/a n/a 0 435
1997 118 27 223 37 2 n/a n/a 0 407
1998 85 36 235 43 1 n/a n/a 0 400
1999 68 29 241 43 1 n/a n/a 0 382
2000 64 30 253 69 1 n/a n/a 0 417
2001 55 32 263 77 5 n/a n/a 0 432
2002 55 24 275 68 2 n/a n/a 0 424
2003 55 24 275 68 2 n/a n/a 0 424
2004 49 22 275 55 0 n/a n/a 24 425
2005 38 17 291 68 1 n/a n/a 23 438
2006 34 19 303 71 2 n/a n/a 26 455
2007 34 20 309 71 2 n/a n/a 27 463
2008 23 15 346 73 2 n/a n/a 0 459
2009 31 19 376 74 2 5 42 0 549
2010 32 19 406 104 4 12 15 0 592
2011 32 22 422 117 3 15 29 0 640
2012 33 20 458 115 3 13 37 0 679
2013 36 22 428 118 3 11 38 0 656
2014 40 12 438 119 3 7 48 0 667
2015 35 11 452 122 2 6 35 0 663
2016 46 14 453 117 2 3 40 0 675
2017 40 17 450 125 4 2 42 0 680
2018 29 19 459 126 4 1 48 0 686
2019 27 22 421 110 2 1 52 0 635
2020 24 21 429 114 2 4 43 0 637
2021 21 25 456 112 3 4 51 0 672
2022 20 26 385 90 2 6 47 0 576
2023 19 35 376 94 3 5 42 0 574

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 Pearl Zanker Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 424 19.0 22.3 n/a
1989 402 16.0 25.1 n/a
1990 406 16.0 25.3 n/a
1991 397 16.0 24.8 n/a
1992 425 16.3 26.0 23.3
1993 412 15.0 27.5 22.8
1994 344 15.0 22.9 23
1995 435 17.0 25.6 23.7
1996 435 17.0 25.6 23.7
1997 407 18.5 22.0 19.4
1998 400 19.9 20.1 21.3
1999 382 21.9 17.4 27.2
2000 417 21.4 19.5 31.4
2001 432 20.0 21.6 29.2
2002 424 21.0 20.2 29.5
2003 424 21.0 20.2 29.5
2004 425 20.0 21.3 30.2
2005 438 20.0 21.9 36.1
2006 455 19.0 23.9 41
2007 463 21.0 22.0 33.9
2008 459 24.0 19.1 29.6
2009 549 25.0 21.1 25.5
2010 592 26.0 22.7 31.1
2011 640 n/a n/a 31.1
2012 679 24.0 28.2 n/a
2013 656 24.0 27.3 29.9
2014 667 25.0 26.6 26.2
2015 663 26.0 25.5 25.5
2016 675 27.0 25.0 24.7
2017 680 26.9 25.2 23.5
2018 686 27.0 25.4 27
2019 635 27.0 23.5 26
2020 637 n/a n/a 24.6
2021 672 27.0 24.8 24.4
2022 576 25.1 22.8 29.5
2023 574 23.0 24.9 30.7

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 Pearl Zanker Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 424 19.0 22.3 n/a
1989 402 16.0 25.1 n/a
1990 406 16.0 25.3 n/a
1991 397 16.0 24.8 n/a
1992 425 16.3 26.0 23.3
1993 412 15.0 27.5 22.8
1994 344 15.0 22.9 23
1995 435 17.0 25.6 23.7
1996 435 17.0 25.6 23.7
1997 407 18.5 22.0 19.4
1998 400 19.9 20.1 21.3
1999 382 21.9 17.4 27.2
2000 417 21.4 19.5 31.4
2001 432 20.0 21.6 29.2
2002 424 21.0 20.2 29.5
2003 424 21.0 20.2 29.5
2004 425 20.0 21.3 30.2
2005 438 20.0 21.9 36.1
2006 455 19.0 23.9 41
2007 463 21.0 22.0 33.9
2008 459 24.0 19.1 29.6
2009 549 25.0 21.1 25.5
2010 592 26.0 22.7 31.1
2011 640 n/a n/a 31.1
2012 679 24.0 28.2 n/a
2013 656 24.0 27.3 29.9
2014 667 25.0 26.6 26.2
2015 663 26.0 25.5 25.5
2016 675 27.0 25.0 24.7
2017 680 26.9 25.2 23.5
2018 686 27.0 25.4 27
2019 635 27.0 23.5 26
2020 637 n/a n/a 24.6
2021 672 27.0 24.8 24.4
2022 576 25.1 22.8 29.5
2023 574 23.0 24.9 30.7

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

Pearl Zanker Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201281.0%5.0%14.0%0.0%81.0%81.0%81.0%81.0%81.0%
201395.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%96.0%100.0%99.0%98.0%100.0%
201494.0%0.0%5.0%1.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%94.0%95.0%
201599.0%1.0%0.0%0.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201699.0%1.0%0.0%0.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
2017≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202297.2%2.8%0.0%97.2%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Pearl Zanker Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,111

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Pearl Zanker Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 859th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1148th of 5848 Elementary schools
 4.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pearl Zanker Elementary)65.358.2
 7.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Milpitas Unified)6664.8
 1.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Pearl Zanker Elementary)70.459.5
 10.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Milpitas Unified)71.867.1
 4.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pearl Zanker Elementary)6949.3
 19.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Milpitas Unified)68.965.4
 3.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Pearl Zanker Elementary)71.648
 23.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Milpitas Unified)6465.9
 1.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pearl Zanker Elementary)65.162.7
 2.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Milpitas Unified)70.768
 2.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Pearl Zanker Elementary)53.549.3
 4.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Milpitas Unified)60.558.4
 2.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Pearl Zanker Elementary)58.856
 2.8%
   5th Grade Science (Milpitas Unified)52.553.3
 0.8%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Pearl Zanker Elementary)73.972.7
 1.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Milpitas Unified)68.368.7
 0.4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Pearl Zanker Elementary)65.267.8
 2.7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Milpitas Unified)60.961.9
 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 Students635574
 9.6%
African American2235
 59.1%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian421376
 10.7%
Hispanic11094
 14.5%
Pacific Islander15
 400%
White2719
 29.6%
Two or More Races5242
 19.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients26%30.7%
 4.7%


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Pearl Zanker Elementary ranks 1155th of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Pearl Zanker Elementary are 66% Asian, 16% Hispanic, 7% Two or more races, 6% African American, 3% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 574 students attended Pearl Zanker Elementary.

Students who attend Pearl Zanker Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Rancho Milpitas Middle
High : Milpitas High


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